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Workshop: "The Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy"
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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
415-877-4424, jim@JimRichardson.com
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,
return to this web page
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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, Tuesdays, June 5-July 10, 2018, 7-10 pm
No prerequisite.
Room 7 (near back parking lot exit)
Cross and Crown Lutheran School (CCLS)
5475 Snyder Lane
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Filmmaking
Workshop 2) Six meetings, Wednesdays, June 6-July 19, 2018, 7-10 pm.
How to work both sides of the video camera.

No prerequisite.
Also taught at CCLS in Rohnert Park, CA. Plus, location shooting off campus.
Intermediate Workshop: Comedy Competition Intensive (CCI)
Workshop 3) Thursdays, June 21-July 26, 2018, 2018, 7-10 pm,
Jim's classes and coaching has helped win the San Francisco
and Seattle Comedy Competitions,
plus the "Star Search" TV Show's $100,000

Prerequisite:
at least Lesson 2: "How to Write a Joke: the seven basic joke forms"
Intermediate & Advanced Workshops are also taught at CCLS in Rohnert Park, CA.
Intermediate Stand-Up Comedy Workshop:

Workshop 4) Lessons 13-16, Thursdays, August 2-September 6, 2018, 2018, 7-10 pm,
Writing--Theory and Practice with Group-Written Scripts:
Simple Premise Routines, Classical Tirade Routine:
Increasing your joke-writing speed fivefold
How to make all your bits heckle-proof
Selling Yourself during interviews by newspapers, radio and TV

Prerequisite:
at least Lesson 2: "How to Write a Joke: the seven basic joke forms"
Intermediate & Advanced Workshops are also taught at CCLS in Rohnert Park, CA.


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 for Workshops 1 and 2.
Workshop 1) "Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop, descriptions of Lessons 1-4"
Tuesdays,
June 5-July 10, 2018, 7-10 pm.
No pre-requisites.

Room 7
Cross and Crown Lutheran School

5475 Snyder Lane,
Rohnert Park, CA 94928, USA.


Topics covered:
Meeting 1, Lesson 1: How to Tell a Joke on a Stand-Up Comedy Stage, During a Speech and in the Work Place.
Meeting 2, Lesson 2: How to Write a Joke: the seven basic joke forms.
Meeting 3, Lesson 3: Your narrative vs. minor characters: marketing your act.
Meeting 4, Lesson 4: Editing your Comedy or Serious Speech into an Act:
"This is where the money is."--Jim Richardson


Often ends with an amateur Comedy Marathon Contest: best act wins $150.
Next Comedy Marathon Contest (CMC) is on a Sunday evening after July 10,
probably at The Big Easy in Petaluma, CA
(30 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge toll booths).

Sonoma County sections of "Fundamentals" on Tuesdays are repeated every six weeks.
So, you could join any Tuesday,
then make up classes when they are repeated:
July 17-August 21, August 28-September 25, 2018, etc.

Includes 200-page workbook.

Weekly in-class open mics with instructor feedback.
Plus: exercises writing & performing jokes, improvisation with the audience, etc.

Your investment for local Sonoma County classes:
$400 or $150/class drop in for Fundamentals classes that begin
July 17.
The six meetings covers Lessons 1-4 and prep for CMC's.

Hot tip: 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 and online intensive versions of his workshops.
Such a deal!

8-)


Register.
Workshop 2) Filmmaking: working both sides of the video camera.

For actors, speakers, comics, writers and filmmakers (directors, cinematographers, editors, etc.).
No pre-requisites.

Wednesdays, 7-10 pm, June 6-July 18, 2018. (No class July 4.)

Room 7
Cross and Crown Lutheran School

5475 Snyder Lane,
Rohnert Park, CA 94928, USA.

Directions.


$400/6 weeks or $150/class drop in.
     •Includes hand-outs


More information.

Register.
Next Two Intermediate Stand-Up Comedy Workshops 3 and 4:
Workshop 3) Intermediate: Comedy Competition Intensive (CCI)

Three Thursdays, June 21-July 5: CCI orientation, video of before/after Ronn Lucas coached by Jim to win the San Francisco Comedy Competition. Plus: Ronn’s first of many appearances on "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson."
Read
"Life as a Comedy Coach" for the story behind the story!

Next, Jim changed Ross Shafer's strategy to come from behind, and win the Seattle Comedy Competition.

Taylor Mason's winning performance on “Star Search” $100, 000.

Your investment and discount:
A) $300: for just the three meetings June 21-July 5, or
B) $500: includes the three meetings plus three hours coaching ($600 value: get three hours for price of one) scheduled last three meetings, July 12-26.

Meets on Thursdays, June 21-July 26, 2018, 7-10 pm,
Room 7
Cross and Crown Lutheran School

5475 Snyder Lane
Rohnert Park, CA 94928, USA

Prerequisite: Lesson 2: "How to Write a Joke: the seven basic joke forms"
. . . Those just finishing Lesson 2: How to Write a Joke, the seven basic joke forms, are immediately also eligible to join the Intermediate & Advanced six-week courses which conveniently begin two weeks later than "Fundamentals".

These classes cover 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 using techniques they have learned in class.
Plus, already practiced same at the dozen or so local comedy open mics at night clubs in Sonoma County, and many more open mics at clubs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Intermediate and Advanced Workshops covering Lessons 5-34 can be taken in any order.


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Workshop 4) Intermediate Lessons 13-16:
Theory and Practice with Group-Written Scripts:
13) Simple Premise Routines
—the "holy grail" for writing classical stand-up comedy routines.
How to use all the joke forms and joke formats learned through Lessons 1-12 to:
•Write longer bits that drive home a single point
•Premises Bits vs. One-Liner Jokes:
Until you get in the habit of thinking in terms of premises, the jokes you come up with inspirationally will tend to be one- liners; i.e., a premise that will only sustain one joke.
Playwrights and screenwriters strive to come up with a single premise that will sustain half-hour to two-hour comedies.

The stand-up comic wants premises which will sustain bits that will ideally last 2-5 minutes.
His 20 minute to 90 minute act will be made up of many such bits, plus one-liners between the bits. •Why One-Liner Acts Should Ideally Last Only 8 Minutes.
•Why Professional Speakers Must Work By Premises.
•Necessary Background Study.
•Increasing Your Joke-Writing Speed Fivefold!

Ideal Premise Bit:
•What Your First and Last Joke Must Do
•Concluding the Bit by Proving the Premise How to Work Off Premises in Performance:
•Feeling Out the House
•Encore Material
•The Danger of Linking Jokes Thematically vs. Under Premises When Being Heckled:
How to make all your bits heckle-proof while still staying on premise.
•Performance Energy
•Deadpan vs. Smiling

List of books relevant to doing Simple Premise Routines; plus, helpful: Audio tapes & Video tapes, CDs & DVDs

14) Classical Tirade Routine
•Finding Your Premise
•Character
•False Lead
•What Your Second Joke Must Do

Write Your First Draft in One Sitting
•Using the Seven Basic Joke Forms to Write Your Second Draft

First Performances: Be Smart — Use Cue Cards!
•When to Begin Staging & Memorizing a New Premise Bit

Using Premises to Salvage Your Old Bits

Class-written classic tirade routine

15) Selling Yourself during interviews by newspapers, radio and TV
•Part I: theory, examples
•How to distill your anecdotes into powerful sound bites.

16) Selling Yourself during interviews by newspapers, radio and TV
Part II: drills
Field trip: to plug a gig, class will be interviewed by a professional newspaper reporter and/or radio DJ or TV host

$400/6 weeks or $150/class drop in.
     •Includes new workbooks unique to Lessons 13-16.


Intermediate and Advanced Workshops covering Lessons 5-34 can be taken in any order.


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. Parking is free.
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
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I have read the descriptions of 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 Tuesdays are repeated every six weeks.
Next section:
June 5-July 10, 2018.
No pre-requisites.
More information.
You can join any Tuesday, 7-10 pm.
Then, make up missed classes when repeated,
July
17-August 21
, August 28-September 25, 2018, etc.

Room 7, Cross and Crown Lutheran School, 5475 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928, USA,

$400/6 weeks or $150/class drop in.
     •I
ncludes
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.

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:
July 17-August 21, August 28-September 25, 2018, etc.
Just indicate which dates you wish to take Fundamentals here:


Workshop 2: Filmmaking -- work both sides of the video camera.
For actors, speakers, comics, writers and filmmakers (directors, cinematographers, editors, etc.). 
Six Wednesdays, 7-10 pm, June 6-July 18, 2018. (We skip July 4.)

More information.
Room 7, Cross and Crown Lutheran School, 5475 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928, USA.

$400/6 weeks or $150/class drop in.
     •Includes hand-outs 
No pre-requisites. 


Workshop 3: Comedy Competition Intensive
Room 7, Cross and Crown Lutheran School, 5475 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928, USA
Six Thursdays, 7-10 pm, June 21-July 26, 2018.

$500/6 weeks or $150/class drop in.
     •I
ncludes handouts unique to CCI.


Pre-requisite:
Lesson Two, "How to Write a Joke: the seven basic joke forms,"


Workshop 4:
Intermediate Lessons 13-16:
Six Thursdays, August 2-September 6, 2018.
Theory and Practice with Group-Written Scripts:
13) Simple Premise Routines
14) Classical Tirade Routine
15) Selling Yourself during interviews by newspapers, radio and TV
•Part I: theory, examples
16) Selling Yourself during interviews by newspapers, radio and TV
Part II: drills


Room 7, Cross and Crown Lutheran School, 5475 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928, USA

$400/6 weeks or $150/class drop in.
     •Includes workbooks unique to CCI.


Pre-requisite:
Lesson Two, "How to Write a Joke: the seven basic joke forms,"

Alternative schedule:
Do you find you live too far away to attend the weekly Sonoma County meetings
for Fundamentals or Advanced Stand-Up Comedy Workshops?
Same for the Filmmaking Workshop?
If so, would you still like to take all, or part of these programs?

Then, please fill in this text box, telling Jim what county do you live in and
how long a drive time are you willing to travel for weekend two-day workshops
covering the same Lessons 1-4, 5-8, etc., on selected weekends?

If you prefer weekly night evening meetings,
please indicate which evenings work for you:


Making your investment today means
you will get your copy of Jim's course material for that/those workshops snail-mailed to you instantly.
You can also be on a waiting list for a workshop closer to where you live.
Once we have enough students pre-enrolled and invested,
I will contact everyone to find a mutually convenient day and time to schedule the workshop meetings.
We have done this kind of scheduling most successfully with the Advanced Workshops.

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 eight weekends held over just two months!


FAQ: Lesson blocks can be taken out of sequence:
For more
http://stand-upcomedyworkshop.com/IntermediateAndAdvancedCourseTitles.html

Please indicate which further Lessons you wish to take:



Don't live in northern California?
Then, take the webcam-to-webcam version online via Internet video conferencing.
I also offer in-person weekend workshops beyond the San Francisco Bay Area.
Register and make your investment here:
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 an 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 weekends, 10 am - 5 pm both days,
to more efficiently absorb Jim's 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 three 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 Jim's comedy 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 Jim'
s 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.


Option 3 includes either Option 1 or 2, plus --
Optional scheduling “Alternative Sections”:
 
for those who have conflicts with
•the currently announced dates and times scheduled for local workshops, distant city workshops near you and/or online workshops.
These “Alternative Sections” can be either Lessons offered:
•over the Internet through my webcam to your webcam 
•live, in-person at classroom, homes or offices held in various cities. 

Those enrolled and making their investment in Option 3 have the added advantage of
negotiating a schedule of mutually convenient dates and times at
towns/cities within the Greater San Francisco Bay Area and/or other locations in the USA or abroad.


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 or Filmmaking class meeting are not prorated toward the total 6-week discount fee of $400/6 weeks or per weekend workshops.
   • Further, I understand that both completing my coursework and my deportment in the
"Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop" and "Advanced Stand-Up Comedy Workshops" 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 Marin County, California, USA
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then check here to confirm that your order is correct,
and that we now have a
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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.

Questions?
Ask away!
415-877-4424, jim@JimRichardson.com

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