Stand-up Comedy 101

with Second City Faculty

Improv Classes in Chicago

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Class Info

Second City wants to help you get your funny on with this workshop that teaches you the basics of popular stand-up style Observational Comedy. We'll learn a little bit about the structure and vocab behind stand-up, discuss some tips and tricks for creating material and have an opportunity to share our funny in groups.



Dabblers who enjoy public-speaking, comedy, and storytelling will have a grand old time, and the brave-hearted among us will even get the chance to share their routines at the end of the workshop with an optional open mic!! If you don't want to share, you can just hang out on the sidelines and laugh at the antics of your classmates ... "not that there's anything wrong with that."



(You do not have to perform alone in class or take part in the 9pm open mic, if you do not want to. There will be a couple improv exercises that the whole group must take part in, however)



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    Pavi P.

    Left about 2 years ago
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    Excellent first glance into the world of writing stand-up comedy. I left the class with a direction to practice some basics on my own and with the desire to learn more.

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      James G.

      Left 10 months ago
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      This was quite an enjoyable event and I will likely stop by some of the drop-in classes soon. I also met several new people.

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      Jeanne W.

      Left 10 months ago
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      The class was fun but didnt reach its potential because there was WAAAY too many people in it to fully enjoy it. There was approximately 40-45 people in this class, which was just too much and really took away from the class. Would not take another class if there will be this many people.

      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-fe6b38820801837035a2ac616de1bed0.png","reviewer_name":"Logan C.","created_at":"10 months","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/flexin-your-funny-bone-improv-101-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E Introduction to Improv at The Second City \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"The class was a great time! \r\n\r\nThe instructors were really into the class and shared a lot of fun improv games and activities. It was a relaxed, fun environment and participants only had to put themselves out there as much as they chose (could volunteer to be \"on stage\" or observe).\r\n\r\nDefinitely a great taste of improv and The Second City.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-fe6b38820801837035a2ac616de1bed0.png","reviewer_name":"Kyle S.","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/flexin-your-funny-bone-improv-101-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E Introduction to Improv at The Second City \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Had a rough time arriving: train was running late and the weather decided to pour down rain when I finally figured out where I was going! After arriving late, I was relieved to see that I was still allowed into the classroom, where we began with some really fun warmup exercises and group activities. It only got better (and funnier) from there!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/107341/thumb_Oz_-_S1K_-_small.png","reviewer_name":"Oz D.","created_at":"almost 2 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/the-second-city-guide-to-humor-writing-for-social-media-and-blogs-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E The Second City Guide to Humor Writing for Social Media and Blogs \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Excellent session. Even though my character idea for my blog is more dramatic than humorous, studying 'character' through comedy gave me solid components for thinking about development of a compelling character.\r\n\r\nI also got an inside perspective on the mechanics of why some of my favorite shows are funny. \r\n\r\n90 minutes well spent. ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-fe6b38820801837035a2ac616de1bed0.png","reviewer_name":"S O.","created_at":"almost 2 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/ballroom-dancing-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E Ballroom Dancing \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Great class! Covered basic box step and salsa. Teacher was awesome: engaging and encouraging. Would love to take another!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-fe6b38820801837035a2ac616de1bed0.png","reviewer_name":"Brian D.","created_at":"almost 2 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/ballroom-dancing-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E Ballroom Dancing \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"I took the class with my girlfriend, and we both had an awesome time. The group was fairly small (10-12) and the instructor was fun, friendly and taught at the appropriate newbie level.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-fe6b38820801837035a2ac616de1bed0.png","reviewer_name":"Megan H.","created_at":"about 2 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/the-second-city-guide-to-writing-anything-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E The Second City Guide to Writing ANYTHING \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"A great first taste of Second City!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/188821/thumb_HLH.jpg","reviewer_name":"Hilary H.","created_at":"about 2 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/the-second-city-guide-to-humor-writing-for-social-media-and-blogs-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E The Second City Guide to Humor Writing for Social Media and Blogs \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"David brings a wealth of knowledge to the Second City table. He is a bright, engaging teacher and I learned quite about online humor POV, character development and dos/dont's in our brief 90 minutes together. ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/190461/thumb_Dane_Canada.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dane C.","created_at":"about 2 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/the-second-city-guide-to-writing-anything-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E The Second City Guide to Writing ANYTHING \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"This class turned out to be one part improv, one part writing; but if you think about it, those are roughly the same skill. \r\n\r\nI write very few things on a daily basis besides FB posts and emails, but I'd like to think both have improved 10-fold because of this class.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-fe6b38820801837035a2ac616de1bed0.png","reviewer_name":"Valerie A.","created_at":"over 2 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/the-second-city-guide-to-writing-anything-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E The Second City Guide to Writing ANYTHING \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"It was great to spend some time with other people interested in writing and learn some other tips on how to start the process. I loved it!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-fe6b38820801837035a2ac616de1bed0.png","reviewer_name":"George G.","created_at":"over 2 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/the-second-city-guide-to-writing-anything-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E The Second City Guide to Writing ANYTHING \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Fun, smart class. Great teacher. Well done SC. ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/190391/thumb_delaware-3.jpg","reviewer_name":"Stephen G.","created_at":"over 2 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/the-second-city-guide-to-writing-anything-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E The Second City Guide to Writing ANYTHING \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"So much fun - and very rewarding. Really fun group of people, and the teacher was great.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-fe6b38820801837035a2ac616de1bed0.png","reviewer_name":"Brittney L.","created_at":"over 2 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/the-second-city-guide-to-writing-anything-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E The Second City Guide to Writing ANYTHING \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Amazing class! I'm not a \"comedy person\" by any means, but I enjoyed this class and all of the improv exercises that we did. The teacher made it stupidly easy to see how things we learned through these exercises can be applied to any type of writing. I highly recommend this class, even if the idea of doing anything at Second City is scary for you (it's not! I promise!) or you aren't a writer. Anyone could walk away from this class happy that they went. ","teacher_response":null}
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