Helium Comedy Academy: Stand Up Comedy 101

Stand-Up Comedy 101

Comedy Class Syllabus:

  • Learn the basics of stand-up comedy in a structured class setting
  • Mold topics into an original routine through a weekly on-stage performance workshop
  • Translate your ideas into a crafted act through proper joke structure and editing techniques
  • Experiment with elements of improv and acting to create a unique and organic performance
  • Hone your joke-crafting skills with a focus on writing content

Comedy Classes Include:

  • Six three-hour-long comedy class sessions at Helium Comedy Club, Sundays from 9:30AM to 12:30PM or Mondays from 6:00PM to 9:00PM
  • A Graduation showcase at Helium will take place following the final class session (schedule permitting) in which participants perform for an audience of friends and family in a supportive, positive, and controlled environment

We have two separate class sessions for our fall 2024 class schedule.

Upcoming Class Dates

September 1 - October 13 Session (Sunday Classes)

  • Class Dates: 8/25, 9/8, 9/15, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13 *No class 9/1 and 9/22
  • Class Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Grad Show 10/13 at 4 PM


September 2 - October 14 Session (Monday Classes)

  • Class Dates: 8/26**, 9/9, 9/16, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14 *No class 9/2 and 9/23 **This class may take place at another location but within walking distance of Helium. Details will be sent in the welcome letter a week before the first day of class.
  • Class Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Grad Show 10/20 at 4 PM



Class taught by Chip Chantry

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the fact that all our instructors are working comedians, some classes may be covered by a substitute instructor


Is this class for beginners?

  • Yes. Our Stand-Up 101 and 160 classes are both entry-level courses. All 200 level courses and higher require completion of an entry-level course or permission from the instructor to attend.

What's the difference between Stand-Up 101 and 160?

  • Our 101 class is more of a structured, classroom-style course which builds your comedy skills from the ground up, starting with a solid foundation of basic comedy knowledge. Stand-Up 160 is a much more fluid class, using improv techniques to help you think through your jokes on-the-spot. The 160 class is ideal for people interested in learning improv, those open to learning stand-up in a more freeform way, and improv'ers looking to learn stand-up. Both classes, however, are for beginners, although we encourage extremely new students to start with our 101 before taking the 160.

My child is 13 years old, can I sign them up for a class?

  • Unfortunately, no. All Helium Comedy Academy classes are 18+.

How much progress can I expect to gain from this class?

  • As with any class or lesson, you get out what you put in. Those who participate, do the homework assignments, and put real effort in their work will see significant advancement in their skill level over someone who was merely present in class.

What is the benefit of taking this class versus performing on open mics?

  • Time saved. In 6 weeks we will teach you the skills needed to become an Open Mic regular and then some. Skills that take people quite awhile to learn on their own.

Do I need to have any material ready before the class?

  • There's no preparation required to start of any of our entry-level classes. Obviously, there's also no harm in bringing some material, ideas, or jokes you've been working on to the first day of class but that's totally optional!