Kickstand Comedy offers a full six level improv curriculum and stand up classes. Below is an outline of each level

Kickstand is committed to empowering its students to find their voice in comedy by learning the skills necessary to play effectively, supportively, listen zealously, and create honest and fun magic on stage. Meet our Faculty here

Kickstand strongly prefers all students start our program at Level 1. Prospective students who have FULLY COMPLETED an improv program elsewhere may start at Level 2 with administrative approval. Please email kickstandpdx@gmail.com if you have any questions about this policy or if you would like to be considered to start our classes in Level 2.

Each 8-week class is $225 per person

Current students registering for next session and new students registering for Level 1 are able to register and pay for their class here

*Kickstand has a hard 10 person cap for each improv class level  (our stand up class has a cap of 15) so register early to guarantee your spot

**We are able to offer refunds less transaction fees up until the first day of class. After this date tuition is non-refundable.

We are currently registering for the following classes:

STAND UP COMEDY - Starting October 22nd, Sunday4:00-6:00pm (Taught by Jason Traeger) 

** SOLD OUT ** - IMPROV Level 1 - Starting October 26th, Thursday 6:30-8:30pm (Taught by Kara Moore)

** SOLD OUT ** - IMPROV Level 2 - Starting October 23rd, Monday 6:30-8:30pm (Taught by Kara Moore)

IMPROV Level 1 - Starting October 28th, Saturday 4:00-6:00pm (Taught by Kara Moore)

IMPROV Level 3 - Starting October 26th, Thursday 7:00-9:00pm (Taught by Adam Trabka)

IMPROV Level 4 - Starting October 23rd, Monday 6:30-8:30pm (Taught by Jeff Kelsay)

IMPROV Level 5 - Starting October 28th, Saturday4:00pm-6:00pm (Taught by Dylan Reiff)

All classes are 8 sessions long and take place in the Kickstand spaces above the Siren Theater.

Class discounts are available through our internship program - email kickstandpdx@gmail.com for more information.

KICKSTAND COMEDY's STAND UP CURRICULUM

This class will explore and develop the craft of stand-up joke writing, performance and professional practices. Participants will study the one liner joke form, the three minute open mic set and ultimately will create and perform a five-minute “Late Night” length set in front of a taped showcase audience. Taught by one of PDX most sought after comedians Jason Traeger

Kickstand Comedy's Improv curriculum

Level One - Intro to Improvisation and the Kickstand Philosophy

Get your feet wet by finding the fun in the spontaneity and collaboration of improvisation. Whether you’re looking for a fun way to improve your teamwork and communication skills, or are serious about developing your voice as a comedic performer, this class equally honors both of these goals (and might even push you to expand those goals). Students will learn the power of agreement, honesty and spontaneity to build a successful scene and have fun doing it.  

Level Two - Scenework Skills and Advanced Tactics

Now that our students know the basics of performing a successful improv scene, this class will focus on stocking their tool belt with tips and tricks to add focus and depth to their scenes. Students will also learn about the importance of creating a rich environment for their scenes using their own physicality and object work. This class will also introduce basic longform improv mechanics such as game, edits, tagouts and walk-ons.

Prerequisite: Level One or administrative approval.

Level Three - Making Connections and Creating a Cohesive Set

This class focuses on the “group mind” aspect of improv, and students will work together to perform twenty minute improv sets that will eventually feel like complete shows rather than a series of unrelated scenes while continuing to develop their scenework chops. Students will play with the idea of heightening comedic elements in second and third beats of scenes, as well as using an opening to develop ideas for scenes at the top of a show.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of previous level.

Level Four - The Harold

The Harold is the most universally known improv format in the Chicago-style improv tradition and reinforces the skills and habits used in strong long-form improv performance. Students will learn the basic structure of the Harold and work as a group to create shows that weave together different themes, characters and perspectives to create a single piece.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of previous level.

Level Five - Advanced Forms

Students will explore the basics of multiple traditional improv formats such as Deconstruction, the Movie, La Ronde, Close Quarters and more. Students will learn how different show structures influence the kind of scenework they do, as well as how to work together to execute a specific structure while still finding ways to be playful and spontaneous.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of previous level.

Level Six - Create Your Own Show

Taking everything they’ve learned up until this point, this class pushes students to collaborate to find the group’s comedic voice to develop their own improv structure that reflects the pursuit of the tone of performances they wish to present to audiences. Students will learn the give and take necessary to be a member of successful independent improv ensemble, as well as the satisfaction of continuing the tradition of this ever evolving art form.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of previous level.

Each 8-week class is $225 per person 

Current students registering for next session and students registering for Level 1 may register and pay for their class here

*Kickstand has a hard 10 person cap for each class level so register early to guarantee your spot
**We are able to offer refunds minus the transaction fees up until the first day of class. After this date tuition is non-refundable.

Don't see a class that works for your schedule this session? Keep in touch -Once these classes sell out we will start wait lists and consider adding additional classes based on interest.