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 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 $250
For 18yrs old and up. Our Comedy Boot Camp is an immersion program offering 12 hours of training over four 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!