Since our inception in 2009, Laughing Buddha Comedy School has been committed to finding you ways to grow as a comic with expert instructors, quality stage time, and small classes with a supportive community vibe. 

It is our belief that stand up comedy can only be learned with real stage time and strongly suggest that comics utilize our Open Mics and Showcases to augment their classes, all of which are included in your tuition. Aspiring comics can choose from our daily Open Mics at numerous venues in Manhattan.  Our combination of actual stage time along with workshops are what set us apart.

Our staff is carefully selected and comprised of top-notch working professionals including headliners, professional writers, working actors, and more.  We keep our class size small (usually between 10 and 12 students) and give personal attention to every aspiring comic that comes our way.

Our classes include Stand Up Comedy, Hosting and Crowd Work, Writing for Late Night TV, Writing for Sitcoms, Storytelling for Comedians, and more. Below is our list of upcoming classes which always sell out, so please register early. 

We encourage you to experience Laughing Buddha Comedy!


 

NEXT WORKSHOP

SIX WEEK STAND up COMEDY WORKSHOP (Level One)

All levels. Great for Beginners.

Tuesdays 7-10 PM, beginning June 26th - August 7th 2018

Instructors: Kevin Dombrowski and Jeff Lawrence

Includes:

  • Six stand up comedy classes
  • 6 Open mics included (one per week, no cover charge, drink minimum may apply)
  • Professional Showcase with a free HD video of your performance

Learn:

  • Develop a five minute set that's strong from start to finish
  • Joke writing, setup and punch, writing exercises
  • Performance, mic, and stage technique
  • Having fun, even with difficult or cold crowds

Location: Alchemical Studios, Studio C, 104 W. 14th St. New York, NY 10011

Tuition: $395


    WRITING FOR STAND UP COMEDY (5 Weeks)

    Previous stand up comedy experience or completion of our Six Week Basic Workshop is preferred to register for this class.

    Tuesdays 7-10 PM, beginning July 10th - August 7th 2018

    Instructor: Joe DeVito

    Includes:

    • Five Stand Up Comedy Workshops
    • 5 Open Mics (drink minimum may apply)
    •  Professional Showcase in a showcase with an HD video of your performance

    Learn:

    • How to hone your material into a five minute TV set
    • Writing discipline
    • Tags, transitions, callbacks
    • Economy of words
    • Not settling for average laughs
    • Turning your premises into memorable jokes with a killer knockout punch!

    Location: Alchemical Studios, 3rd floor, 104 W. 14th St. New York, NY 10011

    Tuition: $350


    HOSTING AND CROWD WORK

    ALL LEVELS

    Next Class: Wednesday, July 11th 7:00PM-10:00PM

    Instructor: Kevin Dombrowski

     

    Students practice crowd work with a simulated audience and also includes an overview on the business side of hosting, and how to deal with producers, club owners and staff.  This workshop is loads of fun, and a must for comics looking to emcee, or those who just want to work on their crowd work skills.

    Learn:

    • The secrets of hosting and warming up a crowd
    • Dealing with “cold” or difficult crowds and handling hecklers
    • Finding “targets” in the audience for crowd work
    • When to work in material or do crowd work
    • The business side of hosting (city and road)
    • And much more…

    Location: TBA

    Tuition: $60


    STAND UP COMEDY WORKSHOP (LEVEL ONE) ONE MONTH

    All levels. Great for Beginners.

    Wednesdays 7-10 PM, beginning August 1 - August 22nd 2018

    Instructor: Kyle Ocasio

    Includes:

    • Four stand up comedy classes
    • Four open mics included (one per week, no cover charge, drink minimum may apply)
    • Professional Showcase with a free HD video

    Learn:

    • Develop a five minute set that's strong from start to finish
    • Joke writing, setup and punch, writing exercises
    • Performance, mic, and stage technique
    • Having fun, even with difficult or cold crowds

    Location: Alchemical Studios, Studio C, 104 W. 14th St. New York, NY 10011

    Tuition: $275


    writing for late night tv

    SOLD OUT

    ALL LEVELS

    Next Class: TBA EARLY FALL 2018

    Instructor: Dave Hanson

    Learn to write late night TV monologue jokes, desk pieces, and interviews while putting together a late night packet for submission. Instructor Dave Hanson has written for Chelsea Lately and contributed to Inside Amy Schumer. He has also appeared in the movie Trainwreck.

    Learn:

    • Writing late night TV monologue jokes, desk pieces and interviews
    • Learning to write jokes for a particular host’s tone or voice
    • Putting together a late night TV packet (materials required to get you hired) and what they must include
    • Working in a Writer’s Room and handling it’s unique environment
    • Punching up and pitching jokes and much more

    Location: Alchemical Studios, Studio C, 104 W. 14th St. New York, NY 10011

    Tuition: $295

    To Inquire, email: classes@laughingbuddhacomedy.com

     


    PRIVATE COACHING AND SKYPE

    This is a perfect way for those with busy schedules or who do not reside in the NY area to hone their skills, revamp their writing,  and develop their stand up act with our expert instructors.  Students can submit a video or their set in writing and have it edited, and punched up.  Our staff has appeared on major network television and written for  Comedy Central, VH1, HBO, movies, major newspapers and more.

    • Set your own schedule
    • Work via Skype from anywhere in the world
    • Catered to your needs, be it writing or performing. 
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    Instructors:

    Jeff Lawrence

    • Writing, performing, preparing for specialty gigs

    Joe DeVito

    • Advanced Writing, punching up jokes, writing clean for Tv

    Rates vary; please contact us for more information.


    Keep an eye out for future classes including:

    We add classes based on your requests.  If there is a workshop you're interested in please let us know and we'll notify you when taking place. 

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