Best Stand Up Comedy Courses

Find the best online Stand Up Comedy Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings. We also have a separate page listing only the Free Stand Up Comedy Courses.

How To Start Doing Stand Up Comedy

Write, rehearse, and perform five minutes of stand-up comedy and learn a ton about yourself in the process!

Created by Brendon Lemon - Professional Stand-up comedian and Sales Dev Director

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Students: 3458, Price: $24.99

Students: 3458, Price:  Paid

Have you ever thought about getting on stage and telling jokes? Are you interested in developing skills in public speaking? If you've ever wanted to be the source of fun and laughter and wondered how, this course is an answer.

In this course you'll learn the the following:

  • Two techniques for writing hilarious stand-up comedy

  • How to edit and arrange jokes into a five minute stand up routine

  • How to rehearse so you'll be confident stepping on stage and grabbing the microphone

  • How to use the tools of pacing, pauses, inflection and gesture to make yourself funnier

  • The one rehearsal technique that will prepare you for ANY public speaking and making you a natural

  • The mindset that will make you constantly improve and willing to blow past your fears and limitations

  • How to find a local open mic night and blow the roof oof by making the audience laugh

  • How to stay calm on stage and deliver a good performance

Beginner’s Guide To Making Money In Stand-Up Comedy

Learn how to get paid and turn stand-up comedy into a career!

Created by Jared Volle - Comedian, Author

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Students: 216, Price: $49.99

Students: 216, Price:  Paid

SECTION 1: Finding Paid Gigs

This section will teach you exact steps for making money with your comedy. Learn how the business of comedy works, how to approach bookers for booked shows, comedy clubs, corporate shows, and many others.

SECTION 2: Producing Your Own Shows

Want to own your own comedy show and get paid (even if you're performing somewhere else that night)? Learn exact steps for building your own successful comedy show. You'll learn how to secure a venue, find talent, and effectively market your show to draw big crowds.

SECTION 3: Bonus  - Maximizing Laughter and Becoming Memorable

In the bonus section you'll learn how to take your career to the next level. You'll learn exactly why audiences laugh and how to apply it on stage to get massive laughs. You'll discover how to optimize your performance for maximizing laughs.

Next, you'll learn the secret to amazing storytelling and character development on stage. Learn how to apply POV (Point-of-View) Humor to create hilarious, believable characters in your performances.

Next, you'll learn a step-by-step method on how to create hilarious analogies.

Last, you'll discover creative thinking strategies that will help you write material that is both more effective and more memorable.

*****ABOUT JARED VOLLE*****

Jared is a professional comedian and creativity trainer. He was a finalist in the Great American Comedy Festival and has been an opener for top-comedians like Kyle Cease (#1 Comedy Central Special of 2008, 10 Things I Hate About You, Not Another Teen Movie) and Louis Anderson (#92 on the "100 Greatest Comedians of All-Time" List by Comedy Central). He received a master's in Creativity & Innovation in 2014, and has since developed several programs designed to increase comedians' creativity.

*****TESTIMONIALS*****

“This is one of those courses that covers the basics and goes beyond. It gives you the box and then tells you what is outside of it. I am not sure if it is ahead of its time, but it is DEFINITELY TIME FOR IT!"

~Dave Johnson- Award-winning Comedy/Magician, clients include various conventions and Fortune 500 companies.

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"This course offered much insight to the creative mind of the comedian. This information is not only brilliant but also intuitive. They've found a way to put the creative process in measurable terms. This course is mandatory for all people wanting to have a career as a stand-up artist."

~Nick Olivas- Lewis and Floorwax Show, 103,5 Fox FM

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“You're my new hero. This course is a much-needed resource for the thousands of comedians (including me!) who need no-nonsense, practical advice for generating ideas, fine-tuning material, overcoming challenges, developing an original style, and mapping out a career."

~Paula Johnson- Co-Producer, The Joke Gym, Los Angeles

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Faster & Funnier is a must for anyone serious about making a career in comedy. It has valuable insights to creating and performing original material. I found the course easy to understand and implement the recommended strategies. Thanks for putting this together, it has helped me become a better comedian.

~Dickey Bill Wagner- Producer, Host, and Headliner

*****

This course has brought a new dimension to my understanding of comedy. Jared breaks down what the pros are doing and how you can achieve amazing results on stage. I've read many stand-up comedy books. This is the only book that has given me a deeper understanding of why comedy works and how to use that knowledge to further my career.

~Comedian Ellery Allexis- Actor, Comedian, Producer, and Host

Complete Comedy MASTERCLASS: Humor & Stand-Up Comedy Writing

Learn humor and comedy: everything from understanding humor, to comedy writing, to performing stand-up comedy.

Created by Sergio Sastre - Award-Winning Speaker & Performer

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Students: 184, Price: $109.99

Students: 184, Price:  Paid

The place to learn everything regarding comedy in no time: from the theory to writing and performing!

Do you want to become the funniest person in the room, be able to come up with jokes constantly, or be absolutely confident on stage or any social setting?

I created this course in order to take you from wherever you are in your comedic career to an advanced stage where you can come up with your own original jokes on the spot, be the funniest person in the room at all times and perform on stage with complete confidence and have your audience laugh hysterically.

This is your chance to learn everything from one source, an award-winning performer, without having to spend hours online trying to find videos which match your level. The best part is: you will be able to come up with your own material right after watching the videos, and you will be able to employ these skills for the rest of your life.

I believe comedy is truly beautiful and it can have a place in everybody's life, and I will teach you the proper way to be writing and performing in no time while looking as an absolute professional.

What's included?

There is two hours of content guiding you through the three fundamental pillars of comedy: theory, writing, and performing. We will get into tons of detail on what makes people laugh: the triggers of laughter, and ideas that are common in comedy. Then, we will discuss techniques on how to write comedy: structures which can be used over and over again, how to find your comedic voice, and how to write material which people care about. Finally, we will get on to how to perform comedy: what to do to instantly break the ice and have your audience love you, techniques to seem more confident on stage, and much more! Also, all of the videos are recorded with proper lighting and great HD quality.

THIS COURSE WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO: 

  • Become the fastest and funniest version of yourself!

  • Come up with hilarious original material

  • Analyze other comedians and understand how they trigger laughter

  • Use the structures that have made you laugh in your life

  • Perform on stage with complete confidence and ease

  • Break the ice with your audience and have them adore you!

  • Have a full set which kills any audience

  • Discover your comedic voice

Comedy is a truly beautiful art form. No one is indifferent to laughter and joy, it is something which we all inherently seek, desire, and enjoy, and being able to bring a laughter or a smile onto someone's face is priceless. This art form has taken be on amazing adventures such as having celebrities laugh hysterically at my material, crowded theaters with over 800 people laughing uncontrollably, and many more which I will not forget, and I truly want to share this with you.

I can't wait to hear all about your anecdotes, stories, and adventures.

So excited to see you succeed!

See you inside.

ABC’s of Stand-up Comedy

Zero to Funny in one class with the help of a national headliner

Created by Matt Wohlfarth - Go from zero to funny in one class!

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Students: 82, Price: $29.99

Students: 82, Price:  Paid

Learn stand-up comedy from A-Z with Matt Wohlfarth. Matt's conversational style will make students feel at ease from lesson one. The class is based on Matt's critically acclaimed book called ABC's of Stand-up Comedy and 31 years of experience performing stand-up comedy. The author will discuss the book in-depth and give real-life examples of how these comedy lessons play out in the comedy world. The assignments will help the students learn the craft and reinforce the lessons from the book. The class will take you from zero to funny!

Ultimate Joke Writing Guide For Writing Stand-Up Comedy

Learn How To Write All 12 Major Stand-Up Comedy Joke Structures

Created by Jared Volle - Comedian, Author

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Students: 67, Price: $89.99

Students: 67, Price:  Paid

This is the newest version of Faster & Funnier, the best selling comedy writing course on Udemy in 2020! This new version goes even more in depth on joke writing skills and includes all-new bonus compilation videos!

Discover the untold secrets of top comedians. This in-depth joke writing course goes over all 12 major joke structures and gives you exact steps on how to write jokes confidently, whether you're a seasoned pro honing your skills or it's your first time writing jokes.

Joke Writing Guides include...

  • Joke Psychology/Theory - Learn how each type of joke creates humor in its own unique way. This gives you a clear target to shoot for when writing your own material.

  • Step-By-Step Writing Guide - Each joke guide walks you through the entire joke writing process, from start to finish.

  • Real-World Examples from stand-up comedy, sketch comedy, sitcoms, movies, & more! We'll deconstruct the entire writing process to show you how you can write hilarious jokes. This gives you a variety of real world examples that explain the entire writing process.

  • Joke Writing Walkthroughs - Jared takes random word prompts and walks you through the entire writing process, from start to finish! This takes your joke writing knowledge to an even deeper level. Watch as Jared breaks down each step and describes his thought process the whole way. This means when you're writing your own jokes, you'll already have a comedian you can model to get your results. No need to worry if you're doing it right.

This is the only stand-up comedy writing guide that includes joke psychology, step-by-step writing guides, real world examples, and joke writing walkthroughs!  ... and Jared doesn't just do this for you once!

There are...

12 Joke Writing Guides Included!

  1. Broken Assumptions Joke Writing Guide

  2. Exaggerations Joke Writing Guide

  3. Understatements Joke Writing Guide

  4. Specificity Joke Writing Guide

  5. Contradictions Joke Writing Guide

  6. Puns Joke Writing Guide

  7. Meta-Jokes & Anti-Comedy Joke Writing Guides

  8. Comparison Joke Writing Guide

  9. Contrast Joke Writing Guides

  10. Analogies Joke Writing Guide

  11. Callback Joke Writing Guide

  12. Parody Joke Writing Guide

Compilation Videos

The newest addition to our joke-writing guide! These bonus videos have been wildly popular in the past, but this is the first time I’m releasing them on Udemy. Why are the compilation videos so effective in teaching comedy?… because mastery is all about repetition! The more you can practice a single skill, the better you’ll get at it.

And the best way to get that repetition is to watch amazing comedians who have already learned the lessons you’re trying to learn. That means watching great comedians do what they do best.

This is where our compilation videos come in. They take long comedy performances and “reorganize” them so that all the same types of jokes are done back-to-back.

Simply put, we show you great comedians using each skill over and over and over again. As you go through the video you’ll see great comedians using the same skills you'll learn in the course! This adds a whole new level to your understanding of how to write great jokes.

*****TESTIMONIALS*****

"Best. Course. Ever. Jared has done his homework. And he’s as sharp as a piece of broken porcelain. For the beginning comic, just his fundamental advice about memorizing material at the expense of persona is invaluable, but that’s just a start. As a published author with a journalism degree, I can tell you his writing advice is spot on. But every single presentation and there are close to a 100 with variable lengths, has clear and concise information that will help the pro almost as much as it helps the novice. For novices, this course is indispensable. For pros, I guarantee Jared’s informative videos are still well worth your time".

– Billy O’Connor
Author of Confessions of a Bronx Bookie

*****

“This program gives you the tools you need to not only become a good comic. It helps you break down the walls we don’t realize we put up for ourselves and harness your craft to become a great comic. If your are serious about becoming a professional comedian then this is a must have."

– Trevor Gertonson
Stand-Up Comedian, Writer, Actor and creator of Laugh You Bastards.

*****

"This program is spot on. I just applied the storytelling techniques and it was soooo much easier to write material. Not only did it help me focus more on how I naturally talk and have conversations, it helped me weave multiple jokes I made for a premise into a more natural cohesive bit. I can’t wait to test this new stuff out next time I get onstage."

Comedian Davincey Moore

*****
“This is one of those courses that
covers the basics and goes beyond. It gives you the box and then tells you what is outside of it. I am not sure if it is ahead of its time, but it is DEFINITELY TIME FOR IT!"

~Dave Johnson- Award-winning Comedy/Magician, clients include various conventions and Fortune 500 companies.
******
“You're my new hero. This course is a much-needed resource for the thousands of comedians (including me!) who need no-nonsense, practical advice for generating ideas, fine-tuning material, overcoming challenges, developing an original style, and mapping out a career."
~Paula Johnson- Co-Producer, The Joke Gym, Los Angeles

*****

"Jared breaks down what the pros are doing and how you can achieve amazing results on stage. I've read many stand-up comedy books. This is the only book that has given me a deeper understanding of why comedy works and how to use that knowledge to further my career."
~Comedian Ellery Allexis- Actor, Comedian, Producer, and Host