In this 4-hour weekly class, we delve more deeply into how to craft an audition for comedy television. Working twice each class you will:
1) Learn to read for rhythm: Comedy is all about the timing. What makes us laugh has as much to do with pitch and tempo as it does with the content of what we hear. It’s like music. You need to learn how to read it that way, to ensure you come into the room ready to play the right notes.
2) Know your genre: Not all comedy is the same. Learn the difference between single and multi-camera television. How big is too big? Developing an awareness of the world you’re living in takes the guesswork out of your prep.
3) Build your Emotional Life: Make no mistake. None of the technical stuff matters if we don’t believe what you say! Leaning into the absurdity of comedy television is half the fun! Build your world and learn to make choices that will help you to fully commit to it!
4) Understand Physicality: The way we tell a story is greatly impacted by our physical life. Nowhere is this more important than in television comedy. Think about Kramer’s entrances on Seinfeld. Joey and Chandler seeing who can “draw” faster with their chairs on Friends. Or Lucy stuffing chocolate into her mouth off the conveyer belt in I Love Lucy. A lot of the laughs in comedy come from the physical performance as much as the words. Learn to incorporate your body to tell the story fully and with complete commitment.
5) Find your own voice: Learning to read and play in this world is only half the battle. The other half is finding your own way in. What is it about your voice, your point of view, and your body that is going to tell the story in a uniquely funny way? Learn to serve the writing while also showcasing what sets you apart. When we think of funny people we don’t always think of the material. We think of the personalities. Each person has a unique and hilarious comedic presence. It’s time to find yours!