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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. 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

  • Stand-Up 1 & 2
  • 3 Hours, 8 Weeks

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.

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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Cartooning

Creating Cartoon Stories

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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Steven Fischer's Intro to Cartoon Storytelling

Learn the art of cartoon storytelling, effective communication techniques, and develop personal expression. This course explores story breakdown, character development, page layout, and studies from life. Students will create original characters and an original story based on personal experiences. No previous drawing experience required—if you can create a stick figure,…

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Humor Book Writing

Writing the Humorous Memoir 1

Writing the Humorous Memoir is for anyone considering writing their memoirs. It’s also for anyone who wants to learn to tell the stories of their life in a concise and entertaining way. These are your stories. They are unique to you and no one else can tell them. This class…

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Writing the Humorous Memoir 2

In Writing the Humorous Memoir 2, students will read excerpts from humor memoir writers as prompts to generate our life’s material. What’s different in this level is that revising is added to the mix. Second draft writing in humorous non-fiction is chiefly focused on where to place scenes with dialogue….

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Writing the Humorous Memoir 3

Memoirists in this class draw upon their personal, generated, material and take it into other genres and publishing markets through intense revision. Skills in this class include third draft writing, personal document research, audible publishing analytics, translation study, and forays into prose genres via an online publishing on Story Street…

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Making Your Book a Reality

Have a killer idea for a book or three chapters that have been sitting around since 2013? In this class students will learn how to make their book a reality. Students will learn how to create book proposals, pitch a lit agent, and how to make social media benefit your…

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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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Storytelling

Storytelling: Crafting Your Story

We all have amazing stories to tell. We may just need help molding the details to create maximum impact.

In Storytelling: Crafting Your Story you will discover the craft of shaping the events of your own life into a compelling story. Fans of David Sedaris or The Moth, anyone who is…

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Storytelling: Discovering Your Story

Your story is important, and by embracing our vulnerabilities and sharing our experiences with others, we all become better human beings. Take your personal experience and turn it into a story worth telling. Draw from your own life to find material that is honest and relatable and learn to tell…

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Storytelling: Performing Your Story

Strong storytelling skills are crucial to all forms of educating, inspiring, leading, and entertaining. Storytelling: Performing Your Story empowers you to bring your truth and presence to the stage with comfort and ease. In the same supportive environment cultivated in Second City’s improv classes, the skills of live, page-free storytelling…

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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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