Stand Up Comedy
Have you ever wondered if you could stand on stage with a mic, and make people laugh? It's a huge high when you pull it off, but the fear of bombing can be nerve-wracking. Or maybe you have no idea how to begin. This workshop is a great way to get started. It's challenging but will probably become your favourite night of the week. In less than two months, you will create strong material and gain the confidence it takes years to build by doing Open Mics alone.
Instructor: Kirsten Van Ritzen is acclaimed for her unique curriculum and supportive style of teaching. She has been teaching for many years and has taught hundreds of 'regular' people from all walks of life. Many have continued on their path to become comics - performing regularly, hosting shows, appearing on radio and television, even winning comedy competitions. For others, it is a bucket list item - and we are cool with that too!
Each week you will get the chance to perform, receive constructive feedback, and be given creative assignments for the next class. The group will also discuss topics in comedy, get insider tips, and generally laugh a lot. The session wraps with a comedy show - you will have the option of performing or just kick back and enjoy the show.
No experience is required, just bring a sense of humour, a pen and a large old-school notebook. Allow 30 to 60 minutes per week of creative homework outside of class. Open to adults 19+.
REFUND POLICY: cancel up to one week before the session begins and get a full refund. After session begins, no refunds for missed classes or dropping out - then it is too late for someone on the wait list to take your spot. Seats are limited so that everyone gets the time and attention they deserve. Unsure? By request, you are welcome to AUDIT a class in advance of a future session.
2019 FALL STAND UP LEVEL 1
7-9pm Thursdays Jan. 17 to March 7 (no class Feb. 14) plus show Sat. March 9
James Bay New Horizons 234 Menzies (see map below right)
$195 + gst = 204.75
Registration now open! This is the last beginner session for a while - it will be followed by a Level 2 Spring 2019
- by credit card at Eventbrite.ca (service fee applies)
- etransfer to broadtheatrics at yahoo.ca (include full name)
- cheque to K. Van Ritzen contact for mailing address
- cash by arrangement
Repeaters 15% Discount 165.75 + gst offered to those who have taken Level 1 before. Only available by etransfer, cheque or cash.
Please direct any questions about the workshop to Broad Theatrics . We kindly request not contacting the staff or volunteers at James Bay New Horizons . JBNH is fully accessible. Free street parking nearby.
STANDUP LEVEL 2 - 2019
7-9pm Thursdays March 14 to April 25 + April 27 (TBC)
Level 2 explores new topics, new forms/styles of stand up, crowd work, heckling and more. It is only open those who have taken Level 1 with Kirsten in the past few years and have a few shows under their belt. If it has been several years with no stage time, we encourage you to brush up and repeat Level 1. Typically offered only once per year. Registration to open in February.
STANDUP FOR THIS ABILITY/LEVEL 1 Combo class
This 2018 Spring Session was open to people of all abilities, and participants performed on May 26. Watch the TV story below!
SHAW TV and CHEK TV stories
“one of the best teachers I’ve ever had in any subject”
"non-stop encouraging, supportive style of coaching - very inspiring"
"A great experience all around"
"thanks to Kirsten for being a kind, fun and helpful teacher"
"I built confidence."
" a scheduled night of laughter every week"
" Great! I never imagined I would be able to do it!"
"Gave me the kick I needed to get started. Freakin' awesome. "
"This has to be the most fun class I've ever taken"
NEW FOR 2019:
Creative Writing with IAN FERGUSON
7pm-9pm Wednesdays Jan. 23 to March 20 (8 weeks) $240
James Bay New Horizons 234 Menzies
More interested in writing than performing? Do you have a screenplay or novel idea, pitch or first draft lurking in your brain or computer? Maybe you want to write sketch comedy? From thriller to sitcom - all genres are welcome. Instructor Ian Ferguson, author of Award-winning best sellers HOW TO BE A CANADIAN and VILLAGE OF THE SMALL HOUSES - also a nominated playwright, theatre/TV director and producer - will provide inspiration and constructive feedback.
Registration now open:
- credit card at Eventbrite.ca (service fee applies)
- etransfer $240 to this email address - include full name
- cheque to Ian Ferguson or cash by arrangement: contact us for details.
MINIMUM ENROLLMENT is needed for the class to run, kindly let us know if you are interested but waiting for payday.
Are you a fan of "Whose Line is it Anyway" or SIN CITY IMPROV... and wondered how they come up with brilliant ideas on the spot?
Improv Comedy is a great skill for actors, comics, and anyone who wants to unleash their spontaneity and creativity. A structured series of warm-up games and exercises teach the basics of improv technique. In this active class you will laugh really hard while learning how to let go, be silly and play well with others.
Instructor: Kirsten has taught improv for the legendary Second City Toronto, Vancouver Theatresports, Randolph Academy, The Improv Studio, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts, Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts and more. She has performed hundreds of improv shows across North America, and is a founding member of Edmonton's Canadian Comedy Award-winning Die-Nasty Improvised Soap Opera, Toronto's Sin City Improv Soap and co-creator/performer of 7 seasons of Victoria's acclaimed SIN CITY IMPROV SERIAL ~ 145 episodes, two 'M' Award nominations!
Next public workshop dates TBA. Also available for private workshops with your social group, or office team building! Contact to arrange dates that fit your schedule.