at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre
The Institute is dedicated to the cultivation and enlightenment of the Art of Stand-Up Comedy for those who desire to learn. Les McCurdy & Ken Sons are the foundation of the Institute with over thirty years of experience as performers, speakers and instructors. Les and Ken can also tailor a comedy course to your company or event.
The core programs are focused on teaching the understanding and structure behind developing a stand-up routine and performance. Classes have been developed for all ages and interests from our teen workshops and Kids Komedy Kamp to classes for adults and companies. We offer Humor in the Workplace seminars, Improvisation, Politically Correct Comedy and our most popular Stand-Up Comedy Boot Camp.
Les McCurdy started a totally unique program in 2005 called Special O'Laughics. He created a workshop that teaches mentally challenged adults the art of stand-up and sketch comedy. The program is the only one of its kind in the world and has been the subject of a PBS Special and the largest article of its kind featured in The St. Petersburg Times. It is chronicled in a documentary film produced by Les and Ken and featured in a TED Talk presented by Les McCurdy.
Adult Comedy Bootcamp $225
For 18yrs old and up. Our Comedy Boot Camp is an immersion program offering 10 hours of training over three days to develop a three to five minute stand-up performance set. We pride ourselves on a 95% success rate. That is 95% of our students have had a good to great performance experience. The other 5%...just don’t listen!
Comedy Improvisation $200
Improvisation is to invent, compose, or recite without preparation; the art of working off the top of your head. The class focuses on performance structures that the Bermuda Mavericks actually use in their shows. These theater exercises introduce you to the world of spontaneous humor. The class is a lot of fun. It helps you with character development while increasing your confidence on stage. The class is very interactive and full of comedy surprises.
Kids Comedy Camp $200
Instructor is Christine Alexander. Christine Alexander studied improv at Magnet Theater and Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City, and at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre and Humor Institute and Florida Studio Theatre. The time for summer camps is upon us once again. We have week long Camps for ages 8yr to 12yrs and separate week long Camps for ages 13yrs-17yrs. Please call the Box Office to clarify which age group your interested in signing up. McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre offers exciting and fun workshops for kids. The classes are designed to be fun and full of laughter while at the same time teaching valuable performance skills. Group participation and teamwork are stressed in each activity and every child will come away from the experience with a better understanding of how to release their creative potential.