All of our stand-up instructors have extensive experience in touring, hosting, and producing successful stand-up shows. We'll use the Expansion tree to take you through some methods of joke discovery, help you with your presence, and find your voice. We'll also give you quality repetitions in environments that are appropriate for your growth.
Our Apprentices are in a 12 week training program, meeting once a week, followed by 4 weeks of performances, also once a week. You will learn the basics of our improv theory including the basic techniques we use to expand on scenes and move from scene to scene. We will use long form improv as a means of generating material in a short amount of time and developing rapid-fire joke identification to prepare you for the Stand-up Ensemble. As your improvised performance, you will perform improvised scenes inspired by improvised monologues. Each Apprentice group is limited to 16 people.
Our Ensemble members have rehearsals for 12 weeks, once a week, followed by 12 weeks of live shows, also once a week. They repeat this process in perpetuity or until they are promoted to House Comics. The goal is to get into the habit of writing material, then perfecting its delivery in live performance, and then extending the length of your set to qualify for our Main Stage Mic. Rinse. Repeat. Our Ensemble standup comics work in groups with an assigned teacher for direction. We rotate teachers and switch up your groups to give you more perspectives. You will continue to use improv as a means of generating material. Each Ensemble group is limited to 16 people.
For those looking to pursue stand-up more rigorously, we promote some of our ensemble members to join our House Comics. Our House Comics can sign up for a longer House Comic slot for our Main Stage Mic, a prime-time stand-up slot that features a Chicago or touring headliner as a closer. We will also use a few comic workshops to train you in the art of hosting a stand-up show and Roasting an audience member for our hit show Toasted.
We also extend additional benefits to house members and above:
Pay for private events ($25 minimum at home shows, $50 minimum for away shows)
Can perform in any Ensemble form as a last minute sub
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When a comic is experienced enough, they are promoted to an Artisan. Artisans work with other Artisans to share industry tactics, approaches, and opportunities. You gain insight on how to book yourself, design a tour, and create your own show. We provide a dedicated page on our website for customers to hire you directly.
We also extend additional benefits to Artisan members:
Paid hosting ($15 per show)
Eligible to teach incoming Ensemble or House members
Right of first refusal for any paid performances
Paid corporate and touring events
Agent Introduction where appropriate
Become a Member
$50 a month (per discipline)
Receive training, performances, perks, compensation, and opportunities to build your career. Whether it is a show or rehearsal, you will have something to do every week. Specialize in the discipline that makes you feel comfortable or add other disciplines if your goal is to be well-rounded.
We believe in keeping our membership as low as possibility to be as accessible to as many people as possible. We haven't raised it since we began the membership based system in 2011. We have been adding perks from day one. Join us!