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"At last, a how-to class by someone who actually knows how to."
-Dave Boone, WGA Award Nominated Comedy Writer
"I can't tell you how valuable it is to have someone like Joe guide me and believe in me. It's exactly what I was looking for."
-Elvis Winterbottom, Comedian
"Joe's class changed everything. I went from being nervous and unsure if I could even do stand up, to booking shows all around town and performing with confidence. It's rare to get to study under someone who has it so engrained in them you can't help but absorb their knowledge and enthusiasm and do so in such a fun and supportive environment."
– Chris Wievl, Comedian
"Joe's stand up comedy class is intense. His experience and insight helps you grow as a comedian. He challenges students to explore their potential. I would recommend his class to beginners and experienced comics that want to workout their writing skills and stage performance."
– Vince Royale, Comedian
"Joe's class blew me away. His approach and knowledge of the comedy business is awesome. I feel more inspired to write than I have in years. It's the best thing I've ever done for my career and my creative spirit!"
- Jackie Maruschak, Comedian
"Joe's class is a necessity if you think you want to do stand-up. He knows stand-up inside and out, and knows what he's talking about (just look at the guy's resume). Joe pushed me past the "happy, ha-ha let's joke about cats" and got me to dive into deeper material and edit it into something actually funny. He emphasizes the basics that separate the good comics from the not-so-good and sets up a perfect foundation for great joke writing. He's very generous in working with material that you send him as well. I've taken the class twice and may take it again."
- Peter Marr, Comedian
"Joe was EXACTLY what I needed as a new stand up comedian. Before Joe's class I would jump on stage only to BOMB, then I would go home and think about killing myself. At least now I don't BOMB anymore. Joe is a professional in the true sense of the word. I was able to go through my vast amounts of material with him and cut down the excess fat that was standing in the way of the "true funny". Even if you don't have any material Joe will help you find it. All I can say is...thanks Joe!"
- David Vaughn, Comedian
"Joe's class helped me develop an original comedic voice and avoid the usual pitfalls of a rookie comic. And the class includes a showcase at the Improv - which is one big boatload of gravy."
- Ian Jasper, Comedian
"Joe's class rules! He gave me invaluable advice on my routine that translated into big laughs on stage. With Joe you get the feedback of a writing partner and the professional advice of a manager. I would strongly recommend his classes to anybody who is interested in stand up or comedy writing, no matter what stage in your career. Don't waste your time with others -- Joe is the man!!!" – Isaac Gonzalez, Comedian
"Joe's a talented stand-up teacher with a genuine desire to help comedians grow."
-Marc Campbell, Owner, The Westside Eclectic
LEVEL 1 Stand Up Comedy Class
Actual course topics and assignments may vary
Joe's 6-week class will teach you the essential components of Stand Up Comedy - Joke Writing, Point of View, Delivery, Timing and Performing Skills.
You will prepare a five minute set that you'll perform live at the World Famous Hollywood Improv!
Class #1 - Come in with several ideas/premises you want to develop into jokes. After the initial meet and greet, you will begin to learn the essential parts to performing stand up comedy and joke writing.
Class #2 - Everyone will perform a 3 minute set. Then we will work as a group on each student's set, tweaking setups, punching up jokes, and tightening overall performance.
Comedy Nugget #2 - Ten kick ass ways to be really funny.
Class #3 - You'll perform 3 more minutes of material and get feedback on your jokes from Joe and the class. Homework – Write 1 additional minute of material to be performed in Week 4.
Comedy Nugget #3 - Whatever doesn't add detracts!
Class #4 - Perform your 4 minute set, then get feedback from Joe and the class. We'll also work on set structure - to seque or not to seque?
Comedy Nugget #4 - Stand up and DELIVER...
Class #5 - Prepare for the live show by performing your 5 minute set. You'll also learn how to deal with nerves, hecklers and, dare I say it, bombing.
Comedy Nugget #5 – Holy shit I'm nervous!
Class #6 - You'll perform your set in front of a live audience of friends, family, and co-workers, at the Hollywood IMPROV!
Comedy Nugget #6 - The more times you take the stage
Along with developing material, there are many goals you may choose to work towards like: dealing with hecklers, developing characters, preparing to be an Opener or MC, and so on. Joe treats everyone on an individual basis. If you have a particular goal, share it with him, so he can offer support and advice to help you crush on stage!
Space is limited ENROLL NOW!
For more info call 310-916-8761 or email Info@LAStandUps.com