Every comic needs strong material; it's the cornerstone of their act. What you say impacts how you perform, and what the audience will think of you. Your material literally defines you to the audience.
Sometimes we seem dry. The ideas don't come to us quickly, or the premises don't seem to be funny once we work them. More often than not, the problem isn't the concept; the concept is your process. MINING THE FUNNY deconstructs your process and opens you up to others.
MINING THE FUNNY is a 2 day intensive workshop on writing comedy. Not cookie cutter comedy with outdated formulas and tricks, but writing rich comedy that is perfectly suited to you. Mining what you find funny, and bringing that to the forefront. Over the 2 day sessions lasting 4 hours each we will cover:
Deconstruction of your own writing style
Identifying your personal sense of humor.
Use of language, movement and rhythms in your comedy
Expanding your concepts
Structuring a short (TV) set, and a long (Headline) set
Ways to organize your concepts so that it is at your fingertips
Each of the (Maximum of 10) participants will bring in a recent 5 minute DVD clip so that their individual writing style can be deconstructed. They also need to bring in their current set and material they are working on.
*Sessions meet on two consecutive Saturday's at Gotham Comedy Club in the Main Showroom or the Vintage Lounge
*Class limited to 10 students
Session 1: Saturday, October 4th 11AM-3PM
Session 2: Saturday, October 11th 11AM-3PM
Instructor: Jim Mendrinos