the Stand-Up Challenge

 

the Stand-Up Challenge is a call to everyone to write, rehearse and perform a five-minute set of original stand-up in one month.

It's not a contest, it's open to anyone in the St. John's area, and it's free to participate.

(And it's for fun.)

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How TO

1. SIGN UP 
You may have already done this, but you should encourage everyone you know to sign up as well, because misery loves company. http://standupchallenge.ca
 
2. WRITE 5 MINUTES OF STAND-UP
Write 5 minutes of new stand-up material. Dig up traumatic memories. Craft one-liners. Develop a character. Make up stories. Build jokes. Practice, practice, practice. Record yourself. Rehearse in front of your friends/pets/mirror/stuffed animals. Etc.
 
3. PERFORM AT AN OPEN MIC
The official Stand-Up Challenge open mic is called The Bomb Shelter and it happens every Monday in July at 8:30pm at the Peter Easton Pub at 29 Cookstown Road, $5 suggested donation. Email info@unpossible.co by the Friday before each open mic to book your spot. Preference will be given to people who haven’t had a spot at the open mics before.
 
4. PERFORM YOUR FIVE MINUTES AT A COMEDY FESTIVAL
Performers at the Open Mics will have the option to claim a spot to perform at the upcoming Braxton Comedy Festival in August, happening at the legendary LSPU Hall.

WORKSHOPS

WORD ECONOMY & CONSISTENCY: A STAND-UP WORKSHOP WITH CALEB SYNAN AND ADAM CHRISTIE

Thursday, July 6, 2pm at Trapper John’s, 2 George Street, $10
 
In St. John’s with their Make America Canada Again tour, comedians Caleb Synan and Adam Christie will lead this stand-up workshop for anyone interested in grabbing the mic or learning from these pros to hone their skills.

 

JULY 9: INTRODUCTION TO STAND-UP FOR WOMEN & LGBTQ FOLK (FREE)

Sunday, July 9, 1pm at the Neal Building (50 Harbour Dr), 2nd floor. 
 
An all-ages workshop for and by women, gender nonconforming and queer folks featuring local comics Veronica Dymond and Swervy Garland. Come learn the basics of stand-up in a safe and fun atmosphere. Free. No experience needed, no need to pre-register. 1 hour.

 

JULY 9: STAND-UP CRASH COURSE

Sunday, July 9, 3 to 6pm at the Neal Building (50 Harbour Dr), 2nd floor. Full series: $10 suggested donation. Single workshop: $5 suggested donation.
 
A hands-on introductory workshop series including three 45-minute sessions from different experienced instructors, perfect for beginners and experienced comics. 

 
3pm, July 9: WHAT I WISH I KNEW WHEN I STARTED — MIKE HAMMOND
Getting your first set of solid stand-up isn't easy, but improviser and stand-up comic Mike Hammond is here to help you climb Mount Five. Mike has been doing stand-up for 5 years and in that time has performed at Yuk Yuk's St. John's, headlined the Bus Stop Theatre in Halifax, and Headlined the Comedy Bar in Toronto. Mike is also a veteran improviser, performing improvised theatre for 13 years and in that time has performed and trained all over Canada and is a founding member of Stanley Braxton Improv Co.
 
4pm, July 9: CONSTRUCTING YOUR SET — STEPHEN COOMBS
Since making his stage debut at the 2008 Newfoundland Screech (St. John's) Comedy Festival, Steve has toured with Yuk Yuk’s and entertained audiences from Newfoundland to Toronto. His comedy has been featured nationally on CBC Television, Radio and XM Satellite Radio. http://www.youtube.com/SteveCoombsComedy
 
5pm: BOMBING WITH DIGNITY / DOING CROWD WORK — PAUL WARFORD
Everybody bombs. This workshop with St. John's comedian Paul Warford will help you laugh in the face of your worst fear. Paul began doing standup comedy at the age of twenty at Acadia Univeristy in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He is a columnist with Downhome Magazine. 

 

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FAQ

Should I do this?
Yes. Yes, you should.

Does it cost anything to participate?
No. The Stand-Up Challenge is free for participants. Workshops will have a small fee.

I’ve never done stand-up before. Is this just for experienced comics?
It’s for everybody! This is a great chance to try stand-up out in a low-stress environment with lots of other people in the same boat.

I’m an experienced comic. Is this just for beginners?
It’s for everybody! Use it like local musicians use the RPM Challenge: try a genre you've never tried before, or collaborate with someone you've never collaborated with before. It's also a great opportunity to help beginners and help grow the local scene.

 
 

Stand-Up Challenge 2017 Sponsor

The City of St. John's

Community supporters

Stanley Braxton Comedy Festival
Night Out Productions
Common Ground Coworking
Business & Arts NL