2017 Workshop schedule for Local Comedy Classes: Rohnert Park, CA (next town south of Santa Rosa,
45 min. drive north of
San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge toll booths) Instructor: comedy coach & co-writer Jim Richardson
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(Note: back then, the Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop met on Tuesday nights.
Beginning in 2017, it will now meet on Thursday nights, same time and location.)
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fundamentals and an intermediate comedy workshop weekly
ORGANIZED COMEDY Year-round 2017 workshops
Mondays starting on June 5 and
Thursdays on May 25, 7-10 pm Room 7 (near
back parking lot exit)
Cross and Crown Lutheran School
5475 Snyder Lane
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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.
Sections of "Fundamentals" on Thursdays are repeated every
so, you can join any Thursday,
then make up classes when they are repeated,
May 25-June 29, July 6-August 10, etc.
open mics with instructor feedback, exercises writing & performing
jokes, improvisation with the audience, how to deal with hecklers, etc. More information. Register.
Your investment for local Sonoma County classes: $300 per workshop.
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 eligible to join most of the Intermediate and Advanced six-week courses
covering four-five lessons from Lessons 5-34. Three lessons from each course
may have mini-contests in upcoming
CMCs. This, so students can practice in front of live audiences what they
have learned in class.
Pre-enroll in workshops, and you can get your advanced copy of
Jim's written material snail-mailed.
Current cycle dates for Intermediate "Improvisation,
Working the crowd, Taking advantage of Hecklers, Informal Roasts and Formal
Roasts, Lesson block 9-12": Lessons
May 2-9 and Mondays, June 5 and 12, plus two more lessons To Be Mutually
Arranged at convenient dates for those who have completed their registration
and made their $300 investment.
Meetings 1-2, Tuesdays,
May 2-9: reviewed April 30"Comedy Marathon Contest" video
from The Big Easy and off-campus open mics with notes, review 2-page "Order
of Events," training
everyone on Camera Crew drills: replace one hour video cassettes, zoom in/out,
framing, video recording light, etc.
Handing out Lesson 9-12 workbooks bound together into one volume.
Meetings 3, Lesson 9, Monday., June 5: Improvisation:
Thinking on Your Feet, 3 hours
•How to escape mental lock-jaw, and have something funny or sincere to say no matter what the audience shouts at you:
•4 tips to make sure you never enter a battle of wits totally unarmed
•7 games to sharpen your spontaneous skills so you can get your come-backs out without skipping a beat.
•Exercise in how to avoid distractions so you can get what you want right now!
Meetings 4, Lesson 10, Monday June 12: Working
the crowd and wading into the audience, plus: Taking advantage of Hecklers — 6
joke formats, 3 hours
•How to remain in control of the crowd:
•Taking advantage of hecklers.
Note: it is expected that students will have been performing enough before real audiences by now to have been heckled on several occasions.
Yes: even business keynote speakers and seminar leaders of break-out session
at corporate conventions get heckled with anything from inane questions to actually
helpful suggestions. FYI:
It is much easier to teach someone who has been heckled than it is for you to
just imagine what the experience would be like.
. . . No wallflowers at this
Students are encouraged to bring video clips of yourselves being heckled,
whether you or the heckler won that encounter.
Technical assistance will be provided
which will enable you to get any video file you have from your performances onto
your Desktop; this, so you can play it from your computer to the rest of the
If you can
cue the video clip up to the place in the timecode where you do get heckled,
then you will be able to play the video clip to us from that exact point onwards.
•Learn how to recover and continue your act or speech.
5, Lesson 11, date and time TBA: Informal
Roasts: 21 joke formats, 3 hours
•Going on the attack
•Defending against attacks
Meetings 6, Lesson 12, TBA: Formal
roast: unspoken rules to keep it moving, 3 hours
•Learn how to toast everyone on the dais, both the star (a.k.a. "guest
being celebrated and your fellow dinner guests (a.k.a. "roasters"). And get away
with it. Even the roastees will laugh!
•Properly setting up microphones, tables and lectern on the podium.
•What to ask the host or hostess if you are requested to set up either an informal
or formal roast for a birthday party, anniversary, retirement dinner, etc.
Note: this will usually be one of your first paid giggies!
•Class performs a 30-minute formal roast in class which is then evaluated for
Off-campus Comedy Marathon
Contest, Sunday, TBA, Summer 2017, 7 pm??? at The Big Easy in Petaluma, CA.
Four mini-contests precede the main event, the "5-Minute Monologue
Class includes unique Lesson 9-12 workbook.
Note: after Meeting 1, future in-class open mics (for Workshop 2 students
only) will be handled as off-campus "Student Showcases." Students
who remain after
these Showcases can get rough notes from the instructor.
. . . Students wanting more
in-depth notes can make one-on-one appointments with the instructor at
and co-writing rates. This, so we have the full 3-hours for meetings 3-6
in Workshop 2 to include all the lecture material and in-class exercises required
for each lesson between 7-10 pm.
Your investment: $300. Comedy
Marathon Contest often held after the last Fundamentals workshop meeting with $150 prize to winner. Registration
Refer to Calendar for updates on which lessons will be taught on which
dates and times.
(Room 7 is in the building facing the smaller parking lot in the back, near
Cross and Crown Lutheran School
5475 Snyder Lane
Rohnert Park, CA 94928. Directions: Includes
maps and photos.
Reach Jim at: 415-877-4424, firstname.lastname@example.org.