Here's what you will learn at the seminar:
* The easiest way to learn stand up comedy (even if you're not a natural at being funny).
* The #1 thing you should know about writing hilarious jokes (hint: Forget joke formulas. Our guest speaker Harrison Greenbaum will break down everything you need to know about making people laugh).
* As Chris Rock revealed to New York Magazine, "There are a few guys good enough to write a perfect act and get onstage, but everybody else workshops it and workshops it." The question is how? You need stage time and Andy Engel will show you 5 ways to get it (especially in New York City).
* Why you should learn standup comedy (even if you don't want to become a standup comedian). The reason? Maybe you're going on a first date. Or maybe you've got a big presentation at work. If you can break the ice by making people laugh, you'll be that much more ready.
* And a whole lot more.
During this 90 minute workshop, you'll hear from some remarkable national headlining comedians and comedy professionals. Each one will help you write better jokes, get more stage time, and of course, show you the "ins and outs" of learning stand up comedy.
Here's a quick introduction to each of them:
Speakers: (MORE TBA)
Harrison Greenbaum is a NYC based stand-up comic and producer. He was the winner of the 2010 Andy Kaufman award and has been featured on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live and has appeared on MTV, NBC's Last Comic Standing, Spike, The Discovery Channel and countless others. He was the warm-up comic for ABC’s Katie Couric show and a producer on their primetime show Would You Fall For That as well as VH1’s This Is HOT 97.
For more on Harrison click here.
Wali Collins is a regular at all of the main stream Comedy clubs in the United States including New York City and Los Angeles. He even headlines and tours at Comedy clubs in Europe and Asia. Collins’ television credits include NBC, CBS, FOX, HBO, ABC’, VH1, Comedy Central. David Letterman caught Wali’s act and recruited him to warm-up for his show. Later that season Wali performed his stand up on the “Late Show with David Letterman”. He also landed small roles in films like the "cult" hit “Coyote Ugly”, Nia Vardalos', "I Hate Valentine's Day" and Chris Rock's "Top Five". Wali also is featured in the Oxygen Network's series, "Crazy Love". If Wali’s face looks familiar to you it’s because you’ve seen him in over 30 national television commercials.
For more on Wali click here.
Karen Bergreen has appeared on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, New Joke City and Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. In addition, she has appeared in the Comedy Festival in Aspen twice, the Marshall's Women in Comedy Festival and at the Kennedy Center. Her television credits include Law & Order and appearing on the Oxygen Network's Can You Tell. She has written the novels Following Polly and Perfect Is Overrated. Karen performs regularly at all the major New York City clubs.
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Andy Engel has been a comedy producer in NYC for over 23 years. In addition to being the director of New Talent at Gotham Comedy Club and the founder of The Manhattan Comedy School, Andy’s producing credits include “Funny Business,” which he co-produced, it combined A-list comics performing along corporate CEOs (Carl Icahn, Barbra Corcoran, Donny Duetsch, Jerry Della Famina and Jim Lebenthal and many other titans of industry) and “Dr. Perry” singles parties. Dr. Perry parties averaged over 2,500 people a party and were held at NYC venues such as: The Roxy, The Palladium, Limelight, Studio 54, Stringfellows, China Club, The Underground, Eugene’s, and others.
For more on Andy click here.
About Manhattan Comedy School:
The Manhattan Comedy School offers a variety of comedy classes taught by national headliners whose credits include: HBO, Comedy Central Presents, Late Show with David Letterman, Late show with Stephen Colbert and more. Each class includes a graduation performance at the esteemed Gotham Comedy Club and a DVD of your new stand-up routine.
Here are some direct quotes from other people about this school:
"So you want to be a comic. Well, get off your ass and do something about it. I can think of no better place to start than the Manhattan Comedy School. The faculty is exceptional. It's a roster of comics that I truly admire."
- Lewis Black
"The Manhattan Comedy School has helped countless young comedians get started. I recommend them."
- Jim Gaffigan
"If I were just starting out, The Manhattan Comedy School would be my choice. The Manhattan Comedy School is a great place to start your standup comedy career."
- Sherri Shepherd - The View, The Newlywed Game
Will You Join Us At the Free Comedy Seminar?
Please arrive at 11:00am sharp. Latecomers will have to wait for a break to enter the showroom.