ABCs of Comedy: The Art, Business, and Craft of Stand-up ($395)
This 12-hour comedy course is for novices who want to learn the basics, amateurs who want to make the leap to paid gigs, and professionals who want to improve their game. The course will focus on the Art, Business, and Craft of stand-up, including time to workshop material and plenty of Q & A with a seasoned professional. Tuition includes professionally photographed headshots and a Saturday night "showcase" performance, which is professionally recorded. Classes will be held Sundays, May 19 to June 9 , from noon to 3 pm at the DC Comedy Loft in the Bier Baron Tavern. The graduation performance will be held on Saturday, June 15 (time TBD) and is open to the public. Students are required to work on sets outside the course and must bring 10 people to the Saturday performance. (Ten discounted tickets will be available to each student.) To maintain quality feedback, enrollment is limited. Sign up now to guarantee your spot in the class.
Instructor bio: Robert Mac has been performing stand-up for 25 years. He was the Grand Prize winner of Comedy Central’s national stand-up competition (Laugh Riots) and was once listed in the Business Insiders “Top 100 Comedians in America” list. He has performed at Improvs across the country, the San Francisco Punchline, Helium in Philadelphia, and dozens of other respected clubs. He has been invited to Just for Laughs in Montreal and was the first performer at the inaugural Great American Comedy Festival. He was a top-3 finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival and the San Francisco International Comedy Competition. His writing has been praised by Lewis Black, Maria Bamford, and Emo Phillips, to name a few, and he’s worked on projects with Patton Oswald, among others.