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Giving You a Working Knowledge of Comedy

As a touring professional comedian for 30+ years and as a writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jerry's approach to comedy comes as a result of a vast amount of hands-on, doing-the-grind type of experience.

From cruises to corporates to clubs, Jerry has performed comedy in all 50 states and in 14 countries around the world. Jerry has taught thousands of comedians and has coached well over a hundred corporate leaders, teaching them how to develop a working knowledge of comedy.

His book Breaking Comedy's DNA has been called the "best book on comedy and comedy writing available anywhere." Jerry's YouTube Channel has more free useable comedy writing content that any other channel online. What we're trying to say is "If you're looking for skills that you can apply in your approach to comedy right now, then you are at the right place!"

What is Comedy Writing A La Carte?

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Comedy Writing a La Carte was inspired by members of the ComedyClinic community.
It is developed based on these 3 most commonly asked questions:

1. Do you have a class that focuses on the craft of writing comedy?
2. Can you space out the classes so we have time to work on each concept?
3. Can you make it accessible and affordable?

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Why The ComedyClinic?

Simply put, when it comes to comedy Jerry knows what he's talking about. Whether you want to write for TV or perform stand-up, you're going to learn a science & structure-based approach to comedy that gives you real tools to be as creative with your comedy as you want to be.

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Writing for Stand-up

The most successful comedians know how to write their act. Even Bill Burr who writes ideas, then flows them out on stage, started by learning how to write jokes.

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Comedy for Scripts

Comedy has structures and all the structures used in stand-up comedy can also be used in television and movie scripts. After all, what is an act-out? It's just dialogue in a one-man show.

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Comedy for Speakers

Professional speakers ALL want to include humor in their presentations. Learn specific techniques that can be "plugged-in" to add that extra dynamic to your message.

Late Night TV Comedy Writing

Late Night TV Writing

You know all the joke monologues performed by Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert are written by professional writers, right? Learn this craft and get one of the highest paid entry-level jobs known to man.

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Tons of Classes

Comedy A La Carte offers Tons of Classes on subjects chosen by members of the Comedy Clinic community. Each subject drills down deep in a thoroughly informative 3-hour course.

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Creative Collaboration

Each class is like its own writer's room. Students get involved punching up each others jokes creating a super dynamic of creative activity. In my experience it's actually a superior level of creativity than in a live class.

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Joke Writing Challenges

One of the things that keeps students creative is a challenge. These courses will introduce 1-word or Random Phrase joke--writing challenges that will help you "show up" in every class.

A La Carte Classes

In addition to all our core courses and private coaching programs, these A La Carte Courses were selected by our members. If you wish to request a course specific to your needs, place a recommendation here.

Find New Comedy Material Today

Find New Comedy Material Today

Never get stuck again. 3 Ways to Find & Develop New Comedy Material any time you want.

The LIVE course has concluded. Available as a stream anytime course.

$49 | BUY NOW
How to Write Roast Jokes

How to Write Roast Jokes

Learn the secrets the pros use to come up with personalized roast jokes, evergreen roast jokes, and quick comebacks and insults.

The LIVE course has concluded. Available as a stream anytime course.

$49 | BUY NOW
How to Write Like Jerry Seinfeld

How to Write Like Jerry Seinfeld

A First-ever step-by-step demonstration on how to write jokes like Jerry Seinfeld. Learn the structures Seinfeld favors to develop his unique material

The LIVE course has concluded. Available as a stream anytime course.

The Listing Technique to the Jokes

From the Listing Technique to the Jokes

Learn how to use the most powerful technique in comedy writing to write jokes that kill.

The LIVE course has concluded. Available as a stream anytime course.

Your First 5 Minutes

Writing Your First 5 Minutes

Writing your first 5 minutes doesn't have to be a daunting task. If you've struggled with that, check out Jerry Corley's 3-hour course focused on just that.

The LIVE course has concluded. Available as a stream anytime course.

How to Write Comedy Like Bill Burr

How to Write Comedy Like Bill Burr

One of the top comedians working today. Burr is known for "not writing" his material. But is that really true? Learn the truth behind Bill Burr's approach and how to apply it to your own comedy!

The LIVE course has concluded. Available as a stream anytime course.

How to be a Great MC

How to be a Great Host (Emcee)

Learn to juggle all the pieces a host must juggle while still being funny and learn the 2 most important elements that most new Emcees miss.

MONDAY, MAY 17th , 2021
TIME: 10:00AM - 1:00PM (PST)

Writing the Comedy Screenplay

Writing Comedy for the Screen

In this course, you will learn the techniques that I used to originally write my movie Stretch which starred some of the biggest names in Hollywood and how you can apply those techniques to write your own movie.

The LIVE course has concluded. Available as a stream anytime course.

How to Write Comedy From 1 Word

How to Write a Joke from One Word

You've seen YouTube video on How to Write a Joke from 1-word. In this course I take it even further helping you to "break the code" to writing a joke from a single word. Complete with 1-word challenges in real time.

The LIVE course has concluded. Available as a stream anytime course.

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Monologue Joke Mastery

If you attended Just Monologue Jokes, Monologue Joke Mastery is next-level. You will learn to apply advanced techniques to write superb monologue jokes like the pros.

MONDAY, APR 26th , 2021
TIME: 10:00AM - 1:00PM (PST)

Develop Your Comedic Brand and Stand Out

Develop Your Comedic Brand & Stand Out

Every superstart comedian has a unique brand. You know them for how they do what they do? What's different about you? Learn how to identify it and exploit it.

MONDAY, MAY 3rd, 2021
TIME: 10:00AM - 1:00PM (PST)

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Your Next 90 Days Comedy Road Map

If you're not planning, you're not taking your career seriously. Learn how to map out your future by starting with your first 90 days. Don't wait for your future; Make your future.

MONDAY, MAY 10th, 2021
TIME: 10:00AM - 1:00PM (PST)

"Check out my other A La Carte Courses!"

All the courses that I prepare for the A La Carte Series of Courses come from your requests to cover specific areas of focus in comedy writing, performance or the business of comedy. All courses are done live, then the recordings are made available for purchase so students can still access hard-to-find information and study on their own time using an computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Each semester of A La Carte Classes includes 12 Weeks of topics. Use the links below to learn more about what's available. I hope each course brings value to your day!

--Jerry Corley

Jerry Corley - Teacher - Comedy A La Carte Courses
 Comedy A La Carte Round # 1 Courses
12 Unique Topics Available to Stream