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Master The Art Of Comedy

Comedy Programs

Do you love to make people laugh?  Or do you want to learn how to make people laugh?  Either way, this is the program for you!  We cover the basic fundamental skills, principles, and techniques of comedic acting and performance including:  Improv (warm-ups or ‘ice-breakers’, tools & techniques, creative expanders like ‘yes/and…’, scenes & characters);  Sketch Comedy (SNL, 30 Rock, SCTV, Monty Python….need we say more?); and Stand-Up (monologues, creative writing, presenting your material, finding your comic voice, establishing your style….)  There are so many types and shades of comedy from farce to satire, parody to irony, and everything in between.  Let your creative imagination fly in this live-performance program geared to all things funny!

Sharpen Your Humour

Hone your wit and humour - learn to craft clever jokes that keep audiences laughing.


Comedy forces you to think outside the box, a useful practice to develop creative thinking and innovation.

Public Speaking

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All Levels Program Overview

Comedy Classes

For students wishing to learn, develop and deliver an assured comedic stage acting performance.  Laughter fuels the soul and this program is packed with all kinds of creative activities that will bring out the inner comedian in every student!  Looking at comedy from both the planned and incidental (unplanned/accidental) side, students may explore not just improvisational and sketch comedy but also Standup, Situational and Physical comedy for live performance. 

At the youngest levels we explore comedy fundamentals, learning simple improv structures, the comedy commandments, joke construction, a character toolbox, comedy dynamics and also using some scripted works and student’s own original materials to develop the performer. As the Levels progress, we take each of these elements a bit further/deeper, and the material provided by the instructor allows students to unlock their creativity and explore what sort of comic they are – develop hilarious characters for sketches and scenes ultimately leading towards the creation of original comic material and/or performance of found materials. 

Students continue to develop their work with a variety of dynamic exercises designed to stimulate creativity and self-confidence in expression.  Using prompts and suggestion, stories, improvisation, solo and group scripted and unscripted work, students continue to progress, ultimately creating stage performances in a variety of comedic ways.

Taking Funny To The Next Level

Specialist Comedy Programs

Adult Comedy Classes

Adult programs at Ovation! offer a unique educational and social experience.  Adults come to classes like ours for a variety of reasons.  You may be looking to try something new, or to get back into something you’ve always loved but have been away from for awhile. Whatever your motivation, and regardless of your current ‘level’ of expertise (or not!), taking an acting class will always………  Boost your confidence & self-esteem  <> Improve your presentation skills (oral and dynamic) <> Exercise your body, mind, and soul  <>  Provide joy and fulfillment!  

This program introduces and enhances all the same tenets of comedy as outlined above but we’ll dig a bit deeper with more advanced and more mature materials and themes. It’s an amazing way to leave real life behind for a bit every week!  Let your imagination and creative juices flow and just learn while you laugh!!!  This program culminates with an in-studio demonstration at the end of each semester.

Performance Troupes

Over the years Ovation! has connected with several other professional dance, acting, and musical theatre performance companies (MOTUS O dance theatre, Marky Monday, ChannukahPalooza, Judy & David, Education Arts Canada, Shadowpath Theatre, Panoply Theatre Collective, and many independent film producers).  

Our students have participated in many professional shows and events.  As new projects arise, we reach out to current students with audition notices for these extra-special performance opportunities!

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Comedy Performances & Notes

All Levels & Specialist Programs

All Levels perform a short play/scene in the Winter Showcase; and a separate short play/scene in the spring Get STAGEstruck! show.  Additional rehearsal and production hours will be required when mounting the spring show. All details will be provided.

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More Information On Comedy Classes

Season Overview & Student Feedback

  • Our Season runs from mid-Sept to end of May with weekly classes for each program.
  • The program Levels progress from primary through senior, introducing or enhancing the various components of the discipline and program. Each Level covers a 3 to 4 yr age range.  Depending on age, experience, and when they begin with us, a student could be in the same Level for 1 to 3 seasons.  Students learn how to function as both leaders and followers, experiencing the range of responsibilities and learning opportunities associated with being in a class with a variety of ages, personalities and types of learners.
  • As students progress each season and also through the Levels, they build their personal and performer’s toolkit with more in-depth advanced learning through various teaching tools, focused on skill acquisition, technical development, and practical performance application.  As the Level increases, the in-studio class-time lengthens and the expectations increase with more or lengthier materials, more ‘mature’ but still age-appropriate content, and more advanced learning tools requiring increasingly more at-home preparation time between classes.  The Level 3, 4 and 5 programs may also include more shows/performances/filming opportunities.
  • Each class and student is provided with a detailed Course Curriculum Outline at the beginning of the season outlining all performance or filming requirements and specific curriculum goals, learning tools and teaching strategies ~ a roadmap of where and how we’ll take the class through the season! We discuss specific goals with each student, at the start, at the mid-way point and at the end of the season so we always know what we’re working towards!  And each student receives a personalized Progress Report at the end of each season celebrating their amazing achievements and growth, setting intentions for their continued development, and recommending next steps, all based on the student’s own goals and interests for their training and development.

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