Wednesdays, July 12 - August 16, 2023
The two-week programs offer intensive classes on theory and philosophy of humor, comedy writing, skits, improvisation, and more. These are daily classes leading up to performance either at the end of the program or at a live concert event sponsored by the Southampton Cultural Center. Due to the individual attention we provide each student, seating is limited. We highly recommend reserving early to ensure you get the class you want.
25 Pond Lane, Southampton, New York 11968, United States
In these stressful times, for young people, the use of humor, as an art form or as a coping mechanism, can transform kids into confident, witty, and sensitive human beings.
The curriculum was developed by Dr. Bernie Furshpan, Marketing Expert and Executive Director of The NY Hysterical Society, with help from Lois Oliveira, Co-Developer of Keeping Every Child Safe, an evidence-based Parenting Program, Communications Expert and the former Co-Director of The New York State Project To Implement Career Education.
They conduct the classes with help from professional comedians, who share their skills, talents, and experience with the kids.
Students find their comedic voice through improvisation, writing, and exercises. They will learn the creative writing process, write and perform their own material, and gain confidence as a public speaker. Students learn to create a unique and funny 3-5 minute routine based on their personality and their life. The instructor also helps each student organize their routine so they can perform it for friends, at school, or upload it to social media. The workshop will conclude with a live performance on stage in front of a live audience. Learning stand-up comedy and humor skills provide kids with:
Comedy Producer, Bernie Furshpan, is the lead instructor and is joined by working comics who give their feedback in several of the classes.
Important Life Lessons We Cover
Some of our virtual workshop graduates
These workshops create strong bonds between the students
Students are certified to write and perform comedy material. Unless you are a student of a comedy school, don't try this at home unless you are certified.
Occasionally, NY Hysterical Society offers comedy classes for seniors in collaboration with Comedy for Kids. Togethery, they learn the principles of writing and telling jokes and performing in collaboration at special events at participating senior centers on Long Island, NY.
If you are a senior center administrator and want to participate in this unique program, please get in touch with us.