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.

Stand-Up

Stand-Up 1 (2020)

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 term….

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Stand-Up 2 (2020)

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 on one of the Second City Training Center’s stages.

Stand-Up 2 meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term….

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Stand-Up 1 Express

Express and Fast Track classes are designed for students who can’t do an 8-week class, or just want to move through beginning programs faster. These courses have the same number of class hours and the same pricing as the standard 8-week versions of the same class. Express classes meet twice weekly for four…

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So, You Want to Try Stand-Up

Have you always wanted to try stand-up but were too intimidated to try? This workshop will take you from “Wish I could” to “Wow! I did!” in a supportive atmosphere, practice finding the comedy in real-life experiences and turn them into a stand-up set. This class will include writing, discussion,…

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Stand Up Sampler

Learn core stand-up concepts with The Second City Training Center and write some first drafts of your own material before checking out the popular Second City Training Center Open Mic and cheering on stand-ups or trying out your own material.
$20 – Saturdays at 7pm

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Stand-Up to Anxiety

Stand Up to Anxiety is designed for people who are looking for ways to face feelings of discomfort and reduce avoidance behaviors in social, work/school, and family settings. Face performance anxiety and develop yourself as a solo comedic performer by writing and workshopping your own material. By understanding how earlier…

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Storytelling

Storytelling 1

Whether you’re hoping to perform at a storytelling event or you just want to get better at telling the story from that one time at camp, this is the class for you. Learn how to shape your stories to follow an engaging arc, take your stories through rewrites and learn…

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Storytelling 2

So you’ve completed Storytelling Level 1. Great! What’s next? Storytelling Level 2 offers insight into the further reaches of what it means to be a storyteller. Learn to utilize every day life experiences, as well as tried and true public speaking techniques, as tools for bringing your stories to life….

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Stand-Up & Storytelling Workshop

5-Day Intensive: Stand-Up 1

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. Stand-Up Intensives should be taken in consecutive order. Students with some previous experience may…

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5-Day Intensive: Stand-Up 2

Build on the skills developed in Stand-Up 1 and level up your game while honing a unique style. Through a variety of exercises, experimentation, and personal feedback, you’ll further develop your comedic voice as a writer and performer while learning more about the stand-up scene in Chicago and beyond….

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5-Day Intensive: Storytelling

Whether you’re hoping to perform at a storytelling event or you just want to get better at telling the story from that one time at camp, this fast-paced, immersive introduction to the universal art of storytelling is the class for you. Over the course of a week, you’ll learn how…

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Drop-In Class

Stand-Up Drop-in

Are you interested in taking a stand up class, but you’re not quite sure if it’s right for you? Give it a test drive! Our weekly drop-in stand-up class for beginners is open to everyone. It’s a great opportunity to practice, have some fun, and meet new people!
Classes meet every…

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Private Lessons

Private Lessons

One-On-One Coaching

The Second City Training Center offers individual, customized coaching in a variety of areas including, but not limited to:

Acting
Monologue prep
On-camera audition prep
Dialects Accent Coaching

Youth & Teen Coaching
Audition Prep
Monologue Prep

Writing
Advanced sketch critique
Screenplay & Sitcom coaching
Sketch Production (Coaching a group through their first production)
Sketch generation & critique…

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