Summer Comedy Camp 2020 Registration ONLINE & HYBRID Meet Up Edition

Registration now open for Summer Camp running june 29 Thru September 3, 2020. Monday-Thursday 9:30-3pm with additional bonus activities – shows, bonding games run by teenterns and more… As health department permits, we will also include days where campers can meet up in person to engage in live performance training. This will be done in small groups, at safe locations with social distancing measures, wearing masks and gloves when necessary.

  • Teens – East Coast online
  • Teens – West Coast online
  • Kids – East Coast online
  • Kids – West Coast online

9:30am daily for both coasts (12:30pm also for afternoon East Coast 1/2 day students, or bonus writing prompt time for full day students that love to hear the sound of Walt Frasiers voice lol) is a 15-20 minute daily welcome with writing prompt to get my daily babble out of the way, so the 1-hour comedy sessions are 100%  stand-up and improv performance times.

We are actually hosting THREE 2-hour blocks daily 10am-12pm, 1-3pm 4-6pm EAST/NYC times. (OR 10am-12pm, 1-3pm PST Times.) Sign up for a FULL DAY of classes and attend ALL three blocks if you wish. Each Block includes 1-hour for comedy plus 45-minutes of either voice or movement.  When you click on the links above, the specific schedule for kids/teens and east/west coast campers are listed.

Bonus afternoon and Friday sessions will include family friendly shows, showcases by teenterns/ClassClowns, and camper showcases (We will not do shows EVERY week for EVERY camper, but rotate ALL campers in every 2- weeks)

IN PERSON HYBRID CAMP OPTIONS

After July 4th, as conditions allow and as demand persists, I will include days where we make it possible for students to meet up in safe locations. I am still working out exactly what this will look like. I am reading EVERY article on safe practices of opening up a day camp, and following what other sites are doing. These meet ups will occur at no additional charge and without disrupting online lesson schedule, most likely hosted by me personally..

ONLINE Comedy Classes 4 Kids & Teens

Are your kids stuck at home? Are they bored with little to do? We have created an online version of our Times Square comedy classes to help fill a void for both our students and teaching artists.

Use links to sign up for your first online class time. We will immediately work out a schedule for your class and private coaching times. You can complete the entire session in a week OR over the course of a month. During this time of chaos we are providing almost daily sessions where kids & teens can join a chat group with our moderator.

Tuition includes

  • UNLIMITED use of online resources – videos, study guides and blogs
  • FOUR online class coaching sessions hosted on ZOOM (40-minutes each).
  • FOUR online private coaching sessions (10-minute each)
  • We welcome you to create your own online videos on your finished work for various social media platforms. We will share them on our network. Simply send us a link.
  • When the plague subsides, we will invite students to our public showcases in New York City, where we will resume weekly classes and comedy camps.

Develop creative writing and performance skills while discovering your inner comedic genius!

INTRODUCTION

START by watching our introduction video. We recommend start keeping a journal of your comedy writing process. We will have a series of worksheets and study guides but keeping everything in one composition book makes it harder to lose your work.

RULE #1 HAVE FUN!!!

HOMEWORK

  1. Observe your world. EVERYTHING you need to be a comic is right in front of you. Material for stand-up comedy is everywhere. (As you will learn in the next section)
  2. Journal what you observe.
  3. SMILE – start every day with a smile. (SEE VIDEO ABOVE FOR MORE DETAILS on making you life a better place to live)

CLASS ONE: Brainstorming Ideas

A. CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD AND PRINT
Study Guide One “Brainstorming Ideas” before watching the next video.

B. Now watch the video.
Wait to complete the worksheet, but if the video inspires any ideas WRITE THEM DOWN.

Complete the worksheet, brainstorming ideas based on the prompt. There is no wrong. Never edit. Never judge while you brainstorm. Just “vomit” idea onto the paper.

C. PRIVATE COACHING SESSION #1 
Now meet with your instructor privately to go over your work. The teacher will help with your brainstorming process and pick your brain. Review your notes before starting grup session.

D. GROUP/CLASS SESSION #1
This will be your first online open mic session for this course. The other students may be doing their first session, their second or their 100th. When it is your turn just focus on your work. You will have 2-3 minutes to share your ideas. At this stage of the game, just read off some of the things on your list. If you want, you can tell us a bit about what happened. Don’t try to be funny. JUST SHARE. There will be some minimal feedback. When it is another comic’s turn, be a great audience. Learn from each other. Be supportive of each other. Remember, Comics are never allowed to be hecklers (This is a small community. Don’t burn bridges at your first class lol)

E. Journal the experience of class one brainstorming , process and performance.

CLASS TWO: Brainstorming Details

A. CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD AND PRINT
Study Guide One “Brainstorming Details” before watching the next video.

B. Now watch the video.
Wait to complete the worksheet, but if the video inspires any ideas WRITE THEM DOWN.

 

C. PRIVATE COACHING SESSION #2
Now meet with your instructor privately to go over your work. The teacher will help with your brainstorming process and pick your brain and start to formulate an actual routine out of this new information.

D. GROUP/CLASS SESSION #2
Now present your routines to the class again. There may be different faces in this room from last time. Present the story/stories as if this crowd is hearing them for the first time. Again, don’t try to be funny. JUST SHARE your story. LISTEN to yourself.

E. Journal the experience of class two brainstorming , process and performance.

CLASS THREE: Add the Funny and Outline your Routine

A. CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD and PRINT FIND THE FUNNY
B. CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD and PRINT OUTLINE YOUR ROUTINE

C. Now watch the video.
Wait to complete the worksheet, but if the video inspires any ideas WRITE THEM DOWN.

VIDEO COMING SOON

D. PRIVATE COACHING SESSION #3
Using the FIND THE FUNNY worksheet brainstorm ways to build up some laughs in your routine. Use the OUTLINE YOUR WORK worksheet to organize your thoughts. Now meet with your instructor privately to go over your work. The teacher will help with your process and pick your brain beyond where the video leaves off.

E. GROUP/CLASS SESSION #3
Now present your routines to the class again. There may be different faces in this room from last time. Present the story/stories as if this crowd is hearing them for the first time.

F. Journal the experience of class three process and performance. Start to analyze the good the bad and the ugly. What got a laugh? What got a snicker? What was a total waste of time? When we brainstorm we never worry about what is good. NOW we start to be more picky about what makes it to the next step.

CLASS FOUR: SHOWTIME?

ALMOST. At this point think about those words on a shampoo bottle.
WASH – RINSE – REPEAT

A. Go back to CLASS THREE worksheets. From now on, EVERY TIME you get on stage with this same material, the goal is to make it even FUNNIER. How can you improve the material? How can you improve your presentation of the material?

B. PRIVATE COACHING SESSION #4
Now meet with your instructor privately to go over your work. Before the next group session, re-outline your routine with the changes.

C. GROUP/CLASS SESSION #4
Now present your routines to the class again. There may be different faces in this room from last time. Present the story/stories as if this crowd is hearing them for the first time.

SHOWTIME

The primary class is over. If your time permits and we have space, we invite you to join additional online sessions during your planned class time. Or sign up for another session and let’s create new material together. A professional stand-up comic does the above routine EVERY week.

At the time this is written, you may not have a way to perform live. Schools are closed. Clubs are closed. When things get back to normal we invite you to join us in Times Square for a show. If not in/near New York City, find a talent show at school or local theater/club that hosts showcases for students your age.

Either way, and for now, we recommend shooting a video of your work. Post it on youtube, IGTV, TIKTOK (if under a minute), Twitter (if under two minutes) etc.

Send us a link and we will share in our network.