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Lessons 1-35: Descriptions

Fundamentals, Intermediate and Advanced
Writing & Performing Techniques:

Grouped for Student/Client Workshops in progressive 4-5 Lesson Blocks
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Or my Clients often prefer to learn all these techniques during our:
One-on-One Coaching & Co-Writing appointments
.

Table of contents for this web page's short Lesson descriptions are linked to full Lesson descriptions:
The Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy, Lesson block 1-4
Intermediate Techniques for Writing and Performing, Lesson block 5-8
Improvisation, Working the crowd, Taking advantage of Hecklers, Informal Roasts and Formal Roasts, Lesson block 9-12
Writing: Theory and Practice with Group-Written Scripts, Lesson block 13-16
Advanced Writing: Theory and Practice with Group Written Scripts Using Complex Premise Routines, Lesson block 17-20
Complex Premise Routines (continued), Lesson block 21-25
Professional Stage Movement: setting the bit, Lesson block 26-29
Organized Comedy's "Graduate School:" assumes you have set scripts that are ready to be fleshed out with Theater Techniques, Lesson block 30-34
Organized Comedy's "Post Graduate School," Lesson block 35 and on-going — Monthly meetings
Pre-requisites:
*Indicates no pre-requisites for Lessons 1-3, 5, 8 and 26-29.
**, ***, and **** indicate that a course does have pre-requisites.
Your investment, savings and bonus offers
for my college-level, one year stand-up comedy program

The Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy, Lesson block 1-4:

http://www.stand-upcomedyworkshop.com/workshopDescriptions.html


Introduction: these first 4 of my 35 lessons get you off on the right foot.
Both beginning stand-up comics looking for a leg up and seasoned professionals wanting to get-back-to-basics begin at the beginning.
. . . more info.
1) *How to Tell a Joke on a Stand-Up Comedy Stage, During a Speech and in the Work Place, 3 hours
•Nuts and bolts of all joke-telling.
•Jokes, effectively delivered, go a long way to reduce tensions and further communications between a stand-up comic and his audience.
•The same principle applies to effective interactions between management, staff and clients.
Or any relationship between friends and family members, teacher and student, player and coach, etc. ...more info.

2) *How to Write a Joke: the 7 basic joke, 3 hours
•Workshop contains a system for writing jokes that works, whether you feel funny or not.
•Learn the seven basic joke forms. ...more info.

3) *Narrative Character: your persona, 3 hours
•How to naturally exploit your humorous side. ...more info.

4) ****Editing Your Comedy or Serious Speech into an Act, 3 hours
Both the serious and funny parts of your speech need to be tightly edited, just like a top-flight stand-up comedy routine:
•Ordering bits within the comedy act or speech for greater audience response: get bigger laughs and longer applause!
•Number and quality of laughs need in stand-up comedy vs. in a speech.
•Polishing: punch it up, or edit out! ...more info.

Lesson 1-4 registration.

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Intermediate Techniques for Writing and Performing, Lesson block 5-8:

http://www.stand-upcomedyworkshop.com/courseDescriptionsLessons5-8.html


5) *Delivery: vocal tricks that sell your ideas, 3 hours
Vocal techniques to enhance how you say things, phrasing, pacing and
developing a distinctive vocal signature. ...more info.


6) **Topical Monologue, 11 joke formats, 3 hours
Jokes based on today's news.
How to meet the requirements of these 11 joke formats using the seven basic joke forms you learned in Lesson Two. ...more info.

7) ****Social Commentary, 7 joke formats, 3 hours
Learn: the classic wit's 3 axioms for corrective comedy.
7 joke formats you can put in your act or speech tonight! ...more info.

8) *Making the Audience Like You a Lot, 3 hours
How to see yourself as others see you in order to find your own unique character.
Once they know who you are, it is much easier for your audience to respond eagerly ...more info.


Lesson 5-8 registration.

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Improvisation, Working the crowd, Taking advantage of Hecklers, Informal Roasts and Formal Roasts, Lesson block 9-12:

9) **, ***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!

For more information:
I must now take you to a Rich Internet Application (RIA) that I authored in 2006.
My RIA requires Flash Player which is already on 98% of Apple and Windows desktop & laptop computers.

That said, get on a computer, and click the image below
showing Muhammad Ali taunting Sonny Liston.

When the RIA launches in your web browser,
the Tip-of-the-Day (TOD) video will automatically begin playing in the right-hand column.

To replace this TOD video, click the link in the left-hand column for "Home Study Program: audio/workbook."
This will replace the TOD video with a "Home Study Program" menu.

Then, in that menu, click "Improvisation: Thinking on Your Feet."
A "Table of Contents" will come up with links to "3 video previews" and "Go to Order Form."

Go it?
OK: now, click on Ali
and let your learning begin!

http://www.jimrichardson.com/ria/v/sm_loadMovie_content.html


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For the Lesson 10-12 course materials,
purchase your copy of my entire "Home Study Program" (HSP)
of 1,200 pages and 21 hours of audio.

HSP and all my products and services can be ordered here:

http: //www.stand-upcomedyworkshop.com/coach.html#orderForm


10) ****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 dance!
Students are encourage to bring video clips of yourselves being heckled, whether you or the heckler won that encounter.
Technical assistance will be provided that will enable you to get any video file you have from your performances onto your Desktop; this, so you can stream it to the rest of the class.
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.

11) ****Informal Roasts: 21 joke formats,3 hours
•Going on the attack
•Defending against attacks

12) ****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 of honor) 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.
•World-class examples.
•Class performs a 30-minute formal roast which is then evaluated for effectiveness


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Writing: Theory and Practice with Group-Written Scripts, Lesson block 13-16

13) ****Simple Premise Routine—ideal, 3 hours
How to use all the joke forms and joke formats learned through Lessons 1-12 to:
•Writing longer bits that drive home a single point

14) ****Simple Premise Routine--classical tirade, 3 hours:
•Steps to develop your own routines: increase your writing speed five-fold!
•Class-written classic tirade routine premise routine

15) ****Selling Yourself during interviews by newspapers, radio and TV, 3 hours
Part I: theory, examples
•How to distill your anecdotes into powerful sound bites.

16) ****Selling Yourself during interviews by newspapers, radio and TV, 3 hours
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


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Advanced Writing: Theory and Practice with Group Written Scripts
Using Complex Premise Routines, Lesson block 17-20


Write bits that make elaborate use of all the writing and performing techniques which you have learned through Lessons 1-16 to reinforce comedic structure.
How to develop 9 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"

17) ****Media Parody Routine, 3 hours
How to most artistically create impressions of famous real people and fictional characters seen in the media
Sound effects

18) ****Observation Routine, 3 hours
Minutia taken to absurdity

19) ****Two-character skits: one-liner format, 3 hours
Straight man & funny man

20) ****Two-character skits: story format--how to create funny characters, 3 hours
Role changes


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Complex Premise Routines (continued), Lesson block 21-25

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
Thesis, anti-thesis, synthesis

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


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Professional Stage Movement: setting the bit, Lesson block 26-29:

26-29) *Also called "Stage Mechanics," which means using theatre staging techniques unique to the solo performer, 4 Lessons, 3 hours each
. . . more info.

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Organized Comedy's
Graduate School:
Assumes you have set scripts that
Are ready to be fleshed out with
Theater Techniques, Lesson block 30-34
30) **, ***Acting for Stand-Up Comics and Business Speakers, Part I, 3 hours
Make your act consistent, not performance dependent.

31)**, ***Acting for Stand-Up Comics and Business Speakers, Part II, 3 hours

32-34) ****Narrative Character: your persona, 3 classes, 3 hours each


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Organized Comedy's
Post Graduate School
Lesson block 35 and on-going —
Monthly meetings:
35) **** on-going monthly International seminar for professionals only: stand-up comics, business keynote speakers, politicians, ventriloquists, and other solo acts.
Who have taken Lessons 1-34 and established professional credentials both in their technical mastery of these writing/performing techniques, and in their ability to gain regular paid gigs:
Business Side of Show Business, latest developments in the art and craft of stand-up comedy and humorous public speaking, relating performance to world events, etc., 3 hours once/month
•Know what the business realities are, and take all the shortcuts!
•How to make resumes, photos and audition DVDs that form your publicity packet.
•Plus, finding agents and managers.
Fees:
Lessons 35 and then, on-going meetings: for professionals only.
Monthly, for 3 hours, at $200/meeting.


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Pre-requisites:

Each 4-5 Lesson block has its own section on this web page:
Find the eight (8) Lesson block titles at the
top of this web page.
•After reading a Lesson block's title, for a fuller description of each Lesson within that Lesson block, please click the Lesson's blue "Lessons 1-4, Lessons 5-8," etc. link.


For a fuller description of an individual lesson that includes the course outline and often a video preview, please click the blue ". . . more info." link.
•That link will take you to the exact line within the 4-5 Lesson bock's web page having information specific to that particular Lesson.
•To read more about the other Lessons within that block, just scroll up and down that 4-5 Lesson bock's web page.

Note: this web page is still being updated as I bring more information over from my JimRichardson.com web site.
For details about where to find all my information posted online between the workshop and JimRichardson.com web sites, read the description under Site Map: more tips.
•As of 2-14-2014, on this workshop web site you can find course outlines for Lessons 1-8 and 26-29.
•For more information on Lessons 9-25, check out the link to Home Study Program on my Tip-of-the-Day video jukebox.
This is a Rich Internet Application (RIA) requiring Flash Player which is on 98% of both Apple and Windows desktop & laptop computers:
Screen shot of my Tip-of-the-Day video juke box with blue arrow indicating link to click so you can bring up the HSP menu.
http://www.jimrichardson.com/ria/v/sm_loadMovie_content.html


However, Flash Player is not allowed on Apple mobile devices using iOS: iPhone, iPodTouch and iPad.
Thus, a couple of years ago, I started developing on this alternative workshop web site so folks on iOS devices could:
•access my basic information and
•view video clips for both Flash Player and iOS devices.
Also, I post most of my new information on the workshop web site instead of JimRichardson.com
At this point, there is still some information only found on the older web site.

Note: if you are still unclear about your eligibility for any of the above Lessons briefly described on this workshop web page:
•Please feel free to ask me directly, e-mail: jim@jimrichardson.com, phone: 415-877-4424

What the asterisks (*, **, *** and ****) seen before each title on this workshop web page mean:
*No pre-requisites: these Lessons can be taken stand-alone, even if you are yet to take Lessons 1-4 or any preceding Lessons.

**Pre-requisites include both:
•Lesson 2, "How to Write a Joke: the 7 basic joke forms" and
•Lesson 4, "Editing Your Comedy or Serious Speech into an Act"
Another way to satisfy the Lesson 2 and 4 pre-requisites:
•These joke forms are also described Jim's audio/workbook package, "How to Write a Joke: the 7 basic joke forms "
•Another version of editing which is less targeted to those pursuing a stand-up comedy career is described in Jim's audio/workbook package, "Editing Your Comedy or Serious Speech into an Act"
Details upon request.

*** Pre-requisites: Lesson 1, "How to Tell a Joke on a Stand-Up Comedy Stage, During a Speech and in the Work Place"
Another way to satisfy the Lesson 1 pre-requisite:
•These joke-telling techniques are also described in my audio/workbook package of the same title which also includes an annotated bibliography of recommended joke books.

**** Pre-requisites: all preceding Lessons and all their pre-requisites from Lesson One inclusive; i.e., completing only a Lesson that has no pre-requisites does not get you into subsequent Lessons if those Lessons have other pre-requisites from earlier Lessons.


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Your investment, savings and bonus offers
For my college-level
One year stand-up comedy program:
Discounts Table for Pre-Paid Products & Services
Packages: Copper
Bronze
Silver
Gold
Platinum
Rhodium
Best Deal
4-5 Lesson block (12-15 class hours each) with matching course materials Yes            
Home Study Program with free hour of coaching for every Lesson block pre-purchased   Yes Yes     Yes Yes
Lessons 1-34, with matching course materials     Yes       Yes
Free hour of coaching for every friend you bring to OC program who takes all of Lessons 1-4 = value:
1) $200 x X-number of such Friends, if any.
2) None = $0 savings to you here.
Yes=$? Yes=$? Yes=$? Yes=$? Yes=$? Yes=$? Yes=$?
50 hours at $200/hour coaching at 10% discount:
$10,000-$1,000=$9,000
      Yes      
100 hours at $200/hour coaching: 20% discount:
$20,000-$4,000=$16,000
        Yes    
150 hours at $200/hour coaching: 33% discount:
$30,000-$10,000=$20,000
          Yes Yes
150 hours at $200/hour coaching: 33% discount,
& Lessons 1-34:
$20,000+$5,100=$25,100
            Yes
Your investment: $600-750/block
$1,000
$5,100
$9,000
$16,000
$20,000 $25,100
Savings: $0 $0 $1,600 $1,000 $4,000 $11,000 $11,600
Greater Value = Your investment + Savings: $600-750 $1,000 $6,700 $10,000 $20,000 $31,000 $36,700


As I am a former
university instructor with three college degrees
with much success both producing professional comedy shows
and training comics to attain successful careers (see their endorsements),
pricing reflects a year of college tuition.
The cost is also less than putting an addition onto the average home.
Plus, I offer savings of up to 33% for those students and clients
who commit to studying with me for the next 12 months.

If for economic reasons you must choose between taking my Workshops
where I teach general writing and performing techniques
and taking one-on-one Coaching and Co-Writing services
which focus on your specific act,
I always recommend Coaching over Workshops.

For best results, meet with me at least once/week,
be it for 15-45 minutes at $50-150/week
or one or more hours at $200/hour/week.

Remember:
Taking my one-on-one services just a little
is a whole lot better
than never working with me at all.

Given the time and money you may have already invested
getting to dead end open mics and poorly attended one-nighters,
your investment in my services over the span of your comedy career
works out to pennies-on-the-dollar.

That is, assuming you have the intelligence and talent to pursue a comedy career in the first place.

8-)

Therefore, before you commit to one of the Silver through Best Deal packages,
I strongly recommend that you first take my 9-hour introductory First tape critiqued,
which I call Best Approach:
http://www.stand-upcomedyworkshop.com/coach.html#firstTape

If you only have some ideas for scripts and have never actually performed stand-up comedy,
take an hour of one-on-one coaching so we can arrive at a beginner's package that suits you:
Register and schedule a Coaching and Co-Writing appointment.

This "Discount Table for Pre-Paid Products & Services" comes in seven (7) packages:
Copper, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Rhodium and Best Deal:


Copper package icon.
Copper Package includes:
Bonus offer
You can earn an additional free hour of my consulting ($200 value) for each friend you bring to my Organized Comedy program who both:
•mentions your name when they first register/pay their fees and
•takes all of my Stand-Up Comedy Workshop Lessons 1-4.
•You must also pay your fees and complete all of Lessons 1-4 before you can use any earned free hour(s).
•Even after you have completed Lessons 1-4,
you can still earn this credit retroactively
for anyone else you bring to my Workshop Lessons 1-4,
as you continue to progress through my Intermediate and Advanced Lessons.

Added value to you:
1) $200 x X-number of such Friends, if any.
2) None = $0 savings to you here.

Details upon request.


Lessons 1-4 for $600, plus tax and shipping.
Minimum enrollment: 5 students.
Internet video conferencing or live, in-person Workshops, Lessons 1-4 with Jim Richardson —
Includes your copy of the bare-bones first 352-pages of Jim's 600 page audio/workbook package "The Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy" with no audio, but which fully covers Lessons One-Four.

Option: test the waters by purchasing the 352-page workbook without audio at $200, plus applicable tax and shipping.
Then, if you eventually decide to take either the online or in-person version of Jim's Lessons 1-4 workshop,
you can probably take this $200 off the registration price for any Lessons 1-4 workshops Jim offers in 2014.


Lessons 5-34 include additional workbooks and various hand-outs:
These are Intermediate and Advance Lessons offered in:
•Four-lesson blocks at $600/block: Lessons 5-8, 9-12, 13-16, 17-20, 26-29.
•Five-lesson blocks at $750/block: Lessons 21-25, 30-34.
Plus, applicable tax (if California resident) and shipping costs.

Your investment: $600 for Lessons 1-4 includes the Workshop, $600-750 for subsequent four-lesson or five-lesson block Workshops, $5,100 for all 34 lessons.



Bronze package icon.
Bronze Package includes:
Same bonus offer included in the Copper Package (see above).
Plus, free hour of my one-on-one coaching & co-writing for every Lesson block you pre-purchased.
At $200/hour x 8 Lesson blocks, this is a potential added $1,600 value!

My entire Home Study Program (HSP) of 1,200 pages of workbooks and other handouts, plus 21 hours of audio,
is the basic course material for my Workshop Lessons.
To buy HSP separately: $1,000
Total greater value: $2,600
Your investment: only $1,000, plus applicable tax and shipping your copy of my HSP.


Silver package icon.
Silver package includes:
Same bonus offers included in the Bronze Package (see above).

Plus:
If you purchase all of Lessons 1-34 in advance, to buy separately: $150 x 34 Lessons = $5,100
At 3 hours/lesson x 34 lessons = 102 hours of instruction = $50/hour, a 75% savings over one-on-one services at $200/hour.
. . . For this Best Deal package only, the 5 student minimum enrollment is waived:
102 hours at $200/hour = $20,400 -5,100 = $15,300 savings
But with this bonus offer, you can immediately:
•cash in all 8 hours of consulting with me for that added savings: $1,600!
•plus, get your free copy of my entire HSP
Total added value: $5,100 + $15,300 + $1,600 = $22,000 savings!
Your investment: only $5,100, plus applicable tax and at-cost shipping your copy of my HSP.
Such a deal!
Additional Benefit:
You get a real leg up with my early help on your specific act.
For more information on my 2-pronged approach to training stand-up comics, business keynote speakers, politicians, ventriloquists and other solo acts, please read my FAQ page.


Gold package icon.
Gold package includes:
Same bonus offer included in the Copper Package (see above).

Plus:
50 hours of my Coaching & Co-Writing consulting at $200/hour coaching with 10% discount: $10,000-$1,000=$9,000
Savings: $1,000
Your investment: only $9,000


Platinum package icon.
Platinum package includes:
Same bonus offer included in the Copper Package (see above).

Plus:
100 hours of my Coaching & Co-Writing consulting at $200/hour coaching with 20% discount: $20,000-4,000=$16,000
Savings: $4,000
Your investment: only $16,000


Roh
Rhodium package includes:
Same bonus offer included in the Copper and Bronze Packages (see above).

Plus:
150 hours of my Coaching & Co-Writing consulting at $200/hour coaching with 33% discount: $30,000-10,000=$20,000
Savings: $10,000
•Your copy of my entire HSP is included: $1,000 added savings
Total savings: $11,000
Total greater value: $20,000 +$10,000 + $1,000 = $31,000
Your investment: only $20,000, plus applicable tax and shipping


Best Deal package icon.
Best Deal package includes:

•All of Lessons 1-34 will be paid in advance which to buy separately: $150 x 34 Lessons = $5,100
At 3 hours/lesson x 34 lessons = 102 hours of instruction = $50/hour, a 75% savings over one-on-one services at $200/hour.
. . . For this Best Deal package only, the 5 student minimum enrollment is waived:
102 hours at $200/hour = $20,400 -5,100 = $15,300 savings
•Plus, free hour of my one-on-one coaching & co-writing for every Lesson block you pre-purchased.
At $200/hour x 8 Lesson blocks: added 8 additional consulting hours = $1,600 savings!
•150 hours of my Coaching & Co-Writing consulting at $200/hour coaching with 33% discount: $30,000-10,000=$20,000
Savings: $10,000
Total savings: $11,600
Total greater value: $5,100 + $1,600 + 10,000 + 20,000 = $36,700 value!
Total: $36,700 value -$25,100 investment = $11,600 savings!

Your investment:
only $25,100, plus applicable tax and shipping for your copy of my entire HSP.


Note: beyond what is listed on this web page,
you can find links to all my products and services on my Coaching Order Form
•Find the order form by going to my Coaching & Co-Writing web page,
then scrolling down to the bottom.
•Or just click here to go directly to Coaching Order Form.
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Lessons 1-35: Descriptions | Register: Lessons 1-4 | Register: Lessons 5-8 | FAQ | Contact Us

Sub Headings: even more tips!
Studying Comics | Comedy Roots | Comeback? | Defense | Character mask | Robin | Censorship
Writer's block | Camcorder Coaching | Memorizing | Remembering | Stage Movement: setting a bit
Business | Business Cards | Your Web Site | Open Mics | Evil "Bringer Shows" | Audition | MC tips
Promo Packet | Contact media | Interviews | How to get BIG-$ Gig$ | Agents vs. Managers
Newsletter | Goodies | Auditioning: TV & Movie parts | Site Map: more tips
Improvisation: Thinking on Your Feet | Hecklers