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Year-round 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

For a quick 30 second preview,
listen to Steve Jaxon reading our commercial
aired Feb. 12-16, 2016 on KSRO's 3-6 pm M-F show "The Drive."
(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.)
After listening to Jackson's short spot,
return to this web page
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Jim & his students interviewed 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 fundamentals and an intermediate comedy workshops weekly
ORGANIZED COMEDY
Year-round 2017 workshops
Thursdays starting on September 21, 7-10 pm
Room 7 (near back parking lot exit)
Cross and Crown Lutheran School
5475 Snyder Lane
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

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 Sunday, November 5, 2017, 7-10 pm at The Big Easy in Petaluma.

Sections of "Fundamentals" on Thursdays are repeated every six weeks;
so, you can join any Thursday,
then make up classes when they are repeated:
September 28-November 2, 2017, 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.
More information.
Register.

Your investment for local Sonoma County classes:
$400 for Fundamentals classes September 28.
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 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 Fundamentals material snail-mailed.

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.

Registration form.


Workshop 2) "Intermediate and Advanced Stand-Up Comedy Workshop," dates and times to be announced as scheduled at mutually convenient times that fit both the instructor's and continuing student's schedules. Usually held in Rohnert Park, 7-10 pm, different lessons taught every 6 weeks.
Those who have made their $400 investment will meet in Room 7 at CCLS, 7-10 pm for Lessons 21-25 and to finalize the rest of the meeting times and dates.

Descriptions:
http://stand-upcomedyworkshop.com/IntermediateAndAdvancedCourseTitles.html
Pre-requisite: usually completion of, or enrollment in at least Lesson 2: "How to Write a Joke".

Current cycle dates for Intermediate "Advanced Writing: Theory and Practice with Group Written Scripts Using Complex Premise Routines, Lesson block 21-25 ": Lessons 21-25, tentatively Friday, November 10 as these where convenient dates for those who have already completed their registration and made their investment.


The two non-lesson meetings prep for the upcoming CMC, then give student contestants instructor's notes at the meeting after CMC.

Off-campus Comedy Marathon Contest tentatively, Sunday, November 5, 2017, 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 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:

Advanced Writing: Theory and Practice with Group Written Scripts Using Complex Premise Routines, Lesson block 21-25.

Write bits that make elaborate use of all the writing and performing techniques which you have learned through Lessons 1-20 to reinforce comedic structure.
How to develop 5 more different types of complex premise routine.

Careers are character-driven.
Anything in your act that does not reveal character is a waste of stage time!
Your main persona vs. your minor characters.
Includes handout: "Script Formatting for Solo Performance"

21) Relationship Satire Routine, 3 hours
Character motives
Look and sound like two different characters
Build
Reversal of the situation: correct the targeted error

22) Wit Routine, 3 hours
Obstacle, consequence, attack
Name the fool by his foible
Strategic action
Slip that gets the wit into a contest with the fool

23) Humor Routine, 3 hours
Eccentric characters
Loveable foible vs. uncomfortable situation
Ironic escape, create pathos, costume jokes, entering funny

24) Three-Dimensional Premise, 3 hours
Role changes

25)Two-Situation Premise, 3 hours
Free associating jokes 

More detailed descriptions of Lessons 21-25

Class includes unique Lesson 21-25 workbook.

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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OK: now, to register for Workshops, please enter your information in this Order Form:
Your shipping address:

Your name: Address City State/Province Postal Code
Work phone number: Home phone number: Cellular phone number
E-mail address

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 Summer-Fall-Winter 2017
(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 Thursdays are repeated every six weeks; so, you can join any Thursday,
7-10 pm,
then make up missed classes when repeated,

September 28-November 1, 2017, etc.,

Room 7, Cross and Crown Lutheran School, 5475 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928, USA,
6-weeks,
$400 includes 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 these 2017 dates:
September 28-November 1, 2017, etc. Just indicate which section you wish to take here:

Pre-requisite for Lessons 5-34: have completed, or enrolled in, at least Lesson Two "How to Write a Joke: the seven basic joke forms,"
in class, or one-on-one with Jim or via Jim's audio/workbook option.


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

Workshop 2: current Intermediate session is"Advanced Writing: Theory and Practice with Group Written Scripts Using Complex Premise Routines, Lesson block 21-25" Fridays beginning November 3 , 7-10 pm, Room 7, Cross and Crown Lutheran School, 5475 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928, USA, 6-weeks, $400.
Includes all-new workbook for Lessons 21-25.

For more information on future Lessons 5-34:
http://stand-upcomedyworkshop.com/IntermediateAndAdvancedCourseTitles.html
Just indicate which Lessons you wish to take here:


Don't live in northern California?
Then, take the webcam-to-webcam version online via Internet video conferencing:
http://stand-upcomedyworkshop.com/registrationForm.html



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

so they 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
via local workshops.

Notice:

Whatever purchases toward Jim's entire Lessons 1-34 course
I 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 my copy of all 1,050 pages of workbooks and related hand-outs.
with the local, live, in-person Sonoma County workshops included,
but without the audio cassettes,

I get the written material for all 8 Lesson Blocks at $300/Block = $2,400
since new printed material is included with each 6-week local workshop.
Example:
If I have taken the two Lesson Blocks 1-4 and 5-8 at $300/Block = $600 credit, then:
$2,400-600 credit = $1,800,
assuming that shipping is not required.

Beginning on September 28, all Lessons 1-34 will be $400, including Fundamentals.
Upshot: those who invest in all 34 lessons without audio cassettes will be paying $800 more or $3,200
before applying credit for investments made.


Option 2 is all workbook pages and audio cassettes from Jim's lectures and examples, Lessons 1-34:
I would also like to get my copy of all 22 audio cassettes from Jim's lectures and examples (recommended!)
that go with these same printed materials and local workshops included in Options 1,
making up the balance of Jim's Lessons 1-34
(audio cassettes are not sold separately from workbooks):
$2,400 + $250 for audio cassettes = $2,650 minus my fees paid to date.
Example:
If I have taken the two Lesson Blocks 1-4 and 5-8 at $300/Block = $600 credit, then:
$2,650-600 = $2,050,
assuming that shipping is not required.


Beginning on September 28, all Lessons 1-34 will be $400, including Fundamentals.
Upshot: those who invest in all 34 lessons with audio cassettes will be paying $800 more or $3,450
before applying credit for investments already made.


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 $75/Fundamentals class meeting are not prorated toward the total 6-week discount fee of $300/6 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
United States Postal Service money order
Western Union
PayPal.com: pay via your PayPal.com account directly to Jim's email address: jim@jimrichardson.com
Credit card

Your billing address
(Postal code must match your credit card):
Your name: Address City State/Province Postal Code
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  • American Express
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Number of my card:

Expiration--month: year:
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Please take one last look at this order form to make sure that you have placed all the orders you want,
then check here to confirm that your order is correct,
and that we now have a
contract
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Thank you for writing up your order.

To submit this form please:

This program is supported by most major web browsers.
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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Workshop: "The Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy"
Interviews | Showcases-Open Mics-Contests
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