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TAPS 105 — Stand-Up Comedy Writing

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Apr 12—May 31
Time: 5:00—7:05 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 14
Unit: 1
Tuition: $515
Instructor(s): Kate Rubin
Limit: 22
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
5:00—7:05 pm (PT)
Apr 12—May 31
8 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 14
1 Unit
Kate Rubin
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
The best comedians can make it seem as if getting a crowd to laugh is easy and natural. In fact, joke writing is a cerebral endeavor that requires intelligence, wit, time commitment, dedication, and a willingness to risk and fail. In this introductory course, students will learn the scientific structure of joke writing, practice it repeatedly on their feet, and leave with a “tight five”—five minutes of material completed and ready to perform. Students will learn how jokes are structured and how to “punch up” their jokes in order to support their already developed, intuitive sense of what is funny. We will watch some professionals at work and discuss how their material fits within the joke-writing structure we will be learning. Students will also have the opportunity to write new material each week and practice delivering it in class. This course is for those who are new to comedy or stand-up comedy and wish to explore what makes a joke tick, those who do or have done some stand-up and want to solidify their conscious process for developing and honing material, or actors or performers who think “I’m not funny” and wish to crack the mechanics of joke writing and joke performing.

Fluency in English and a high level of participation are required to benefit fully from this course.

Writer; Performer; Instructor

Kate Rubin has been a professional stage and commercial actress since 2005 and tours nationally as a solo performer and comic. She acts and directs for professional theater companies, including the San Francisco Playhouse, Capital Stage, STC, Playground, Elephant Stages, and the B Street Theatre. She teaches for A.C.T. in San Francisco and various other theaters nationally. Rubin also facilitates an online writing class for comics, solo artists, and writers of all kinds. She received an MFA in acting from UC Davis.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Judy Carter, The New Comedy Bible: The Ultimate Guide to Writing and Performing Stand-Up Comedy (ISBN 978-1947480841)