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Laughter Starts Here: Intro to Improv Comedy Deal

Laughter Starts Here: Intro to Improv Comedy

New York Improv Theatre (8 Improv) @ 318 W 53rd St, New York, NY

Unlock your creativity, boost self-confidence, and become a master of storytelling with laughter as your guide. Join us at the New York Improv Theatre and embark on a journey of fun, games, and meaningful character development. Learn the art of improv comedy and discover the power of teamwork, leadership, and communication skills along the way.

(73) Beginner 16 and older
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Actors Technique: Script Analysis Subtext & Meisner Technique

Actors Technique NY Kids & Teens @ 519 8th Ave, New York, NY

Refine your acting skills and explore the art of script analysis and subtext with our young actors class. Through Meisner Techniques, students will learn to focus on the world around them and develop a deep understanding of their scene objectives. Join us for a transformative experience in honing your craft.

(7) All levels 11 - 14 years old
$525

7 sessions

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Advanced Actors Technique: Script Analysis Subtextual Understanding & Meisner Technique

Actors Technique NY Kids & Teens @ 519 8th Ave, New York, NY

Students in our class for higher-aged teens and young adults will learn script analysis, subtextual understanding, and the Meisner technique. They will learn to express truth-centered emotions and take direction, while also explore instinctive behavior and manipulating elements of breath, beat, and pace. Join us and become a master of your craft.

(7) All levels 15 and older
$525

7 sessions

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Introduction to Stand Up Comedy

Comic Strip Live @ 1568 2nd Ave, New York, NY

Unleash your inner funny bone and learn the art of stand-up comedy in this eight-week course taught by comedy veteran D.F. Sweedler at Comic Strip Live. Get hands-on instruction, free admission to shows during class enrollment, and a free DVD of your graduation performance. Take the stage at the legendary Comic Strip and make your audience laugh like never before!

(2) All levels 16 and older
$400

8 sessions

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Improv Level 2: Free Your Mind

Brooklyn Comedy Collective @ 137 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Elevate your improvisational skills to new heights, expand your creativity, and unleash your comedic potential. Join us for a transformative journey to challenge your mind and push your comedic boundaries.

(4) Intermediate 16 and older
$375

7 sessions

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Theatrical Clown Workshop

The Barrow Group Acting School @ 520 8th Avenue, New York, NY

Unlock your inner ridiculousness and embrace vulnerability in The Barrow Group Acting School's workshop where you'll learn the art of theatrical clowning. Through a series of physical warm-ups and movement games, you'll discover new perspectives on yourself as a performer and collaborator. Join us in this transformative journey of self-expression and joy.

(66) All levels 18 and older
$325

2 sessions

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Intro to Clown

Brooklyn Comedy Collective @ 137 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Unleash your inner comedian and discover the joy of physical comedy, character development, and improvisation in this interactive course.

(4) All levels 16 and older
$375

7 sessions

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Stand-Up Level 1: Finding Your Voice

Brooklyn Comedy Collective @ 137 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Unleash your comedic potential and discover the power of your voice in the world of stand-up comedy. Join us for a transformative journey where you'll learn to craft your own material, develop confidence, and deliver it with style.

(4) Beginner 16 and older
$375

7 sessions

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Stand-Up Level 2: Solidifying Your Set

Brooklyn Comedy Collective @ 137 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Join us at the Brooklyn Comedy Collective to strengthen your set and refine your comedic voice. Refine your performance skills, develop original material, and gain the confidence to command the stage.

(4) Intermediate 16 and older
$375

7 sessions

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Improv Level 3: Advanced Scene

Brooklyn Comedy Collective @ 144 Boerum St, Brooklyn, NY

Refine your improv skills to create engaging and dynamic scenes that captivate audiences. Unleash your creativity and spontaneity in this advanced course.

(4) Advanced 16 and older
$375

7 sessions

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Clown Level 2 - Leaning Into Vulnerability

Brooklyn Comedy Collective @ 144 Boerum St, Brooklyn, NY

Explore the power of vulnerability in performance with this deep dive into the art of comedic storytelling and character development, guided by experienced instructors at a renowned comedy school in Brooklyn.

(4) Advanced 16 and older
$375

7 sessions

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Clown Level 3

Brooklyn Comedy Collective @ 144 Boerum St, Brooklyn, NY

Refine your clowning craft and learn the art of bringing laughter to audiences with expert guidance at a renowned comedy school in Brooklyn. Unleash your inner comedic genius!

(4) All levels 16 and older
$375

7 sessions

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Summer Improv Intensive: Levels 1 & 2

Brooklyn Comedy Collective @ 137 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Unlock your improv potential this summer with an intensive program at Brooklyn’s premier comedy theater. Develop your skills, overcome self-doubt, and embrace the thrill of live performance in a supportive environment. Join us for a transformative journey into the world of improv!

(4) All levels 16 and older
$425

5 sessions

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Summer Improv Intensive: Levels 2 & 3

Brooklyn Comedy Collective @ 144 Boerum St, Brooklyn, NY

Elevate your improv game with fearless play and advanced scene techniques in this intensive course. Embrace artistic freedom, surprise yourself, and master the vocabulary of long-form improv. Join us for an unforgettable journey to enhance your improv skills and perform for a live audience.

(4) All levels 16 and older
$425

5 sessions

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Stand-Up Comedy Workshop

American Comedy Institute @ 520 8th Ave, New York, NY

Take your career to the next level and beyond with the Stand-Up Comedy Workshop at the prestigious American Comedy Institute. This workshop offers group classes, private writing sessions, a live show at Gotham Comedy Club, and an online show streamed nationally and worldwide. Join beginners to pros in this unique opportunity to hone your skills and make your material funnier and more original.

(1) All levels 18 and older
$475

4 sessions

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Beginner Stand-Up Comedy

NYC Comedy Class @ 37 W 65th St, New York, NY

Discover your comedic potential at the renowned NYC Comedy Class. This laughter-filled course offers a supportive environment where beginners can hone their stand-up comedy skills, boost their confidence, and master the art of public speaking. Join us and embark on a hilarious journey of self-expression, culminating in a memorable graduation show at St Marks Comedy Club.

All levels 18 and older
$395

6 sessions

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Beginner Stand-Up Comedy Level 2 Advanced

NYC Comedy Class @ 37 W 65th St, New York, NY

Discover your comedic potential at the renowned NYC Comedy Class. This laughter-filled course offers a supportive environment where beginners can hone their stand-up comedy skills, boost their confidence, and master the art of public speaking. Join us and embark on a hilarious journey of self-expression, culminating in a memorable graduation show at St Marks Comedy Club.

Intermediate 18 and older
$395

6 sessions

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Drop-in Stand-Up

Brooklyn Comedy Collective @ 137 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Improve your stand-up comedy skills in a supportive environment with expert guidance from renowned comedian Shalewa Sharpe. Hone your material, receive valuable feedback, and take your comedy to the next level at the Brooklyn Comedy Collective's exclusive drop-in class. This course is open to all experience levels.

(4) All levels 16 and older
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Improv Comedy for Business Professionals

New York Improv Theatre (8 Improv) @ 318 W 53rd St, New York, NY

Develop essential communication and team-building skills while having fun at New York Improv Theatre. This course is designed for business professionals seeking to improve public speaking, self-confidence, and more. Join corporate clients like HSBC, UBER, and Twitter in learning the art of improv comedy for maximum impact in your career.

(73) All levels 16 and older
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Comedy 4 Kids Times Square NYC

New York Improv Theatre (8 Improv) @ 318 W 53rd St, New York, NY

Unlock your creativity and develop valuable life skills at the Comedy 4 Kids program. Join us for a ton of fun, making lifelong friends, and learning essential skills like public speaking, critical thinking, and self-confidence. Showcase your talents in a performance for friends and family.

(73) All levels 7 - 12 years old
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$300

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Reviews for Comedy Classes in NYC

Comedy Classes in NYC are rated 4.7 stars based on 153 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Laughter Starts Here: Intro to Improv Comedy

    Anonymous review on 6/25/2023
    Great environment!
  • Introduction to Stand Up Comedy

    Reviewed by Michael B. on 3/8/2023
    The class exceeded my expectations. The instructor, DF Sweedler, is a wealth of comedy knowledge. Getting into the comedy industry is no easy task, but this class is an extremely valuable resource to getting you started. Upon completion of the course I enrolled for a second time, and will keep coming back until I feel I’ve mastered everything he has to teach.
  • Laughter Starts Here: Intro to Improv Comedy

    Reviewed by CINDY A. on 1/29/2023
    Class was great! The instructor was super helpful and I had a lot of fun
  • Laughter Starts Here: Intro to Improv Comedy

    Anonymous review on 1/8/2023
    Excellent instructor and lots of fun!
  • Comedy 4 Kids Times Square NYC

    Reviewed by nina R. on 4/4/2022
    So, I'm giving this 5 stars because the teacher, Nick was really amazing. He was so patient and good with the kids (who didn't always make it easy). I will say-- there were adults and teenagers and younger kids in the same class. This was super fun for my 7.5 year old who learned a lot from the teens (who were very, very funny). I was expecting a different format, but what I actually wanted was Improv, and it was 2 hours of improv. So-- a heads up, this was an improv class.
  • Laughter Starts Here: Intro to Improv Comedy

    Reviewed by Akhilesh M. on 7/7/2021
    I met Walt and many others in this class. The class is great, Walt is great, funny, energetic, and knows what he is doing. The class has good number of students - not too little to be too boring, not too much to not get any chance. The students and Walt shall bring the best out of you, even if you are breaking a sweat. I shall go here again, if I have time.
  • Comedy 4 Kids Times Square NYC

    Anonymous review on 12/7/2020
    My son loves this class. It’s lots of fun. The teachers are warm and inviting.
  • Comedy 4 Kids Times Square NYC

    Anonymous review on 7/21/2020
    Awesome group and instructors
  • Comedy 4 Kids Times Square NYC

    Anonymous review on 7/15/2020
    Fun times.
  • Comedy 4 Kids Times Square NYC

    Reviewed by Kenny L. on 7/10/2020
    Great fun. Dynamic group. Awesome teacher.

Discover the Best Comedy Classes in NYC

Do you live in New York City? Are you curious about what comedy is, and how you can learn this valuable skill? The origin of comedy can be traced all the way back to the Greeks and Romans, who developed the word to describe stage-plays that had happy endings. Any type of work that is intended to incite laughter or amusement from an audience is considered comedic in nature. Comedies can take many forms, including theater, film, television, stand-up, radio, books, or nearly any other entertainment medium. They are usually made up of discourses, jokes, or satirical sketches that are humorous in nature. Anyone can learn the skill of comedy as a hobby or a professional skill.

Why You Should Learn Comedy in NYC

Learning comedy in New York City can become a fun and interactive way to relieve stress, as well as a way for you to pass the time when you are not busy. It is a skill that involves the utilization of your entire body as your material, and you can use comedy as a way to help other people. Comedy can be a great way to entertain others, but you can also personalize comedy to make it into a gift for a special occasion.

Did you know that there is a large community of people out there who enjoy comedy, both as a hobby and a profession? After mastering the basics of comedy, it may be a good idea to research local clubs, groups, events, or organizations where you can meet others who are interested in comedy. Try to keep in mind, though, that most people who are in these groups already have some experience with comedy, and they may not be looking to teach a beginner unless the group states explicitly that beginners are welcome.

Taking comedy classes could potentially turn your new hobby into a valuable skill to put on your resume. A sense of humor is a great thing to have at just about any job, and learning comedic timing may be helpful when you need to lighten things up. And if you like spending time online, you could start a comedy focused YouTube channel or TikTok account and begin producing your own sketches and routines. Grow your following large enough and you could even make some money this way and turn your hobby into a side hustle.

In-Person Comedy Classes & Schools in NYC

If you want to learn comedy in-person, CourseHorse can connect you with classes in your area. For example, if you are in New York City, Laughter Starts Here Intro to Improv Comedy is offered by New York Improv Theatre at their location in Hell’s Kitchen. In this class, you will learn to be a more creative and confident public speaker while sharing laughter with the world. You will grow to understand basic storytelling and performance, along with fun and meaningful characters. 

Laughing Buddha Comedy offers Six Week Stand Up Comedy Workshop, a five-session course that is great for beginners or those who want to fine-tune their comedic material. You will develop a five minute set while practicing joke writing, setup and punch, and crowd work. 

Introduction to Stand Up Comedy is held at Comic Strip Live, featuring a seven week course and one live performance. In this course, you get hands-on instruction from a stand up comedy veteran in an intimate class setting. You will learn all the tools of the stand up comedy trade and get to hone your craft.

Improv Level 2: Free Your Mind is held at Brooklyn Comedy Collective and teaches you to approach improvisational humor with a fearless attitude. You will be reminded of what you love about improv and forget whatever may be holding your comedic development back in this seven-session course.

Stand-Up Level 2: Solidifying Your Set is also offered by Brooklyn Comedy Collective, and develops your existing comedic voice and material into a ten minute comedic stand up set. You will learn how to craft a set, host a show, and other tricks to help you perform onstage.

Brooklyn Comedy Collective hosts Drop-in Improv for those who would like to try out a single improv class, or for individuals that want more reps on stage. Each class focuses on a specific theme relating to performing great improv, with lots of scenes and opportunities for laughs.

Cagematch 2121: Improv Competition is held at Caveat, and is appropriate for all levels. This class has two teams of comedians go head to head to determine who is funny by audience vote. You will learn and have fun at the same time when you take this unique yet structured course.

4-Week Stand Up Comedy happens at Q.E.D. in Astoria, and it is a workshop taught by a veteran comedian. In this class you will learn the basics of joke writing, brainstorming ideas for material, and how to perform a five minute stand up show in front of your fellow students.

NYC Stand-Up Comedy Class is hosted by Shawn Wickens, and uses introductory principles and exercises to teach you all about stand up comedy. In this course you will learn basic stand up, joke writing, storytelling technique, and much more.

Improv Level 3: Advanced Scene is put on by Brooklyn Comedy Collective and is designed for advanced learners. This seven-session course will layer on more complicated improv techniques while teaching you to authentically ground your characters and keep your scenes surprising.

Long Form Improv Comedy happens at New York Improv Theatre, and it is designed for intermediate learners who want to go beyond the basics. You will strengthen your improv skills through various drills, exercises, and games, and learn how to build rich characters and raise the stakes of your scenes.

Virtual Comedy Classes & Schools

If you live in New York City but you do not want to commute to an in-person comedy class, then a virtual comedy class can be a good way to learn comedy skills. Some of the advantages of online comedy classes include allowing you to attend from just about anywhere, including your home or an outdoor space, such as your backyard or a nearby park. There is also no commute to and from an online comedy class, which saves you time and money. One possible disadvantage of taking an online comedy class is that you will most likely have to provide any required materials or equipment. Luckily most comedy classes do not require much beyond your attendance.

If you are interested in taking online comedy classes, CourseHorse can help you find a great fit for the style of comedy you would like to learn. For example, 2-Week Comedy & Drama Intensive with Jeremy Gordon is a class that will teach you scene study and audition techniques revolving around the comedic genre. You will be learning from an experienced casting director in an interactive environment that includes a Q&A session. The Comedy Intensive Online is a four-session course designed for all levels of experience. You will experience an interactive workshop environment that explains comedy and comedy writing from the inside out. You will learn best practices for comedy that will allow you to further broaden your horizons in the genre. And Virtual Stand Up Comedy is a four-session online class that will help you develop a five minute stand up comedy routine in a supportive environment. You will learn how to develop original material, as well as visible digital content to support your stand up set.

Private Group Comedy Classes in NYC

Do you live or work in New York City, and are you wondering if you can schedule a comedy class for your coworkers or a group of friends? The answer is yes you can, and CourseHorse has comedy classes for private groups that they can deliver to you. For example, Virtual Comedy Show is a group comedy experience that everyone can enjoy, with a capacity of up to 50 people. Sit back, relax, and enjoy some belly laughs with your group as you take in stand up jokes from a top-notch comedian. This event pairs well with a virtual happy hour or one of CourseHorse’s virtual games for a dynamic and fun experience. Virtual Public Speaking Through Stand-Up is great for a group of up to 30 people, and is a team building class taught by a professional comedian. This one-session intensive course will teach stand up comedy to your team as a way to enhance aspects of their professional lives and collaboration skills.

Do not worry if you do not see a class listed publicly that interests you–CourseHorse can provide a group comedy class even if it is not currently listed on their website. Simply reach out through the contact form on their website to learn about available options. And remember that when you book with CourseHorse, you can change your group size after booking if needed, you will receive a confirmation within 24 hours, and there are no booking fees. Plus, CourseHorse supports multiple platforms, so everyone can join the fun no matter where they are.

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