IMPROV CLASS | Start date: Oct 3, 2015
Instructed by John Frusciante
8 week class on Saturdays from 11am-2pm + Graduation Show | $250

Over this eight-week course, students will learn how to create truthful, realistic, hilarious longform comedy scenes from nothing but a one-word suggestion. You’ll become better at listening and agreeing instead of arguing. You’ll get better at making choices in the moment, reacting honestly, and using your comedic voice. You’ll develop the skills you need to build scenes together with your scene partners and classmates by exploring what you think is funny about a situation. The best kind of improvisation involves two or more performers finding the comedy and absurdity in truthful human behavior and showing us what’s so funny about it in a way that we can all relate to. If you can make your friends, coworkers and partners laugh then you can learn how to do a good improv scene. Some of the best-known comics and performers got their start in improvisation, from the cast of Comedy Central’s Broad City to all your favorite SNL cast members and alums. So if you want to start on the road to being like them, take this class! This introduction to improv class is perfect for anyone who is new to improvisation, people with some experience looking to improve their fundamentals, anyone looking to improve their public speaking experience or get more comfortable in front of crowds, and more.

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John Frusciante got his start improvising in 1997 with the critically-acclaimed New Jersey improv troupe Possible Side Effects. He began studying and performing at NYC's famed Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 1999, where he studied with Amy Poehler (SNL, Parks and Recreation), Ian Roberts (Key and Peele), Matt Walsh (Veep), and many more. He was a regular house team performer and instructor at the UCB Theatre for many years performing live improvisational and sketch comedy to sold-out crowds every week. John has served as the UBC Theatre’s first Artistic Associate and helped to guide the careers of some of the best performers and writers working today. John has performed all across the country as a member of the UCB Touring Company and taught dozens of improv workshops for everyone from college improv groups to employees for Google, Reuters, and more.

STAND UP COMEDY CLASS | Start date: Sept 13, 2015
Philadelphia Comedy Academy | Instructed by Brad Trackman
3 week class on Sundays from 10am-1pm, Private Consultation + Graduation Show | $400

The Philadelphia Comedy Academy is an ongoing monthly workshop which will focus on developing and honing a 5 minute set of stand up. By the end of the month you will perform at Helium Comedy Club. Brad's philosophy in teaching stand up is understanding that training is essential. Stand up comedy is an art form. It's a craft similar and not unlike any dance, theatre or vocal program. There's a foundation that can be learned, which will expedite one's success. Ongoing workshops are for everyone. Beginner to advanced. Classes will focus on: How to break into NYC and LA clubs and become a weekend regular. Getting a tv agent and manager. Microphone technique and improving stage mechanics. The difference between being a city comic and a road comic. The pros and cons of both and finding the perfect medium. Developing an original persona and learning how to write for it.How to develop comedy ideas into a real stand up act. How to go about actually making a living as a comedian.

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Brad Trackman has been teaching stand up comedy for the over twelve years in both Princeton, NJ and New York City. He was recently hired to teach stand up comedy at the highly prestigious Ivy League University of Pennsylvania/Wharton School of Business as well.He has made national television appearances on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen," "Gotham Comedy Live on AXS tv," NBC's "Later" and "Friday Night," CBS's "Star Search," ABC's "NY Comedy Festival," Metro TV's "New Joke City" hosted by Robert Klein, Comedy Central's "Heroes Of Jewish Comedy & Stand Up Stand Up," MTV's "The Buried Life," and his own commercial campaign for Spike Television where he played the ficticious presidential elect Biff Wolinski.

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