4 Things you Should Know Before Taking a Comedy Class or Why paying $200-$500 for an intro comedy class is a waste of money
I’ve been seeing a lot of ads for comedy classes and one thing I’ve noticed is the prices. Are the prices of these classes matching what you take away from the class?
Well I say no. Here’s why:
1. I’ve been doing comedy almost 10 years now and I paid $85 for my first class. I took 2 other classes for $200 each and didn’t learn anything new. In fact the second $200 class was more of the same info from the first $200 class. So I was pissed.
2. Nobody can teach you to be funny. You can be taught how to write comedy but there are more than a few methods in doing this. There’s no one true way. Its about what method fits YOU. Pick up The Comedy Bible, The Complete Idiots Guide to Comedy Writing or The Comic Toolbox to learn the many ways of writing comedy for way less than $200 - $500.
3. You know how to get stage time? Show up. That’s it. Keep showing up. When you find a comedy open mic, sign up. If you don’t get picked that night then you show up the next week and sign up. The comedy class won’t give you a free pass to an open mic. That part is all on you. Cause after the class is over its time to go to work. There’s no comedy summer school.
4. Comedy is about working. You work when you write, you work when you promote, you work when you try to get stage time and you work to motivate yourself to keep at it. You can’t get that in a class or a book. You get it from meeting people and encouraging each other.
So what have we learned? Do you still want to spend all that money? Let me know what you think.
**I’ll go one further: For $85 I’ll show you how to be a comedian. We’ll look at writing, promoting, and getting on stage. Call it guerrilla comedy class. Total real world stuff. I’m serious if you are!**
Let me know if you’re interested