Laughter is the best medicine, replacing past titleholders sleep, companionship, and medicine. Replenish chuckle deficiencies with today's Groupon to LA Stand-Ups in Hollywood and Santa Monica. Choose between the following options:
- For $125, you get a six-week stand-up comedy class (a $325 value).
- For $45, you get a one-weekend intensive comedy camp (a $90 value).
Aspiring laugh inducers get a crash course in the nuts and bolts of humor at LA Stand-Ups under the experienced eye of writer and television producer Joe Falzarano, who helped kick start the careers of comedians such as Jon Stewart and Dave Chappelle. During the six-week beginners' course, students bring in concepts they want to write about and perform, such as airplane food, waiting in line at the DMV, or waiting in line for airplane food at the DMV. In a supportive and educational atmosphere, Falzarano and classmates offer feedback, edits, and advice for developing a personal comedic style while providing tips on how to champion stage fright and eventually become a professional comedian or stage dismantler. After several sessions of rehearsing, rewriting, and recuperating from laugh attacks, each giggle gatherer will perform a polished, seven-minute routine in front of a live audience at the Hollywood Improv during the final class.
The one-weekend comedy camp, held Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., covers the same bases as the six-week class but in a more intensive, equally supportive atmosphere. After rewiring their brains to funny mode, students perform three minutes of original material in front of their classmates. The skills learned and jokes created can come in handy for auditions, writing a script, public speaking, or winning over foreign diplomats. Groupon customers can choose current dates on the schedule for these classes or wait for future dates, which are constantly added.
An AT&T ad executive hangs up the phone, grabs his jacket, and heads toward the subway to Hell's Kitchen. It's the late '80s, and at the New York comedy institution The Improv, a slew of up-and-coming talent, including Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock, are testing jokes and honing timing. In the next few years, they'll perform on television for millions. But for now, they're changing the life of one ad executive.
The founder of LA Stand-Ups, Joe Falzarano, quit his promising advertising career because he "hated being a suit" and preferred to nurture promising young comedians. With accomplishments that include producing the CableACE Award–winning Caroline's Comedy Hour for A&E, Falzarano helped launch the performing and writing careers of entertainers including Jon Stewart and Louis C.K. Today, Falzarano imparts his more than 20 years of industry experience to aspiring joke-tellers, teaching them tactics for perfecting a punch line, calming nerves, and subduing hecklers with a marshmallow gun. Falzarano maintains a supportive atmosphere where students learn how to use who they are to connect with an audience, and even lets students try out material at the Hollywood Improv.