Stand Up Comedy Courses

Located in the heart of Hollywood, the Theatre of Arts drama conservatory offers stand up comedy performance classes to all students enrolled in our accredited two-year acting degree program. Interested in pursuing an acting career? We invite you to apply or request free information today.

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Stand Up Comedy

OP220, Year Two (2 Credits)


Actors are often asked if they have ever done stand up, this class provides our students with the chance to answer yes. Over the course of 12 weeks, each student will write their own 5-10 minute stand up comedy set. They will have experience performing in front of their classmates and instructor throughout the trimester and get notes on ways to improve. Students will be encouraged to step outside of their comfort zones and find a home in the spotlight. The class will culminate in a public performance alongside professional comedians.


Course Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students should demonstrate:


  • Personal commitment to the process of discovery

  • Ability to function effectively as a member of a creative writing group

  • A clear understanding of dramatic and comic value and story structure

  • The development of advanced improvisation skills

  • Ability to create and sustain truthful and engaging behavior in a stand up environment


Theatre of Arts

6767 W. Sunset Blvd. 

Hollywood, CA 90028

tel: ‪626-365-1934‬

fax: 626-270-4596

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