Without laughter, playgrounds would be silent except for the creaking of old swing sets and the trickling of tears into belowground aquifers. Celebrate the sound of mirth with today's Groupon: for $99, you get eight three-hour level-one comedy classes at Four Day Weekend Improvisational Comedy (a $200 value). Classes are held on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Four Day Weekend's theater on Houston Street.
Critically acclaimed by such reputable broadsheets as the Dallas Observer and Star-Telegram, Four Day Weekend's comedy gurus impart gut-busting insight in their four-level training center. During the eight-week course, expert instructors guide aspiring improvisers of all ages and abilities across the art form's fundamentals by refining creative impulses, honing listening skills, and furnishing a rotating slate of guest hecklers. With a curriculum centered on "truth in comedy," Four Day Weekend fosters dynamic performers with basic "yes, and…" principles designed to develop nuanced communication skills and harmonious teamwork among fellow board treaders. On the eighth week of class, students split the sides of family, friends, and colleagues with a culminating showcase designed to flaunt newly minted chuckle chops without the aid of rubber chickens or prerecorded laugh tracks.
Four Day Weekend
The six-headed hydra of spontaneous comedy known as Four Day Weekend has been wreaking havoc on North Texas doldrums since 1997. Critically adored by the metroplex’s most prominent presses, the group squelches laughter droughts with their weekend bouts of unscripted hilarity. The professional troupe of cut-ups, many with film and Second City Conservatory of Chicago credentials, happily share the tricks of the trade in their four-level training center. Emphasizing “truth in comedy,” the curriculum covers fundamentals such as characterization and long-form improv, giving students the tools they need to extract their inner hilarity or survive an hour in a prop closet with Greg Proops.