Stand Up Comedy Classes Are Virtually On!

Through Zoom we have created ACI’s virtual stand up comedy workshops. Our private writing sessions and workshop classes happen over Zoom or the phone. The workshop culminates with two shows:

  • A live show at one of NYC’s top comedy clubs (Gotham, Stand Up New York, West Side Comedy Club).
  • A live-streamed show on our YouTube channel

These workshops are conducted by award-winning comedy director, founder of the American Comedy Institute, and author of the book, “Mastering Stand Up,” Stephen Rosenfield.

Tuition for new students is $410. For returning student the workshop will be $350.

For more information and to get scheduled Contact us at 212.279.6980

Upcoming Standup Comedy Classes

You Will Learn How To…

  • Turn your funny ideas and stories into tightly written and consistently funny stand up comedy material
  • Advance your abilities as a comedy performer and writer
  • Develop and focus your own unique comedy persona
  • Navigate the professional world of stand up comedy

Five-Day Intensive

The standup comedy workshop is offered as a five-day intensive workshop each month. Classes, private writing sessions, and your show are all scheduled within five days. For more information and to get scheduled Contact us at 212-279-6980

Tuition Fee for Our Online Workshops

First time students:  $410
Returning students: $350
We accept debit and credit cards, checks, and cash. 

Please note: Tuition is non-refundable.

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 such major clubs as Gotham Comedy Club, he creates the opportunity for his students to be seen and well received by industry professionals.

Our students have performed standup on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Comedy Central, HBO, NBC, CBS, FOX, Netflix, PBS, OWN, Bravo, FX, Starz, MTV, VH1, JLTV, Televisa and Univision.

Among the TV shows in which they appear in starring and principal roles are: Saturday Night Live, First Wives Club, Difficult People, Parks and Recreation, Girls, The Daily Show, Inside Amy Schumer, American Horror Story, Portlandia, Key and Peele, Orange is the New Black, Silicon ValleyThe Jim Gaffigan Show, Boardwalk Empire, Broad City, High Maintenance, The Office, 30 Rock, Fargo, Girl Code, The Jack and Triumph Show, Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious, Royal Pains, Es De Noche y ya Llegue, Enlisted, I Love the 1880’s, 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 Ghostbusters, Always Be My Maybe, Hysterical, The Comedian, The Heat, This is 40, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Red Notice, What Happens in Vegas, Morning Glory, Away We Go, Mascots, Happy Christmas, The Love Guru, Maid in Manhattan, Love Actually and 13 Going on 30.

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 how to do this.

For scheduling and pricing please call the ACI school office at temporarily at 212-279-6980 or email at