Laughter is the best medicine, replacing past titleholders sleep, companionship, and medicine. Replenish chuckle deficiencies with today's Groupon to LA Stand-Ups in Santa Monica and Hollywood. Choose between the following options:
- For $125, you get a six-week beginners' stand-up-comedy class (a $325 value).
- For $45, you get a one-day intensive intro-to-stand-up-comedy class (a $95 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. The six-week beginners' course covers the fundamentals of stand-up comedy, including lessons on how to craft jokes, deliver them, and successfully petition that they be written on the moon. All participants should arrive with several ideas, setups, and premises to be tweaked and developed over the course of the class. Burgeoning comedians graduate with new confidence and sharpened material, spotlighting freshly honed routines in front of a live audience at the Hollywood Improv.
During the one-day introduction to stand-up, students rewire their brains to funny mode, learning how to induce laughter and relate to an audience without relying on knock-knock jokes. In a supportive and educational atmosphere, they’ll learn to overcome stage fright, connect to their audience, and other skills necessary to become a professional comedian or stage dismantler. The skills learned and jokes created can come in handy for auditions, writing a script, public speaking, or winning over foreign diplomats.
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.