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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.
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|Section 1: Overview and Preparation|
|Lecture 1||1 page|
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.
|You don't need too much preparation before your first time on stage. Just get out there and make it happen!|
Getting Stage Time
Assignment: Find Your First Show
How Do You Become Good? - Comedian QuotesPreview
|Writing down a few goals will help you stay focused!
Assignment: Write Down Your Goals
|Section 2: Stand Up Comedy Writing|
Comedy Writing IntroductionPreview
|Don't know what to talk about on stage? Here are a few good suggestions...|
Here is an explanation of different types of comedians and what they talk about!
Assignment: Write For An Hour
Your material should to be written in a certain format in order to maximize it's funnyness!
Assignment: Transcribe Jokes
|Here are some very specific methods to make your writing hilarious!
Assignment: Edit Your Material
|Here are some other ways to make your performance and writing come together!
In stand up comedy, editing your writing and your overall set is an incredible necessity!
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...
|Section 3: Stage Time|
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!
Assignment: Perform At Different Open Mics
|Besides open mics, you will periodically perform on showcases and at comedy clubs!|
Assignment: Watch Headliners Live
|When you are out there performing, you have to be more than funny. Be professional!|
|Section 4: Performing Stand Up Comedy|
Before you make people laugh, you need to possess basic presentation skills!
|How you tell your jokes is just as, if not more important, than what you write!
Assignment: Copy Delivery
Watch me perform the same joke over and over! Observe how I fix set ups and add punchlines!
To maximize your laughs, you should start your sets in a certain way and put your jokes in a particular order!
|Learn what to expect from the people that watch you perform!
|Want your performance to be more dynamic? Feel restricted by just writing jokes? Talk to the audience!
Assignment: Crowd Work
|Don't let people interrupt you! Stay in control of your performance!
|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!|
|Section 5: Comedy Networking|
|Sometimes it's not all about making people laugh, you have to learn how to make yourself known!
|Section 6: Hosting Comedy Shows|
|Start hosting shows and start getting paid to tell jokes!
Progressing Forward and Good Luck
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.