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Year-round 2018 Workshop schedule for Local Comedy Classes:
Rohnert Park, CA
(next town south of Santa Rosa,
45 minute drive north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge toll booths)

&
Mill Valley, CA
(10 minute drive north San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge toll booths)

Instructor: comedy coach & co-writer Jim Richardson

For a quick 30 second preview,
listen to Steve Jaxon reading our commercial
aired Feb. 12-16, 2016 on Santa Rosa's KSRO radio station, 3-6 pm M-F show "The Drive."
(Note: back then, the Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop met on Tuesday nights.
Beginning in 2018, it will now meet on Wednesday nights, 7-10 pm in Rohnert Park.)
After listening to Jackson's short spot,
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Jim & his students interviewed in Cloverdale Reveille newspaper, July 19, 2016.



Jim interviewed in "Towns" section of Press Democrat,
Sonoma County's daily newspaper,
Sunday, March 19, 2017:
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/6716335-181/rohnert-park-man-teaches-how?artslide=0
Jim shrugs that simply offering some workshops.
Jim Richardson
Offers a Wednesday Fundamentals and Thursday Advanced comedy workshop weekly
ORGANIZED COMEDY
Year-round 2018 workshops
Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy
Workshop 1) Lessons 1-4, Wednesdays, January 17-February 21, 2018, 7-10 pm
Room 7 (near back parking lot exit)
Cross and Crown Lutheran School (CCLS)
5475 Snyder Lane
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

and/or

Workshop 2) Lessons 1-4, Saturday-Sunday, January 27-28, 2018, 10 am-5 pm
Lieberman Theatre inside
The Marin Theatre Company
397 Miller Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941


Advanced Stand-Up Comedy Workshops:
Workshop 3) Lessons 26-29, Professional Stage Movement: setting the bit
CCLS
Personal enrichment workshops for writers, keynote speakers, actors and stand-up comics at any level in their development:

This sequence of classes will help you better connect with audiences, both from the stage and through the film/video camera.

Ages: Teens (18+) & Adults.

No pre-requisites.

Workshop 1) "Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop,"
often ends with an amateur Comedy Marathon Contest: best act wins $150.
Next Comedy Marathon Contest (CMC) is on a Sunday after February 21, 7-10 pm at The Big Easy in Petaluma.

Sections of "Fundamentals" on Wednesdays are repeated every six weeks;
so, you can join any Wednesday,
then make up classes when they are repeated:
January 17-February 21, 2018, etc.

Includes 200-page workbook.

In-class open mics with instructor feedback, exercises writing & performing jokes, improvisation with the audience, how to deal with hecklers, etc.
Register.

Your investment for local Sonoma County classes:
$400 for Fundamentals classes that begin January 17.
The six meetings covers Lessons 1-4 and prep for CMC's.
Those finishing Lesson Two: How to Write a Joke, the 7 basic joke forms, are immediately also eligible to join most of the Intermediate and Advanced six-week courses covering four-five more lessons from Lessons 5-34. Three lessons from each course may have mini-contests in upcoming CMCs. This, so students can perform in front of live audiences what they have both learned in class and practiced at local comedy open mics both in Sonoma County and throughout the SF Bay Area.

Pre-enroll in workshops, and you can get your advanced copy of Jim's written Fundamentals material snail-mailed same day.

Local 6-week workshops save students 33.33% in their investment
over Jim's online and 3-4 day distant-city intensive versions of his workshops.
Such a deal!

8-)


WIth permission of the instructor, those missing lessons or joining late can make up missed classes when offered again.

No pre-requisites.

Workshop 2) The same Lessons 1-4 are now offered on selected Saturday-Sunday weekends,
10 am - 5 pm
at The Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, CA,
10 minutes north of the Golden Gate Toll Booth.
For details, refer to the registration form below by clicking this link:

Registration form.


Workshop 3) "Advanced Stand-Up Comedy Workshop," often held at CCLS in Rohnert Park, 7-10 pm, different lessons taught every 6 weeks. Next up: Lessons 26-29 Thursdays, 7-10 pm, January 18-February 22, 2018, in Room 7 at CCLS.

Descriptions:
http://stand-upcomedyworkshop.com/IntermediateAndAdvancedCourseTitles.html
Pre-requisite: none for Lesson Blocks 26-29 nor 30-34.
Current cycle dates for Professional Stage Movement: setting the bit, Lesson block 26-29, 6-weeks.
Includes all-new handouts for Lessons 26-29 at CCLS in Rohnert Park.

The two non-lesson meetings five and six prep students for the upcoming CMC, then give student contestants instructor's notes on their CMC performances at the meetings after CMC.

Off-campus Comedy Marathon Contest tentatively a Sunday after February 21, 7-10 pm at The Big Easy in Petaluma, CA.
Four mini-contests precede the main event, the "5-Minute Monologue Contest."

Note: after Meeting 1, future in-class open mics (for Workshop 2 students only) will instead be handled at local off-campus "Comedy Open Mics." Students who bring their videos of these open mics to class can get rough notes from the instructor.
. . . Students wanting more in-depth notes can make one-on-one appointments with the instructor at his coaching and co-writing rates. This, so we have most of the 3-hours for Lesson meetings in Workshop 2 to include all the lecture material and in-class exercises required for each lesson between 7-10 pm.

Your investment: $400.
Next Advanced Stand-Up Comedy Workshop:
Professional Stage Movement: setting the bit,
Lesson block 26-29.

Also called "Stage Mechanics," which means using theatre, TV and film staging techniques unique to the solo performer, 4 Lessons, 3 hours each .
Watch 42 minute video preview:
http://stand-upcomedyworkshop.com/workshopPreviews/stageMovement_courseOutline.html

Class includes unique Lesson 26-29 hand-outs, including rules for the "Choreographing a Joke" mini-contest held at the next CMC.

Plus, you will learn skills necessary to stand-out at NYC-style "Cattle-Call Auditions" between 200-300 actors being tested in groups of 30 other auditioners. Why? To see if they know proper theatre movement for normal vs. dramatic turns, etc. Those who do not are instantly dismissed!

You will also need to know how to prove to film directors that you can "take directions" for complex five-minute takes featured in the famous films of :
Max Ophüls (1902–1957) "La Ronde" (1950), "Le Plaisir" (1950)
Federico Fellini (1920–1993) "La Dolce Vita" (1960), "8 1/2" (1963)
John Farrow (1904–1963) "His Kind of Woman" (1951)
and imitated by Martin Scorsese (1942-present) in his "Raging Bull" (1980), "Goodfellas" (1990), etc.,
along with many other modern film directors who as a matter of personal pride want to take up Max's challenge.

Most untrained actors learning on-the-job at a film or TV set are relatively ok with remembering blocking for five to twenty-second shots. But they usually cannot easily learn letter-perfect blocking for five to ten-minute long shots, then make last-minute changes without getting thrown for a loop. Even with well trained actors, such single-shot scenes can take several days to film. Why? Because if anyone makes even one minor mistake, the entire shot has to be tossed, and filmed all over again.

Budding actors who are not yet interested in learning stand-up comedy techniques may still want to do significant work in film and TV. Obviously, they will want to take this workshop, too. This, along with my beginning-intermediate-advanced stand-up comedy and business keynote speaker students & clients.

Therefore, there are no pre-requisites for this workshop.

Class will study segments from movies featuring such long-take scenes, including one of the many 10-minute takes from Alfred Hitchock's famous experimental film "Rope" (1948). This master filmmaker actually shot on standard 10-minute long film rolls, creating the illusion when edited together that the entire hour and twenty minute film was all shot in one take.
Rope poster
I found out 50 years ago that while most liberal arts college drama departments in the USA teach character motivational analysis well-enough, there is often no training in stage mechanics. However, in 1968 when I moved from these types of acting classes taught at San Francisco State College to Carnegie-Mellon University Drama Department's graduate school, myself and others transferring to C-MU were all required to take Freshman acting classes. We were shocked by the way were all being treated by this world-famous professional drama department. But all our protests fell on deaf ears.

Ted Danson was a junior who had transferred to C-MU from the liberal arts Drama Department at Stanford University. He was cast in a supporting role which involved the lead actor being tied up throughout the play. Our stage mechanics movement teacher dropped by to help us out. Jewel Walker asked, "You're not going to actually tie him up? What if he can't get free? Then, someone is going to tie him up again as the audience looks on? Nope: you've got to fake it!" Then, Jewel showed us a couple of rope-tying tricks, and went on his merry way.

Ted suddenly looked up. "Which of these three C-MU acting teachers is giving us the most things that we will actually use? For my money, it's Jewel Walker." We all agreed.

Happily, all students in this workshop will be trained using the same creative exercises Jewel taught us in his Freshman acting class at C-MU. Once you have thus figured out how to stage your bits, you will seamlessly have also memorized your lines. Sure beats struggling to memorize lines by rote. And a hell of a lot more fun!

Solid!

Only later did I find out that Jewel had been trained by Etienne Decroux who also taught Marcel Marceau as well as Jean-Louis Barrault.

In my then favorite film (seen before my C-MU days) "The Children of Paradise" (1945), we see Barrault do many of Decroux's mime exercises during moments in his character's performance. Does Decroux think this is a good film? It is said that when Decroux views it, tears run down his cheeks as he mouths all the lines.

Read my film review of "Paradise" here.

Then, hit your browser's Back Button to return to this web page.

Registration form.
Refer to Calendar for updates on which lessons will be taught on which dates and times.
Location:

Room 7
(Room 7 is in the building facing the smaller parking lot in the back, near Southwest Blvd.)
Cross and Crown Lutheran School
5475 Snyder Lane
Rohnert Park, CA 94928.
Directions: Includes maps and photos.
Reach Jim at: 415-877-4424, jim@jimrichardson.com.
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I have read the descriptions Jim's workshops.
Plus, I both understand and accept privacy rights as reasons why I may video and/or audio record myself,
but I may not record the instructor's presentation nor video examples nor other attendees.

Further, I also understand that enrollment in Jim's Comedy Classes does not guarantee me a slot in his
Comedy Marathon Contests.
Rather, my course work and classroom deportment are only my audition for Jim's upcoming Comedy Marathon Contests.
Plus, students competing in Comedy Marathon Contests pre-sell 10 tickets to help maximize audience size.

Sign up for Workshops offered in 2018
(pick one or more of these options by clicking in their checkboxes):


Workshop 1: "Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop," often concludes with an off campus amateur comedy contest.
Sections on Wednesdays are repeated every six weeks; so, you can join any Wednesday,
7-10 pm,
then make up missed classes when repeated,

January 17-February 21, February 28-April 4, 2018, etc.,

Room 7, Cross and Crown Lutheran School, 5475 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928, USA,
6-weeks,
$400 includes your copy of Jim's 200-page workbook for Lessons 1-4
which is snail-mailed immediately after you complete your registration and make your investment.
No pre-requisites.
If you want to enroll in a "Fundamentals" section offered in Rohnert Park later than this next section, you can still use this order form for other 2018 dates:
January 17-February 21, 2018, etc. Just indicate which dates you wish to take Fundamentals here:

Pre-requisite for Lessons 5-25: have completed in class, or enrolled in, at least Lesson Two, "How to Write a Joke: the seven basic joke forms,"
or taken one-on-one with Jim or via Jim's audio/workbook option (scroll down for details).

There is no pre-requisite for Lesson Blocks 1-4, 26-29 nor 30-34.

Workshop 2: "Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop," often concludes with an off campus amateur comedy contest.
Sections covering Lessons 1-4 on a Saturday-Sunday weekend
are now opening in different counties throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
As the same Lessons 1-4 are taught by Jim on his weekend workshops and Wednesday night workshops,
if you miss a Lesson,

then just make up missed classes when they are repeated at a future workshop,
be it on Wednesday night or on Sat.-Sun.

Jim's debut weekend workshop will be this January 27-28, 2018,
10 pm to 5 pm with an hour lunch break.
These weekend workshops are held at:

Liebeman Theatre
The Marin Theatre Company
397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941 USA,
Instead of six weeks, you can get the same information in two days.
$400 includes your copy of Jim's 200-page workbook for Lessons 1-4
which is snail-mailed immediately after you complete your registration and make your investment.
No pre-requisites.


Point to ponder:
Currently it takes students 48 weeks to work through Lessons 1-34.
However, if things work out as anticipated, with the new weekend model

you should be able to work through Lessons 1-34 in just two months!


Sequence of lessons continues
(lesson blocks can be taken out of sequence):

Workshop 3:
next 6-week Advanced session is
"Professional Stage Movement: setting the bit, Lesson block 26-29:"
*Also called "Stage Mechanics," which means using theatre staging techniques unique to the solo performer
. . . more info. 
Often called "working from the outside in to find the bones of your character."
Meets on Thursdays, January 18-February 22, 2018
7-10 pm,
Room 7, Cross and Crown Lutheran School, 5475 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928, USA, 6-weeks, $400.
Includes all-new hand-outs unique to Lessons 26-29.

Workshop 4: "Fleshing out" your character's solo act scripts with Theater Techniques:
Motivational Acting, often called working from the inside out."
30) Acting for Stand-Up Comics and Business Speakers, Part I
Make your act consistent, not performance dependent.
31) Acting for Stand-Up Comics and Business Speakers, Part II
32-34) Narrative Character: your persona, 3 classes
Meets on Thursdays, March 1-April 6, 2018, 7-10 pm,
Room 7, Cross and Crown Lutheran School, 5475 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928, USA, 6-weeks, $400.
Includes all-new hand-outs unique to Lessons 30-34.


For more information on future Lessons 5-25 and Lesson 35:
http://stand-upcomedyworkshop.com/IntermediateAndAdvancedCourseTitles.html

Just indicate which further Lessons you wish to take here:


Don't live in northern California?
Then, take the webcam-to-webcam version online via Internet video conferencing.
I also offer weekend workshops throughout the San Francisco Bay Area,
and & beyond:
http://stand-upcomedyworkshop.com/registrationForm.html



And for those folks who want
all Jim's stand-up comedy study materials in advance

so you can supplement his workshop sequence
with their additional home study order:
I am opting to go whole-hog and save 33.33% over Jim's online and distant-city fees
by committing to the entire Lessons 1-34 course
to be completed over the next 48 weeks in the above six-meeting mode in Sonoma County.

Or take the same basic 34 Lessons on selected Saturday-Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm both days,
to more efficiently absorb my information over eight weekends (four Lessons per weekend).
Also, great for out of town visitors or via local workshops in a city near you.

Notice:
Whatever purchases toward Jim's entire Lessons 1-34 course
you have already made can be credited toward
purchasing the remainder of Jim's Lessons 1-34.


The two options are with or without the audio cassettes of Jim's lectures and examples, Lessons 1-34:

Option 1 is all workbook pages only:
Enroll now in Lessons 1-34 to get your copy of all 1,050 pages of workbooks and related hand-outs
with the local, live, in-person workshops included,
but without the audio cassettes.

You get the written material for all 8 Lesson Blocks at $400/Block = $3,200
since new printed material is included with each Lesson Block.
Example:
If I have taken the two Lesson Blocks 1-4 and 5-8 at $400/Block = $800 credit, then:
$3,200-800 credit = $2,400,
plus any required shipping charges.


Option 2 is all workbook pages and audio cassettes from Jim's lectures and examples, Lessons 1-34:
You also get your copy of all 22 audio cassettes from Jim's lectures and examples (recommended!)
that go with the same printed materials and workshops included in Options 1,
making up the balance of Jim's Lessons 1-34
(audio cassettes are not sold separately from workbooks):
$3,200 + $250 for audio cassettes = $3,450 minus your fees paid to date.
Example:
If I have taken the two Lesson Blocks 1-4 and 5-8 at $400/Block = $800 credit, then:
$3,450-800 = $2,650,
plus any required shipping costs.


Your Investment for these Workshops:
I understand it is the policy of the ORGANIZED COMEDY that students must pay their tuition before being admitted to the classes and workshops:
   •There is no auditing of classes/workshops and no refunds for students who stop attending classes/workshops.
However, with the permission of the instructor, students might be able to make up missed classes when his courses are repeated.
     •I am also aware that "drop in fees" of $150 per Fundamentals/Intermediate/Advanced class meeting are not prorated toward the total 6-week discount fee of $400/6 weeks.
Further, I understand that both completing my coursework and my deportment in the
"Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop" are each considered as part of my audition for:
Amateur Comedy Marathon Contests held at local venues: best act wins $150, and that entry in more than one evening of these Comedy Marathon Contests will first require evidence of all-new material for each such evening.


Grand total I am paying for above Workshop(s): $US

Payment method:
Check from a bank with a branch in Santa Rosa, California, USA
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then check here to confirm that your order is correct,
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Please send me a separate email right after you submit the form as an heads up,
just to make sure that your order has been received successfully.

But, if you haven't received a confirmation e-mail back from me within two days,
then please bug me by e-mail at: jim@jimrichardson.com or
phone me at: 415-877-4424.


Or:
You can also print this form:
First, check to make sure that everything you entered into the blanks printed out,
and then:
1) sail-mail the printed form
2) along with your payment to:
Jim Richardson
ORGANIZED COMEDY
P.O. Box 992
Mill Valley, CA 94942-0992
USA


Important:
Please email me an heads up that you will be snail-mailing your printed form to my P.O. Box.
To fill out an additional "Theatre History" form at class,
please arrive by 6:45 pm at the first meeting to handle this required paper work
well before the class starts . . . on time at 7:00 pm sharp.


Or:
If you can neither submit this form online nor print it out & mail it in,
I will have hard copies of the form in the classroom
which you can fill out with a pen.

Again, please email me an heads up
and arrive 15 minutes before the 7 pm class
to complete your registration and payment, etc.

Note: it is a great help administratively if everyone can pre-enroll
either online, via phone call, or through USPS to the PO Box.

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