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.
Workshop 1) "Fundamentals of
Stand-Up Comedy Workshop,"
often ends with an amateur Comedy
Marathon Contest: best act wins
Next Comedy Marathon Contest (CMC) is on a Sunday after
7-10 pm at The Big Easy in Petaluma.
Sections of "Fundamentals" on Wednesdays are repeated every
so, you can join any Wednesday,
then make up classes when they are repeated:
January 17-February 21, 2018, etc.
open mics with instructor feedback, exercises writing & performing
jokes, improvisation with the audience, how to deal with hecklers, etc.
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.
6-week workshops save students 33.33% in
over Jim's online
and 3-4 day distant-city intensive versions of his workshops.
Such a deal!
WIth permission of the instructor, those missing lessons or joining late can
make up missed classes when offered again.
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
For details, refer to the registration form below by clicking this link:
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
for Lesson Blocks 26-29 nor 30-34.
Current cycle dates for Professional
Stage Movement: setting the bit,
Lesson block 26-29,
Includes all-new handouts for Lessons 26-29
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.
precede the main event, the "5-Minute Monologue
after Meeting 1, future in-class open mics (for Workshop 2
only) will instead be handled at local off-campus "Comedy Open Mics."
who bring their videos of these open mics to class can get rough notes from the
. . . Students wanting more
in-depth notes can make one-on-one appointments
with the instructor at
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,"
means using theatre, TV and film staging techniques unique to the solo performer,
4 Lessons, 3
hours each .
Watch 42 minute video preview:
Class includes unique Lesson 26-29
hand-outs, including rules for the
"Choreographing a Joke"
held at the next CMC.
Plus, you will learn skills necessary to stand-out at NYC-style "Cattle-Call
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
complex five-minute takes featured in the famous films of
Federico Fellini (1920–1993)
"La Dolce Vita" (1960), "8 1/2"
John Farrow (1904–1963) "His Kind of Woman"
and imitated by Martin Scorsese (1942-present) in his "Raging Bull"
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Happily, all students in this workshop will be trained using the same creative
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!
Only later did I find out that Jewel had been trained by
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.
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(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.
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Reach Jim at: 415-877-4424, email@example.com.