Level 1 Standup (Wednesdays, Aug/Sept)
Level 1 Standup (Wednesdays, Aug/Sept)
AUG/SEPT 2019 Session
Dates: Aug 14 - Sept 25 (no class 9/21)
Performance Date: Sun, Sept 29th
Early Reg. ($250): Before 7/14/19
Late Reg. ($300): After 7/15/19
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* Prerequisite: None! (Ages 18+.)
Prerequisite: None! (Ages 18+)
Level 1 Standup Comedy
ANYONE CAN BECOME A STANDUP COMIC!
This class is designed to help you develop 5 minutes of solid material—and the skills to perform it live in front of a crowd of strangers. Each class, you’ll perform jokes for a supportive classroom of aspiring comics, and get expert guidance from the instructor on how to improve your material and tailor your performance.
As you hone your act, you’ll learn to “think like a comedian,” using experiences and observations from your own life to create your own unique comic voice.
Most exciting, the workshop will culminate with a live performance at VERMONT COMEDY CLUB for family and friends – a safe way to “ease into” the world of standup.
Great for developing public speaking skills, meeting new people and being a hit at parties! Instructed by 2012 and 2013 "Best VT Comedian" Daysies winner and Vermont Comedy Club founder Nathan Hartswick.
SCHOLARSHIPS: We want our classes to be accessible to everyone. To that end, there are a limited number of partial/full scholarships for this class. If you are interested in a diversity or financial need-based scholarship or installment plan, please click here to email us for more details.
Policies & Procedures
Cancellation Policy: We will refund 100% of tuition for cancellations made 14 days (or more) before the start of any class. Tuition cannot be refunded on cancellations made fewer than 14 days before the class. Contact us if you wish to cancel.
Concerns About Payment? If you have the desire to learn, we want you to have the opportunity! We frequently offer installment plans and scholarships. If you are having trouble affording this class, contact us to work out an arrangement.
Interested in a Gift Certificate? Go ahead - buy a friend or family member a gift certificate for this class!
About the Instructor
Nathan Hartswick is a native Vermonter with extensive experience as a performer and educator. As a standup comic, Nathan won the "Best VT Standup Comic" Daysie (readers' choice award) from Seven Days in 2012 and 2013. He was a semi-finalist in the Funniest Comic in New England contest in 2012, and the grand prize winner of the 2011 Higher Ground Comedy Battle.
In 2009, Nathan and his wife Natalie Miller founded a booking agency to produce and promote comedy in Vermont (including the annual Vermont's Funniest Comedian contest and the Green Mountain Comedy Festival). The two began teaching classes in comedy in 2011. In the fall of 2015 they opened Vermont Comedy Club, a 160-seat standup and improv comedy club in the heart of downtown Burlington. In addition to operating the business day to day, they teach comedy classes and perform with The Unmentionables, the club's MainStage long form improv comedy troupe.
Nathan has studied comedy with some of the country's foremost instructors from Upright Citizens Brigade, The Second City, iO and more.
Testimonials From Students
"I was consistently impressed with your thorough and thoughtful break-downs, and your generous, spot-on contributions. It was awesome, all around."
"Nathan, thanks for all your feedback, instruction and encouragement. It was great. I felt so light every time I came out of that class. Light and happy."
"Just wanted to say thanks again. I learned a lot and had a great time doing it. Keep up the good work."
"I had an awesome time. I gotta say the whole experience is something that’s gonna stay with me for a really really long time. Your instructions were priceless/fun and it made the 2-hour drive totally worthwhile."
"Thank you so much for all of your comedic insight over the past 7 weeks! I've read bits and pieces of stand up books, and no advice was better than yours. You never told us what jokes to make and not make - you gave us total creative control, but guided us in developing the best material that we could possibly create for ourselves. You instilled confidence in us. You were positive 100% of the time. I sincerely doubt that I would have been able to get onstage without all the time well-spent in your class. You are amazing!"