Course 1055: Beginning Stand-Up Comedy!
- When: Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. May 28, June 4, June 11 & June 18 (4 meetings)
- Where: North Seattle Community College campus (first three meetings)
- (The final meeting is held at a comedy club, the Laughs Comedy Spot)
- Tuition: $150 for general public; $145 for UW students (plus $10 reg. fee)
- Driving directions will be emailed. Sign up now using the Take Class link below.
Course description: Love stand-up comedy? Think it would be fun to try your hand at it? Check out our Seattle Stand-Up Comedy class, taught by a pro with years of experience in the field. Ron Reid’s Beginning Stand-Up Comedy class will begin with three meetings on the NSCC campus in Seattle, and will conclude with a public performance at the Laughs Comedy Spot comedy club, in front of a real, live audience.
They say you can’t teach someone to be funny, but the techniques of stand-up comedy can definitely be learned. Whether you want to pursue the art of stand-up or improve your presentation skills, this is your chance.
In this free-wheeling Seattle stand-up comedy class, open to total beginners, students will learn to learn to unleash their inner funny with confidence and skill. You’ll learn proven ways to make strangers laugh, plus proper microphone technique, use of the stage, breathing and anxiety-reduction skills, centering and body language. Seattle has a booming stand-up comedy community, so there will be lots of opportunity to continue to use what you learn even after the class has concluded. We will also explore finding your personal sense of humor and “voice.”
About the instructor: Ron Reid performed stand-up comedy for more than 15 years, touring the country and appearing on national television. He is currently the Producer of the Seattle International Comedy Competition, and a partner in the comedy talent agency Artists West Entertainment.
Ron Reid has taught Stand-Up Comedy classes in the Drama Department at Skagit Valley College and the Continuing Education Division of Seattle Central Community College. He taught in both the Seattle and Shoreline public schools, and holds a current Washington State teaching certificate. He is a provider and trainer for Washington State’s Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST). He hold a BA in English Education from the University of Maryland, with graduate work at Seattle U and City University. He also studied acting and directing at HB Studio in New York City.
Ron’s credits include: Showtime Comedy Club Network, America’s Funniest People, Comedy Central’s Short Attention Span Theater, PBS’s Emerald City Comedy Hour.
Below: images from the winter 2013 class – performance night!
“Ron Reid’s Stand-Up Comedy Class is something I would highly recommend! It’s an immersive experience into the world of stand-up comedy, from the theory and creation of comedy material, to practical stage technique and ettiquette, to workshopping material, to open mic experience, to learning to give and receive feedback, to performance in an actual comedy club. Ron’s extensive knowledge and obvious love and respect for the art of stand-up comedy was apparent and generously shared every time he got up to teach and facilitate. An added special bonus was his inclusion of guest professional comedians who gave insightful and supportive feedback, offered their own experiential tips, enthusiastically answered questions, and even performed with us! Ron said his main hope was that it would be a fun experience, and it was! You won’t find a better value for your money. This class is the real deal, because Mr. Reid is the real deal. If you have a desire to give stand-up a try, Ron Reid is the man to help you do it!” - David Mielke
In this fun and focused Seattle stand up comedy class, students will:
- learn to identify their personal senses of humor
- make progress toward finding a “voice”
- learn presentation and performance techniques that will enhance their careers and life experience
- learn some basic centering and body language skills
Materials needed: There is a $2 supply fee for the Seattle Beginning Stand-up Comedy class, payable to the instructor in class. (It is not charged when you sign up.)
ABOVE: An article about Ron Reid’s comedy class! CLICK TO VIEW
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