at customized dates and times for these 3 types of schedules:
1) Weekly local workshops
Jim Richardson lives in Northern California, USA.
2) Online webcam-to-webcams versions of these same Lessons
Broadcast through Internet video conferencing to anywhere that
You can get to a relatively
fast Internet connection via computer or mobile device.
3) In-person 3-4 day intensive workshops
at various cities.
local weekly workshop calendar 2015:
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center (SCCC), Spring 2015
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Jim's online and 3-4 day intensive versions of his workshops:
No travel expenses, perform at local venues and participate in larger classes:
Tuesdays, 7-10 pm, January 6-May 5, 2015, $150/6 weeks.
Next class: March 31-May 5, 2015, $150 + $50 materials fee = $200.
More information, six-week course descriptions, and maps with directions --
Register and make your investment
Though the form found at the bottom of this web page:
online via Jim's webcam to all your student webcams,
Taught through group Internet video conferencing.
3) Same lessons also taught over 3-4 day intensives at various cities:
descriptions and fees are the same for webcam & in-person intensives.
Next online via webcam workshop offered on:
nights, 6-9 pm PST, April 8-29, 2015,
$600/4 consecutive Wednesday nights.
Next 3-day weekend workshops:
Friday-Sunday, July 17-19 and August 28-20, 2015,
$600/3 consecutive days (two meetings on Saturdays)
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Calendar & registration deadlines for 2015:
Both webcam and
3-4 day intensive workshops
Are both announced
on this commonly shared and frequently updated calendar in the
"Sign up for Workshop Lessons" section of the registration form.
of Stand-Up Comedy"
as taught online
or as a three-day weekend in-person workshop,
These first 4 Lessons 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.
LESSON 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 off-stage for effective interactions in any
business between the management, staff and their clients.
Or any relationship between friends and family members, teacher and student,
player and coach, etc. ...more
LESSON 2) How to Write a Joke: the 7 basic joke
•Workshop contains a system for writing jokes that works for you every
•Learn the seven basic joke forms. ...more
LESSON 3) Narrative Character: your persona, your main character vs. your
minor characters 3 hours
•How to naturally exploit your humorous side. ...more
LESSON 4) Editing Your Comedy or Serious
Speech into an Act, 3-4 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 needed in stand-up comedy vs. in a speech.
•The different standards between starting out with your "little
league" local club scene or speaking at service clubs vs. clearly understanding
the very different goals required by "major league" national
TV shows or the corporate speaking circuit.
•Polishing: punch it up, or edit it out! ...more
1-4: your investment and registration.
Who should take
this workshop—Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced:
comics, business keynote speakers, politicians, ventriloquists and other solo
at any level in your career.
See professional endorsements
Who gives this workshop:
Jim Richardson, Comedy Coach & Co-Writer since 1977.
•Jim taught the first Stand-Up
Comedy class in the United States of America for credit at a USA University in
•Jim's students and Clients have gone on to win the major comedy contests
and many, many TV Emmys.
Jim can also
help you with your specific act through his one-on-one
coaching and co-writing.
Jim strives to teach you as many core Comedy Writing & Performing Techniques
You will participate several times at every session.
Everyone can always improve.
Anywhere that you can get Internet access.
You can learn online
from the comfort of your own home or office.
You will attend lecture/demonstrations, watch video clips and complete interactive
exercises through your computer's, smart phone's or tablet's web
cam--here is what to look for:
Most computers sold in the past few years come with a built
in Audio/Video webcam:
•Look for a pinhole in
the top of most smart phones (Apple, Android, etc.), tablets (iPad, etc.),
Windows PC or Apple computer monitors.
See above photos for example built-in webcam solutions: a smart phone, an
Note: If you have an older computer, external USB webcams are available
at very low cost for both Windows PC and Apple computers.
•See this photo below of a Microsoft
example for a very good external webcam solution:
Jim will meet with you online a week before Lesson One
to walk you through getting set up with the free video conferencing software.
This takes only about 20 minutes.
Relax: this is FUN!
Wednesday nights, April 1-22, 2015, 6-9 pm PST and at other custom scheduled
See schedule for both webcam and on location workshops in classrooms,
homes and offices updated on this registration form.
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Over a dozen top
Stand-Up Comics & Keynote Speakers endorse
Jim's Stand-Up Comedy Workshops
turning points in their careers,
especially when coupled with his Coaching & Co-Writing
Now, they offer you insider tips,
what they did before winning TV Emmys
and vastly increasing their earnings.
You could be next.
To see what Jim's nationally successful
Students and Clients have to say, click here:
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