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Stand-Up & Storytelling

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. Storytelling helps you bring structure and craft to your stories.

Stand-Up

Stand-Up (ages 11-18)

  • Stand-Up ages 11-13, 14-18
  • 2 Hours, 7 Weeks

Our Stand-Up classes are for kids and teens who are interested in learning about stand-up comedy. The skills required to do stand up develop skills of observation and define one’s point of view. Also, participants of this class will develop valuable public speaking skills. Standing up in front of a room full of people who expect you to be funny takes a lot of guts. This class will build students’ confidence to allow them to do that.

The participant in this stand-up for teens program will be introduced to the fundamental skills of the art of Stand-Up Comedy. They will learn many useful tips on topics like microphone technique and working the room. They will study joke structure and why some jokes work and some jokes don’t. They will also learn how to develop material from everyday life.

Each week will focus on some writing technique and joke format. Students will write and present jokes in different styles like riddles and one-liners. They will also build the courage to bring humor into their everyday conversation.

Stand-Up is offered in two different age groups, ages 11-13 and ages 14-18. No previous experience is required, but there will be writing assignments and some improv experience will be helpful. It meets once a week for two hours over a seven week term. At the end of the term students will perform a three- to five-minute set in a stand-up showcase.

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Storytelling

Steven Fischer's Cartoon Workshop

Bring your story ideas to life in cartoons. We’ll explore the creative process, cartoon drawing fundamentals, character development, and more! In-class writing and drawing exercises help you discover new possibilities in developing and expressing your ideas and point of view. These exercises help you generate the ideas for your own…

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Improv Inspired Creative Writing (ages 11-13)

Love to write and want to find fun new ways to generate ideas? We will spend part of each class playing improv games to generate material. Together we will sort through the ideas the improv games inspired, followed by walking through story structure and writing techniques to create short stories…

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Improv Inspired Creative Writing (ages 14-18)

Love to write and want to find fun new ways to generate ideas? We will spend part of each class playing improv games to generate material. Together we will sort through the ideas the improv games inspired, followed by walking through story structure and writing techniques to create short stories…

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