The Academy

Whether you’re an aspiring stage performer or an experienced comedian looking to take your career to the next level, TLC has something for you! Please note that classes are either Virtual (via zoom), In-Person or a combination of both. See class description. Unsure what level to start with? Take our quiz to help you find out or reach out to us: TheLaughtHERCollective@gmail.com. We look forward to working collectively

 

Our Academy is comprised of three branches, each with their own necessary component for holistic growth.

PREPARATION PROGRAM

Welcome to Stand Up -            A Warm Introduction

MONDAYS [1/19 - 2/13]

Grad Show: Sunday, 2/19 @ 3 & 6

*Being offered virtually*

Price: $333 [Venmo]

This is for students looking to baby step into the pool of stand up comedy.  Absolutely zero writing or performance experience is necessary for this course, just a great attitude and willingness to learn! This course will culminate in a virtual performance for family & friends. 

At the end of this course, you will have:

  • An grasp of the heart and mind of stand up comedy 
  • An awareness of stand up comedians past & present with an emphasis on womxn+ and underrepresented comedians

  • Insight into different comedy genres & which you most connect with 

  • An understanding of the principles + building blocks of stand up

  • An introduction of “comedic persona” and performance skills

  • 3 minutes of material written in your comedic voice that you will perform virtually

Open enrollment begins December 26th. Registration Details below. 

Level 1 - Beginner      stand up 

THURSDAYS [1/22 - 2/16]

Grad Show: Sunday, 2/19 @ 3 & 6

*Being offered virtually*

$333 [Venmo]

This course is for those just starting out in the world of stand up comedy! You’ve written some “material” but nothing is really put together. You’ve maybe been to an open mic or two, but feel like you’ve never really mastered the fundamentals. 

At the end of this course you will have:

  • Exploration of joke writing technique & set structure

  • An in-depth knowledge of your comedic persona

  • The ability to edit, tighten & punch-up material

  • An introduction to performance technique

  • 3-5 new minutes of solid stand up comedy material in a well-structured set

Open enrollment begins December 26th. Registration Details below. 

Level 2 - intermediate      stand up 

Currently not being offered; check back February 2023! 

This course is for comics who have a basic understanding of joke writing and editing. You have attended at least a few open mics with 3-5 minute sets & came out alive! This comic can regularly write jokes, but hasn’t quite utilized a community yet to push their writing further. 

At the end of this course, you will have:

  • A comprehensive knowledge of multiple joke writing styles to challenge yourself as a writer 

  • An basic introduction to monologue jokes

  • A comfortability punching up other comic’s material ala a “writer’s room”

  • Physical training to advance your on-stage comfortability and presence

  • In-depth performance skills that will elevate your material

  • 5 new minutes of solid material to be performed at a premier venue in NYC for an in-person grad show. 

Level 3 - Advanced      stand up 

Currently not being offered; check back February 2023! 

This course is for advanced stand up comedians who want to focus on tightening and retightening what you already have and taking it to the next level. This course will help comedians add depth and physicality to existing sets, with the option of incorporating new material. To take Level 4, it is required to take Level 3, regularly perform at open mics monthly, and perform on at least one show. This course will broadly cover hosting & crowdwork skills. 

At the end of this course, you will have a complete understanding of:

  • Joke mechanics

  • Editing techniques

  • Monologue jokes

  • Submission packets 

  • Hosting + Crowdwork

  • Self - awareness of strengths and weaknesses for further progression 

Level 4 -          The business of    stand up 

Currently not being offered; check back February 2023! 

This is for advanced stand up comedians who have completed Level 3. You are serious about doing stand up comedy professionally. In this course, you will get to know the business of stand-up. By the end of the course, you’ll have tools and a thorough understanding of how to transition in comedy and remain consistent. 

 

By the end of this course, your experience will now include:

  • Q & A with industry professionals (agent, producer, manager & booker)

  • Rundown of comedy festivals

  • An in-depth understanding of different jobs in stand up comedy 

  • Extensive set of goal setting and accountability tools

  • The best practices for continued growth!

Ready for rep! 

Must have taken Levels 1-4 to be considered for this course. This course is audition-only course and includes six weeks of working, reworking, and practicing sets in person, culminating in a showcase at a premiere club with representation in the audience.

Currently not being offered; check back November 2023! 

To Register:

Venmo @TheLaughtHERCollective the full amount of the offering & in the "What's this for" please include:

  1. Your full name

  2. Your email address 

  3. The title of the program you are registering for

      Ex. Hope Chiello, TheLaughtHERcollective@gmail.com, Hosting Workshop!

You will receive an email confirmation within 48 hours and all students will get a welcome email at least one week prior to the class. 

GROUP STUDY

Workshop wednesdays

Begins 1/18/23; every 2 weeks after

Virtually

$10 [Venmo]

In-depth & personalized feedback on whatever you're working on. Whether you're wanting to punch up jokes, re-structure, brainstorm premises or tighten up a submission we are willing & wanting to elevate your take your material✨✨ 

🌈Join our welcoming & supportive collective of womxn+ & underrepresented performers and stretch yourself outside your comfort zone in a safe space. We cap at 10. To reserve your spot, Venmo the @thelaughthercollective anytime before that Wednesday! Put your email in the description if you're new :) 

Enrollment begins January 16th [Monday before WW].            Registration Details below. 

Laughing through loss

Three-weeks [3/14, 3/21, 3/28]

Hybrid

Learn more or hold your spot today!

 For those who are ready to joke about their loss -- of a loved one, sense of self, a relationship, a friendship, pet, job, or any type of estrangement. This is not a stand-up class, rather a space to explore your loss and instability within your personal boundaries. This intimate program is designed to help foster community and connection amongst other collective members experiencing similar loss while laughing through our vulnerability, pain, and eventual growth. This program will help you discover when and how you want to explore your pain through a comedic lens. Throughout this journey, you will:w

  • Build confidence to share your story

  • Foster a support system to keep laughing collectively 

  • Learn how to make others laugh while you slowly begin to find relief in your loss 

hosting workshop

Currently not being offered; check back February 2023! 

An interactive workshop for comedians and hosts of all kinds to get more familiar with hosting. Join TLC and learn the specifics of what your role is and go-to techniques for consistent success that will leave clubs and comics alike recognizing your exceptional service! Say goodbye to lackluster hosting tropes and evolve into a skilled, confident emcee with a growing awareness of how to create and maintain the perfect environment for your show to thrive!

physical technique workshop

Currently not being offered; check back February 2023! 

An in depth workshop into the body movement and physical choices made by comedian at any level. The only pre-req is you need to have existing material. We will work on elevating your existing sets through grounded & purposeful movement because bold, physical choices transform a set! 

Confidence-building aside, physical confidence and comfort in your own skin on stage helps you connect with your audience in a more meaningful way.

Open mic! 

Currently not being offered; check back February 2023! 

More details to come on a safe space for our collective to practice their material, with the option for feedback

To Register:

Venmo @TheLaughtHERCollective the full amount of the offering & in the "What's this for" please include:

  1. Your full name

  2. Your email address 

  3. The title of the program you are registering for

      Ex. Hope Chiello, TheLaughtHERcollective@gmail.com, Hosting Workshop!

You will receive an email confirmation within 48 hours and all students will get a welcome email at least one week prior to the class. 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

private sessions

Offered virtually

Single Session - $99

Bundle Pack - $350 (4 sessions)

Offered to comedians who want individual time and attention with Christi or Hope to comb through their current set or one-person show, or something in between. We offer individualized feedback regarding word choice, delivery, and overall presence. This is a working relationship and we partner with you to turn out your best material! 

✨Brand new people receive a 20-minute introductory consultation --included no matter what you purchase-- so we know where to start in our first session!

Schedule what works best for you within two months of purchase to ensure consistency and growth.

Email TheLaughtHERcollective@gmail.com to start the conversation! 

This program is offered sporadically throughout the year, or when needed on an individual basis, to comedians looking to develop new material consistently. For roughly two weeks and $85, you receive a daily message filled with inspiration, tickling prompts, and a resource to help you write five jokes by 10PM. Complete all two weeks on time; get $10 back to reinvest in yourself.

✨It's different every time!

A five-day program where each day you will practice the skill of monologue joke writing by writing ten jokes daily. To help you achieve this goal, we will provide you with:

 

– 3 hand-picked headlines + specific writing style expectations for your monologue jokes 

– a daily monologue-joke writing TIP to help you think outside the box

 

If you finish every day, you’ll end your week with 50 monologue jokes. Oh! And you will be invited to join us for a Zoom meeting with a current, professional late night television writer who will provide feedback and answer questions! Date and writer TBD.

Personal development is a core component to a rising comedian because it's not just about material and what you do with the mic stand. There are milestones, paperwork, and planning that takes place to go to Costco, let alone SNL. 

Christi and Hope offer private sessions specifically set on your goals and how to obtain them. We create step-by-step plans on how to obtain your short and long-term goals together. Offering accountability and a supportive collective to process with, we are just as invested in you as you are! So, if you want three people pushing you towards your goals in a lovingly, aggressive way...

5by10 accountability program

10 Day Program, daily beginning Jan. 2, 2023

*Offered virtually*

$85 [Venmo]

Open enrollment begins December 26th for. Registration Details below. 

monologue joke CHALLENGE

Expected February 2023

goal setting programs

Offered virtually

Single Session - $99

Bundle Pack - $350 (4 sessions)

Offered as needed and catered to each person specifically

Email TheLaughtHERcollective@gmail.com to start the conversation! 

$100 [Venmo]

5 Day Program, daily beginning [2/20-2/24]

*Offered virtually*

To Register:

Venmo @TheLaughtHERCollective the full amount of the offering & in the "What's this for" please include:

  1. Your full name

  2. Your email address 

  3. The title of the program you are registering for

      Ex. Hope Chiello, TheLaughtHERcollective@gmail.com, Hosting Workshop!

You will receive an email confirmation within 48 hours and all students will get a welcome email at least one week prior to the class.