Kickstand Comedy six-level improv curriculum  

Pinky Swear “We work our asses off to empower you to work your ass off.”

We are committed to teaching our students to find their voice in comedy by learning the skills necessary to play effectively, support zealously, and create with honesty—both on and off stage.

Meet our teachers.

Level One - Welcome to Kickstand Improv

Plunge into the world of Kickstand improv comedy. Sharpen you communication, enhance your listening, and learn how to create comedic ideas spontaneously and collaboratively. Let your journey into the Kickstand philosophy commence.  

Level Two - Next Level Scene Work

Break off those training wheels—the time’s right to bestow you with new techniques that’ll add focus, depth, and richness to your improv character moves. Must Finish Level 1 or Get Kickstand Approval

Level Three - Making Connections and Mastering Game

Upgrade your improv mind from checkers to chess. Train your brain to discover connections and execute ideas effectively. Master game of the scene. Meld minds with your classmates and turn unconnected 3-minute scenes into a 20-minute Improv Voltron of your collective personalities. Must Finish Level 2

Level Four - Oh, Hey Harold!

The Harold will blast your improv glutes into tip-top shape. It takes themes, characters, and relationships, gets’em sweating, then adds perspective and connections before repeating it all over again. Your improv muscles will get swoll AF. Must Finish Level 3

Level Five - Forms Forms Forms

Sample multiple improv formats without holding up the line. Deconstruction, the Movie, La Ronde, Close Quarters, etc, etc, will all challenge your scene work—motivating you to find ways to keep playful and stay spontaneous. Must Finish Level 4

Level Six - Do the Damn Thing

Use the last five levels of Kickstand training, your class’ strengths, and your team’s collective comedy voice to create your own 20+ minute set—something you can perform for the masses (and yo mama). Must Finish Level 5

The Fine Print

*Each 8-week class is $260 per person.

*Must be 18+ to register for classes.

*Kickstand requires all students start at Level 1, unless they have FULLY COMPLETED an improv program and have received our approval. Holler at kickstandpdx@gmail.com if you have any questions.

*Classes have limited space, register early or ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

*Refunds (minus transaction fees) are possible up until 12:00am (midnight) the day of your first class.

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Financial Aid

As per our commitment to removing barriers art, we offer both Full Scholarships and Internships to help remove or reduce the cost of classes. Fill out this Financial Aid application if you believe you are eligible.