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Comedy Workshops $40 (Chicago)


Each class is $40 Two classes for $70 sign up on our website at

Stand Up

Saturday Jan 13 10am Location TBD

Do you want to learn the art of stand-up comedy writing? Learn from the man who wrote the book on comedy writing as Snub Fest teams with noted comedian Jim Mendrinos to present a unique comedy workshop that will teach you what you need to know about stand-up comedy writing. The workshop is a writing intensive that runs for three hours and covers all aspects of stand-up comedy writing. This class is designed to work with each student at the level they are currently at, so if you're brand new to stand-up, or if you are stuck in a writing rut, this class can help you find your way to the next level.

Jim Mendrinos, a respected headline comic from NYC, with national TV credits. He literally wrote the book on stand-up comedy, "The Idiot's Guide to Stand-Up", now in bookstores. He has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO and the BBC. He is also one of the producers of the New York City Underground Comedy Festival, and is also a producer for Comedynet. For more information on Jim, please fo to his website

The Improv Factory

Saturday Jan 13 10am Location TBD

So, a bunch of you like to You find out that you want to practice together. awesome. Now you want to do a show...ummm.okay. Find out how to start from scratch to create a show that is unique to your ensemble. Discover what your group's common voice is and how to create a form that can amplify it. From one-person to ensemble shows, this workshop will take you through the simple discussion points and exercises that help any company discover the improve structure that will make them shine.

Will Luera is the Artistic Director of ImprovBoston, Artistic Director of the Lowell Comedy Festival, Mainstage Director at ImprovAsylum, and Artistic Associate of the Chicago Improv Festival. Will Luera joined ImprovBoston in 1997 as a member of the Mainstage cast. Soon after he joined the TheatreSports cast and helped to start the Boston franchise of Sitcom.


Saturday Jan 13 1:30pm Location TBD

The beginnings of shows should be more than a chance to create chaos or fulfill some requirement of your format. Those beginning minutes of a show are a chance to check in with your ensemble, to find and agree on the focus and direction of your show, and hopefully, to invite the audience to come on the journey with you rather than confusing them. This workshop uses techniques to unify and strengthen your ensemble’s openings.

Bill Binder has directed the Phoenix Improv Festival for the last two years and been head of the selection committee. He has also been invited to perform at several Festivals including CIF, Del Close, LA Improv Fest, Out of Bounds, Southern Improv Fest etc. He has learned that submissions to festivals can be much more likely to be accepted when they define themselves quickly, especially in a pile of tapes that are all Harolds of one form or another. This doesn't necessarily mean doing something crazy right off the bat, but simply using the beginning of your show to define what we're about to see. He feels he has developed some ideas that can help a troupe form their show this way. Actually, beyond Festival Submissions, he feels this is a great tool for any show for any audience; inviting the viewer in with an anticipation and expectation of what's to come.

Your Show, Your Ensemble and You

Saturday Jan 13 1:30pm Location TBD

This class will focus on the marketing materials you need to help your Ensemble get to the next level, Your Show get to the next level, and for you to get to the next level. Taught by an expert in the all three. Shaun has not only brought her improv group national exposure she has opened doors for her group and herself to be scouted by Television Executives, Casting Directors, and Talent Agents. Her improv group Oui Be Negroes has performed along side with Woody Harlson and Robin Williams because of Shaun’s amazing marketing techniques.

Shaun Landry is the Artistic Director of Oui Be Negroes. She is founder of The San Francisco Improv Alliance and producer of The San Francisco Improv Festival. Other credits include The National Touring Company of the Second City , The Second City Children's Theatre Co, The UPN San Francisco Television show Seriously Unusual Television Network, the upcoming Bob Zagone Film "Reads You Like A Book" starring Danny Glover and the Gabriele Muccino film The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith.
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