Comedy Workshops


Cleveland – December 2018

Comedy Workshop at The Cleveland Improv

Starts March 16, 2019

Meets 3 Saturdays (noon to 4 pm)

Includes evening performance at The Improv on Wednesday, April 3rd

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Chicago – October 2018

Spring 2019 Comedy Workshop at The Chicago Improv

 Dates TBA

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* Workshops meet for three Saturdays from noon to 4 pm

* Includes an evening performance at The Improv

* Space is limited to 11 people

* Price is $225 (plus $7 PayPal service fee)

* Use Buy Now links below to register – refundable up until Monday before start


“Schwensen certainly knows the ins and outs of making it in comedy.” – Chicago Tribune

“To say Dave Schwensen knows the comedy business would be an understatement.” – Ohio Magazine


Being a stand-up comedian is a serious business, with a lot of laughs. Stand-up comedy has become a giant industry and a major source of talent for movies, television and radio. The entertainment world is constantly looking for new faces.

Becoming a successful comedian takes more than just talent and luck. It involves preparation, experience, a knowledge of the business and knowing what is expected of you. Today’s top comedians developed their humor without conforming to any trends or formulas. Talent and originality are the keys to success. However, there are established business methods within the industry that new comedians should be aware of. Developing, writing and performing a stand-up comedy act, and learning how the comedy industry works from an insider’s point of view is what this workshop is all about. (It’s also a LOT of fun!)

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“Think you’re funny? If so, it may be time to take your talents onstage. However, honing your craft in front of a live audience doesn’t do much for either your self-esteem or drink sales. That’s where comedy veteran Dave Schwensen enters the picture…” – Cleveland Magazine


81GJkRCQdZL._SL1500_Dave’s workshops are meant to be fun, supportive and informative about the comedy industry. As the former Talent Coordinator for the television show A&E’s An Evening At The Improv, The Improv Comedy Clubs in New York City and Hollywood, and manager of The Cleveland Improv, Dave shares an understanding of what to expect on both coasts and everywhere in between. Comedy coaching best describes what these types of workshops are all about, but the difference Dave offers is an insider’s knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes.

Any good workshop will send you out with five minutes of amateur night worthy material, but most leave you wondering where to go from there. Dave will tell you how to gain valuable learning experience on stage, along with enough information on where and how to get your comedy career started.


“Listening to his insider stories is worth the price of admission. But the purpose of the name dropping isn’t to impress – it’s to illustrate how comedians make it in the business as well as demonstrate that anyone can do comedy with the right amount of luck, dedication and laughs.” – The Sunday Register


Comedy WorkshopIn addition to the aspiring stand-up comedians who have taken Dave’s workshops, there are many others who have different interests. Toastmasters, teachers and trainers want to add more humor to their presentations. Past workshop members include doctors, lawyers, psychologists, police officers, grandparents, students and others who are looking to add more humor into their lives. Its become a popular holiday and birthday gift (a fun unexpected surprise for some!) and for anyone interested in trying something different… well, we’ve been told it beats the heck out of a basket-weaving class! This workshop has also been used as a support base to conquer a popular bucket list goal of performing stand-up comedy – even if it’s only a one time thrill. It really is an unforgettable experience.

Dave works to bring out your individual and creative sense of humor and takes the time during each session to do it. That’s why these workshops are limited to no more than ten people. You already have a sense of humor (whether you know it or not) and Dave helps you explore your creativity and develop a comedy set that you’ll perform during a graduation night show on stage at The Improv or Funny Bone. And in case you haven’t seen one of our shows – they’re also a LOT of fun!


“The nice thing about Dave is he doesn’t tell you, ‘If you want to be funny, do this.’ He looks at what you’re trying to do and then he helps you fine-tune it.” – The Chronicle Telegram


Comedy classes are not uncommon and quite a few clubs have their local favorites teaching. That’s another area where this workshop is different. Dave is known for supporting local comics, but as talent booker for the industry’s most influential comedy club in Los Angeles and New York, the television show A&E’s An Evening at the Improv, talent agent in the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), for corporate events and live performance venues, he also has experienced behind the scenes knowledge of the different entertainment markets and how the business works on a national level. If you want to remain a local comic, then choose to work with the best in your area. If you want to know what the comedy business is really like from an insider’s point of view, additional topics covered in this workshop include:

* Working with talent agents and managers

* Promotional material

* Making the most of open mics and other performance opportunities

* Working in comedy clubs

* Working in the college market

* Corporate and private events

* Cruise ships


“As anyone who’s read How To Be A Working Comic, Comedy FAQs And Answers, Comedy Workshop: Creating & Writing Comedy Material, or taken one of my workshops knows, I don’t make this stuff up. It’s either been learned through experience dealing with the best in the business, or told to me by comics, agents, managers and talent bookers who are all working in the comedy industry.” – Dave Schwensen


Here’s what’s included:

* Three Saturday afternoon sessions at The Improv from noon to 4 pm.

* The Cleveland Improv is located at 1148 Main Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113, (The West Bank of The Flats / Nautica).

* The Chicago Improv at Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL 60173

* Tips, techniques and top secret information on how professional comedians write comedy. Each workshop member will write an original five minute stand-up comedy routine. Whether you’re a beginner or already have experience doesn’t matter. The group is limited to 10 people and you are treated as an individual based on your experience.

* Performance coaching. It’s one thing to create and develop a comedy act and another to deliver it successfully (get laughs!) in front of an audience. Each workshop member will have in-class performance coaching on stage at The Improv during each session.

* Accepted and effective business methods used within the comedy industry. Included are examples on how to use your creativity to your advantage when developing promotional material, along with insider tips on how to contact talent agents, comedy club bookers, and use open-mic clubs to your advantage.

* In class discussions aimed at answering all your questions about the comedy industry.

* Insider stories about many of your favorite comedians and behind the scenes experiences.

* An Evening At The Improv or Funny Bone. Each workshop member will perform an original stand-up comedy set in front of a “real live audience.” Of course your family, friends, co-workers and anyone else can also be there to show support and share in the fun and laughter. An unforgettable experience!


Dave Schwensen’s How To Be A Working Comic Comedy Workshop is limited to no more than ten people and pre-registration is required.

Total price is $225. Reserve your space through the “Buy Now” buttons below. Please note there is a $7 service fee to use PayPal. Full payment is refundable up until the Monday before our first meeting.



March 2019 Comedy Workshop at The Cleveland Improv

Saturdays – March 16, 23 and 30 from noon to 4 pm

Performance at The Improv Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 pm

Use PayPal link below to register for CLEVELAND Workshop

Refundable up until Monday before workshop start date


Comedy Workshop at The Chicago Improv

Spring 2019 Dates TBA

Use PayPal link below to register for CHICAGO Workshop

Refundable up until Monday before workshop start date




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I’m looking forward to working – and laughing – with you!


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