One of my first students, and now a professional comedian, told me his story and I wanted to pass it on because it is so inspiring. He is an older, single dad with a young son and he was in the hospital not sure he was going to survive the night. He did recover and told himself he would no longer live in fear and would challenge himself once and for all to try his hand at stand-up, always a secret heart's desire. He Googled and found Stand-Up Studios...and the rest is history.
After a few classes, showcases and open mics I have watched him blossom into a full-fledged and very funny comedian. He is out and about performing in DC and NYC. He has a whole new group of friends, places to go and comrades in comedy to hang out with. He says he has never been happier or healthier in his life. This makes me very happy and proud.
I'll admit I was scared too at the thought of being a stand-up and put off performing until I just couldn't say no anymore. It was hard going out alone, staying up late, being around strangers and creepy Hollywood open mics full of sketchy people. Would an audience even laugh at my material? Would the other comedians like me? What am I doing with my life?! I should've married my high school sweetheart, had babies and just let this whole comedy thing go!!
Lucky for me, people did laugh and the comedians turned out to be great and supportive people. It only took me a few months to get on my first Stand-Up television show. I have stuck with it for lo these many years and can say that some of my closest friends and fondest memories revolve around the kooky world of stand-up comedy, sketch shows and performing.
That is why I have these workshops and have become a mentor to so many wonderful people. I enjoy passing on what I have learned from my years performing and working in the industry in LA LA Land. My workshops take out the fear factor and confusion of how to "do comedy" and replace it will guidance, creativity and social interaction. You will learn more than just jokes. You will be free to express your unique point of view, be comfortable in your own skin and gain the confidence to tell your own story.
You will feel a new sense of ease and joy, because laughter truly is the best medicine!
Stand-Up Studios Classes & Showcases are held at 268 Carroll Street NW, Washington DC 20012 (Electric Maid Community Stage) across from Red line Takoma Park station. Plenty of free parking. Please make sure you can attend all class dates, as we are unable to give refunds since spots are limited. If you have to miss one class, you can still perform in the showcase. ALL CONTENT on this website is copyrighted, licensed, used with permission and/or sole property of Stand-Up Studios, Inc.(c)