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School of Laughs™

The Comedy Classes I wish I took!

Starting off in stand-up comedy can be REALLY intimidating. It’s like driving in the fog with no lights.

That is the way I felt when I first started. There was no way to see what was ahead, how long it would take to get there, or which way I should be going. After 24 years as a full time, professional comedian, I can now easily see the path. The fog has long lifted. The obstacles – some great challenges – are less intimidating.

 

The journey is much more clear. You’ll have to learn a lot on your own. No one can do this for you. But, the journey doesn’t have to be so intimidating. It all comes down to three areas: Writing, Performing and Business. And it all starts with WRITING. The School Of Laughs courses contain all the tools I wish I had when I first started. You will immediately start to see stand-up comedy in a new light.

“I participated in all of the School of Laughs comedy classes and they were well worth the time, effort and money. You’ll gain years of experience in only a few short weeks, so it’s a wise investment into your career. I recommend the School of Laughs to anyone who’s looking to take their comedy skills to the next level!” – Ray Mack

There are many techniques comedians use in their writing. You will learn them. You will practice them. You will layer them and you will get laughs. There are keys to pacing, pausing, animating and delivering your material. You will explore them all. You’ll learn what works for you. You’ll appreciate those who do it differently. You’ll discover how to get stage time, the benefits of networking, what club owners, booker and agents are all looking for in a comedian. You’ll be able to set a realistic timeline for your development, and define what market suits you the best. When you are ready to get serious about getting funny – these classes are for you. Read on for current class dates and email me at any time with questions.

Rik Roberts SchoolOfLaughs@gmail.com

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writing

Stand-Up Comedy Level One: Writing

Mondays, May 7, 15, 22 from 6:00-8:00 PM

Held at Studio Instrument Rentals (S.I.R.)

1101 Cherry Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

Register now: Email to save your spot … schooloflaughs@gmail.com

This is a (3) date class and the investment is $200 total The Stand-Up Comedy Level One: Writing class is the foundation for beginners and intermediate comics. In this class we learn more than a dozen techniques comics use to make material solid and consistent. We watch comics on Letterman and break down why they make certain choices. We write jokes and have an opportunity to share in class. We don’t get onstage, however. So it’s a pressure-free environment where you can speak up as much (or as little) as you like.

“I recommend the comedy writing class from Rik Roberts. You’ll learn a lot and walk away with a binder full of joke writing exercises you’ll still refer to years down the road. He’s always willing to answer questions. It’s a best buy, if you are serious about being a working comedian.” – Sherre Bishop

As an added bonus, this class comes with a “Lifetime Warranty” based on available space. Once you’ve paid for the class, you can attend any and all following writing class sessions at no extra charge. So you can apply the knowledge as you progress through the ranks of comedy to make it a custom fit every time! To register, e-mail Rik at SchoolOfLaughs@gmail.com with your name, cell phone and the words “Ready for Next Writing Class” in the subject heading. I’ll follow up with specifics and more details.

performance

Stand-Up Level Two: Performance

NOW REGISTERING

Mondays April 10, 17 & 24 from 6-8 PM 

Held at Studio Instrument Rentals (S.I.R.)

1101 Cherry Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

This is a (3) date class and the investment is 200 total

The Performance class is designed to get you onstage. We experiment with voices, act outs, impressions, emotion and other performance techniques to make your material pop. You will also get lots of feedback on the material you present from myself and the other students. In this class you will begin to develop a three-minute set.

“This class is exactly what I’ve have been needing. Before the classes I did ‘okay’ on stage. But I knew within myself I needed more training. I appreciate you giving back to the craft of being a comedian”. – LaMel Burt

You are encouraged to bring a recording device to these sessions so you can watch it back later and take additional steps to improve your performance. E-mail me at SchoolOfLaughs@gmail.com with “Save My Performance Class Spot” in the heading and your name and cell phone in the body of the message. I’ll reply back and let you know if a spot is available.

 

improv

Intro to Improv Level One: Games

Mondays APRIL 10. 17, 24 from 2017 8-9:30 PM

Held at Studio Instrument Rentals (S.I.R.)

1101 Cherry Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

This is a (3) date class and the investment is 200 total

Pre-register now

We will sample many of the games you have seen on “Whose Line is it Anyway?” as well as many you may have never seen. You’ll learn the ground rules that apply to Improvisational Comedy. You’ll be onstage A LOT and will learn to trust your instincts.

“I’ve watched Improv for the past few years and thought – I COULD DO THAT! Well, with the help of Rik’s class I know HOW to do Improv and WHY good Improv scenes work. Those were the parts that I needed help with and now I am pursuing my dream!” – William Steadford

You’ll also benefit if you are pursuing stand-up comedy. All of the games in this course can be applied to writing and developing your material. Many students develop characters and bits that can be implemented into their stand-up routines.

Please E-mail me at SchoolOfLaughs@gmail.com with “Intro to Improv Class” in the subject heading and your name and cell phone in the body of the message if you would like to be on the stand-by list.

business

The Business of Comedy Seminar

April 1st, 2017 1-4 PM Pre-register now

Held @ School Of Laughs / 4811 Lebanon Rd, Hermitage, TN 37076 Investment: $99 total pre-register now E-mail me at SchoolOfLaughs@gmail.com with “Save My Business Class Spot” in the heading and your name and cell phone in the body of the message. I’ll reply back and let you know if a spot is available. You will learn more in this session about the business side of being funny than some comics learn in their entire career. You can take this class without any experience. It is a real eye opener into the world of comedy as a career.

“Rik is funny and a great businessman, but perhaps his best quality is his desire to help others succeed. I walked away with some information that far exceeded the cost of the class. I highly recommend everything he offers! If he was a Cracker Barrel waiter, he would wear an apron with Four Stars!” – Addison Tweedy

Among other topics, we’ll discuss …
  • What goes in my promo kit?
  • When should I approach the clubs?
  • How do I get in with bookers?
  • How do I promote myself? Do I need a web site?
  • What is deductible?
  • How much do comedians make?
  • What market best suits my act?
  • What is a realistic timeline for my career?
  • What merchandise sells? Where do I get it?
  • What should I do for free, and where do I draw the line?
and MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!

online comedy classesONLINE COMEDY WRITING CLASS NOW AVAILABLE

The “Stand-Up Comedy Level One: ONLINE Writing Class is now available!

This course is designed to help you develop bigger and better jokes. Whether you have been performing for awhile or you are just starting, this course walks you step by step through proven methods that yield maximum material. In other words, it’s a no risk, money back guaranteed approach to becoming a better comedian.

If you are a speaker who wants to punch up your keynote this is the course for you, too!

There are several packages available to suit your budget and need:

Online Comedy Writing Class

To select your package and get started CLICK HERE

THE SILVER PACKAGE

Ideal for beginners, this class features:

  • over two and a half hours of online tutorials
  • 114 page companion workbook
  • quizzes and access for 90 days
  • money back guarantee

The material is organized to take you step-by-step through the joke writing process. The average first time student develops a minimum of 8-10 minutes of stage ready material the first time through. You’ll have access to the course for 90 days and can go through it as many times as you like within that time period. If at the end of the 90 days you wish to upgrade to the Gold package you will only need to pay the difference and the clock restarts with the new features.

To select your package and get started CLICK HERE

THE GOLD PACKAGE

Best suited for those who have a little experience writing or performing but don’t feel like they are progressing as fast as they’d like.  This class features:

  • over 3 hours of online tutorials
  • a ninety page companion workbook
  • quizzes and access for 180 days
  • feedback on your homework assignments
  • bonus assignments
  • bonus web resource material
  • money back guarantee

If at the end of the 180 days you wish to upgrade to the Diamond package you will only need to pay the difference and the clock restarts with the new features.

To select your package and get started CLICK HERE

THE DIAMOND PACKAGE

Best suited for those who are performing regularly and want professional feedback on material, access to Rik via Skype/Phone for up to 30 minutes and detailed analysis of up to 15 minutes of their performances (via YouTube) . This class features:

  • over 3 hours of online tutorials
  • a ninety page companion workbook
  • quizzes and access for 365 days
  • feedback on your homework assignments
  • bonus assignments
  • bonus web resource material
  • up to 30 minutes of individual consulting via Skype or phone call
  • up to 15 minutes of live performances (via YouTube) reviewed in a detailed analysis
  • 20% discount on new online course offerings
  • Lifetime membership to attend and audit any live Level One: Writing workshops 
  • money back guarantee

To select your package and get started CLICK HERE

Regardless of which option you choose, you’ll be able to take the next step toward being a stand-up comedy without having to wait for the live classes to sync up with your calendar.

If you have any questions about the online course, please e-mail me at SchoolOfLaughs@gmail.com with “Comedy Classes Online” in the subject header and which offering (gold, silver or diamond) you have a question about.

One-on-One Coaching

In person, over the phone or via Skype, you can now work one-on-one with Rik to develop your act to the best it can be! As these classes have grown so has the request for one-on-one coaching sessions. Now you can receive:

  • Answers to questions about any and all aspects of comedy writing and performing
  • Feedback on any comedy video you have posted online
  • Personalized instruction centered on improving your weakest points to become a more well-rounded performer
  • Real-time joke editing and tweaking
  • Frank and direct evaluation of material in a private environment
  • Personalized assignments designed to strengthen your point of view
  • Time-accountability to help develop more material
  • Insight as to why specific jokes aren’t working
  • Tips on restructuring your material so each bit shines in the best light
  • And much more!

It is your time, so let’s use it as best as we can for your specific needs! You can opt-out at any time. All consults and material discussed remain private. It is highly recommended you have some experience onstage or have taken the Stand-Up Level One: Writing course before registering for the one-on-one coaching sessions. This is for your benefit as there is an amazing amount of info in that class. Rates vary depending on level of commitment. If interested, send me an email to SchoolOfLaughs@gmail.com or pick up the phone and call me direct 1-888-895-8549.

Other courses currently in development include “The Business of Comedy” and “Contact to Contract.”