June 26 - July 17
Five Minutes to Funny Online
Four weeks. Our "intro to stand-up" class! Online graduation July 25.


About the Class

Price: $250

When: June 26 - July 17 (Full class meetings June 26 and July 10, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. One-on-one coaching other weeks.)

Graduation Show: Sunday, July 25 at 7 p.m. (online)

Prerequisite: none

Please Note: All classes are 18 and over. Once payment is made, there are no refunds, exchanges or cancellations. This class will be conducted online via video conferencing. Participants must have a reliable Internet connection and a computer or device with a webcam and microphone.

Spotlight: Lots of people dream about giving stand-up comedy a try. We've designed a virtual course to help get you started. Via video conference meetings with instructor Chris Coccia, you'll learn how to prepare, polish and perform a five-minute stand-up comedy set. Week one will be an all-hands meeting. Week two features a private 30-minute one-on-one coaching session with your instructor. (You'll be given a specific time slot). Week three all the students meet again to go over their material. Week four features another private 30-minute coaching session. And on week five, all students come back together for a virtual comedy show!  


About the Instructor

Chris Coccia (official website) started teaching stand-up at the DC Improv in 2006, but he was a regular on the DC Improv stage way before that. Friendly, funny and accessible, he has a real gift for connecting with audiences of all types. His act is a perfect combination of hilarious material and the ability to present it "in the moment." Flowing seamlessly between material and improvised interaction with the crowd, Chris is able to open the audience up as he pulls them into a shared recognition of our own human-ness.

Chris keeps a full schedule working everything from the country’s top comedy clubs to corporate events to colleges. In addition, he won the 2008 Purina Pet Comedy Challenge, a national event with a $10,000.00 prize. He was also invited to be part of the Great American Comedy Festival in Johnny Carson's Nebraska hometown, put together by the talent coordinator of "The Late Show with David Letterman," Eddie Brill. He has appeared on Comedy Central, The Game Show Network, and XM Radio. Chris is also a frequent and favorite guest on several Philadelphia based radio shows.