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Workshop: "The Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy"
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Cross & Crown Lutheran School
Rohnert Park, CA 94928, USA
Wed., 7-10 pm, Jan. 17-Feb. 21 or
Feb. 28-April 4, 2018
Lieberman Theatre panorama long shot so see most of 99 seats. The Lieberman Theatre inside
The Marin Theatre Company
397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941 USA
Sat.-Sun., 10 am - 5pm both days
Mon., 6-9 pm PST, Jan. 8-29,
Feb. 5-26 and
March 5-26, 2018 plus "Alternative sections"
for those who have conflicts
with posted dates
Future plans

Make audiences laugh!
      The Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop
Sections on Wednesday nights are repeated every six weeks;
so, you can join any Wednesday,
then make up missed classes
when they are repeated,
7-10 pm:
January 17-February 21
, 2018; February 29-April 4, 2028, etc.
Room 7
Cross and Crown Lutheran School
5475 Snyder Lane,
Rohnert Park, CA 94928, USA.
Free parking.

$400/six weeks or $150/class drop in
     •Includes a 200-page Workbook covering Lessons One through Four and
     •the Comedy Marathon Contest (CMC) rules for the two core contests, 5-Minute Monologue Contest (main event) and the Improvisation mini-contest.

Topics covered:
Meeting 1, Lesson 1: How to Tell a Joke on a Stand-Up Comedy Stage, During a Speech and in the Work Place.
Meeting 2, Lesson 2: How to Write a Joke: the 7 basic joke forms.
Meeting 3, Lesson 3: Your narrative vs. minor characters: marketing your act.
Meeting 4, Lesson 4: Editing your Comedy or Serious Speech into an Act:
"This is where the money is."--Jim Richardson

Meetings 5 and 6: prep at same location in Room 7, CCLS, Rohnert Park for
off-campus Comedy Marathon Contest (CMC), to be held on a Sunday after Feb. 21 and/or after April 4, 7-10 pm.

Prep for the upcoming Comedy Marathon Contest (CMC):
Reviewing the core "5-Minute Monologue Contest's" 10 rules and
"5-minute Improvisation Mini-Contest's" 7 rules.
Then, we watch winners of past contests
as students trace how past contestants won
by fulfilling each of these 17 categories.
Tips from past judges to help you be more successful, etc.

Students in good standing can compete in this amateur Comedy Marathon Contest (CMC) in a public performance—
     •First prize: $150
Advanced reservations for tickets highly recommended.
Contestants, crew and judges admitted free, check-in an hour before show time.
Directions to The Big Easy in Petaluma which hosts our nine CMCs with a $150 prize, three Run-Offs with prize of $300 and one Comic of the Year Contest $1,000.

Don't live in northern California?
Live in California but too far from Rohnert Park to drive round-trip on a week day night?
Just want to take Lessons 1-4?
Want to make up a missed Lesson 1-4?
No problem. Two options:

1) Lessons 1-4 will now also be offered on selected weekends at major venues throughout California.

After 28 years, Jim brings his comedy workshops back to
The Lieberman Theatre inside The Marin Theatre Company (TMC)
which seats 99 in a "raked house."
This is the same idea as "loge seats" in movie theatres
where each row is elevated so you can see over the heads of the people seated in front of you.
Hence the brag, "no bad seats in the house!"
Lieberman has a stage 35 feet wide and 15 feet deep.

Back in the day, Jim offered these same Lessons 1-4 at TMC.
Taylor Mason studied them with Jim at TMC.
Go here, and then scroll down to read all of Taylor's credits
and his updated endorsements of Jim.
These include
tips on how to work with Jim to get the most out of this workshop:
“Jim Richardson's comedy class helped me prepare and execute a comedy routine 
in the comedy division of Ed McMahon's 'Star Search' TV Show
that won the $100,000 grand prize."
--Taylor Mason

Beginning with Sat.-Sun., Jan. 27-28, 10 am to 5 pm both days at the Lieberman Theatre inside The Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, CA 94941.
TMC is "the leading professional theater in the North Bay."
Same $400, same workbook, plus you can still take meetings 5-6 whenever offered again in Rohnert Park. Check calendar for dates.
Meets at The Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, CA 94941
Free parking! 

10 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge toll both:
Sat., Jan. 27, 10 am-5 pm, Lessons 1-2, How to Tell & Write Jokes
Sun., Jan. 28, 10 am-5 pm: Lessons 3-4, Character & Editing
More info., register online to get workbook in advance:
Registration to save $200 off the $600 version of my distant learning my workshops = only $400:
Driving directions.

2) And/or, take the webcam-to-webcam version online via Internet video conferencing.
$600 investment for this version of my workshops
and workshops over an hour's drive from Mill Valley, CA:

Tip: enroll early to get your copy of the Fundamentals workbook and CMC rules snail-mailed to you same day.
     •Get a real leg up on your competition.

Why not?
It's legal!


No prerequisites for Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop.

Prerequisite for Intermediate and Advanced Stand-Up Comedy Workshops:
take, or at least enroll in, Lesson Two: How to Write a Joke, the seven basic joke forms
Exception: no pre-requisites for Lesson Blocks 1-4, 21-29 nor 30-34.

Future plans
Fuller descriptions of Lessons 1-35:
Using the six-week format, Jim' a current Advanced students have needed 48 weeks to work their way through all these Lessons.
However, with his return to the weekend program, the same material can be studied in only two months of 4-5 Lessons/weekends.
Miss a weekend?
Make it up when those lessons are repeated.

Folks living outside the San Francisco Bay Area can fly in.

Come a day early and/or stay a day late
for your one-on-one coaching and co-writing consultations with Jim.

Such a deal!


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Workshop: "The Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy"
Intermediate & Advanced Stand-Up Comedy Workshops
Interviews | Showcases-Open Mics-Contests
Calendar for Workshops and off-campus performances

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