Stand-Up, Storytelling & Public Speaking

Discover your unique comic voice in Second City’s Stand-Up and Storytelling courses. Stand-Up uses an improvisational approach to the creation and delivery of solo comic material. Craft your set, learn joke construction and discover how to navigate your first open mic. Storytelling courses help you bring structure and craft to your autobiographical stories, and are intended to be taken with multiple instructors in any order. Many Stand-Up and Storytelling courses end with a casual showcase of student work.

Please note that some of these classes will be delivered online.


Stand Up 1

In Stand Up 1 you will develop yourself as a solo comedic performer by writing and workshopping your own material. By understanding how earlier stand-up comics evolved, you will experiment outside your comfort zone and experiment until discovering your own unique style. Students will have regular writing assignments during the…

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Stand Up 2

Build on the skills developed in Stand Up 1, honing your comedic voice through a variety of exercises and personal feedback. Class culminates in a final performance

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Stand-Up Lab

This class meets Online, at the day & time you’re signing up for. All you need is a sturdy internet connection and a device that has a camera and microphone (computer, tablet, or even your phone can work.

Open mics are great but sometimes you need a little more when working…

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Storytelling Levels 101 & 201

Level 101 –Story is everything. Whether it’s inspiration for your next script to understanding yourself a bit better, learning what makes for a great story (and how to make it uniquely yours) is ultimately what allows us to connect, engage and understand what the heck this human experience actually is….

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Storytelling Salon

The Second City Story Salon, lead by comedy veteran Frances Callier, is an ongoing collective of writer/performers who are developing the personal art of storytelling in a creative and supportive environment. Each week features in class writing sessions designed to help you dig deeper into your writing, explore tools and…

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Public Speaking

Public Speaking with Ken Hall

Many of us are now faced with the reality and challenges of a work-from-home world and with that new expectations and opportunities for us to interact and engage in a virtual way like never before. This class will help you develop increased confidence and comfort honing your public speaking skills…

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What's Your Story

Personal Essay Writing

Just because it happened to you, and it revealed and taught you so much, doesn’t mean you can easily share those revelations with others. Essay writing is a very fine line between an emotional journal entry and “Wow! They said what I’ve been feeling this whole time!” How does Baldwin…

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Stand Up Online

Stand Up Drop-in (Online)

Learn the basics to writing and performing stand-up comedy from the comfort of your socially distanced home! Using the glories of modern technology, you and a group of fellow peers will “meet” with one of our comedy experts to learn how to “find the funny” all while getting a sneak…

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Stand-Up 1: Joke Writing (On-demand)

Develop yourself as a solo comedic performer by writing and workshopping your own material. By understanding how earlier stand-up comics evolved, students experiment outside their comfort zone and experiment in a variety of styles until discovering their own unique style. Students will be encouraged to perform in local open mics…

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Storytelling: Tell Better Stories (On-demand)

A online, go at your own pace Personal Storytelling course

Understanding the basics of a good, compelling story is essential to life, essential to connection, essential to whether you want to write a memoir, give a Ted Talk or share a story piece for The Moth. Understand your story and you’ll…

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Hosting 101 (Online)

A class to get more improvisers comfortable hosting improv shows – setting up improv games, keeping the show moving forward and keeping the energy up. Hosting: the ultimate way to make your partners look good!

Prerequisite: Improv 3/C or equivalent education

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