Lifelong Learners

55+ / Independent Living / Seniors

COMEDY WORKSHOP with Dave Schwensen

Requirements:
Laughter, creativity and having fun.

This is an interactive one hour program that entertains and tickles the funny bone by encouraging audience members to take a memorable turn in the stand-up comedy spotlight. Sharing tips, tales, and top-secret information from his comedy workshops and career as talent coordinator for television and The Improv Comedy Clubs, you will have the opportunity to become the “star” of this fast paced and energetic showcase of laughter!

The History of Comedy

To set the stage, Dave looks back with a brief (and humorous) history lesson into the world of stand-up comedy. From its beginnings in the mid-1800’s through the opening of the world’s first comedy club, New York’s Original Improvisation in the early 1960’s.

Dave also talks about his experiences in New York and Hollywood as a talent coordinator, comedy coach, and working with many of the nation’s top comedians.

After that, the attention turns to the audience…

Audience Participation

There’s an old saying, “Good comedy is based in truth.” Of course, comedy is also a creative art, so we will have plenty of opportunities to stretch that truth for laughs. Audience members are given a handout with a few simple questions – (example: “What’s your favorite song?”) – that will be used to create a short standup comedy routine. There is also the option to tell a favorite joke.

And by the way, the age records for telling a favorite joke is 99 years young in Florida (thank you Betty) and 101 years in Ohio (you rocked Lois). Both have promised to be back next year to keep those titles!

The setting is The Tonight Show with Dave playing host and introducing volunteers to entertain with a newly written comedy routine or favorite joke. The show ends with an improvisational game where two “audience nominated” volunteers hilariously demonstrate the importance of listening – since they’ll have no idea what will be said next!

A Turn In The Spotlight

This presentation is based on the team building & networking seminars Dave brings to corporate training events (see video). The fun includes:

  • Finding what makes you laugh – and why
  • Creating a short stand-up comedy routine
  • Stand-up comedy performances (be prepared for laughter)
  • Show-closing improvisation (more laughter)

 

Corporate Training Video

Your Host and MC…

Dave Schwensen is a nationally recognized comedy coach, former comedian talent coordinator for television, films, and live venues in Hollywood and New York, and author of the books How To Be A Working Comic and Comedy FAQs And Answers. He is a CILC (Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration) 3-time Pinnacle Award Winner for educational programs and has earned the Seal of Alignment for Lifelong Learning.

For more information and to schedule call 440-315-4077 or send an email to dave@thecomedybook.com. Thanks – and keep laughing!

Overture Hamlin, Winter Garden, FL

“Our residents have come to us with many compliments, seems they really enjoyed their time. We look forward to working with you in the future!!!”

Westlake Senior Center, Westlake, OH

“I wanted to let you know that the audience really enjoyed your comedy workshop. I hope you will consider coming back next year!”

Senior Center, Bushnell, FL

“Thank you for coming to Bushnell, it was fun meeting you. We had a great time!”

The Mayflower, Winter Park, FL

“Awesome! They had a great time!”

Pine Technical and Community College, Pine City, MN

“Thank you for the joy you bring to the world. We’ll continue to appreciate your work as long as you keep those one-liners coming. And hey, if you ever get tired of being funny, remember, there’s always a career in motivational speaking!”

BrightLife Innovations – Video Conference

“I just wanted to let you know how much the residents enjoyed the program today. You did an excellent job of telling your stories and keeping everyone engaged. I know it can be hard when you are not able to see and hear everyone, but you had them smiling and laughing and that is not an easy thing to do. Thanks again and I hope you have a great year ahead.”

CALENDAR

July 19, 2024 – Independence, OH

Comedy Workshop at Independence Senior Center, 6363 Selig Drive, Independence, OH 44131. Program at 12:30 pm. For more information call 216-524-7373.

August 19, 2024 – Avon Lake, OH

The Beatles In Cleveland at Sprenger The Commons Independent Living, 200 Community Drive, Avon Lake, OH 44012. Program at 2 pm. For more information call 440-930-6752.

August 22, 2024 – Rocky River, OH

The Beatles In Cleveland at Breakwater Normandy, 22701 Lake Road, Rocky River, OH 44116. Program at 7 pm. For more information call 440-333-5401.

August 26, 2024 – Parma, OH

Comedy Workshop at Donna Smallwood Senior Center, 7010 Powers Blvd., Parma, OH 44129. Program at 1 pm. For more information call 440-885-8143.

September 10, 2024 – North Ridgeville, OH

The Beatles: Makin’ the 60’s FAB at Pioneer Ridge by Del Webb, 9479 Saw Mill Trace, North Ridgeville, OH 44039. Program at 6 pm. For more information call 440-327-1867

September 11, 2024 – Broadview Heights, OH

The Beatles In Cleveland at Broadview Heights Senior Center, 9543 Broadview Road, Broadview Heights, OH 44147. Program at 12 pm (noon). For more information call 440-526-4074.

October 21, 2024 – Parma, OH

Comedy Workshop at Donna Smallwood Senior Center, 7010 Powers Blvd., Parma, OH 44129. Program at 1 pm. For more information call 440-885-8143.

October 29, 2024 – Westlake, OH

The Beatles In Cleveland at Westlake Senior Center, 28975 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, OH 44145. Program at 1 pm. For more information call 440-899-3544.

November 8, 2024 – Parma, OH

The Beatles In Cleveland at Donna Smallwood Senior Center, 7010 Powers Blvd., Parma, OH 44129. Memorabilia display at 12:30 pm. Program at 1 pm. For more information call 440-885-8143.

November 21, 2024 – Mentor, OH

The Beatles: Makin’ the 60’s FAB at the Mentor Senior Center, 8484 Munson Road, Mentor, OH 44060. Program at 12 pm (noon). For more information call 440-974-5725

February 27, 2025 – The Villages, FL

Comedy Workshop at Rohan Recreation Center, 850 Kristine Way, The Villages, FL 32163. Program at 6 pm. For more information call 352-674-1800.

March 4, 2025 – The Villages, FL

The Beatles: Makin’ The 60’s FAB! at Rohan Recreation Center, 850 Kristine Way, The Villages, FL 32163. Program at 6 pm. For more information call 352-674-1800.

2024 Past Programs

Medina, OH

Western Reserve Masonic Community

Roam from Home

Video Conference CILC

Brooklyn, OH

Brooklyn Senior Center

Lindenhurst, NY

Video Conference CILC

Solon, OH

Vitalia Active Adult Community

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Cardinal Retirement Village

Cleveland, OH

The Funny Bone Comedy Club

Kissimmee, FL

Album Monterey Point

Ormond Beach, FL

Aberdeen at Ormond Beach

The Villages, FL

Beatlemaniacs of The Villages

Tampa, FL

The Tampa Funny Bone Comedy Club

Winter Springs, FL

Savoy Gracious Retirement Living

Oviedo, FL

Savannah Court & Cottages

Clermont, FL

Orchard Heights

Winter Park, FL

The Mayflower

The Villages, FL

Comedy Workshop Rohan Center

The Villages, FL

The Beatles: Rohan Center

Dr. Phillips, FL

Overture Dr. Phillips

Lake Mary, FL

Sonata Lake Mary

Ocoee, FL

Arya at Windermere

Winter Park, FL

Westminster Winter Park

Tallmadge, OH

Danbury in Tallmadge

Sandusky, OH

Serving Our Seniors

Parma, OH

Donna Smallwood Senior Center

2023 Past Programs

North Ridgeville, OH

Pioneer Ridge by Del Webb

Bradford, Ontario

The Elden of Bradford – Video Conference CILC

Tampa, FL

The Tampa Improv Comedy Club

Winter Park, FL

The Mayflower at Winter Park

Orlando, FL

Westminster Towers

Bushnell, FL

Bushnell Community Center

Winter Garden, FL

Overture Hamlin

Cleveland, OH

The Cleveland Improv Comedy Club

Middleburg Heights, OH

Middleburg Hts. Community Center

Sandusky, OH

Parkview Community

North Olmsted, OH

North Olmsted Senior Center

Elyria, OH

Wesleyan Village

Mentor, OH

Mentor Senior Center

Parma, OH

Donna Smallwood Senior Center

Avon, OH

Avon Oaks Country Club

Middleburg Heights, OH

Community Center (2nd program!)

Westlake, OH

Westlake Senior Center

Broadview Heights, OH

Danbury Senior Living

Medina, OH

Brookdale Camelot Life Long Learners

Parma, OH

Parma Snow Branch / Cuyahoga County Public Library

The Villages, FL

The Enrichment Academy

Chagrin Falls, OH

Bainbridge Senior Center

Middlefield, OH

Middlefield Branch / Geauga County Public Library

Niagara Falls, NY

Niagara Falls High School – Video Conference CILC.org

Cleveland Heights, OH

Coventry Village Branch of Heights Libraries

Middlefield, OH

Middlefield Branch / Geauga County Public Library

Rocky River, OH

Normandy Independent Living

Avon Lake, OH

Avon Lake Senior Center

Parma, OH

Donna Smallwood Senior Center

Elyria, OH

Four Seasons at Chestnut Ridge

Garfield Heights, OH

Jennings Center for Older Adults

Cleveland, OH

The Improv Comedy Club