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A La Carte Classes

In addition to all our core courses and private coaching programs, these A La Carte Courses were selected by our members. If you wish to request a course specific to your needs, place a recommendation here.

How to Properly Host an Awards Show or Formal Event

Hosting for an awards show is NOT stand-up. However, one adjustment could make all the difference. Learn the skills in hosting formal events, learning from examples like Jo Koy's Golden Globes experience to avoid common mistakes.

Now available as a stream-anytime course.

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How to Write & Submit a Packet for Late Night TV

Learn to create and submit engaging content for late-night TV. This class focuses on writing style, format, submission strategies, and how to make your packet stand-out.


Monday, Apr 29, 2024

10:00am - 1:00pm PST

$49 | SIGN UP

Stand-Up Blueprint: Building Your 30-Minute Set

Part of creating a longer set is keeping the audience's attention the entire time. This course guides you through the process of constructing a cohesive, entertaining 30-minute stand-up comedy set.


Monday, May 6, 2024

10:00am - 1:00pm PST

How to Write Like: Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers is a comedy legend. She worked all the time. Discover the unique comedic style of Joan Rivers, focusing on her writing techniques, timing, and delivery for effective humor.

Monday, Feb 26, 2024

10:00am - 1:00pm PST

How to Construct Your 2-3 minute Audition Set

Your audition set is what makes them book you over everyone else. Learn to craft a concise, impactful audition set that showcases your best material in a 2-3 minute timeframe.

Monday, Mar 4, 2024

10:00am - 1:00pm PST

Turning Quotes & Claims into Great Jokes

Material is everywhere. Explore methods to transform everyday quotes and product claims into amusing jokes, enhancing your comedic creativity. You will always have new material at your fingertips.

Monday, Mar 11, 2024

10:00am - 1:00pm PST

Using Story Formulas for More Effective Jokes

This course teaches you how to apply story formulas to create jokes that resonate more effectively with audiences by tapping into their emotions, allowing you to make them laugh and make yourself more memorable.

Monday, Mar 18, 2024

10:00am - 1:00pm PST

Crowd Work Part II - Connecting with Your Audience

Crowd Work is more than just asking questions or roasting the audience. Learn to use these crowd work techniques to connect, build trust, rapport and community and see the laughs increase exponentially.

Monday, Mar 25, 2024

10:00am - 1:00pm PST

3 Key Ways to Keep the Laughs Rolling by Extending a Premise

Have you heard the term "milking the premise?" Learn three essential strategies to expand your comedic premise to keep your audience engaged and laughing longer.

Monday, Apr 1, 2024

10:00am - 1:00pm PST

The 5 Formulas for Creating Vivid Imagery

The better the imagery, the better the laugh. Uncover five key formulas to create vivid imagery in comedy, enhancing laughter and audience engagement.

Monday, Apr 8, 2024

10:00am - 1:00pm PST

How to Write Clean Like: Mark Normand

Being able to work clean will get you more opportunities in comedy to make bank. Master the art of writing clean, relatable comedy in the style of Mark Normand, focusing on delivery and content.

Monday, Apr 15, 2024

10:00am - 1:00pm PST

Writing & Making Money in the Clean “Christian” Comedy Market

$250,000 dollars in a weekend is not bad dough. Discover strategies to succeed and monetize your talent in the "untapped" "Christian" comedy market, focusing on content and audience.

Monday, Apr 22, 2024

10:00am - 1:00pm PST

Giving You a Working Knowledge of Comedy

As a touring professional comedian for 30+ years and as a writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jerry's approach to comedy comes as a result of a vast amount of hands-on, doing-the-grind type of experience.

From cruises to corporates to clubs, Jerry has performed comedy in all 50 states and in 14 countries around the world. Jerry has taught thousands of comedians and has coached well over a hundred corporate leaders, teaching them how to develop a working knowledge of comedy.

His book Breaking Comedy's DNA has been called the "best book on comedy and comedy writing available anywhere." Jerry's YouTube Channel has more free useable comedy writing content that any other channel online. What we're trying to say is "If you're looking for skills that you can apply in your approach to comedy right now, then you are at the right place!"

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Why The ComedyClinic?

Simply put, when it comes to comedy Jerry knows what he's talking about. Whether you want to write for TV or perform stand-up, you're going to learn a science & structure-based approach to comedy that gives you real tools to be as creative with your comedy as you want to be.

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Writing for Stand-up

The most successful comedians know how to write their act. Even Bill Burr who writes ideas, then flows them out on stage, started by learning how to write jokes.

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Comedy for Scripts

Comedy has structures and all the structures used in stand-up comedy can also be used in television and movie scripts. After all, what is an act-out? It's just dialogue in a one-man show.

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Comedy for Speakers

Professional speakers ALL want to include humor in their presentations. Learn specific techniques that can be "plugged-in" to add that extra dynamic to your message.

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Late Night TV Writing

You know all the joke monologues performed by Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert are written by professional writers, right? Learn this craft and get one of the highest paid entry-level jobs known to man.

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Tons of Classes

Comedy A La Carte offers Tons of Classes on subjects chosen by members of the Comedy Clinic community. Each subject drills down deep in a thoroughly informative 3-hour course.

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Creative Collaboration

Each class is like its own writer's room. Students get involved punching up each others jokes creating a super dynamic of creative activity. In my experience it's actually a superior level of creativity than in a live class.

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Joke Writing Challenges

One of the things that keeps students creative is a challenge. These courses will introduce 1-word or Random Phrase joke--writing challenges that will help you "show up" in every class.

"Check out my other Comedy Writing a La Carte Courses!"

All the courses that I prepare for the A La Carte Series of Courses come from your requests to cover specific areas of focus in comedy writing, performance or the business of comedy. All courses are done live, then the recordings are made available for purchase so students can still access hard-to-find information and study on their own time using an computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Each semester of A La Carte Classes includes 12 Weeks of topics. Use the links below to learn more about what's available. I hope each course brings value to your day!

--Jerry Corley

Jerry Corley - Teacher - Comedy A La Carte Courses


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