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!


SIX WEEK STAND up COMEDY WORKSHOP (Level One)

All levels. Great for Beginners.

Tuesdays, 7:00pm-10:00pm, January 15th - February 19th

Instructor: Kevin Dombrowski

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, 104 W. 14th St. New York, NY 10011

Tuition: $395


WRITING STAND UP COMEDY (FIVE WEEKS)

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

Mondays, 7:00pm-10:00pm, January 21st - February 18th

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

  • 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, 104 W. 14th St. New York, NY 10011

Tuition: $350

To Inquire, email: classes@laughingbuddhacomedy.com


Advanced Stand Up Comedy Workshop

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

Tuesdays, 7:00pm-10:00pm, January 29th - February 19th

Instructor: Joe DeVito

  • Hone your material into a five minute set

  • Writing discipline

  • Tags, transitions, callbacks

  • The economy of words

  • Not to settle for average laughs

  • How to turn your premises into memorable jokes with a killer knockout punch!

Location: Alchemical Studios, 104 West 14th St. New York, NY 10011

Tuition: $295

To inquire, email classes@laughingbuddhacomedy.com


writing for late night tv

ALL LEVELS

Mondays, 7:00pm - 10:00pm, February 4th - February 25th

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.

  • 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, 104 West 14th St.

Tuition: $295


HOSTING AND CROWD WORK

ALL LEVELS

Wednesdays, 7:00pm - 10:00pm, February 6th - February 27th

Instructor: Kevin Dombrowski

Comics will practice crowd work with a simulated audience, write topical jokes, and develop material for every occasion from birthdays to fundraisers as well as various crowds and occasions. 

  • Learn the business side of hosting including landing work and dealing with bookers and managers

  • How to handle a cld crowd, hecklers, and resuscitate a room

  • How to work in material with crowd work

  • Culminate with a live show and real hosting experience

Location: Alchemical Studios, 104 West 14th St.

Tuition: $225


STAND UP COMEDY WORKSHOP (ONE MONTH)

Beginner to intermediate

DATES TBA

Instructor: TBA

Develop a five minute set that's strong from start to finish. Practice joke writing, setup and punch, and writing exercises. Begin the journey of finding your voice and developing a point of view as well as performance, mic and stage techniques, and having fun even with difficult or cold crowds.

Includes:

  • Four stand up comedy classes

  • 4 Open mics included (one per week, no cover charge, drink minimum may apply)

  • Professional showcase in a comedy club with a free HD video

Location: TBA

Tuition: $275


FREE WORKSHOP

ALL LEVELS

DATE TBA

Speakers: TBA

Join us as we hold an open discussion on various comedy topics.

Location: Alchemical Studios, 104 West 14th St, NYC 10011

Tuition: FREE


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.

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. 

  • IMPROV AND SKETCH WRITING

  • PODCASTING

  • STAND UP COMEDY WORKSHOP LEVEL TWO

  • WRITING FOR LATE NIGHT TV

  • PROMOTION AND MARKETING FOR COMEDIANS

  • BREAKING INTO COMMERCIALS | Jason Salmon