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 she is 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 showcase - you will have the option of performing or just 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 - as 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. Still unsure? You are welcome to AUDIT a class in advance of a future session - by arrangement.
2019 FALL DATES - Level 1 - two sessions to choose from:
THURSDAYS 7-9pm Sept. 5 to Oct. 17 + Sat. Oct. 19
WEDNESDAYS 7-9pm Oct. 9 to Nov. 20 + Sat. Nov. 23
*Registration will open August 1 *
Both sessions are 7 weeks plus a showcase. Introductory level geared towards newcomers. Those with a bit of experience are also welcome, Kirsten will give you the inspiration and feedback you need to move your skills forward.
STANDUP LEVEL 2 - TBA
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 a few 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.
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.