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I have been a stand up comedy teacher for 4 years. Currently, I teach at Hunter College and  The People's Improv Theatre.

 

My teaching style is a blend of theory and practice. I provide my students with a safe, engaging and supportive environment to build confidence in their creative ideas both on and off the stage. I encourage students to experiment outside their comfort zone, take risks and always lead with the principles of being honest, specific and having a strong point of view. 

 

 

A Little HERstory:

In 2017 I started teaching annual intensive workshops at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania.  The following year, I was a faculty member at Sarah Lawrence College and taught the entire Spring semester of Stand Up Comedy 101. In 2019, I taught a 5-week Finding Your Voice course at Q.E.D. in Astoria and when NYC went into Covid-lockdown, I offered several months of online classes via my personal zoom.

My online classes were so successful I began teaching virtual classes at ArtsQuest in Bethlehem PA and at the People's Improv Theatre in NYC, where I currently offer 3 Levels of Stand Up Comedy Training for Women and Nonbinary students.

 

In the Spring of 2021I began teaching at Hunter College's School of Continuing Education. 

I teach classes for all levels & I pride myself on my ability to meet each student where they are. Whether you’re a non-performer wanting to try stand up as a means to build confidence & aid in public speaking OR you’re a more experienced comic looking to polish an existing set & advance your comedy career— I can help! 

 

CURRENT CLASSES AT THE PEOPLE'S IMPROV THEATRE 

​WOMXN+ STAND UP COMEDY WORKSHOP PART 1 - BEGINNER

In this class you will learn all the basics of writing and performing stand-up comedy. We will study comedy theory and gain a deeper understanding of what causes laughter. Students will be given a safe, engaging and supportive environment to build confidence in their creative ideas both on and off the stage. You will be encouraged to experiment outside your comfort zone, take risks and always lead with the principles of being honest, specific and having a strong point of view. Classes will serve as a laboratory for creating original stand-up material. You will learn how to translate your ideas into a crafted act through proper joke structure, writing & editing techniques all while developing a commitment to your own, unique sense of humor. You will come out of this course with a 3 minute comedy set which will be performed for friends & family at a Graduation Performance on 3/14. No prerequisite to join! 

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WOMXN+ STAND UP COMEDY WORKSHOP PART 2 - INTERMEDIATE

This course is for more experienced performers with existing knowledge of how to write and perform stand up comedy. In this course we will polish material and perfect persona, expand with different comedic writing styles including monologue jokes and submission packets for professional writing jobs, and learn additional skills like hosting and warm-up work. In this class we will also discuss the business of stand up comedy and how you can begin to approach a professional career. You will come out of this course with a 5 minute comedy set which will be performed for friends & family at a Graduation Performance on 3/1. Prerequisite: You must have some stand up comedy experience. CLICK HERE FOR DATES & REGISTRATION

WOMXN+ STAND UP COMEDY WORKSHOP PART 3 - ADVANCED

This is for stand up comedians who have studied stand up comedy, written a solid set, have attended open mics and are serious about committing harder to stand up in 2022. You will come out of this course with a 7 minute set and a comprehensive understanding of the business of stand up comedy. I will provide you with an extensive list of stand up comedy open mics, assistance with goal setting, guidance for online tools, writing practices for continued growth and tips on how to remain personally resilient. Our final class on 3/9 will also serve as a showcase for friends & family. This course will include a live panel discussion and Q+A with professionals in the field of stand up comedy including a stand up comedian, booker & a comedy agent.Prerequisite: You must have taken a stand up comedy class with Christi prior to enrollment or provide an email to the PIT detailing your stand up comedy experience to be considered. CLICK HERE FOR DATES & REGISTRATION

 

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“I’ve taken Christi’s class twice and I can say with full sincerity that she changed my life. She gave me with the confidence to share my work professionally but also the tools needed to get from concept to execution. When I started taking Christi’s class I was already writing and had experience performing but she was able to show me how to make my creative process into a routine instead of a bunch of sticky notes held together with some gum and loose hair. I now work full time on a TV show and consistently perform in stand up shows in New York. Whether you’re trying to make comedy your career or are just curious about joke writing Christi is invaluable. Oh yeah, she’s also randomly gorgeous, generous, and hilarious.” - Alex Phipps, Writers Assistant & Script Coordinator for Showtime’s Ziwe

"Christi's class was one of the best comedy experiences I've had, and I can't recommend her enough! She was thoughtful with her lessons and not only gave incredible course material, but also had real world knowledge to provide based on her work as a touring comedian. Her notes and guidance helped to take my comedy to the next level, and I'm forever grateful for her encouragement along the way." - Vannessa Jackson, writer for SNL


"You should absolutely 100% take any class that Christi offers. I've taken three of Christi's classes, and I was blown away every time by how supportive a teacher she is, how thoughtful her notes are, and how generous she is with her time. She's so good at meeting every student where they're at, helping them identify their goals and then helping them reach them. If you're the kind of person who thinks "Please. You can't learn standup in a classroom," you're probably right 99.9% of the time, but Christi is the other 0.1%. She's the best. Seriously. Take her class." - Clara Olshansky

"Taking a class with Christi is something you absolutely must do. I had taken a comedy class before, but working with Christi was instrumental in me finding my voice as a comedian. She helped me to hone my skills, and truly made me realize that I had talent in this field. Without her I would have not have pursued producing my own successful comedy show. I cannot recommend the class highly enough. Christi has managed to create an open, loving, and most importantly honest and constructive class experience. If you want to pursue comedy, and don't know what your first move should be this is the class to take. You won't regret it!" - Joanna Georghiou

“Christi Chiello is without a doubt the most enthusiastic and caring teacher that I have had the pleasure to have! She breaks down the scary world of stand-up in an easily approachable way! She has so much experience and talent and uses all those skills to help you craft your jokes into finely tuned joke missiles that’ll make even the grumpiest grandpa smile. If you have any interest in stand-up I can not recommend taking a class with Christi enough!” - Austen Halpern-Graser

“Christi exceeded my expectations. She was available not only during the class, but during the whole duration of the class. She observes all the student’s personalities very well, gave great feedback and helped us shape our stage personalities. She is really, really good at it. My class was only 5 weeks, but she gave us so much more knowledge, time, and experiences than what I expected!” - Yoko Haraoka