Written by Elizabeth Kepner, a seventh-grade student at Skinner West Classical and an author-in-residence in the 826CHI writing program.
Being funny livens up boring moments, such as surviving history class, cleaning your room, or riding your ginormous pet hamster to school. Avoid dull moments with today's Groupon for classes at The Comedy Shrine's new location in Aurora, set to open on July 8. Choose from the following options:
• For $79, you get an eight-week improv class for kids and teens (a $225 value). Classes are divided into age groups: 7–10, 11–13, and 14–17.
• For $89, you get an eight-week adult improv class (a $250 value).
• For $89, you get an eight-week standup comedy class (a $250 value).
• For $89, you get an eight-week sketch comedy writing class (a $250 value).
The ensemble members at The Comedy Shrine teach all classes, using their professional writing and acting experience to help students broaden their views of comedy. Students can sample the theater's many different classes, much like shampoo samples on a dinner platter. Standup comedy workshops teach students to make funny jokes and have a big stage presence to entertain audiences. Improv classes teach nonprofessional actors from kids to adults to feel confident, be creative, and have fun while making up comedy on the spot, just like a chicken that teaches trigonometry. Sketch comedy writing classes are based on Saturday Night Live —the long-running professional mime performance—to help students improve their writing by giving tips on how to become professional comedy writers. Kids' and teens' classes at The Comedy Shrine are for ages 7–17, and the rest of the classes are for ages 17 and up.
The Comedy Shrine is the product of mad genius mastermind Dave Sinker, who started the theater in 2005 to help everyone let out their best diabolical laughter. His ensemble of minions followed him from the country's best comedy schools and joined him in his quest for entertaining people all over the world.
The Comedy Shrine Theater
The Comedy Shrine draws out unstifled snorts with standup sets and performances from a house company of improvisers culled from laugh institutions such as Second City, iO, and ComedySportz. Inspired by the hit TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Whose Line? puts together an ensemble of professional improvisers for a night of word games and spontaneously created scenarios and characters. Whose Line? The Naughty Show spices up the proceedings with raunchy profanity, spicy innuendo, and adults-only humor. Billed as an interactive drinking game, the ad-libbed proceedings of The Bar Show govern quaffs more effectively than paying a friend to throw pinches of salt into your mouth. The Raw Talent Showcase gives up-and-comers a chance in the spotlight, impressing audiences with fresh material.