This is a free class courtesy of the Limestone Comedy Fest!
Through the use of video clips we examine stand-up comedy's origins in
Vaudeville and the Borscht Belt era, through early films and
television, the growth of political and youth culture stand-up in the
60's & 70's, the stand-up boom of the 80's, the alternative comedy
response of the 90's, the return of mainstream audiences in the 00's,
and the current rise of the hardcore comedy fan. We will discuss the
evolution of the art form, from set-up/punchline to storytelling to
the absurd. We will explore how all of these are still used today, and
the particular structures and mechanical devices used in each style.
Mat Alano-Martin is a full time touring comedian, with multiple
appearances on the Bob & Tom Show and at several festivals across the
country. He also leads classes on stand-up comedy for Ivy Tech
Community College's Center for Lifelong Learning and is the co-founder
of the Limestone Comedy Festival.