If left untickled, funny bones become prone to decalcification that can only be remedied by eating a potassium-rich banana while watching someone slip on a banana peel. Flex guffaw-inducing muscles with today’s Groupon to Sandi Shore’s Comedy Workshops at The Comedy Store in La Jolla. Choose between the following options:
* For $35, you get an adult stand-up comedy workshop (a $50 value) plus two tickets to any show at The Comedy Store (up to a $40 value; up to a $90 total value). Workshop length varies; workshops last up to three hours
* For $25, you get a two- to three-hour teen stand-up comedy class for students ages 13–20 (a $50 value).
Sandi Shore’s Comedy Workshops’ eponymous giggle guru, sister of comedian Pauly, helps students of all ages navigate the ins and outs of performing stand-up with interactive instruction. Both teen and adult iterations of the two- to three-hour workshop cover the fundamentals of perpendicular punchlining, including lectures about how to construct a comedy routine and hands-on demonstrations of how best to whet wit rapiers to ensure painless side-splitting. While participation is encouraged, attendees can opt to sit back and observe the lesson without breaking a microphone-tapping sweat. The workshop serves as both a jumping-off point for beginning career comedians and a shyness-shedding device for timid public speakers. All participants should bring writing materials to class, as local guest comedians have been known to drop in, doling out trade tricks and answering queries about pie’s symbiotic relationship with the human face.
Those opting for the adult classes also receive two tickets to the stand-up performance of their choice at The Comedy Store, which hosts shows running nightly Wednesday–Sunday. Duos can take in the sets of the city's finest entertainers with Wednesday night The Best of San Diego ($8), or catch the hijinks of humorists featured on Comedy Central and late-night TV during a Weekend Headliner show ($20). All shows have a two-drink minimum, and humans and their wisecracking ventriloquist dummies must be aged 21 or older to attend.