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StandUp Comedy Training

ImprovBoston Comedy School StandUp Program

"My intro to standup class at ImprovBoston was the best start to comedy I could have asked for.  My teacher, Jake, was hilarious and helped me gain the confidence to get on stage and try standup.  The class was an excellent way to get feedback from someone experienced as well as peers who are also new to standup.  It was a perfect way to ease into standup and to get the experience that will help me take it to the next level.  I would recommend it to anyone!"

-Andrew George, 30, Sales Director-Travel


Our standup comedy program for adults (18+) takes students from the fundamentals of comedy writing all the way through creating your own standup comedy set. With our supportive instruction, anyone can do stand-up. 

Successful standup comedy stems from an engaging, positive and constructive writing environment, where students are encouraged to take risks, explore and communicate what they think is fun about the world.  Comics in our program build confidence in the choices they make, in themselves, and in their creative ideas both on paper and on stage. Our standup comedy philosophy is rooted in improvisation and coached by an experienced faculty of performers, writers and working comics.

Our program features an Intro to StandUp course that provides all the basics and an 8-week StandUp WorkShop that many comics take time and again for continued development. Also, our students receive UNLIMITED standby comp tickets for regularly scheduled shows and every class features a Student Showcase.

We also offer a StandUp Drop-In every first Wednesday of the month for those who have new material and are looking for some professional feedback.

Channel 7 News Achor Sue Tran shares her StandUp class experience at ImprovBoston


Comedy Lottery (Open Mic) - Wednesdays at 10
Nightcap (Fridays/Saturdays 1130) 
Battle Royale (Saturdays 9)
The People's Show (Sundays 9)

  • Intro to StandUp
  • StandUp Workshop
  • StandUp Drop-In


Are you the funny person at work? Do your friends tell you that you should be on Comedy Central? Well, prove them right!  Intro to StandUp teaches you the basics of stand up comedy and helps you turn your funny lines into a real routine. ImprovBoston instructors are nationally touring comedians who have been featured on MTV, Comedy Central and festivals all over the country.

Intro to StandUp teaches you how to use your own experiences and self-perceptions to develop a routine. Learn how to find your unique comedic voice, how to better observe the world around you, and how to translate your real-life experiences into side-splitting comedy. This class is perfect for anyone who wants to improve their public speaking skills, hone their writing point of view, and better understand how others see you. The class concludes with a StandUp Showcase featuring your own 3-minute routine ready to perform in front of a live audience! Yes, you CAN do this and it's as fun as it looks. We're here with you every step of the way.

Maximum 12 participants per class. $255.00 per person. No previous experience necessary.


Do you want to take your standup comedy to the next level? In our 8-week StandUp Workshop classes, you learn from the best in the business; ImprovBoston instructors are Boston-based nationally touring comedians who are featured on Comedy Central, MTV, network Late Night Shows and comedy festivals all over the country. Your instructor will help you develop your persona and personal comedic style while carefully honing new material. This is the perfect way to get valuable weekly feedback from the experts as you continue to perfect your routine at ImprovBoston and in clubs around town. The session-long structure provides an arch to help you realize your most productive and creative habits. Many aspiring and working comics enroll in StandUp Workshop multiple times, taking full advantage of the supportive environment, material-generating assignments and unparalleled mentorship. StandUp WorkShop culminates in a Student Showcase at the end of the session.

Maximum 12 participants per class. $255.00 per person. Pre-requisite: INTRO to STANDUP or Comedy School permission.


You’ve got new material. You want some expert feedback from some of the best comics in New England. You’ve come to the right place. Every month, a rotating roster of professional standups watch your set and help hone both your writing and delivery. Open to comics who have completed at least Intro to StandUp or have more than a year’s worth of consistent standup performing experience, the Drop-In is an affordable, supportive creative check-in whenever you need it. Got a couple new jokes you want to polish? Come to the Drop-In. Got some old material you want to breathe new life into? Come to the Drop-In. Feeling like you’ve hit a creative wall in your standup? Come to the Drop-In. Each week features a new instructor, so be sure to check the line-up and inject some veteran comedy insight into your set.

Every first Wednesday of the month 830PM - 10PM. Drop-Ins are first come, first served so be sure to show up a few minutes early.  $10 per person. Pre-requisite: Intro to StandUp or at least one year of experience performing standup.

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