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You Could've Seen Roy Wood Jr. and Judah Friedlander On Wednesday Night

Posted in comedy by Danny on Fri Apr 21 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

At our new talent show last night at Gotham, two legends stopped by and did amazing sets. 

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Our New Class Will Change Your Comedy Game

Posted in comedy, industry tip by Danny on Tue Apr 18 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Cory Kahaney's new workshop is a must for comedians looking to take their material to the next level. 

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Manhattan Comedy School Makes The News

Posted in comedy by Danny on Wed Apr 12 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Pix 11 covers Manhattan Comedy School in a new piece. 

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3 More Interesting Improv Questions Answered

Posted in comedy by Danny on Wed Mar 15 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Starting to do improv can be tough. Improv warlock Brandon Gardner simplifies things with his concise yet effective answers. Continuing our series of videos about improvisational comedy, here's the UCB performer and teacher answering a variety of improv questions.

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4 Improv Questions & Tips for Beginners

by Emi on Wed Mar 08 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Pro improviser Brandon Gardner explains more of improv's finer points.

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What you need to get started in Improv

Posted in comedy by Emi on Wed Mar 01 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

What kind of tools do you need to get your start in improv? We've got you beginners tool kit here.

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Three Things Everyone Should Know About Improv

Posted in comedy by Emi on Sun Feb 19 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Here's five new videos by Brandon Gardner (UCB) with some basics that everyone should know about improv comedy!

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Congrats To Manhattan Comedy School student Cameran Hebb for Booking "Live at Gotham"!

Posted in comedy by Andy on Sat Oct 15 2016 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Congratulations to MCS student Cameran Hebb who killed it last night on AXS TV!! She booked the spot less than a year after taking our beginners' class!

 

Check out one of Cameran's sets here... before she tapes her HBO special someday soon. (No pressure, Cameran!) 

Strengthen Your Funny Bone with Free Comedy Enhancement Techniques

by Andy on Tue Aug 30 2016 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Put down that boring how-to book and register now for the free seminar You Can Do Stand-Up Comedy, a fun and informative session that will offer you insider knowledge about becoming a successful comic. You’ll be treated to the kind of valuable advice you usually have to pay for, then wait two days for delivery.

Taught by established industry pros, this unparalleled–and free–opportunity isSaturday, August 27th, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Gotham Comedy Club.

During these two fact-filled, fraught-with-fun hours, you’ll learn how to get started in stand-up, receive advice on how to take your act to the next level, and hear the inside dope on comedy from people who have been successful at it for years. Join these veteran comics and seasoned producers who are leading the seminar you don’t have to pay for:

Harrison Greenbaum is a New York City-based stand-up comic and producer. The winner of the 2010 Andy Kaufman Award, he’s been featured on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live and appeared on MTV, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Spike, the Discovery Channel, and countless other venues. Harrison was also the warm-up comic for ABC’s Katie, starring Katie Couric, and was producer of their prime-time show Would You Fall For That and VH1’s This Is HOT 97.

Wali Collins is a regular at top comedy clubs around the country, including New York City and Los Angeles, and also headlines and tours clubs in Europe and Asia. His television credits include NBC, CBS, FOX, HBO, ABC, VH1, and Comedy Central. After David Letterman recruited him to be the warm up for his show, Wali performed his stand-up on The Late Show itself. He’s also landed roles in films like the cult hit Coyote Ugly,  Nia Vardalos’ I Hate Valentine’s Day, and Chris Rock’s Top Five, as well as being featured in the Oxygen Network’s series Crazy Love. If Wali’s face looks familiar, it’s because you’ve seen him in more than 30 nationally broadcasted television commercials.

Karen Bergreen has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium BlendNew Joke City, and Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. She has twice appeared at the Comedy Festival in Aspen, as well as at the Marshall’s Women in Comedy Festival and the Kennedy Center. Her television credits include Law & Orderand the Oxygen Network’s Can You Tell.  The author of novels Following Pollyand Perfect Is Overrated, Karen performs regularly at the top New York City comedy clubs.

Andy Engel, a comedy producer in New York City for more than 23 years, is both Director of New Talent at Gotham Comedy Club and Founder of the Manhattan Comedy School. His co-producer credits also include Funny Business, which combined A-list comics performing with corporate CEOs, including Carl Icahn, Barbara Corcoran, Donny Deutsch, Jerry Della Femina, Jim Lebenthal and many others. In addition, Andy produced the “Dr. Perry” singles parties, which averaged more than 2,500 people at events held at The Roxy, The Palladium, Limelight, Studio 54, Stringfellows, China Club, The Underground, and Eugene’s.

Don’t forget to take a mere 30 seconds to register for Saturday’s exclusive seminar. Please arrive at 11:00 AM sharp. Pathetic latecomers who failed to appreciate this opportunity must wait for a break to enter the showroom.

An open letter to Donald and Hillary

by Emily on Mon Apr 25 2016 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Dear Mr. Trump and Madam Secretary,

To further American Exceptionalism, Manhattan Comedy School is issuing a special invitation for presidential candidates like you who seek their party’s nomination.

If you act now, you can join our six-week beginner stand-up comedy class for free. That’s right: we said  free. Even for Donald.

The fun and informative six sessions, which meet once a week, start Monday, May 2nd from 7:00 – 10:00 pm—and we’ve set aside two spots just for you. No need to allot precious campaign funds better spent on phone banks and attack ads. And you’ll save the regular price of $399 that even declining middle-class voters are eager to pay.

Along with your fellow graduates, who will learn as you have what it means to face hostile audiences, you’ll gain invaluable skills in joke-writing, effective delivery, and stage presence from veteran industry pro Karen Bergreen. In fact, despite having never been interviewed by Wolf Blitzer, she has an impressive roster of TV appearances, comedy specials, and acclaimed books to her credit.

What’s more: Not only will you master the craft of comedy, but you’ll showcase your new act on the Gotham Comedy Club main stage before 300 of your constituents. Legendary comics Jerry SeinfeldLouis CK, and Amy Schumer appear there often—and you know how well they garner support from a variety of demographic populations.  

Register now
 so your well-crafted one-liners and polished delivery make voters actually welcome the countless brochures and TV ads you’ll inundate them with before the critical California primaries.

During this historical election year, which means so much to the future of our nation, remember: You don’t need big hands to hold a microphone.

Sincerely,

Manhattan Comedy School
“Making Comedians Great Again While Fighting for Us to Be Funny”