Stand-Up Comedy Mastery Program - Writing Mastery
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Stand-Up Comedy Mastery Program - Writing Mastery

Learn the strategies professional comedians use to write killer material and develop stories into performances
3.1 (34 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.
206 students enrolled
Created by Jared Volle
Last updated 4/2016
Current price: $10 Original price: $55 Discount: 82% off
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  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Write and perform your first 5 minute set
  • Write comedy that syncs with your unique comedic style
  • How to organize material for a performance
  • Exactly how you should prepare for a show
  • Write short, concise setup and punch lines
  • Understand what makes for quality punchlines
  • Find your unique voice as a comedian
  • Learn strategies for performing brand new material
  • How to refine your material to get the maximum laughter
  • How to use joke formulas the RIGHT way
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  • Your own natural sense of humor

Discover the untold secrets of top comedians. This in-depth program covers everything from your very first time on stage to how to take an established comedy career to the next level.
The Stand-Up Comedy Mastery Program strikes a balance in teaching the exact steps new comedians need to write and perform comedy for the very first time while also drilling down and teaching advanced strategies veteran comedians use to write and perform killer material, become more financially successful, and create a name for themselves in the industry.
There are over 13 hours of videos on writing stand-up comedy, performing comedy, and marketing yourself as a comedian in the 3-part Stand-Up Comedy Mastery Program.
The course begins by creating a foundation for new comedians. Not only does it provide easily applicable, step-by-step strategy, but it will shatter many of the misconceptions new comedians have that prevent them from breaking out of open mics and keeping them from experiencing the pure joy of packed crowds and rolling laughter.
Writing modules dive into both the tangible and intangible aspects of a comedian's material. You'll learn multiple strategies for how to kick off the writing process, punch up your material, and expand your ideas into hilarious stories.


“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. ###strong/strong###. 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

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?
  • Aspiring comedians
  • Open mic comedians looking to start getting paid
  • Professional comedians looking to break away from their competition
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Curriculum For This Course
42 Lectures
New Comedians Guide: Setting Yourself Up For Success
10 Lectures 01:15:04

Becoming Unique: The Life-Blood of Great Comedians

The Comedian Lifestyle

New Comedian Mistakes: Ways New Comedians Put Audiences to Sleep (Part 1)

New Comedian Mistakes: Ways New Comedians Put Audiences to Sleep (Part 2)

Smashing the Learning Curve: Immersing Yourself in the Stand-Up Comedy World

Smashing the Learning Curve: Quickly Learning Lessons That Take Others Years
Writing: Cranking Out A+ Material
13 Lectures 01:28:57
The Core of Killer Material: Mechanic vs. Organic Humor

Varying Styles of Humor: Finding What Fits You

Intro to Writing: What the Audience Really Cares About

Establishing Trust with the Audience

4 Writing Strategies: Find new ideas, explore ideas, increase quality, & merge

Setups: Keys to fast, effective setup lines

How Setups & Punchlines Work Together

Punchlines: Know Your Audience

Punchline Length: Dissecting a Joke I Used in the Great American Comedy Festival

Timing: Finding Your Rhythm & Enhancing Your Storytelling

Tag Lines: Keys to Joke-Stacking

Organizing Your Performance: Openers & Pacing

Organizing Your Performance: Segues & Closers
Writing: Going From Good to Great
19 Lectures 02:12:25
Writing Process: An Overview

Introductory Phase: Capture- Using Peak Emotions to Guide Writing

Introductory Phase: Elaborate- Expanding Joke Premises & Narrowing Your Focus

Introductory Phase: Rehearsal- Allowing Material To Take On a Life of its Own

Testing Stage: Systematically Analyzing Audience Response

Testing Stage: Getting an Authentic Response from Off-Stage Testing

Refining Stage: Examples from Seinfeld, Izzard, Williams, & Jeni

Refining Stage: Strategies & Questions to Ask Yourself

Refining Stage: Understanding and Applying Audience Feedback

Refining Stage: Analyzing Delivery & the Joke Premise-Writing "fit"

Maturity Stage: Being Practical with Your Writing Time

Death Stage: 3 Reasons Material Dies & Strategies to Extend Shelf-Life

Evolving Your Material: Layering Material For Better Storytelling

Evolving Your Material: Storytelling- When Joke "Fat" is Good Thing

Joke Formats: Why Most Comedians Fail & The Two Times It's OK to Use Them

Joke Formats: Broken Assumptions- The Sweet Spot Between Truth & Exaggeration

Joke Formats: Misplaced Sincerity & Contradictions in Words, Actions, & Persona

Joke Formats: Puns & Omitted Punchlines

Joke Formats: Meta-Jokes- Using the Audience's Expectations Against Them
About the Instructor
Jared Volle
3.3 Average rating
67 Reviews
2,821 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.