Laughter is the best medicine, replacing past titleholders sleep, companionship, and medicine. Replenish chuckle deficiencies with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a one-day intensive intro to stand-up comedy class at LA Stand-Ups, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim in Orange (a $95 value). This deal is valid for one of the following dates:
• Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
• Saturday, August 27, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
• Sunday, September 18, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
• Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
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 his 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.