Three 2-hour sessions PLUS Zoom showcase performance
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Workshops start Wednesday, September 22 and Monday, September 27, 2021
Similar to Dave's comedy workshops at The Improv comedy clubs, we focus on writing original comedy material and the comedy / entertainment business. AND - like our workshops - this is a group effort. We started our live online sessions in March 2020 and to be honest, they've gone better than expected. We're having a LOT of laughs AND getting a lot of work done.
And in case you missed that word "live" above, our online comedy workshop is not a webinar or podcast with one person (me?) talking and everyone else listening. These are interactive sessions where all eight members can see, hear and collaborate with each other. Dave will facilitate (I like that designation - ha!) while each workshop member creates original comedy material, participates in discussions, and works together as a team to help take your comedy or public speaking material and career to the next level.
If you've ever wondered what Dave's in-person workshops are like at The Improv Comedy Clubs or live too far away to attend - this is your opportunity. Members of our online workshops have participated from all areas of the country and (drumroll please...) as far away as Canada and Japan!
Workshops include a ZOOM showcase performance!
Here is what's happening in 2021 and beyond... Dave has stayed in touch with his comedy / speaking industry friends (for a sample list of names, check out who's who in How To Be A Working Comic and Comedy FAQs And Answers). The outlook is that online (Zoom) shows are here to stay. Even when comedy clubs are fully reopened, the possibility of performers reaching worldwide audiences is too exciting to ignore.
Plus, to really become an experienced comedian or speaker, a LIVE audience is a requirement. After all, how will you even know if your material and on stage comedy voice will work - or (groan) not work - without an audience reaction. Going online is how.
Dave's online comedy workshops are writer's groups with entertainment business discussions and coaching tips on how to do a successful Zoom showcase performance. Why is that important? Simple: you never know who might be watching. And in case you haven't heard Dave say this before, "They may call it amateur night, but no one is looking to hire an amateur.'
Online comedy workshops meet once a week for three 2-hour sessions over three weeks. Choose to join Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 7 pm EST. Our fourth week is a LIVE online showcase with an invited LIVE audience. Dave will be the host - and you'll be the stars!
You can invite your family, friends - and even the people jealous they're not as funny or experienced as you - to grab a comfortable chair, a snack and a drink for an evening of entertainment. It'll be just like going to their favorite comedy club without having to leave home. And as I'm sure you do in real life - you'll be providing the laughs!
Scroll down for two short videos on how to do an effective online showcase
Standup Comedians, Speakers, Storytellers & Comedy Writers
And in case you missed the highlighted number above, online workshops are limited to no more than eight members. Here's how it works:
- Each online workshop group meets once a week for three weeks followed by a fourth week Zoom Show.
- Each weekly session is two hours. Focus is on writing and the comedy / speaking business.
- We use Zoom.us for meetings. This is a free app - so group members do not need to purchase a license.
- Each of the workshop members will be emailed a private link to join the workshop prior to start time.
- This is an interactive workshop - meaning members will see and hear each other to work together.
- Workshops are a writer's group format that collaborates as a supportive creative team.
- Opportunities to share and critique performance videos.
- Private Facebook Group for members to share ideas & suggestions, opportunities for stage time, networking and helpful advice.
* Note to storytellers, Toastmasters and corporate comedians / humorists: I've always enjoyed working with humorous speakers and understand the difference between public speaking and standup comedy. It isn't always easy to incorporate humor into your presentations - and is a skill set that goes beyond writing great speeches, stories or corporate comedy. If you want to add humor and really get people laughing, I encourage you to join any one of our evening workshops. These are small groups and we focus on what YOU want to accomplish in your career.
Online Interactive Comedy Workshops via Zoom
"When have I ever NOT had fun during a Dave Schwensen Comedy Showcase Spectacular!? Like... NEVER! This workshop, and meeting / befriending all of you, has helped me grow and mature as a comedian and storyteller. I am forever indebted to you all." - Dutch M.
"Thanks again for hosting the workshops! They're super helpful and I'm having fun!" - Chris D.
"Thanks for a great workshop. Really enjoyed myself! Great fun and to get the creative juices running! And a wonderful group of peers. You did a great job of creating a non-threatening, fun atmosphere. So thanks for being you!" - Joan S.
"Just wanted to send you a little note to let you know that I am really enjoying the comedy workshop. I am noticing that I am looking at EVERYTHING and thinking to myself... "Hmmm... now how can that evolve into something humorous?" Thank you for enabling me to develop this new way of thinking!" - Yvonne B.
"I enjoyed the workshop and certainly plan on signing up again. The feedback from peers was important and made me realize the importance of writing on a regular basis. Thanks and keep laughing!" - Tom G.
"I learned a lot and I enjoyed being in the creative energy. :))" - Mary Anne B.
"I enjoyed the class. It was good to meet other comedians working on their craft like me." - Tori D.
Reserve your space now!
Total cost for the online comedy workshop is $75 - includes three sessions totaling six hours.
Followed by a Zoom online showcase performance.
Workshops are limited to no more than 8 members.
* After registering, please see the note below about contacting Dave - thanks!
If a workshop (below) is sold out and you want in - let me know!
Schedules change and sometimes space in a sold-out workshop will open before we start. If you would like to be contacted if a spot becomes available, please send an email and what day (or choice of days) you would like to join us. Thanks! firstname.lastname@example.org
MONDAYS - Start September 27, 2021
Dates - September 27, October 18 and 25 at 7 pm EST / Zoom Showcase - Monday, November 1 at 7 pm EST
*This group skips October 4 and 11
WEDNESDAYS - Start September 22, 2021
Dates - September 22 & 29 / October 13 at 7 pm EST / Zoom Showcase - Wednesday October 27 at 7 pm EST
*This group skips Tuesday, October 6th
How To Be A Working Corporate Comedian Online Workshop
Corporate Comedy TUESDAYS - Start September 28, 2021
Dates - September 28, October 5 and 12 at 7 pm EST / Zoom Showcase - Tuesday, October 19 at 7 pm EST
Please confirm your registration with Dave by sending an email to email@example.com. Sometimes email addresses on PayPal accounts are different than the one you might check daily. Also please include a phone number. Dave will contact you with more details.
Thanks - and keep laughing!
CILC Award Winner
CILC stand for Center For Interactive Learning and Collaboration. Dave has been presenting online video conference comedy workshops and "Career Day" sessions about the entertainment industry for schools grades 6-12, along with communications training seminars (Humoring Your Clients) for businesses and associations through CILC for almost ten years. He is a three-time Pinnacle Award winner "for remarkable quality of educational content and exceptional skill at program delivery."
Sounds like what we're doing with this online comedy workshop - right? That's how I feel - so let's get to work!
If you have any questions or need more information about the online comedy workshop, please use the Contact link above.
How To Be A Working Comic #9
There’s no doubt the comedy biz has changed. But even when comedy clubs and live venues are back up and running, doing online shows on platforms such as Zoom will continue. Through webinars and video conferencing, comics are able to reach worldwide audiences. But what about your performing style? Should it be any different than what you would do in a comedy club? BTW – don’t let the background for this video fool you into thinking it’s not about the comedy biz. Dave just finished doing a webinar for another book and will tell you it’s important to “set the stage.”
How To Be A Working Comic #10
Video & Audio Set-Up For Your Zoom Show
The topic in the above video was about making your online performance a “show.” Zoom and YouTube webcasts are going to be around for a long time and you never know who might be watching – and scheduling future (paid) shows. But what is the basic (and affordable) video and audio equipment you should have to keep you from looking like you’re standing in a shadow with bad sound quality? Here are a few suggestions…