Introduction to Stand-Up Comedy

Learn the fundeamental techniques so you can be a successful stand-up comedian.

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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.

Greg Dean is a world-renowned stand-up comedy instructor who has taught thousands of students how to develop and perform their own stand-up comedy routines. In this video course, he takes you step-by-step through the fundamental techniques that you need to know to create hilarious, engaging stand-up comedy routines.

This stand-up comedy fundamentals video course is the shortest, fastest, and easiest way to learn how to do Stand-Up Comedy. You will learn the basic techniques that all great comedians use in their acts. This includes learning how jokes work with joke structure, how to rant on any topic, how to tell funny stories, and how to get feedback from other comedians on your material. With this knowledge, you will be able to start writing and performing your original stand-up comedy routines.

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

Understanding How Jokes Work

Joke Structure" is 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
  • 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 Funny Stories
  • Staging Stories with Scenes
  • 3 Points of View (POVs)
    • Narrator
    • Self
    • Character
  • Storytelling and Joke Structure

Basic Microphone Technique

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
  • Microphone
  • Mic Back in Stand
  • Rehearse so the Mic Becomes Invisible

Ranting to Routine

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 into a Routine Script

Crowd Work

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 Writing Training

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

  • Guidelines
  • Pitching Jokes
  • Receiving Jokes
  • Accept Other Ideas
  • Let Go of Your Good Ideas
  • Keep Pitching After a Dud
  • Turn Non-Jokes into Jokes
  • Tag, Tag, Tag
  • Build on Other’s Ideas
  • More Joke Written with Collaboration

Advanced Techniques

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

  • Rehearsal Process
  • Assembling Routine
  • Introduction
  • Warm Up Before Going on Stage
  • Watch the MC and Comedians Before You Go On
  • Record All Shows

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 Whoopi 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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