American Comedy Institute Instructors

Stephen Rosenfield, Standup Comedy Performing & Writing

Stephen is the Director of the American Comedy Institute and author of the book, “Mastering Stand-Up: The Complete Guide to Becoming a Successful Comedian”. The New York Times heralded him as “the best known comedy teacher in the country.”  Marc Breslin, owner of the Yuk Yuk’s, the largest chain of comedy clubs in Canada, said “Stephen Rosenfield is the best standup comedy teacher in North America.”  Starz produced and aired the mini-series, Standup or Shutup, about his standup comedy workshops.  His workshops were also the subject of a NPR documentary, hosted by Sara Fishko.  His students have gone on to major comedy careers in the U.S. and around the world.

Stephen has been a guest artist and lecturer in comedy at New York University, University of Florida, University of Washington, The New School, Virginia Commonwealth University, Lawrence University, Barnard College, and Brigham Young University. He was the founding Artistic Director of Humber College’s Program in Comedy, a former Professor of Theatre and Comedy and the former Director of the Comedy Program at William Patterson University. He was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). Stephen has a BA in Theatre and Drama cum laude from Lawrence University and a MFA in Theatre Direction from Stanford University. Read Stephen’s Full Bio

Ethan Herschenfeld, Standup Comedy Performing & Writing

ethanHphoto2017Ethan Herschenfeld performs regularly at comedy clubs across the country including Gotham, Carolines, Comic Strip Live, The Comedy Store, Zanies, Comedy on State, and The Ice House. His credits in the UK include Top Secret Comedy Club (London), Monkey Barrel (Edinburgh), The Stand (Glasgow and Newcastle), and Yes Bar (Glasgow).

As an actor, he plays mostly thugs on shows including Boardwalk Empire (HBO), Damages (FX), Girls (HBO), Gotham (Fox), High Maintenance (HBO), Blue Bloods (CBS), The Blacklist (NBC), Madam Secretary (CBS), and Happy! (SyFy). As an operatic bass, he sang mostly thugs, in the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa, including performances at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera.

Becky Veduccio-Langton, Standup Comedy Writing & Performing for Adults, Kids & Teens

Becky Veduccio-Langton has been a professional comedian, writer and actress for over 15 years. She has performed standup comedy and improv in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and London and has appeared in commercials, theatre and feature films. She was most recently a contestant on the 2018 season of America’s Got Talent.

Her film work includes Return To Me, Maid In Manhattan and Random Hearts. As a writer, she was chosen as one of’s top five “Fave Mommy Bloggers” for her humorous articles in “Woman Around Town” Magazine. In 2015, she won the New York Press Club Award for Humorous Writing. As an instructor, Becky has taught standup comedy to every age group – from elementary school and teenagers to University students and adults. She believes everyone has a comedic voice! Becky currently lives in Montclair, NJ and is the proud mom of three children who she says are the “greatest and most inspirational productions” she could have ever hoped for.