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!
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