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 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 Escape (Online)

Like indoor recess for adults, Second City’s brand new online Stand-Up Escape Series is the perfect way to break up the routine of physical isolation/working from home – all without leaving your living room. No prior experience is necessary for this fun, relaxed introduction to some of the skills of…

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Storytelling Levels 101 & 201 (Online)

Level 101 –Personal Storytelling has exploded in popularity, people are hungry for it – of course! There has never been a more important moment to share our truths and our experiences. This 4-part storytelling workshop is for seasoned writers, performers, total novices, and anyone who appreciate a good story. No…

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Stand-Up Lab (Online)

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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Stand-Up

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 term….

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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 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 & Storytelling Workshop

3-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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What's Your Story

Personal Essay Writing (Online)

This class meets online via Zoom or Google Hangouts, 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.)

Just because it happened to you, and it…

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