We offer a Saturday and Monday class.  These classes are separate.  The next session begins Monday, June 3rd, 2024 from 6pm – 8pm and Saturday, June 8th, 2024 from 10am – 12pm @ Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle.  The fee is $200 for the series.

Class will meet 4 times & will also include one 15-20 minutes FaceTime session.

Each class will be capped at 12 students, overflow will be directed to our next session.

Week 1 – class meet 

Week 2 – class meet

Week 3 – class meet

Week 4 – class meet

Week 5 – Showcase performance

FaceTime will be at student request.

Description: Stand Up 101 gives everyday people the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of stand-up comedy.  Participants will work on writing and performing their own material and perform live on stage at the Comedy Castle.

Requirements: Participants should be self-starters with a desire to perform stand up.  Comedy isn’t easy.  It takes time and dedication outside the class room.  Potential comics should ask themselves “Do I have the time to commit?” “Am I open to direction and advice?” “Do I have the ability to stay focused on writing for the next 30 days?”  Participants are expected to spend time outside of the class/club setting working on their set.  

What to expect in the class meetings: Class meets will consist of comics performing their material for tweaking, critiquing and idea sharing.  Class will also focus on basic public speaking skills to help better serve your set.

What to expect from the FaceTime meeting: This will be a one-on-one session with class instructor to help punch up jokes, answer questions and offer advice.

More questions?

To sign up, call the Comedy Castle: 248 542-9900.



Six-week advanced class starting Saturday, July 13th, 12:30pm – 3:30pm.  The fee is $200 for the series. 

Students should have completed Comedy 101 with Bill Bushart or have one year of experience performing and seven good minutes of material.

A special showcase show at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle at the end of the class
Hours of critiques of stand-up routines, class “field trips” with the instructor to open mikes at shows including spots at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, Laff Tracks, and other area clubs.

Every session features extensive time for Q&A’s.

Lecture topics will include:

  • All aspects of Comedy Writing including set structure, tags, call backs, segues, crowd work, dealing with hecklers and common mistakes made by comedians;
  • All aspects of performance from stage presence, to what to wear on stage, to using notes effectively without distraction;
  • How to be an emcee in a professional comedy environment like Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle;
  • How to book and run your own comedy show;
  • Creating promo material like headshots, bios, and demo videos;
  • Types of comedy shows and their pay scales from open mikes, to showcases, clubs one-nighters, college and corporate shows.

Message Joel Fragomeni on Facebook or if you have any questions about the Advanced Comedy Class.

Call for further information, or to reserve your spot! 248.542.9900 You MUST pre-register. Aug

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