Stand-Up Comedy Mastery Program - Performance Mastery
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Stand-Up Comedy Mastery Program - Performance Mastery

Learn how to dominate on stage, engage audiences, and perform like a pro
4.3 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
149 students enrolled
Created by Jared Volle
Last updated 2/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Effectively prepare for a live comedy performance
  • Find venues to perform at all around the country
  • Approach show bookers and get stage time
  • Translate written material into an engaging live performance
  • Capture and retain audience attention (even if the audience is loud or inattentive)
  • handle performance interruptions and hecklers
  • recover from a bad joke to get HUGE laughs
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  • Students should already be familiar with basic comedy writing concepts, such as line length, keywords, click-points, tag-lines, etc.

***This is Part 2 of the Stand-Up Comedy Mastery Program***

Part 2 of the Stand-Up Comedy Mastery Program focuses on performance mastery. In Part 2 - Performance Mastery, you'll learn performance skills that are critical to success on stage. You'll learn how to take your written material and effectively translate it onto the stage.


In section 1, we'll show you exactly how to find places to perform all over the country. Find local shows where you can get consistent stage-time (even if you're new or under 21) or book performances from the other side of the country. You'll learn exactly how to find available shows, approach bookers, and get stage time.

You'll also discover how to break out of open-mic performances and get invited to exclusive shows. Learn critical skills for performing high-level shows, such as material selection and time-allotment.

Discover how to be successful in all types of venues: Comedy clubs, bars, outdoor shows, churches, and corporate shows.


In this section, you'll learn exactly how to prepare for your performance. You'll be introduced to "performance variables," that professional comedians use to effectively translate their written material into a live, spoken performance.

You'll discover how to give your performance a natural flow, how to (and when to) use profanity, how to write an effective intro to create audience anticipation, and a simple mistake that puts the audience to sleep 5 seconds into your performance.


In this section, you'll learn how to create momentum throughout your performance to keep the audience engaged, whether you're performing for 2 minutes or 2 hours. You'll discover how professional comedians handle unplanned interruptions to create massive laughter.

Next, you'll discover the 4 strategies for dealing with loud audiences. Learn exact steps on how to capture the audience's attention.

Last, you'll learn a simple trick that can turn any bombed joke into a roaring laughter.


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- Comedy Writing Mastery"
  • Intermediate comedians that have already written material
  • Veteran comedians looking to enhance their storytelling technique
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
Venue Guide
5 Lectures 41:15

Booked Shows: Time Requirements, Bringing Your “A Game,” & Booker Politics

Strategies For Performing Awkward-Shaped Rooms

Strategies for Bars, Corporate Work, Outdoor Gigs, & Cruise Liners
Unstoppable Stage Presence
8 Lectures 56:17
Storytelling Technique – Standing Out From Other Comedians & Becoming Memorable

Storytelling Technique – Avoiding a Hacky Comedian Persona

Preparation: How to Be on the Top of Your Game & Developing Stage Comfort

Creating Comedic Tension – Timing, Pauses, & Pacing

Performance Energy Level – Being Congruent With Your Material & Persona

Filler Words: How to Use Them to Build Rapport

Distractor Lines: Creating a Conversational Feel On Stage

First Impressions: Your Intro & Confidence Level
Complete Control on Stage
10 Lectures 01:18:33
Audience Dynamics: How the Audience Relates to Itself

Engaging the Audience, Breaking Down the 4th Wall, & Being “Real” with Audiences

Handling Interruptions, Maintaining Audience Trust, & Segueing Back to Material

Hecklers: 3 Strategies For Dealing With Hecklers

Combating Hecklers & Coming Out As “The Good Guy”

4 Ways of Maintaining Control of an Inattentive Audience – Part 1

4 Ways of Maintaining Control of an Inattentive Audience – Part 2

How to Recover From a Bad Joke While Maintaining Rapport With the Audience

Using a Bombed Show to Take Your Career to the Next Level

Analyzing a Bombed Show: Discover What Audiences Are Trying To Tell You
About the Instructor
Jared Volle
3.6 Average rating
66 Reviews
2,809 Students
5 Courses
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.