I’ve heard of this thing a million times from people and never taken a look until now because, well, it slipped to the cracks! But it’s just as awesome as everyone says!
John Roy is a veteran comedian based in LA who has created a whole 12-week, completely free comedy course. Roy mentions in the first week that,
“The majority consensus among fellow comedians are that [comedy courses] are of dubious value. They may help a little with some fundamentals or with building courage and comfort on stage, but they will neither replace the time you will have to spend in Open Mics nor are they worth the hundreds of dollars they normally cost.”
Roy goes about it with this knowledge in mind. There’s no learning stand up without doing stand up. You jump into it right away.
He’s also great at being efficient. His weekly courses and assignments aren’t very long; they put the work on you to go out and write, perform, and watch comedy yourself rather than to learn it from someone else.
In the same vein, I will be succinct. If you want to try comedy and you don’t want to spend money on a “real” course, do this one. It is infinitely better than a “real” course, which are all designed to get money out of your pocket, not to teach you anything. (Trust me, as someone who started out by taking one and interned at a comedy school n college. Almost no one sticks with comedy after trying a course. Even though it feels like you accomplished something, you have not until you go out there and do it full-time.)
It has been added to my Things I Like page, which, by the way, if you’re tryna be a comic, is a great resource.
You can find out more about John Roy on his site.