teaches through group Internet video conferencing,
Workshop Calendar 2014
Lessons 1-4: “Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy”
2014 section: Monday
nights, 6-9 pm PST, June 30, July 7, 14 and 21, 2014 with registration
deadline: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
2014 section: Monday
nights, 6-9 pm PST, September 29, October 6, 13 and 20, 2014 with registration
deadline: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
At customized dates and times, in-person or via live webcam video conferencing. Details upon request.
Lessons 5-8: “Intermediate Techniques for Writing and Performing”
TBA section: scheduled at mutually convenient dates and times between Jim and his Lesson 1-4 graduates, register
Yes: you can take Lessons 1-8 in the same month.
of Stand-Up Comedy, Lesson block 1-4:
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 to effective interactions at any
business between the management, staff and 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 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
•Polishing: punch it up, or edit 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: an iPhone, an
iPad, and a Windows PC computer monitor.
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!
Monday nights, 6-9 pm PST or at custom scheduled times.
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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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