Ultimate Beginner's Class to Learn Stand Up Comedy
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Ultimate Beginner's Class to Learn Stand Up Comedy

Quick and easy online class about learning how to make people laugh!
4.3 (70 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.
1,956 students enrolled
Created by Philippe Schafer
Last updated 3/2016
English
Price: $30
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 9 Articles
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Perform in front of a live audience!
  • Make an audience full of strangers laugh!
  • Learn how to effectively write funny jokes
  • Learn how to hold an audience's interest even under the most dismal circumstances
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Requirements
  • A sense of humor!
  • An amazing work ethic!
  • An insatiable curiosity!
Description

This course will teach you some of the many ways comedians make people laugh with their thoughts and stories.

In turn, you will learn how to make your own thoughts and stories hilarious!

This course is a beginner's guide to learning stand up comedy and will explain and instruct you how to write and deliver jokes.  The advice and tips in this course can be also be applied to many everyday situations and helpful to many different people:

1. Learn amazing public speaking skills (stand up comedy is the easiest way to get speaking time in front of people).  I will tell you how to get stage time and how different shows are structured.

2.  Learn how to make your stories funnier in everyday conversation.  This course will go into detail about what you should write about and the different writing devices used to make your ideas funny.

3.  Spice up your current public speaking skills with joke writing and comedy writing devices.  This course will explain all the components needed to make an audience laugh.

4.  Conquer a fear of public speaking.

5.  Learn the beginning process involved in stand up comedy and the what it takes to perform stand up on a regular basis.  Most people are huge fans of stand up comedy but they have no clue what the process is like.

6.  You will also learn timing and delivery techniques that will allow you to speak with conviction and maximize the amount audience members pay attention to you!

7.  Also, there are some specific ways that you should network and market your abilities in the comedy world.  This course will explain some of the most effective methods.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to improve his or her public speaking!
  • Curious individuals who want to learn a new skill!
  • A funny person who wants to be a comedian!
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Curriculum For This Course
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Overview and Preparation
7 Lectures 07:21
This is a list of words that you will hear comedians say when you are out performing.  There are not that many.  I will be using them a lot during the lectures.
Stand Up Comedy Terminology
1 page

You don't need too much preparation before your first time on stage.  Just get out there and make it happen!
Initial Preparation and Your First Time On Stage
03:26

Getting Stage Time
1 page

Assignment: Find Your First Show
00:19


Writing down a few goals will help you stay focused!
Stand Up Comedy Goals
03:28

Assignment: Write Down Your Goals
00:08
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Stand Up Comedy Writing
11 Lectures 33:46

Don't know what to talk about on stage?  Here are a few good suggestions...
What Should You Write About?
04:18

Here is an explanation of different types of comedians and what they talk about!

Styles Of Comedy
06:13

Assignment: Write For An Hour
00:10

Your material should to be written in a certain format in order to maximize it's funnyness!

Joke Structure
06:07

Assignment: Transcribe Jokes
00:14

Here are some very specific methods to make your writing hilarious!
Comedy Writing Devices
08:13

Assignment: Edit Your Material
00:11

Here are some other ways to make your performance and writing come together!
Callbacks and Transitions
02:09

In stand up comedy, editing your writing and your overall set is an incredible necessity!
Joke and Set Editing
02:27

One of the best elements of stand up comedy is that you can pretty much talk about ANYTHING on stage!  However, there may be a few instances where telling dirty jokes may not be a good idea...
A Few Words On Clean vs. Dirty Material
03:11
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Stage Time
5 Lectures 14:43
When you are a new comedian on the comedy scene, you will do most of your shows at open mics.  Here is an explanation of what to expect!
Preview 06:44

Assignment: Perform At Different Open Mics
00:08

Besides open mics, you will periodically perform on showcases and at comedy clubs! 
Showcases and Comedy Clubs
04:50

Assignment: Watch Headliners Live
00:20

When you are out there performing, you have to be more than funny.  Be professional!
Open Mic and Show Etiquette
02:41
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Performing Stand Up Comedy
10 Lectures 52:24
Before you make people laugh, you need to possess basic presentation skills!
Public Speaking Basics
06:35

How you tell your jokes is just as, if not more important, than what you write!
Advanced Public Speaking: Comedic Timing And Delivery
08:46

Assignment: Copy Delivery
00:16

Watch me perform the same joke over and over! Observe how I fix set ups and add punchlines!

Joke Evolution
17:42

To maximize your laughs, you should start your sets in a certain way and put your jokes in a particular order!
Set Organization
03:45

Learn what to expect from the people that watch you perform!
Preview 05:09

Want your performance to be more dynamic?  Feel restricted by just writing jokes?  Talk to the audience!
Crowd Work
03:26

Assignment: Crowd Work
00:09

Don't let people interrupt you!  Stay in control of your performance!
Dealing With Hecklers
02:30

Don't be afraid of no laughs!  Failure is good!  If a performance isn't going your way, this lecture will tell you what to do!
Bombing - How To Handle Failure
04:06
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Comedy Networking
2 Lectures 08:13
Sometimes it's not all about making people laugh, you have to learn how to make yourself known!
Networking With Comedians and Bookers
04:44

Comedy Marketing
03:29
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Hosting Comedy Shows
2 Lectures 06:52
Start hosting shows and start getting paid to tell jokes!
Hosting Comedy Shows
06:31

Progressing Forward and Good Luck
00:21
About the Instructor
Philippe Schafer
4.3 Average rating
70 Reviews
1,956 Students
1 Course
Stand up comedian. Coach. Teacher.

Philippe Schafer was born and raised around Washington D.C.  Formerly an operations engineer, he started stand up comedy on a whim in 2009 and since then he has been on stage over 1,000 times.  He uses the stage to share insightful and intimate stories of his personal life and to showcase his incredibly remarkable, super cool dance moves.  Audiences are always envious of his dancing skills.  He can see it on their faces.  They just never admit it. 

He has performed all up and down the east coast of the United States and has opened for many great comedians that have been seen on the Late Show with David Letterman, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Chelsea Lately, and Comedy Central.

In addition, he works as a strength and conditioning coach for high school and collegiate athletes and a substitute physical education teacher in middle and high schools.