Stand-Up Comedy for Beginners
Tuesdays and Thursdays
July 25 - August 8
6:30 - 8:30pm
Some people say stand-up comedy cannot be taught, but for any performer, critical feedback is imperative for understanding how you come across and how you need to improve. In this class, instructor Grayson Morris will help students find their own unique voice as they write, revise, and perform their original work . The group will dissect both the writing and delivery of jokes and discuss what works or doesn't work and why. The class will culminate with a performance in the studio for friends and family and then together we will all attend an open mic in town to try it out for real!
Grayson Morris is a stand-up comedian, puppeteer, and conceptual artist based in Asheville, N.C. She is founder and artistic director of emersion, an immersive theater performance art installation walk-through experience performed bi-annually in her own house. She has toured nationwide with her one woman show, Am I a Grownup Yet?, and has opened for Louis C.K. and appeared on Gotham Comedy Live on AXS TV. She has worked as an artist-in-residence in Asheville City Schools and co-founded Asheville's giant puppet collective, Street Creature.
Saturdays July 15 - August 19
10:30am - 12:00pm
Ages 14 - Adult
Have you ever needed to do a simple fight sequence for a show and felt the pressure of having to learn combat on-the-spot? Don't let that happen to you again! This class, taught by Mike Yow, students will learn basic and intermediate techniques in hand-to-hand stage combat - including hair-pulls, slaps, punches, choke-holds, kicks, and basic Eastern-style martial arts - as well as armed methods such as rapier and broadsword for the stage. Focus will be made on how to execute these maneuvers in a convincing, yet safe, fashion. A minute-plus long combat sequence showcase will be choreographed by the instructor, with the help of the students, by the end of the six-week course.
Mike Yow is a professional actor, acting coach, author, and fight choreographer who has been seen on many stages in the Western N.C. area, ranging from ACT to HART to Parkway Playhouse to Magnetic Theatre and Attic Salt itself in God of Carnage. He has also appeared in several film and television project, having just been cast in the Asheville-based web-series When Fact Met Fiction. Mike's stage combat training has been through Tom Thon, an Atlanta-based actor and fight choreographer, and through Atlanta Stage Combat. He has a background in martial arts, wrestling, and medieval combat reenactment, and coupling this all with much stage experience, he has learned to adapt various maneuvers and exciting scenarios to stage and film, with safety and general panache.