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11 am - 5 pm Wednesday - Friday
& 2 hours prior to all shows
in Avalon Theatre & Stoltz Listening Room

Phone: 410-822-7299

 40 East Dover Street
Easton, MD 21601
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Stand Up Comedy 101

Classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $199.

2/16 Introduction to Stand Up 101 and Jason Weem's performance at The Stoltz.

2/23 Stand-up classes with Chris Coccia and Laurie Forster

3/1 Stand-up classes with Chris Coccia and Laurie Forster

3/7 Practice with Laurie Forster

3/14 Graduation and Friends & Family Perfomance $20

Chris Coccia and Laurie Forster will be presenting the stand-up comedy workshop: Stand-Up Comedy 101, February 16th to March 14th at the Stoltz Listening Room in the Avalon Theater, Easton Md. This class is a huge hit so act fast, the class is limited to 12 students.

This workshop will be based on the very popular Five Minutes to Funny stand-up comedy class that Chris has been teaching (and selling out) for the last two years at the Improv in DC.

Your Teachers:

Chris Coccia has been performing stand-up comedy for close to 20 years; he performs around the country at clubs, theaters and corporate events. He has been seen on Comedy Central, at the Great American Comedy Festival and was the winner of the 2008 Purina Comedy Challenge.

Chris started teaching comedy at the Improv in Washington, DC in 2009. The class was so popular that he agreed to do another, then another. Now two years later he enjoys sold-out classes and a waiting list of prospective students.

Laurie Forster is a graduate of Chris's classes and a celebrity in her own right; Known as The Wine Coach she tours as a national speaker and wine lecturer. She also hosts a weekly radio show called The Sipping Point heard each Saturday where she explores the recipe for a delicious life.

The Philosophy of the class

We don’t believe you can “teach” someone to be a stand-up comedian, what you can do is encourage their creativity and give them tools and techniques that will help them develop their comedic ability. We believe in letting a performer’s style and material develop from within themselves. We will not be writing an act for you; instead we (you, the class and teachers) will be coaxing an act out of you. We will help you develop ideas (premises) and will offer tips, tricks and tweaks that can help shape those ideas into crisp and funny bits. We may even throw out a joke or premise suggestion but ultimately you will be in control of what becomes your act.

The Reality of the Class

Over the course of four weeks the students will develop material for a 3-5 minute stand-up set. This will be done in a collaborative setting with the instructor and up to 12 students. Each student will perform their material, immediately followed by notes and critique from the instructors. The discussion will then be opened up to the group for suggestions and feedback. Each student will be expected to perform and participate in the roundtable. This routine will be followed each week with the goal of honing the student’s material and creating a strong, funny, 3-5 minute routine.

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