“Thank you for making my little comedy dream become a reality… Your class has truly been one of the best experiences that I’ve had …”
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 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 and hosting live shows, radio and television, even winning comedy competitions. For others, it is a bucket list item - and that is cool 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 showcase - you will have the option of performing or kick back and enjoy the show with new friends.
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 - it is too late for someone else to take your spot. Seats are limited so that everyone gets the time and attention they deserve. Undecided? You are welcome to AUDIT a class in advance of a future session. Contact to arrange - no drop ins please.
2020 DATES - Stand Up Level 1
7-9pm WEDNESDAYS Jan. 15 to March 4 & Show Sat. March 7
James Bay New Horizons 234 Menzies
*SOLD OUT * Wait list names taken via email.
SNOW DAY: First class of the 2020 session Jan. 15 is cancelled due to snow and blizzard conditions.
Registered folks have been emailed.
Session will begin Jan. 22 and we'll extend each class by 15 minutes.
Bundle up and drive safely!
2020 Stand Up Level 2
7-9pm Wednesdays March 11 to April 22 & show Sat. April 25
James Bay New Horizons 234 Menzies
Level 2 explores new topics, new forms and styles of stand up, crowd work, heckling and more ! Typically offered only once per year.
It is only open those who have taken Level 1 with Kirsten in the past few years and have several shows under their belt.
If it has been a few years with no stage time, we encourage you to brush up and repeat Level 1.
$195 + gst = 204.75
Registration opens Feb. 3.
Eventbrite link below or register via etransfer, cheque or cash.
SHAW TV story (above) on a special session called "Stand up for This Ability"
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 8 seasons of Victoria's acclaimed SIN CITY IMPROV SERIAL ~ 150 episodes, two 'M' Award nominations!
Next public workshop dates TBA.
KIRSTEN'S CLASS FEATURED IN THE MEDIA:
"WHAT IF NOBODY LAUGHS?" Times Colonist by Adrian Chamberlain
"LOVE LETTER TO VICTORIA" Victoria News by Natalie North
''SECRETS OF STANDUP COMEDY REVEALED" in Nexus Newspaper
“one of the best teachers I’ve ever had in any subject”
“You are an excellent teacher!... its been a ton of fun with so many hilarious moments.”
“I knew this was gonna be fun, but I didn't realize *how* fun. Thank you for being an incredible teacher. “
"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"