DC Improv Comedy School: Course Catalog

 

The courses listed below are offered on a regular basis by the DC Improv Comedy School. Workshops and classes taught by special guest instructors are not included on this list. If a class that you're interested in isn't currently available, you can get on the "wait list" for the next section by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include the course in the subject line of the e-mail. When the class becomes available, you will be sent a message informing you that you have a chance to register. Please note that all classes are 18 and over, and once you make a tuition payment there are no refunds, exchanges or cancellations.

Guest Instructors: From time to time special travelling guest instructors offer courses through the comedy school. Guest instructors for all disciplines are at the bottom of this list.

 

Stand-Up Courses

 

Level 1 | Five Minutes to Funny. Our signature stand-up course. Four weeks of in-person training with instructor Chris Coccia, meeting once a week. Concludes with a graduation show on a DC Improv stage.

Level 1 | Five Minutes to Funny Online. A virtual version of our stand-up course with Chris Coccia. Four weeks of live instruction via video conferencing. Concludes with an online graduation show.

Level 2 | Level 2 Stand-Up. Four weeks of further instruction on the art and business of comedy with instructor Rahmein Mostafavi. Concludes with a graduation show on a DC Improv stage.

Level 2 | Level 2 Stand-Up Online. A three-week version of Rahmein Mostafavi's course, via video conferencing.

Level 2 | Beyond Five Minutes to Funny. A three-hour seminar with Chris Coccia covering various aspects of the comedy industry.

Level 2 | Stand-Up Coaching. One-hour private sessions with Chris Coccia or Rahmein Mostafavi.

 

Improv Level 1

 

Level 1 | Beginning Improv. Learn basic improv skills and short form games, with an emphasis on teamwork, creative thinking and having a good time. Five or six weeks. Taught by Anna Bethel or Chris Ulrich.

Level 1 | Beginning Improv Online. A three- or fourweek version of the introductory course, conducted live via video conferencing. Taught by Anna Bethel or Chris Ulrich.

 

Improv Level 2

 

Level 2 | Level 2 Improv. A continued focus on short-form improv, especially building fun and dynamic characters. Ends with a graduation show. Five or six weeks. Taught by Chris Ulrich.

Level 2 | Level 2 Improv Online. A four-week online version of the class, presented via video conferencing. Ends with an online graduation show. Taught by Chris Ulrich.

Level 2 | Short Form Improv: Characters and Emotions. Anna Bethel's specialty is short-form improv. In this five week course she explores the development of characters and emotions in a scene. Ends with a graduation show.

Level 2 | Advanced Online Improv: Characters. A three-week version of Anna Bethel's usual level 2 course, conducted live via video conferencing.

 

Improv Level 3

 

Level 3 | Short Form Improv: Relationships and Story. Further exploration of short-form improv, building on the skills developed in Anna Bethel's level 2 course. Five weeks. Ends with a graduation show.

Level 3 | Reading the Room Workshop. A five-week study of the art of sizing up a crowd and moderating an improv performance. Taught by Anna Bethel.

Level 3 | Advancing the Scene Workshop. Builds on the skills of "yes and," active listening, observation, structure, and support to expand how we approach scenes. Five weeks. Taught by Chris Ulrich.

Level 3 | Advancing the Scene Workshop Online. A four-week, online version of the class, presented via video conferencing. Taught by Chris Ulrich.

Level 3 | Exploring Ensemble. A class for experienced performers, looking to get the most out of performing with a group. Ends with a graduation show. Five weeks. (Harold training is recommended but not required.) Taught by Chris Ulrich.

Level 3 | Advanced Improv Performance Online. A four-week class specifically to help students create the best online performances they can. Ends with an online graduation show. Taught by Chris Ulrich.

 

Improv Level 4

 

Level 4A | Intro to the Harold. This class focuses on the creation of the long-form improv style developed by Del Close. Ends with a graduation show. Five weeks. Taught by Chris Ulrich.

Level 4A | Intro to the Harold Online. This class focuses on the creation of the long-form improv style developed by Del Close. Ends with an online graduation show. Four weeks. Taught by Chris Ulrich.

Level 4B | Advancing the Harold. A further exploration of the Harold long-form format. Ends with a graduation show. Five or six weeks. Taught by Chris Ulrich.

Level 4B | Advancing the Harold Online. A further exploration of the Harold long-form format. Ends with an online graduation show. Four weeks. Taught by Chris Ulrich.

 

Sketch Courses

 

Level 1 | Intro to Sketch Comedy. Taught by the Bad Medicine sketch troupe. A one-day course that will take you from a premise to a fully realized sketch. You'll walk away with a solid grounding in the foundations of sketch comedy.

Level 1 | Intro to Sketch Comedy Online. Bad Medicine's intro course in an online format, meeting once a week for four weeks.

Level 2 | Sketch Comedy: Page to Stage. Taught by the Bad Medicine sketch troupe. A one-day course with a workshop environment to help you take your comedy writing and convert it into a performance.

Level 2 | Level 2 Sketch Comedy Online. The sketch troupe Bad Medicine goes online to focus on sketch writing, taking you through various formats and helping you workshop your own sketches. Meets once a week for six weeks.

 

Guest Instructors

 

Improv | David Razowsky. The former artistic director of the Second City Los Angeles has taught three-hour workshops and weekend workshops.

Improv | Stephanie Anderson. Once DC based, Stephanie went on to become an instructor for Second City. She has offered three-hour workshops through the DC Improv.

Sketch | Kevin McDonald. A co-founder of "The Kids in the Hall," Kevin has taught two-day sketch workshops at the DC Improv on two occasions.

Sketch | Ali Farahnakian. A former "Saturday Night Live" writer and founder of the People's Improv Theater, Ali has taught his two-day "SNL Sketch Writing" workshop roughly once a year.