Starting April 17th (class is 6 weeks)
COST: $200 (class size capped at 14)
Teacher: Clark Taylor
This course is designed to help students realize their dreams of stand-up comedy, storytelling, or just becoming more comfortable on any stage as a performer. The goal of this class is to improve personal storytelling style and trying to create a fully realized comedy set in a supportive environment. Students will be given time to perform in each class with the purpose of getting them comfortable with the form. Sensitive, open-minded notes will help guide the student’s growth and development. The class will culminate with a stand-up show at TNM in front of an audience.
About the teacher:
Clark moved to San Francisco and became a part of the comedy boom of the 1980’s and continued as a headliner into the early 2000’s before becoming a full time screenwriter and member of the WGAW. Starting as an open mic’er at a variety of clubs (including the legendary Holy City Zoo), Clark developed a character-based act which brought some local and national success, headlining various road gigs and appearing on several TV shows in San Francisco, New York and Canada. He headlined the Catch a Rising Star in Boston, was the “house” headliner of Cobb’s Comedy Club, headlined road gigs across the country for a decade, was a regular on the Alex Bennett radio show in San Francisco and opened for musical acts such as Jerry Lee Lewis and the Temptations. Along the way, Clark performed alongside every major comic in San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles and New York featuring comics such as Robin Williams, Carol Liefer, Jake Johannsen, and Marc Maron. He also worked with a young W. Kamau Bell in San Francisco on a one man show at The Marsh. Once in L.A., Clark hired on with old friend Rob Schneider and Adam Sandler as a screenwriter and producer at Touchstone Pictures and wrote and produced on a number of projects with various producers in town. After leaving Los Angeles, Clark returned to college to earn a Masters degree in History after which he co-wrote and co-produced an environmental documentary, which included writing and voice-directing the great Tom Kenny (“Sponge Bob”) in an animated short film which won several awards.