Dec 302011
 

Debra Cole

Debra Cole’s Wisecrack University!

This 5-Week  Course for Teens  begins Tues., Feb 7th!
Click below to sign up now to reserve your seat! This Class meets each Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 beginning February 7 and concludes with graduation speeches March 6th.

Cost: Just $350 for this 6-week course including Saturday Night Stand-Up Finale

Does your teen have a knack for talking to people? Is your teen interested in politics, business, teaching, ministry, science, journalism, entertainment, activism, or law? Does your teen need something to get excited about outside of school?  The truth is, it doesn’t matter what career your son or daughter wants to pursue. Whether it’s acting or engineering, being able give an effective presentation with humor will open doors during the college years and beyond. All industries have conferences and seminars that require participants to deliver information while keeping audience members from yawning and rolling their eyes.  Young people who are willing to work at public speaking will be able distinguish themselves at the university, in the boardroom, or on stage.

Great speakers don’t always make straight A’s. They may not even do well on the SAT. They’re not necessarily the best looking or even the most popular. However, great speakers know how to give an organized speech with energy and passion. They know how to reach the public. They know how to deliver a good joke to gain favor with the group. If you want your teen to learn to connect to others from the podium, build confidence in a challenging yet fun environment, and learn from a pro working in the field, sign up for this course now with professional comedienne and former educator Debra Cole. 

Debra Cole is a staple in the Atlanta comedy scene. She is the host of Funny Fridays at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.  She recently performed in New York City and travels regularly to audiences in clubs and at events. You may have seen her at the Ansley Park Playhouse, Buford Variety Theatre, The Warren, The Star Bar, Eddie’s Attic, The Laughing Skull, The Funny Farm, The Punchline,  and other charity events. She’s also performed for charity events like the Hotlanta Roundup, Pets are Loving Support (PALS), Comedy for Critters and others. A former school teacher, Debra is now known for her smart, sophisticated humor delivered with sarcasm and an authentic southern Georgia twang. As an educator, Debra taught English and orchestra in the public schools for 9 years before turning to her true calling as a comic. She has undergraduate degrees in music and history and a master’s degree in educational leadership.

Sign up below for a course at Wisecrack University with professional comedienne Debra Cole!

In her course your teen will learn the basics of an effective speech, writing techniques, creativity warm-ups, how to act on stage, and how to find his or her voice. Whether a novice or more advanced speaker, Professor Debra guarantees that your teen will be able to give a more effective presentation with appropriate humor. Classes will be FUN, RELAXED, and NON-THREATENING! Language and topics will be age appropriate. Participants are encouraged to bring food given the time of class.  Requirements are a positive attitude, a sense of humor, and a great work ethic!

Click below to sign up now to reserve your seat! The 5-Week Class meets each Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 beginning February 7  and concludes with a graduation class of final presentations March 6, 2012. Parents will be invited.

Debra Cole is a staple in the Atlanta comedy scene. She is the producer and star of the weekly Debra Cole Comedy Show at the Ansley Park Playhouse,. You may have also seen her at the Aurora Theatre, Buford Variety Theatre, The Warren, The Star Bar, Eddie’s Attic, The Laughing Skull and many other clubs and events. A former school teacher, Debra is now known for her smart, sophisticated humor delivered with sarcasm and an authentic southern Georgia twang.  Debra also taught English and orchestra in the public schools for 9 years before turning to her true calling as a comic.

Sign up below for a course at Wisecrack University with professional comedienne Debra Cole!

Cost: Just $350 for this 5-week course including the graduation speech. 

Still need convincing? Here are some more concepts to be covered in the Debra Cole’s Wisecrack University Stand-Up Comedy Workshop:

  • Stage Presence, Vocal Projections, Fluency, and Pacing
  • How Public Speaking  will open doors personally and professionally
  • Techniques Great Speakers Use
  • Knowing your audience
  • Organizing your Speech
  • Understand the Power of Humor
  • Tricks for Memorizing
  • Distinguish and Apply Different Styles of Humor
  • Writing an Effective Joke
  • Coping with Performance Anxiety
  • Make a Great Impression at the Microphone

This Wisecrack University Public Speaking Workshop with Debra Cole is designed to help your teen develop skillful delivery and begin their journey into public speaking. Here are more concepts to be covered:

  • Build Confidence at the Podium
  • Connect with Others
  • Find his or her Passion
  • Get a laugh
  • Know What’s Appropriate
  • Manage Mannerisms
  • Recognize elements that make a Speech powerful

By the end of this class, your teen will have a better grasp of professional humor-writing techniques:

  • Repetition.
  • Misdirection: Appear to go one direction with your writing, but end up in a completely different place. For instance: Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx
  • Escalation: Start out reasonable and sensible, then become increasingly extreme, irrational, and absurd.
  • Being Self-referential.
  • Understatement. For instance, “many people would say that the Holocaust was not a good thing”.
  • Reversal. Example: Work is the curse of the drinking classes. – Oscar Wilde.
  • Be silly about serious things.
  • Be serious about silly things.
  • The Straight Man. A common beginner’s mistake is to be ridiculous the whole way through. However, being serious is a vital part of being frivolous. They’re yin and yang, opposites that need each other.
  • The Importance of Writing in a Consistent Style

Click below to sign up now to reserve your seat! The 5-Week Class meets each Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 beginning February 7 and concludes with graduation speeches March 6th.

Cost: Just $350 for this 6-week course including Saturday Night Stand-Up Finale

Still need convincing? Here are some more concepts to be covered in the Debra Cole’s Wisecrack University Stand-Up Comedy Workshop:

  • Stage Presence
  • Great Comics: What they do and how they arrived
  • Knowing your audience
  • Joke Brainstorming
  • Comedy Formats
  • Tricks for Memorizing
  • Finding your individual brand of humor
  • Looking for Premises
  • Making a serious statement while keeping it funny
  • Unique challenges of the comedy world

This  Wisecrack University Stand-Up Comedy Workshop with Debra Cole is designed to help you develop your own strong comedy material and confident skillful delivery. It will help you:

  • Create funny new material
  • Punch up your current material
  • Learn how to get more laughs from your comedy idea
  • Learn how to turn your traumatic life stories into stand-up comedy material
  • Get more laughs by performing characters and acting out scenes
  • Create your comic persona
  • Learn advanced joke writing techniques

This course will take you from the philosophical (the essence of humor) to the practical (the mechanics of joke structure). You’ll see why good humor writing is like other good writing, only funny. You’ll learn to turn facts into riffs, the personal into the universal, and the tragic into the comic.  By the end of this class, you will have learned the following professional humor-writing techniques:

  • Repetition.
  • Misdirection: Appear to go one direction with your writing, but end up in a completely different place. For instance: Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx
  • Escalation: Start out reasonable and sensible, then become increasingly extreme, irrational, and absurd.
  • Being Self-referential.
  • Understatement. For instance, “many people would say that the Holocaust was not a good thing”.
  • Reversal. Example: Work is the curse of the drinking classes. – Oscar Wilde.
  • Be silly about serious things.
  • Be serious about silly things.
  • The Straight Man. A common beginner’s mistake is to be ridiculous the whole way through. However, being serious is a vital part of being frivolous. They’re yin and yang, opposites that need each other.
  • The Importance of Writing in a Consistent Style
Cost: Just $350 for this 6-week course including Saturday Night Stand-Up Finale
Class Location:

The Shocking Real Life [anti]Establishment for Continuing Education Location:

cbp buttonWe are located in the historic Castleberry Artist district in Atlanta! Click HERE for directions from your location to our space at 313 Nelson Ave., Atlanta, GA 30313!

 

Refund policy: Enrollment is limited. If you need to cancel your registration for a class or seminar, please notify deblaughs@gmail.com by email as soon as possible. Refunds, minus a $25 administration cost, will be remitted for cancellation notifications made up to two weeks in advance of elected seminar. For cancellations made up to one week in advance of the elected seminar, a credit be issued towards the next Wisecrack University Stand-Up class or seminar of the same price. Any cancellation made within one week of the elected seminar results in forfeiture of the registration fee.

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