Stand Up Comedy
Have you ever wondered if you could stand alone with a mic on stage and make people laugh? It's a huge high when you pull it off - but the fear of bombing can be nerve-wracking. This workshop is a great way to get started. It's challenging but fun - in 7-8 weeks participants come up with strong material and the kind of confidence it takes a year or more to build just by doing Open Mics.
Instructor: Kirsten Van Ritzen is acclaimed for her unique curriculum and supportive style of teaching. Each week you will get the chance to perform and 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.
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+.
LEVEL 2 STANDUP 2018 SPRING
7-9pm Thursdays March 15 - April 26 + LAUGHBLASTERS show April 27 James Bay New Horizons 234 Menzies $175 + gst = 183.75
Level 2 explores new topics, new forms/styles of stand up, crowd work, heckling and more. It is open those who have taken Level 1 with Kirsten in the past 2 years and is typically offered only once per year.
SOLD OUT/registration closed
STANDUP LEVEL 1 + Standup for This Ability
5 Sundays 2-4pm April 8 to May 6 PLUS 2 Thursdays 7-9pm May 17 & 24 with option to perform Sat. May 26 at Hillside Coffee & Tea
James Bay New Horizons 234 Menzies
This intro session is open to anyone with a sense of humour, all abilities welcome. (registration closed - see TV feature below!)
(video above) Profile by Gordie Tupper on Chek News
“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"
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!
2018 MINI IMPROV BOOTCAMP *OPEN!!*
7-9pm Thursdays May 3 & 10 at James Bay New Horizons
Get a taste of improv with this bite-sized workshop. Two classes of fun and games. All levels are welcome, ages 16+. $40 + gst
Please email/call to sign up (requires a minimum enrollment for maximum fun).