Learn the basics of Stand Up Comedy. How a show is structured and how to navigate through writing a joke. When you finish this piece, you'll be able to write jokes successfully. This course is perfect for you if you are just getting started with stand up comedy and have plenty of ideas to start with.
If you are further along and looking for styles and organization, you might want to consider a more comprehensive package.
Founder and Director Casey Casperson graduated from the University of Evansville with a BS in Theater Mangement in 2001. He attended with Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), Lennon Parham (UCB, Playing House, The House, Parks N Rec), Kelly Giddish (SVU), Nathan Darrow (House of Cards, Gotham, Billions), Rutina Wesley (Tru Blood, Queen Sugar). Casperson and Jack McBrayer share the same degree as he graduated UE in 1993.
He has performed stand up comedy, improv, live theater and on screen since 1997. He has worked with Larry the Cable Guy, Kid of Kid and Play, Pauly Shore, Mark Curry, Mike Armstrong, Bill Bellamy, Kevin Meany and David Razowsky.
In 2001, Casperson studied under Gerald Owens of Laughing Gas and has since learned from Tara Defrancisco and Rance Rizutto of iO (formerly Improv Olympic) under the guidance of Charn Halpern (Truth in Comedy, Owner of iO), Susan Messing (TED Talk, Messing with a Friend), TJ and Dave, Joe Bill, Will Luera, Improv Boston and David Razowsky (Second City, iO).
Casperson also works with corporations and hosts coaching workshops for corporate clients and applying improv skills to business. Autonation, Wells Fargo, PNC, Northwestern Mutual, Simon Properties, Office Depot, South East Toyota, Chase, Loan Depot, Burger King, Forthright, Citrix, Pizza Hut, Complyright, couples resorts, NBC Comcast, Kyle Plumbing and others.
As an improviser, he has been a cast member of Laughing Gas and Sick Puppies Comedy, but has performed as a guest at many improv theaters across the country.
In 2012, Casey founded Sick Puppies Comedy which mostly comprised of former Laughing Gas members after Laughing Gas closed it’s doors earlier that year. Today, Sick Puppies Comedy has over 30 cast members, 300 student alumni and 60+ active students spread over 5 levels of improv classes. The company performs at least 8 shows a month with 6 house teams.
Sick Puppies has performed at UCB during the Del Close Marathon in 2016 and 2017, The Sarasota Improv Festival by invite since 2013, The Tampa Improv Festival in 2014-2016, The Miami Improv Festival from 2015-2017, the Palm Beach Improv Festival from 2016-2017 and the Chicago Musical Improv Festival at iO in 2017.
Initially started as a hobby, Sick Puppies quickly grew into becoming the leader in improv comedy in South Florida. With 30 cast members, 60 active students, six active classes and over 100 shows in 2017, Sick Puppies Comedy is one of South Florida’s favorite comedy destinations. Don’t believe us? Check us out on YELP or Trip Advisor.