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Workshop: "The Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy"
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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 one fundamentals and two intermediate comedy workshops weekly
ORGANIZED COMEDY
Year-round 2017 workshops
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 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.

"Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop,"
often ends with an amateur Comedy Marathon Contest: best act wins $150.
Next CMC is Sunday, end of May (TBA), 8 pm, $10 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,
7-10 pm,
March 2-April 6, 2017, April 13-May 18, 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.

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

Your investment for local Sonoma County classes: $300 per workshop

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

Local 6-week workshops save students 50% 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.


2) "Intermediate Stand-Up Comedy Workshop," Tuesdays in Rohnert Park, 7-10 pm, different lessons taught every 6 weeks.

Descriptions:
http://stand-upcomedyworkshop.com/IntermediateAndAdvancedCourseTitles.html
Prerequisite: usually completion of Lesson 2: "How to Write a Joke".

Next cycle dates for "Intermediate Techniques for Writing and Performing": Lessons 5-8,
March 21-April 25, 2017.


Topics covered:
Meetings 1, March 21: review March 12 "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 5-8 workbooks bound together in one volume.
Meetings 2, Lesson 5, Tues., March 28: Delivery: vocal tricks that sell your ideas
Meetings 3, Lesson 6, Tues., April 4: Topical Monologue: 11 joke formats
Meetings 4, Lesson 7, Tues., April 11: Social Commentary: 7 joke formats
(Skip the Tues class only on Tax Day, Tuesday, April 18.)
Meetings 5, Lesson 8, Tues., April 25:
Making the Audience Like You a Lot
Meetings 6, Tues., May 2: prep at same location for off-campus Comedy Marathon Contest, Sunday, end of May (TBA), 2017at The Big Easy in Petaluma, CA. Review four mini-contests and 5-Minute Monologue Contest categories and tips from past judges.
Includes unique Lesson 5-8 workbook.

Note: after Meeting 1, future in-class open mics for Workshop 2 students only will be handled in Workshop 3. Additional fees will apply. This, so we have the full 3-hours 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 after last workshop meeting with $150 prize to winner.
Registration form.

3) "Intermediate Stand-Up Comedy Workshop: Writing and Performance Intensive," Wednesdays in Rohnert Park, 7-10 pm, 6-week workshop first taught summer of 2015, back by popular demand.

Prerequisite: completion of at least Lesson 2: "How to Write a Joke: the 7 basic joke forms".

Next cycle dates:
Wednesday, March 22-April 26, 2017.
By appointment only so please schedule appointments with Jim in advance.

Class time is divided equally amongst participants wanting to create new material.
This, so students can more easily grow their acts efficiently to fill the length of 20-minute (MC), 30-minute (Middle Act/Feature Act), and 45-60 minute sets (Headliner) required by full time, professional comedy clubs all over the USA.

Description:

Each meeting begins with an in-class open mic, new material only.
Email in advance, then also bring to class a printed out, triple-spaced copy of this new bit(s) script for your act.
Instructor can more easily edit said script as you perform it on mic.

Then, playback of in-class open mic video and any recent video of your performances at Jim's off-campus open mics or showcases.
This is followed by your self-critique, then classmate suggestions, and ends with instructor's notes.

Your investment:
$300 or drop-in at $75 which does not count toward the $300 discount price.
If only one student shows up at a given meeting, he/she pays an extra $50 or $25 to meet instructor's minimal fee: $100/meeting of this unique workshop.

Comedy Marathon Contest often after last workshop meeting with $150 prize to winner.
Registration form.


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 Spring-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, then make up missed classes when repeated, 7-10 pm, March 2-April 6, April 13-May 18, May 25-June 29, 2017, etc., Room 7, Cross and Crown Lutheran School, 5475 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928, USA, 6-weeks, $300, includes 200-page workbook snail-mailed immediately.
No pre-requisites.
If you want to enroll in a "Fundamentals" section offered in Rohnert Park that is offered later than this next section, you can still use this order form for these 2017 dates:
March 2-April 6, 2017; April 13-May 18, May 25-June 29, 2017, etc. Just indicate which section you wish to take here:

Workshop 2: "Intermediate Stand-Up Comedy Workshop," current session is
"Intermediate Techniques for Writing and Performing:" Lessons 5-8, Tuesdays, March 21-May 2, 2017 (skips Tues., April 18, Tax Day)
, 7-10 pm, Room 7, Cross and Crown Lutheran School, 5475 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928, USA, 6-weeks, $300, includes a new workbook snail-mailed immediately.

Workshop 3: "Intermediate Stand-Up Comedy Workshop," current session is Wednesdays, March 22-April 26, 2017, 7-10 pm, Room 7, Cross and Crown Lutheran School, 5475 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928, USA, 6-weeks, $300, includes no new workbook.

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 50% 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.


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
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.


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/class 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
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Discover

Number of my card:

Expiration--month: year:
CVC number (the 3-4 extra Card Security Code numbers on the back of your card):

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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
:

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 4524
Santa Rosa, CA 95402


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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