Carolines on Broadway & Manhattan Comedy School(NYC) Free Comedy Workshop on Oct. 21

New York, N.Y. (PRWEB) September 26, 2006

For anyone who has ever aspired to a career in stand-up comedy, valuable lessons on what it takes to succeed will be offered at a free comedy workshop being given by The Manhattan Comedy School at Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, New York City, on Saturday, October 21 at 2:00 p.m. Call (212) 462-3200 for reservations (please note that space is limited).

Among those who will speak at the workshop — called “Anybody Can Do Stand-Up Comedy!” — are Andy Engel, founder of The Manhattan Comedy School and the Director of New Talent for Carolines on Broadway, and Linda Smith, a three-time Emmy Award nominee, veteran stand-up comedian and course instructor for The Manhattan Comedy School.

The workshop will address various issues that concern aspiring stand-ups, including: how to get stage time, the five cardinal rules for beginners, why being nervous is normal and healthy, what material to use for an industry videotape, when to audition, how to find an agent, and more. There will also be a brief questions-and-answers session with the speakers immediately following the workshop.

The workshop will also outline the curriculum of The Manhattan Comedy School’s six-week stand-up class that will begin on Monday, November 14th. The course is the city’s premier class for aspiring stand-ups, and provides an important education in the art of stand-up comedy. The course concludes with a live performance at Carolines on Broadway, where each student will receive a complimentary broadcast quality videotape of their performance, which can function as their video resume.

“It’s very interesting to see how students develop so quickly and thoroughly over the six week run of the course,” says Andy Engel. “It’s great to see how even those who appeared to be the most shy and timid at the beginning, really hit their mark by the time they take the stage at Carolines for their graduation performance. Having an instructor such as Linda who brings 20 years of experience in stand-up, comedy writing and television producing is invaluable to the development and success of the students.”

“Even though I’ve seen it many times before, to see the exhilaration and satisfaction of my students as they leave the stage after their performance, it’s always a great feeling for me,” Engel adds

The course also offers a one-hour session with Engel, in which he discusses and emphasizes the business side of getting started as a professional stand-up comedian.

About Carolines on Broadway

Located in the heart of Times Square, Carolines on Broadway is widely regarded as America’s premier comedy nightclub and recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a comedy gala at Carnegie Hall. Presenting the best live entertainment seven nights a week, 365 days a year, Carolines on Broadway continues to be the place that keeps New York and the world laughing. The club presents the biggest and brightest stars in entertainment, reaffirming its position as the home of “The Funniest Show on Broadway.”

About The Manhattan Comedy School

The Manhattan Comedy School is New York City’s leading school for stand-up comedy and improvisation and private coaching. The school was founded in 1997 by Andy Engel, who is also the Director of New Talent at Carolines on Broadway since 1993. For more information call (212) 462-3200 or visit