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.

Storytelling

Storytelling

  • Levels 1-2

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 tricks of the trade to pull out entertaining details to help your stories capture an audience’s attention. You’ll also work with your instructor to hone your individual presentational style.

Storytelling 1 meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term.

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. Through workshopping your weekly performance assignment, you’ll hone in on your unique style, your voice, and your ability to captivate an audience through language.

Storytelling 2 meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term.

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Stand-Up

Stand-Up

  • Stand-Up 1 & 2

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. Stand-Up 1 culminates in a final performance on one of the Second City Training Center’s stages.

Stand-Up 1 meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term. If you want to give stand-up a try before enrolling in Stand-Up 1, sign up for our three-hour So You Want to Try Stand-Up workshop.

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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Public Speaking

How To Craft the Perfect* Wedding Speech

Whether you have been asked by someone special to deliver a wedding speech or you want to pre-prepare for when you hope they ask (because they better ask!), we will provide you with the skills necessary to make this the most memorable speech they’ve ever seen. We will address topics…

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Stand-Up

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 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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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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