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Intro to Stand-Up Comedy Class

This class will serve as both a look at the history and evolution of stand-up comedy and as a practical course that will cover joke mechanics and writing for stand-up as well as performance theory and practice. Over the course of the class, students will write and practice a five minute routine which they will perform for friends and family at the graduation show.


Next round: May 3-29, 2021


Quotes from previous comedy class participants 

“I cannot imagine any aspect of the class that could have been better. These types of experiential learning classes are fantastic. “

“I learned that getting outside my comfort zone (for certain things), can be a growth experience. The comedy class was a great learning experience and Mat was a great instructor.”


Class structure (weekly three-hour sessions)


Week 1: Participants examine clips of stand-up over the decades. Discuss its origins, how it has changed and grown to reflect societal changes.

Week 2: Participants diagram the jokes viewed in week one and discuss writing techniques for humor and joke mechanics.

Week 3: Participants discuss performance theory and different ways of telling jokes from deadpan to big act outs. During the first three weeks, the students are working on building their own 5 minute comedy set.

Week 4: Participants practice their sets in class and do peer review, give notes, work on any big ideas or shifts they want to make to the set.

Week 5: Participants perform in a graduation show for their friends and family.

Who should take this class?

This class is perfect for anyone wanting to improve their presentation skills or those wanting to cross "performing as a stand-up comedian" off their bucket list.  

*Recommended for ages 17 and up.
*Class is limited to 15 participants with a minimum of 10 students to hold the class.


About the instructor

Dwight Simmons hails from Indianapolis and has performed stand-up in nearly every state in the country. He started telling jokes while in school at Indiana University and immediately fell in love with it. In 2018, his self-produced album Sip and Pass reached No. 1 on the iTunes comedy charts, making it his second release to do so. In that same year, he was the Indiana selection for Thrillist’s “Best Undiscovered Comedian from Every State.” Dwight’s comedy has been featured on Kevin Hart’s LOL Radio on Sirius XM and on The Bob & Tom Show, for which he is also a writer. He is a co-director of the prestigious Limestone Comedy Festival and the creator and host of the web series BrewTube Comedy. More information is available at



For more information, contact Julia Shildmyer-Heighway at 317.819.3516 or