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These standup comedy classes are conducted by award-winning, comedy director and writer Stephen Rosenfield

These standup comedy classes 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.
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

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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 and Lexi Cullen-Baker, and your club appearance are all scheduled within five days.

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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.

A Bridge To The World of Professional Comedy
Stephen 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 are appearing on the Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Conan O'Brien Show, The Jimmy Fallon Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central, HBO, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, OWN, Bravo, FX, The History Channel, Starz, MTV, VH1, JLTV, and Canal De las Estrellas. They have made development deals with CBS, ABC, CBS, FOX, Paramount, the Henson Company, and Tribune Entertainment to star in their own sitcoms.

Among the TV shows in which they appear in starring and principal roles are: Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, The View, Louie, Portlandia, Key and Peele, Orange is the New Black, Boardwalk Empire, Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious, Royal Pains, Inside Amy Schumer, 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 spota 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.
Reserve your place now

The three-week and five-day stand up comedy workshops are $450
If you are a returning student the tuition is $380
If you are a current One Year student or One Year alum, tuition is $350

Email or call (212) 279-6980 to Register.

To pay by check:

To reserve your place, send a $50 deposit check to:

American Comedy Institute
481 8th Avenue, Suite 548
New York, NY 10001

All fees are non-refundable.

Include your phone number and email and please indicate which month you wish to attend the stand up comedy classes. When your payment is received, we will contact you to schedule your standup classes, private writing sessions, and performance at Gotham Comedy Club.

"When I first started standup comedy, the idea of standing in front of people was pretty intimidating. Moreover, with so many comedians in New York, just getting on stage was a challenge.

That's why I was thrilled to discover Stephen Rosenfield's stand up comedy classes.

I started taking the comedy classes regularly, finding that I was getting more comfortable in front of audiences and was actually starting to accumulate material. I was starting to feel like a comedian.

Stephen's instruction is the most constructive I've seen. He doesn't try to fit you into some preconceived notion of what comedy should be. He embraces who you are - be it an alternative performance artist or classic setup-punch comedian - and helps you find and hone your voice.

Now that I am making my living in the business, I continue to use the standup comedy classes as as a place to try out new material. What takes weeks of stage time to create and refine, happens in a few days working with Stephen. For anyone from a beginner to an experienced comedian, I highly recommend Stephen's stand up comedy class. In fact, I'll probably see you there!"

Michael Somerville made his network television debut on The David Letterman Show and hosted the Starz Comedy Network miniseries about the American Comedy Institute, StandUp or Shut Up. He has been featured on Comedy Centrals Premium Blend and at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He was voted by New York's Improper Magazine as one of New York's "Ten Hot Comics." He is a headliner in clubs throughout the country. Michael is currently starring in the History Channel series "I Love the 1880s."

Steve Rosenfield teaches students what they need to know about standup comedy from 'A to Z', everything from microphone technique to finding your own original persona.

His standup comedy classes will definitely speed up your understanding of the ins and outs of the business and give you a strong foundation that will stay with you forever.

– Brad Trackman

Brad Trackman is a national headliner, appearing regularly at Carolines, The Comic Strip, Standup NY and Gotham Comedy Club. He has appeared on Comedy Central's "Heroes of Jewish Comedy" and "New Joke City" with Robert Klein. His CDs include "Safecraker" and “Live at the DC Improv.”

"Before I met Steve Rosenfield, I was an actress in England. Now I'm a comedian in America. This man changes lives!"

– Alison Larkin

Alison Larkin's one person show, The English American successfully ran at the Edinburgh Festival and London's West End.  Her novel, also called The English American, published by Simon and Shuster, is an award winning best seller.  Alison is currently writing the screenplay adaptation of her novel for Bright Pictures UK.  While living in Los Angeles, she was a regular at the Comedy Store.

"As a comedian you never live a normal life. At the American Comedy Institute you learn how not to be normal - in a professional way.

Stephen Rosenfield and his team at ACI give you the feedback you need to develop your own unique comedy and grow as an independent artist. Stephen Rosenfield is not only a great comedy teacher and coach, he also manages to perfectly catch every comedian's unique personality and the way they can grow and develop it.

The teaching is actually a training to produce new material constantly, and become more and more professional as you are performing in front of a real audience.

My one person show, For Kingdom and Fatherland that was featured at the New York International Fringe Festival, and which is now touring nationally, was first developed in American Comedy Institute's One Year Program."

– Shabana Rehman