Stand-Up Comedy Masterclass - Performance & Writing Techniques

All the techniques and best practices you will need to do stand-up successfully. Over 40,000 students taught. 10 videos. $269 value.

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Stand-up Comedy Made Simple Masterclass is a 10-Step System Focusing on Writing & Performing Techniques and Best Practices.

  • Over 40,000 students taught.
  • 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee.

This Course Includes

  • 10 instructional videos
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile

What You Will Learn

  • Basic and Advanced Stand Up Comedy Training
  • Performing Techniques
  • How to Rant, Riff, Use the Microphone
  • Writing Tips and Techniques
  • Students Using Greg Dean's System to do Their Stand-Up Routines

Basic Stand-Up Comedy Training


Can comedians be taught? Yes, if they learn universal joke structure and practice the basic skills of performing. Stand-Up Comedy Made Simple is packed full of these fundamentals.

Understanding Joke Structure

A term coined by Greg Dean as he uncovered the 3 Mechanisms that structure all comedy, humor, and jokes.

  • Greg Dean’s Joke Diagram
  • 3 Mechanisms of Joke Structure
  • Target Assumption
  • Connector
  • Reinterpretation
  • 1 Thing with 2 Meanings
  • Diagramming Several Jokes
  • 3 Mechanisms and Instant Joke Writing

Telling a Funny Story

In this lesson, Dean breaks down the anatomy of storytelling by breaking it down to 3 Points of View (POVs).

  • Telling a Story
  • Acting Out a Scene
  • 3 POVs
    • Narrator
    • Self
    • Character
  • Staging a Story with Scenes
  • 3 POVs and Joke Structure
  • Telling a Funny Story with Scenes

Using the Microphone

If used properly, the mic can enhance the power to be funny. If used improperly it can kill the jokes as the audience won’t hear or understand the comedian.

  • Mic Out of the Stand
  • Stand Placed Out of the Way
  • Mic Cord
    • No Wrapping
    • No Gathering
    • Gesture with the Free Hand
    • Push Cord Toward the Audience
  • Microphone
    • Close to the Chest
    • Just Under the Chin
    • Breath Over the Top, Not into the Mic
    • Omni Directional vs. Directional Mics
    • Mic Must Follow the Mouth
    • When Yelling Don’t Use the Mic
  • Mic Back in Stand
    • Leave it Down Stage Center
    • Mic Facing the Performer
  • Rehearse so the Mic Becomes Invisible


Talking your ideas out loud is the best way to begin writing a routine.

  • Record Every Rant
  • Stream of Consciousness, No Editing
  • Clear Negative Opinion about the Subject
  • Jokes are in the Details, not Generalities
  • Be Brutally Honest
  • Transcribe the Rant to Script


This is commonly referred to as Crowd Work. It’s typified by the comedian asking the audience questions like, “What’s your name?” “What do you do for a living?”

  • Ask One Question at a Time
  • Make It an Easy Question to Answer
  • Repeat the Answer into the Mic
  • The Jokes are in the Details
  • State Honest Negative Opinion about Answers
  • Be Playfully Mean

Advanced Stand-Up Comedy Training

Learning to write and pitch jokes is truly on of the required skills need to do stand-up comedy.

  • Basic Guidelines
    • Pitching Jokes
    • Receiving Jokes
    • Accept Other Ideas
    • Let Go of Your Good Ideas
    • Keep Pitching After a Dud
  • Collaborating
    • Have a Script
    • Go Over the Script Line by Line
    • Turn Non-Jokes into Jokes
    • Tag, Tag, Tag
    • Build on Other’s Ideas
  • Summary
    • Far More Joke Written with Collaboration

Performing Tips

Greg Dean presents a dozen preparation and performing tip that improve the power of the performance for making people laugh.

  • Rehearsal Process
  • Put Show on a White Board
    • Edit Joke
    • Shorter is Always Better
  • Assembling Routine
    • Rate Jokes A, B, C
    • Order Show B, C, A
  • Introduction
    • Intros are the First Line of Your Show
    • Never say, “Just say anything.”
    • Put it on a 3 X 5 Index Card
    • Print and Spell Name Phonetically
    • Take 3 Card as the MC will Lose One
    • Be Introduced to Benefit You and the Show
  • Warm Up Before Going on Stage
    • Physically Move
    • Meditate
    • Do Silly Things for the Mood
    • Go Over the Show
  • Watch the MC and Comedians Before You Go One
    • Audience Reactions
    • Note Those Into the Show
    • Note Those Who Might Be a Problem
    • Do They like Jokes or Riffing
  • Dealing with Bombing
    • If a Joke Bombs Call It
    • Work Your Way Out of It
    • No Blame Game, Own It
    • Stay Committed
  • Handling Hecklers
    • First Ignore the Heckler
    • Hecklers Think They are Helping
    • Tell Them to Shut Up with Jokes
    • Get the Audience to Shut the Heckler Up
  • Record All Shows
    • Capture the Ad-libs
    • Playback Jokes Written on Stage
  • Show Rhythm
    • Feedback Loop with Audience
    • End with the Biggest Laugh

Random Thoughts

Greg Dean reveals more concepts about stand-up comedy that have profound effects on the comedians and audiences.

  • Comics Say Funny Things
  • Comedians Say Things Funny
  • Entering the Comedian’s Sensory Movie
  • Normal Memory vs. Internal Self-Talk
  • The Joys of Being a Comedian
  • Being a Working Comedian
  • The Rewards of Teaching Stand-Up Comedy


Several of Dean’s students give funny and heartwarming kudos to their mentor and friend.

Your Instructor

Greg Dean
Greg Dean

Greg Dean is a master comedy teacher, presentation coach, and bestselling author. He is considered, 'The Professor of Stand-Up Comedy.'

45 years experience working as a professional comedian and teaching Hollywood celebrities like Woopi Goldberg, Kevin Pollak Sherri Shepherd, and Robin Williams.

Greg deconstructed a system to teach humor to "regular people". He's taught his process to over 40,000 people like you, proving that being funny is a teachable skill-set no matter your background, age or gender.

Greg also shows how to apply "appropriate humor" in the business world, enabling professionals to accelerate their progress in their careers.

Greg's best-selling book "Step By Step to Stand-Up Comedy" has sold over 175,000 copies and been translated into 4 languages.

Greg lives in Hollywood, California.

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