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Level 1 Standup: Make 'Em Laugh!


Next Session: TBD
Ages: 18 and up

Fee: $130 for 6-week class

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Anyone with a sense of humor can be 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 in a local nightclub 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, too! Instructed by 2012 and 2013 "Best VT Comedian" Daysies winner and Vermont Comedy Club founder Nathan Hartswick.


Cancellation Policy: We are happy to refund 100% of tuition for cancellations made 14 days (or more) before the start of any class/workshop. Tuition cannot be refunded on cancellations made fewer than 14 days before the class.


 Check out this video from a recent class performance:

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About the Instructor

Nathan Hartswick is a native Vermonter with extensive experience as an educator, performer, writer and director. He is the co-founder of Spark Arts, where he teaches standup and improv comedy to students of all ages. Nathan is also a published children's playwright, and his works are consistently bestsellers for Heuer Publishing and Pioneer Drama.

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. He is the founder of VermontComedyClub.com, and produces many comedy events throughout New England.


Comments from a recent standup class:


"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!"