Does your boss get a little touchy around this time of year? Are your friends depressed when they see holiday decorations on Walmart’s shelves? Is your mailman overreacting to the impending bankruptcy of the U.S. Postal Service? You can help!
With your gift certificate to any of Manhattan Comedy School‘s Level 1 stand-up comedy classes, all their troubles will be washed away in just six weeks. Instead of understanding why they hate their mothers, students learn how to write jokes, develop an effective set, and command a real comedy club stage. In the process, they’ll build confidence, increase their comfort speaking in public, and polish their performance skills as they experience the ego-boosting adrenaline surge that comes with doing stand-up comedy. Maybe your mailman can even start a new career before he has to visit the unemployment office.
All MCS courses are taught by seasoned comics with years of experience in the industry, and conclude with graduates performing live at the Gotham Comedy Club. Adding to the excitement, big-name special guests like Jerry Seinfeld, Louis CK, Jim Gaffigan, and Sherri Shepherd often appear for the shows.
Gift certificates are good for any beginner class, and are valid for up to 12 months from the date of purchase. Limited numbers are available, so hurry and get a few of them for all your morose pals. They’re cheaper than Xanax with none of the sexual side effects!
Recipients choose the class they want to attend (start dates are posted at the link above), then contact MCS at least two weeks in advance to register. All classes are held at 54th and Broadway, in the heart of the Theater District.
For more information, call 212-362-6647.Posted in Emily Rosenberg, Manhattan Comedy School, stand-up comedy | Tagged comedy, comedy classes, gift certificates, Gotham Comedy Club, holiday gifts, learning stand-up comedy, Manhattan Comedy School, new talent, stand-up comedy | Comments Off on The Holiday Gift You Want People to Laugh At November 6, 2015
As a graduate of a Manhattan Comedy School class, you get to ply your new skills performing on the Gotham Comedy Club stage. But the advantage doesn’t end there. Comedian Tom Eschleman, a student in a Level 1 class, can confirm that: His appearance got him booked to perform on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy LIVE show.
This is Eschleman’s first TV spot—a seminal event in any young comic’s career.
This week, Chris Mazzilli, owner of New York City’s premier comedy venue, gave feedback and notes to several acts, as he’s done every month for New Talent show comics the past two years. After seeing Eschleman’s performance, he immediately booked the young comedian on the popular Thursday night AXS TV show.
But he’s just one of many MCS students and New Talent show comics to rate a booking on Gotham Comedy LIVE. Comedy veteran Keith Anthony landed his first AXS TV spot at the same show, while Kenny Garcia, who won the New Talent contest last week, also will appear.
These opportunities are not auditions—all three comics are scheduled to appear on the show.
For more than 12 years, MCS’s faculty of national headliners has been teaching stand-up comedy to professionals in entertainment as well as the corporate world. Students master skills in writing, delivery, and developing their persona. They then have the opportunity to test their refined acts on the professional stage at Gotham Comedy Club.
We got raves from some of the other comics who were booked on AXS TV:
Charles McBee (2014): “Doing Andy’s New Talent show has allowed me to perform on the same shows as Jim Gaffigan, Jerry Seinfeld, and Judah Friedlander, because they drop in quite often to work on material. . . . Very worth it.”
Gibran Saleem (2014): “I recently auditioned for AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live and am booked on my first stand-up TV debut! I can honestly say none of this would have happened without Andy Engel’s help, support, and exposure, and his New Talent shows.”
Ashley Austin Morris (2013): “I was able to instantly get bookings around the country. . . . I was doing a New Talent show, and Andy Engel went out of his way to introduce me to Chris Mazzilli. . .he booked me on AXS TV.”
Cyrus McQueen (2013): “I simply wouldn’t have gotten my first TV credit without the help of Andy Engel and the platform his New Talent show provided me.”
Chloe Hilliard (2013): “There is no way, as an up-and-coming comic, I would have been able to land my TV debut without Andy Engel. His showcases gave me the exposure I needed to get the attention of club bookers, TV producers, and college agents.”
And here are some more MCS-graduate success stories:
Carmen Lynch: Two appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman
Ryan Reiss: Monologue writer and warm-up comic for Late Night with Seth Meyers
Chloe Hilliard: NBC’s Last Comic Standing
Jimmy Failla: Recently taped his one-hour special at Gotham Comedy Club
Vidur Kapur: Showtime Special
Colin Kane: National headliner, recently headlined at Gotham Comedy Club
Posted in Emily Rosenberg, Manhattan Comedy School, stand-up comedy | Tagged Andy Engel, Ashley Austin Morris, AXS TV, Carmen Lynch, Charles McBee, Chloe Hilliard, Chris Mazzilli, Colin Kane, comedy, comedy classes, comedy clubs, Cory Kahaney, Cyrus McQueen, Gigran Saleem, Gotham Comedy LIVE, Jimmy Failla, karen bergreen, Keith Anthony, Kenny Garcia, Manhattan Comedy School, new talent, Ryan Reiss, Tom Eschleman, Vidur Kapur | Comments Off on AXS of Comedy: New Talent Booked on TV September 8, 2015
Feeling the need to laugh for several hours on end? Paste Magazine has made it easy with their list of the 25 Best Stand-Up Comedy Specials on Netflix Instant.
The widely varied assortment includes a range of accomplished styles and personalities, and features comedians such as current favorites Louie C.K. and Aziz Ansari to the legendary Eddie Murphy. All the joy is available to stream anytime, so settle in with some non-spit-outable snacks and prepare to laugh.
It’s also an opportunity to do some studying. Watch the material to pick up some valuable tips on delivery, developing a solid routine, writing tight, succinct jokes, and owning the stage. Watching so many seasoned pros in succession is also a great way to compare and contrast different stand-ups’ voices, and understand exactly how they’ve distinguished themselves from the crowd.
Who would you have on your list of the best stand-up specials of all time?Posted in Emily Rosenberg, Manhattan Comedy School, stand-up comedy | Tagged Aziz Ansari, Best list, best stand-up specials, comedians, Eddie Murphy, learning stand-up comedy, Louis CK, Manhattan Comedy School, paste magazine, stand-up comedy | Comments Off on Stream Some Laughs Today September 3, 2015
Climb into the trenches to create your comedy material with an industry pro as your drill sergeant. Join instructor Cory Kahaney for Stand-up Comedy-Writing Boot Camp, starting Tuesday, September 29th.
During this intensive six-week course, you’ll learn the basics of writing and performing stand-up comedy. Become skilled at the craft of joke-writing, structuring set-ups, and tailoring punchlines for maximum effect in your set. The class meets every Tuesday from 7:00 to 10:00 PM.
What’s special about this course? For starters, class size is small, so you get individualized attention. You’ll also get feedback on your recorded set from a major comedy booker and/or Chris Mazzilli, owner of Gotham Comedy Club and booker for AXS.
What’s more, students of this class are booking jobs on shows like NBC’s Last Comic Standing and AXS-TV’s Live at Gotham Comedy Club, as well as hosting shows at Gotham and other major clubs in New York City.
Register before Saturday, September 5th, and if you use a credit card, you’ll receive a rebate of $100. You must receive permission from either Andy Engel or Cory to participate this class.
Maybe you want to become proficient at improvisation. In that case, join industry pro Marc Adam Smith for his course Improv for Stand-ups–an experience that feels more like getting together with a group of friends to play games, even while you’re learning the fundamental skills of the craft.
Starting Saturday, September 12th, the six-week class meets every week from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. There will also be a graduation performance. Register now while there’s still room.
Either way, you’ll be funnier after just a month and a half!
Posted in Emily Rosenberg, Manhattan Comedy School, stand-up comedy | Tagged AXS, comedy classes, Cory Kahaney, Gotham Comedy Club, Improvisation, learning stand-up comedy, Manhattan Comedy School, Marc Adam Smith, stand-up comedy, standup, writing comedy | Comments Off on Funny How You Can Learn to be Funnier August 31, 2015
None other than George Wallace stopped in to do the New Talent show last Wednesday, to the delight of both the audience and the lucky comedians who were also there to perform.
As fabulous as George’s drop-in visit was, it’s not unusual for a comedy icon to stop by to do a set. Gotham Comedy Club has been getting a lot of surprise visits from headliners at Manhattan Comedy School and New Talent shows–among them, Louie C.K., Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, and Jerry Seinfeld. It’s a regular police line-up of faces anyone could identify as comedy legends.
If you want to be part of these incredible moments, but don’t want to quit your day job to do it, now’s your chance. Register today for seasoned comedian Karen Bergreen‘s class, Stand-up Comedy: Level 1, starting Wednesday, September 2nd. The class meets every week for six weeks from 7:00 to 10:00 PM, with a graduation performance that will showcase the skills you’ve mastered.
Or maybe you want to try improv. Industry pro Marc Adam Smith is teaching Improv for Stand-ups–an experience that feels more like getting together with a group of friends to play games, even while you’re learning the fundamental skills of the craft. Starting Saturday, September 12th, the class meets every week for six weeks from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. There will also be a graduation performance. Register while there’s still room.Posted in Emily Rosenberg, Manhattan Comedy School, stand-up comedy | Tagged Amy Schumer, comedians, comedy, comedy legends, George Wallace, Gotham Comedy Club, Improvisation, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, karen bergreen, learning stand-up comedy, Louis CK, Manhattan Comedy School, Marc Adam Smith, new talent, stand-up comedy | Comments Off on What Becomes a Legend Most: You August 5, 2015
Polish up your “how hot is it?” jokes this summer with a class at Manhattan Comedy School.
Starting August 19th, you can learn the basics of stand-up comedy with Karen Bergreen, an established pro who’s appeared on Comedy Central and at the Kennedy Center; she also performs regularly at all the major New York City clubs. Karen will guide you in identifying your persona, developing and refining your set-ups, and testing new material in front of your fellow students in a professional setting. In addition, your graduation performance will take place in front of a live audience at Gotham Comedy Club.
The course meets every Wednesday for six weeks from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM in Manhattan. Register today while there’s still room.
Another great class will hone your improvisational skills so you can pretend the temperature is whatever you want it to be. With Marc Adam Smith at the helm, Improv for Stand-Ups doesn’t feel like learning at all–it’s just like playing games with a group of really fun friends. Special guests include Jimmy Failla, Ryan Reiss, and Chloe Hilliard.
The six-week course starts August 22nd, and meets every Saturday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM in Manhattan. In addition, there will be a graduation performance on a date to be announced. Register today!
When the colder weather means you need new material about snow and frostbite, try the Stand-Up Comedy: Beginner Level 1 course at Levity Live in West Nyack, NY. Kerri Louise, a regular correspondent on The Oprah Winfrey Show who went to the finals on Last Comic Standing, teaches this information-packed, six-week course starting October 14th, with a graduation performance on a date to be announced. Register immediately!
And stay cool by staying funny.
Posted in Emily Rosenberg, Manhattan Comedy School, stand-up comedy | Tagged Chloe Hilliard, comedians, Gotham Comedy Club, Improvisation, Jimmy Failla, karen bergreen, learning stand-up comedy, Levity Live, Manhattan Comedy School, Marc Adam Smith, new talent, Ryan Reiss, stand-up comedy | Comments Off on Laughter is the Best Air Conditioning May 2, 2015
A Prayer in Spring
by Robert Frost
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
To take a class at Manhattan Comedy School
The Stand-Up Comedy: Level 1 class with Karen Bergreen begins Monday, May 4th, so register this second. This class meets in Manhattan, every Monday for six weeks from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., all on a Springtime’s delicate eve. In addition, you’ll participate in a graduation performance (date to be announced) on the professional stage at Gotham Comedy Club.
You also have the choice of joining the Stand-Up Comedy: Beginner Level 1 class at Levity Live in West Nyack, NY. Led by Kerri Louise, it starts Wednesday, May 6th, meets every week for six weeks, and also includes a graduation performance at an established comedy club. Register as soon as humanly possible!
Both instructors are proven professionals with years of performing and writing under their belts. Under Karen or Kerri’s guidance, you’ll learn how to write a joke, create an original set, develop stage presence, and more. As a result, you’ll polish your performance and build your confidence–invaluable skills whether you’re an entertainer or you appear in public in a professional setting.
MCS classes offer you the unique opportunity to perform live for six consecutive weeks, all while getting direct feedback from a working comic. You’ll hone your talents in a variety of ways, and be able to put your newfound skills to use in any number of areas of your life.
For more information, call 212-462-3200.Posted in Emily Rosenberg, Manhattan Comedy School, stand-up comedy | Tagged comedians, comedy, comedy classes, comedy clubs, Gotham Comedy Club, karen bergreen, Kerri Louise, learning stand-up comedy, Levity Live, Manhattan Comedy School, professional development, spring activities, stand-up comedy, standup, women comedians | Comments Off on Get Schooled in Comedy January 16, 2015
Jerry Seinfeld has said that Gotham Comedy Club‘s stage is his favorite–and he really meant it. He stopped in yet again this past Wednesday night to perform at the New Talent show. Which, by the way, is produced by Manhattan Comedy School founder and owner Andy Engel.
Don’t you want to be there, too? Preferably on the very same stage (no, not at the same time, but come on now)? Sign up for a Manhattan Comedy School class (there’s still time to make it into the one that starts January 21st) and you can appear on the legendary stage where none other than Jerry Seinfeld might turn up at any moment.
Posted in Emily Rosenberg, Manhattan Comedy School, stand-up comedy | Tagged Andy Engel, comedians, comedy, comedy clubs, Gotham Comedy Club, Jerry Seinfeld, learning stand-up comedy, Manhattan Comedy School, new talent, stand-up comedy | Comments Off on Seinfeld Strikes Again January 9, 2015
What’s becomes a legend most? No, not a fine fur–Gotham Comedy Club.
None other than Jerry Seinfeld dropped in on the first night of the New Talent show on Wednesday this week. He made the audience roar, as usual.
Then he said something deadly serious: “Gotham is my favorite club.”
Sign up to take the free improv sample class on Saturday, January 17th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm so you can start working your way toward appearing in the very same club that Jerry Seinfeld prefers over all others. Email [email protected] with your name, phone, and email address to learn all the information about the class, which is taught by Marc Adam Smith.
And to really flex your comedy muscles so you can confidently stand on the stage where Jerry Seinfeld feels funniest, register now for a Stand-up Level 1 class at Manhattan Comedy School. The next one, taught by industry pro Karen Bergreen, begins January 21st.
Keep your New Year’s resolutions, keep your day job, and try stand-up comedy.Posted in Emily Rosenberg, Manhattan Comedy School, stand-up comedy | Tagged comedians, comedy, comedy clubs, Gotham Comedy Club, Jerry Seinfeld, karen bergreen, learning stand-up comedy, Manhattan Comedy School, stand-up comedy, standup | Comments Off on Inspiration to Take a Comedy Class December 31, 2014
Because nowhere else but at Manhattan Comedy School can you learn to be a top-flight stand-up comedian, askanewyorker.com consulted Founder/Owner Andy Engel to find out more about the classes, teachers, and benefits of taking a course at MCS.
Interviewer Paul Louis Maupin noted that Andy has been “responsible for a good deal of the comedy talent coming out of New York City in one way or another” for the last 20 years. He’s also been running operations while more than 400 people each year attend the classes where seasoned industry professionals introduce students to the basics of joke-writing, crafting a set, and developing a polished stage presence.
Andy doesn’t just explain the long list of advantages to taking a six-week course at MCS–he proves its value by naming some of the many successful graduates who have gone on to careers on the comedy circuit. They include Carmen Lynch, who’s been featured on David Letterman’s show; Chloe Hilliard, seen on Last Comic Standing; Emma Willmann, who’s appeared on Live at Gotham on AXS TV; Jimmy Failla, host of the radio show Off the Meter; Ryan Riess one of Seth Myers’ monologue writers; and Colin Kane, a national headliner.Emily Rosenberg, Manhattan Comedy School, stand-up comedy | Tagged Andy Engel, Carmen Lynch, Chloe Hilliard, Colin Kane, comedians, comedy, Emma Willmann, Gotham Comedy Club, Jimmy Failla, learning stand-up comedy, Manhattan Comedy School, new talent, Ryan Reiss, stand-up comedy | Comments Off on MCC Featured in Ask A New Yorker ← Older posts