Teaching Stand-up Comedy for kids ages 11-17
Are you a class clown? Or are you just a smart, funny kid? Well here’s your chance to learn stand-up comedy from real professional comedians, hone your funny attitude into a real stand-up comedy act, and perform for your friends, family, and fans of comedy. This year's course and graduation show have gone virtual due to Covid-19 precautions.
The Workshop is $25/student
Four two-hour classes with professional instructors held virtually for four straight weeks.
Classes will be held from 4pm – 6pm on Sunday Nov. 22, Nov 29, Dec. 6, and Dec. 13
Graduation show for all students will be streamed via the Cleveland Comedy Festival Facebook page for all your friends and family to enjoy on Sunday December 20th!
What You Will Learn
Joke creation and refinement
Public speaking skills and timing
Stage presence and confidence
Basic comedic persona development
Improvement of memorization skills
Your lead facilitators will be Cait Hogan, Rodney Bengston and Rob Coleman — all veteran stand-up comedians and work with the Cleveland Comedy Festival. Ms. Hogan, Mr. Bengston, and Mr. Coleman have over 35 years of combined experience performing stand-up comedy in comedy clubs, theaters and venues all over the world. They taught the first Class Clown class in 2012 which graduated with honors.
"(My son's) experience in the Class Clown class is the one he most often points to as being his most enriching, most fulfilling and, usually, most fun.
David, Bay Village parent of Class Clown student
The Class Clown Workshop is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.
The Class Clown Workshop is also made possible in part Neighbor Up, supported by Neighborhood Connections, a nationally recognized community-building program established in 2003 as a program of Suite 1300 Services, Inc., a 501 c 3 nonprofit funded primarily by the Cleveland Foundation and other partners. Its mission is to fuel the power of neighbors to create, together, an extraordinary world right where they live.