If you've been in a creative rut, and/or you lack written material, this solo comedy class will get you in gear. It's also a great jumpstart if you're thinking about doing a solo show. Taught by all-around comedian Paul Thomas, the class focuses on crafting structurally sound scenes, creating multi-faceted characters, and performing with the confidence and discipline of a good stand-up comic. If you are a stand-up comic, this a great opportunity to stretch out. There will also be opportunities to perform at Thursday Happy Hour and Grafitti. Class size is limited to 6. To register please email Matt Barbera at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Saturdays 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
January 9, 16, 23 February 6, 13, 20
Cost: $200 ($25 discount if registered before Dec. 17)
About the Instructor
Paul Thomas performed character pieces in the inaugural Just for Laughs Chicago in July, and his solo character show "Comedogenic" recently premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. His solo work also includes the autobiographical questionable love story “Waitress Wanted,” which was selected for Live Bait Theater's Fillet of Solo Festival in 2006. He is a former member of the Defiant Thomas Brothers, winners of Best Sketch Group at HBO's 2005 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and CIF Sketch Artists of the Year. Paul is also a stand-up comedian and is a cast member of Chicago Underground Comedy. Every Thursday he hosts Happy Hour, a solo workshop/show at The Playground Theater. His music video "Tighty Whiteys" was screened this summer at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. Paul, Jeff Madden, and Cork Kangas comprise Lola Balatro, the post-grunge acoustic com-rock sensation. To view some of his short films, please visit http://www.bigheadpaul.com .