Adding the Ampersand – Performing & Writing as a Comedy Team with Jim Staahl

Level: 1

In the tradition of Nichols & May or Burns & Schreiber – Jim Staahl, Emmy nominated writer with hundreds of performing credits, will share his experience of life after Second City by laying out the advantages of performing & writing as a comedy team – what it takes and what to expect in Hollywood. Jim will share how he first left Second City to write and perform with Jim Fisher & Tino Insana. How he transitioned from Second City “fourth wall” style theater to the “presentational” style suitable to perform in standup clubs across the country as well as on TV shows like The Tonight Show. Fisher & Staahl continued as a comedy duo that performed nationally and internationally as well as wrote as a team for animation, half-hour TV, variety and features.

This workshop will explore tools and tricks learned to excel in a night club or TV variety setting. The workshop will also get into the nuts and bolts and advantages of a career as a writing team.

Performing in clubs allows comedy teams to make money while honing comedy material, creating projects, and being seen by casting agents, booking agents, managers and agents – as well as how working as a team helps in the writers room.

Here are a few duos that conquered Hollywood as a team: Rikki Lindhome & Kate Micucci (Garfunkel & Oats), Jermaine Clement & Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords), Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim (Tim & Eric), David Cross & Bob Odenkirk (The Mr. Show), Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer (Broad City), Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia), Cheech & Chong… – to name just a few.

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230 W North Ave 2nd Floor Chicago IL 60610

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