Stand Up Comedy Classes

These standup comedy classes are conducted by award-winning, comedy director and writer Stephen Rosenfield. They are conducted so that when it’s time for your club appearance you will have solidly written, funny material and you will be well rehearsed and ready to perform at your peak and beyond. These standup comedy classes are offered to both beginners and advanced students.

What You Will Learn

  • Turn your funny ideas and stories into standup comedy material
  • Learn the structures of comedy writing
  • Develop your own comedy persona
  • Advance your abilities as a performer
  • Showcase your talent at Gotham Comedy Club and Broadway Comedy Club

The standup comedy classes are conducted by Stephen Rosenfield every month of the year. Stephen will help you write your comedy material in private writing sessions. In the group standup comedy classes he will guide your performance. His ability to bring out each performer’s own, individual comic voice is a reason that his students are performing in every club in N.Y. and L.A., across the country and around the world.

The standup comedy classes meet a total of eight times: five group standup comedy classes, two private coaching sessions with Stephen Rosenfield, and your performance at Gotham Comedy Club, New York’s premiere club. In the eighth comedy class there is a screening during which you and your fellow performers will see your show on video. Following the screening of your show, Steve shares his expertise on how to pursue a professional career in comedy – how to start performing in the comedy circuit, how to get booked in comedy clubs, and how to get agents and managers.

You don’t need to have written or performed before. All you need is a pencil and your sense of humor.

Veteran performers use the standup comedy classes and private coaching sessions on an on-going basis as a means to create new comedy material and to strengthen their skills as performers. The price of the standup comedy classes for returning students is at a reduced fee.

Five-Day Intensive

For students who live outside the metropolitan New York area, The Standup Comedy Workshop is offered as a five-day intensive workshop each month. Classes and private coaching sessions with Stephen Rosenfield, Lexi Cullen-Baker, and/or Andrew Ginsburg and your club appearance are all scheduled within five days. Contact us at (212) 279-6980(212) 279-6980 and we’ll help you set it up.

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A Bridge To The World of Professional Comedy

standup-comedy-performanceStephen Rosenfield says that making a career of comedy comes down to two things: “Get good and get seen.” His stand up comedy classes provide students with the opportunities to do both.  By providing direction to their performing and writing, plus on-going opportunities to perform at major clubs such as Gotham Comedy Club and Broadway Comedy Club, he creates the opportunity for his students to be seen and well received by industry professionals.

Our students TV appearances include The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, The Conan O’Brien Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Lopez Tonight, Comedy Central, HBO, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, OWN, Bravo, FX, The History Channel, Starz, MTV, VH1, JLTV, Netflix and Canal De las Estrellas.

Among the TV shows in which they appear in starring and principal roles are: Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, Inside Amy Schumer, The View, Louie, Portlandia, Key and Peele, Orange is the New Black, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Boardwalk Empire, Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious, Royal Pains, Es De Noche y ya Llegue, Enlisted, I Love the 1880’s, 30 Rock, Rescue Me, Flight of the Conchords, Last Comic Standing, Gotham Comedy Live, The Chris Rock Show, My Boys, That 70’s Show, 24, Ellen and Seinfeld. They have appeared in such films as It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Morning Glory, Away We Go, The Love Guru, Love Actually and 13 Going on 30.

The Performances

Stephen Rosenfield’s Standup Comedy Classes culminate in a performance at Gotham Comedy Club, New York’s premiere club. Gotham Comedy Club has launched the country’s greatest comedy talent.

Your performance at Gotham Comedy Club will be a Prime Time Weekend spot–a great place and a great time to invite your friends and family. To relive your triumph you can purchase a DVD of your standup comedy performance and have it posted on YouTube.

Once you complete your first standup comedy class, you are eligible to perform in the American Comedy Institute Shows. These standup comedy shows, scheduled twice a month, provide you with on-going, quality stage time.

Does the thought of performing make you nervous?

Good. This is the healthy response to the prospect of being on stage. Professional comedians have learned to use their nerves to enhance their performance. Stephen Rosenfield’s Standup Comedy Classes will teach you their techniques.

For scheduling and pricing please call the ACI school office at (212) 279-6980(212) 279-6980 or fill out the contact form

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