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Stand-Up Comedy Mastery Program - Going Pro Guide

Learn how you can start getting paid in comedy
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*** This is Part 3 of the Stand-Up Comedy Mastery Program ***

Part 3 of the Stand-Up Comedy Mastery Program focuses on making money, marketing, and critical skills for professional comedians.

SECTION 1: Finding Paid Gigs

This section will teach you exact steps for making money with your comedy. Learn how the business of comedy works, how to approach bookers for booked shows, comedy clubs, corporate shows, and many others.

SECTION 2: Producing Your Own Shows

Want to own your own comedy show and get paid (even if you're performing somewhere else that night)? Learn exact steps for building your own successful comedy show. You'll learn how to secure a venue, find talent, and effectively market your show to draw big crowds.

SECTION 3: Bonus - Maximizing Laughter and Becoming Memorable

In the bonus section you'll learn how to take your career to the next level. You'll learn exactly why audiences laugh and how to apply it on stage to get massive laughs. You'll discover how to optimize your performance for maximizing laughs.

Next, you'll learn the secret to amazing storytelling and character development on stage. Learn how to apply POV (Point-of-View) Humor to create hilarious, believable characters in your performances.

Next, you'll learn a step-by-step method on how to create hilarious analogies.

Last, you'll discover creative thinking strategies that will help you write material that is both more effective and more memorable.


Jared is a professional comedian and creativity trainer. He was a finalist in the Great American Comedy Festival and has been an opener for top-comedians like Kyle Cease (#1 Comedy Central Special of 2008, 10 Things I Hate About You, Not Another Teen Movie) and Louis Anderson (#92 on the "100 Greatest Comedians of All-Time" List by Comedy Central). He received a master's in Creativity & Innovation in 2014, and has since developed several programs designed to increase comedians' creativity.


“This is one of those courses that covers the basics and goes beyond. It gives you the box and then tells you what is outside of it. I am not sure if it is ahead of its time, but it is DEFINITELY TIME FOR IT!"

~Dave Johnson- Award-winning Comedy/Magician, clients include various conventions and Fortune 500 companies.


"This course offered much insight to the creative mind of the comedian. This information is not only brilliant but also intuitive. They've found a way to put the creative process in measurable terms. This course is mandatory for all people wanting to have a career as a stand-up artist."

~Nick Olivas- Lewis and Floorwax Show, 103,5 Fox FM


“You're my new hero. This course is a much-needed resource for the thousands of comedians (including me!) who need no-nonsense, practical advice for generating ideas, fine-tuning material, overcoming challenges, developing an original style, and mapping out a career."

~Paula Johnson- Co-Producer, The Joke Gym, Los Angeles


Faster & Funnier is a must for anyone serious about making a career in comedy. It has valuable insights to creating and performing original material. I found the course easy to understand and implement the recommended strategies. Thanks for putting this together, it has helped me become a better comedian.

~Dickey Bill Wagner- Producer, Host, and Headliner


This course has brought a new dimension to my understanding of comedy. Jared breaks down what the pros are doing and how you can achieve amazing results on stage. I've read many stand-up comedy books. This is the only book that has given me a deeper understanding of why comedy works and how to use that knowledge to further my career.

~Comedian Ellery Allexis- Actor, Comedian, Producer, and Host

Who is the target audience?
  • Comedians that have already taken Part 1 & Part 2 of the Stand-Up Comedy Mastery System
  • Intermediate or advanced comedians that have already written and performed comedy
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What Will I Learn?
Turn your sense of humor into a paycheck
Create a marketing strategy to get booked at high-level shows
Get paid as an emcee
Produce your own comedy shows for fun or profit
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  • Students should have taken Part 1 & Part 2 of the Stand-Up Comedy Mastery System
  • Student should have a basic understanding of comedy writing and performance concepts
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 25 Lectures Collapse All 25 Lectures 03:22:01
Finding Paid Work As a Comedian
6 Lectures 47:20

Networking Strategies, Finding New Opportunities, & Self-Marketing Strategy

Moving Up The Ladder: The “Big-Break Mentality”

What Makes a Great Emcee?

Emcee Strategies: Opening, Introducing Comics, Managing the Audience, & Closing
Producing Your Own Comedy Shows
2 Lectures 15:28
Step-By-Step Guide to Producing Your Own Show

Strategies for Successfully Producing & Maintaining a Show
Beyond Stand-Up Comedy: Bonus Strategies
12 Lectures 01:34:05
Psychology of Laughter: How Science Can Improve Your Laughs – Part 1

Psychology of Laughter: How Science Can Improve Your Laughs – Part 2

Psychology of Laughter: How Science Can Improve Your Laughs – Part 3

Maximizing Laughter: Optimizing Writing & Performance Variables – Part 1

Maximizing Laughter: Optimizing Writing & Performance Variables – Part 2

Maximizing Laughter: Optimizing Writing & Performance Variables – Part 3

Point-of-View Humor: The Secrets To Hilarious Characters on Stage – Part 1

Point-of-View Humor: The Secrets To Hilarious Characters on Stage – Part 2

Turn Analogies Into Applause Breaks: A System For Hilarious Analogies – Part 1

Turn Analogies Into Applause Breaks: A System For Hilarious Analogies – Part 2

Writer’s Block – Part 1

Writer’s Block – Part 2
Beyond Stand-Up Comedy: Creativity Strategies
3 Lectures 28:37
Enhancing Your Creativity – Part 1

Enhancing Your Creativity – Part 2

Enhancing Your Creativity – Part 3
2 Lectures 16:31
Conclusion - Part 1

Conclusion - Part 2
About the Instructor
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2,719 Students
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Creativity/Innovation Researcher, business coach, comedian

Jared has been an opener for top comedians such as Kyle Cease (#1 Comedy Central Special of 2009) on his Wake Up College Tour and Louie Anderson (Ranked #83 on Comedy Central's "Greatest Comedians of All-Time" List).

Jared was a Finalist in the Great American Comedy Festival and has performed in A-list comedy clubs, theaters, amphitheaters,and universities. He's known for his unique blend of audience interaction, improvisation, sharp wit, and unique point of view.

Jared received his Master's in Creativity & Innovation from Drexel University in 2014. Jared now teaches two programs online: Faster & Funnier and the Creativity For Comedians audio program. Both programs take a drastically new perspective on teaching comedy by emphasizing "creativity-inducing" strategies that help comedians differentiate themselves from their competitors while steering clear of factors known to cause writer's block or that harm a comedian's originality.

Jared's career got off to a rough start. After struggling for 2 years to excel at joke writing, he threw out all his material and started from scratch. Jared began purposely ignoring "best practice" and ruthlessly analyzing top comedians, spotting where current comedy teaching broke down. The new style paid off quickly. Within a few short months he went from dive bars and open mics to getting paid to headline showcases (modest 20 minute sets). A year later he began doing full-length headlining (45+ minutes).

In 2008, Jared systematized what he learned from the experience and began teaching and coaching comedians in Denver, CO. The system was tested and refined through live courses, eventually becoming Faster & Funnier: A Comprehensive Guide to a Great Career in Comedy in 2011.

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