-Courtesy of Broad Street Communications
A group of local comics launched Philadelphia’s first all-virtual stand-up comedy school last week.
Off Mic Comedy School offers pragmatic, affordable training for aspiring and experienced comics — with courses led by celebrated comedians. Each course features small group instruction on Zoom, a class graduation show open to friends and family, access to a weekly open mic for further refining material, and free passes to Fools for Good shows (a virtual stand-up comedy series benefiting local causes).
Created by Christine Ann Olivas and founded by a passionate group of Philadelphia-based performers, Off Mic Comedy School aims to be everything that big corporate comedy classes are not: empowering, transparent, fair, useful, affordable, and fun. Off Mic is committed to paying its instructors the best rates in town and also offers scholarships for students in need.
“Off Mic is a comedy school created by comics for comics,” said Christine Ann Olivas, Founder of Off Mic. “We’ve all taken other classes and are confident that we’ve come up with a better way to learn comedy. With legit, talented comics leading the classes, a focus on actionable curriculum, and regular performance opportunities, students will have their best shot at comedy success.”
Classes begin October 1 and end in early December — just in time for comics to shake up Christmas and Hanukkah get-togethers with hilarious new material.
Stand-up 101: 8-week course led by Che Guerrero or Jake Mattera ($215)
Stand-up 201: 6-week course led by LaTice or Dan Vetrano ($305)
Hosting/Crowd Work: 4-week class led by Dan Vetrano ($155)
1-on-1 Mentorship: Three sessions with an in-demand local comic ($295)
Producing & Promoting a Comedy Show: 3-hour workshop led by Sam Kap (Head of Marketing & Enrollment), Christine Ann Olivas (Founder), and Paul E. Reese (Head of Technology) ($155)
Stand-up 101, for example, will teach new comics to transform their witty observations and true stories into polished sets. It covers the fundamentals including the structure of a joke, different stand-up styles, the basics of constructing a set, performance tips, and developing new material.
Developed with the “new normal” in mind, Off Mic courses are entirely virtual. Classes and performances will take place on Zoom. While based in Philadelphia, the school welcomes comics from all over.
“By going completely virtual, we’re more accessible to more people, especially once the cold weather hits and we’re all stuck indoors again,” Olivas continued. “All you need to get started is a computer, work ethic, and a sense of humor!”
ABOUT OFF MIC COMEDY SCHOOL: Founded by a passionate group of Philadelphia-based comics, Off Mic Comedy School aims to be everything that big corporate comedy classes are not: empowering, transparent, fair, useful, affordable, and lots of f*&^n fun!