Tuesday 2/28 – Tuesday 4/11



$399 + Fees
You’ve studied stand-up comedy writing and performing and perhaps have a bit of experience performing in front of a live audience. In this intensive six-week course, we’ll dig deeper into the serious art and technique of writing a professional comedy set by exploring how to:
  • Ensure your material reflects your unique point of view
  • Create a well-constructed set that starts strong and builds to an even stronger finish
  • Understand how to transform an amusing story into true stand-up comedy material
  • Take your material to the next level by streamlining your setups and taking your punchlines even further
  • Find the confidence to trust yourself and your ability on stage to find the funny in any situation
All students will be expected to write and perform material each class, followed by critical review and feedback. The course will also feature in-class writing assignments and impromptu performance exercises.
*Please note this class will NOT be meeting on 3/14

Calendar for Online Masterclass: Writing & Performing


Comedian and Staff Writer for Comedy Central’s The Graham Norton Effect
Nicole Korkolis is a stand-up comedian and television writer living in New York City. A comedian for
more than 20 years, she has performed several hit shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The
Scotsman’s Kate Copstick called her show, “hard-hitting, fun, well-observed, edgy, clever material
from a smart, sassy, memorable comic. She has some outstanding lines and she delivers like the
Pony Express…I hope she comes back next year.” Copstick continued to say she wished there were
more British comedians with that kind of firepower!

Nicole was handpicked by Graham Norton to be a staff writer for his U.S. show, The Graham Norton
Effect on Comedy Central. Norton says of Nicole, “she has the face of an angel, and the mind of a
very wrong person. She’s so funny, I forgot about my erectile dysfunction.”

She has also appeared on the television show, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch on CNBC, National
Lampoon Television and has hosted The Club on Sirius Satellite Radio. Nicole is a regular at New York
City clubs such as West Side Comedy Club, Dangerfield’s, Broadway Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club and others across the United States, and has performed throughout the world, including Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. She’s also appeared on countless talk radio shows and was featured in the comedy documentary Edinburgh or Bust. She has studied and performed improvisation with the prestigious Upright Citizens Brigade in New York.