The following was submitted by Ramapo College:
A Comedy Workshop will be held on six Wednesday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m., beginning this month on the Ramapo College campus, Room ASB-522. Registration for the workshop is now open at www.ramapo.edu/cipl/workshops/comedy.html.
“Humor is therapeutic,” said comedian/comedy workshop instructor/agent Peggy Boyce. “Even if you or your loved one have no intention of ever getting up on stage, learning how to turn everyday life experiences into comedy routines can give one a new perspective on life.”
During the workshop, Boyce presents to her students the proven methods for making people laugh and how to create personal comedic routines from everyday life experiences. Students study other working comedians’ styles, discover how to harvest their own comedy material, and practice developing their own comic voice. The workshop includes a combination of writing and performing exercises designed to turn everyday observations into punch lines. Techniques covered include comparisons, similes, mimicking, list making, and more. Family and friends are invited to a final day performance.
Boyce has been a part of the comedy scene for more than 20 years, first as a comedian, then as a producer, promoter, and publicist, and now as an agent. Many of Boyce’s students have been featured in comedy clubs and festivals in the New York metropolitan area, including Stand-Up New York, Gotham Comedy Club and The Improv. She is the creator and producer of the Ladies of Laughter and Lower Hud’s Funniest series.
The 2013 Comedy Workshop dates are: January 30, February 6, 13 and 27, and March 6. March 13 is scheduled as a make-up snow day. Registration fees are $295. Registration is completed online through the “Register Online” button on the Web site. Payment may be made directly online with a credit card, or a check made out to “Ramapo College of New Jersey” may be sent to: Center for Innovative and Professional Learning (A-233), Ramapo College of NJ, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430.