Steve Kaplan’s Comedy Intensive

The Art and Science of Gut-Splitting Comedy


We are thrilled to be hosting Steve Kaplan’s full-day Comedy Intensive. Join Steve for a transformative day of comedy exploration. The tools you’ll take home from this workshop will inspire your comedic work forever!

Steve is one of the industry’s most respected and sought-after experts on comedy. The artists he’s taught, directed, or produced have won Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and WGA awards. In addition to having taught at UCLA, NYU, and Yale, Steve created the HBO Workspace and the HBO New Writers Program. He has served as a consultant to such companies as DreamWorks, Disney, Aardman Animation, HBO and others.

And now you have the opportunity to train with the comedy master right here at the BGB Studio. Join us for a day that will bring you to your Comedy Best!

An interactive get-up-and-play workshop, Steve introduces the techniques of The Hidden Tools of Comedy and then applies the tools to the work via exercises and improvisation, and finally to the text, including script analysis and sitcom scene study. More in detail below in the Syllabus! 

If you’re an actor who wants to find the “funny” in your acting and/or writing, this day will give you access to your sharpest comedic voice!


Teachers: Steve Kaplan
Duration: One Day Only!
Schedule: Saturday, September 21st,  10am – 5pm
Location: 10999 Riverside Drive, Suite 301, North Hollywood, CA 91602
Requirements: By Application or invitation only. (Cancellation Policy)
Cost: $150 for the entire day. This special discount is good through Sept 20.

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Class Syllabus


a. Introduction and Overview
b. Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard
c. Comedy Perception Test- Are you seeing 20/20?
d. Funny vs. Comic – The Difference
e. The Comedy Equation


a. Winning
b. Non-Hero
c. Metaphorical Relationships
d. Positive (and Negative) Actions
e. Active Emotion
f. Straight Line/Wavy Line


a. Entire History of Comedy… in 15 minutes
b. The Commedia Intensive
c. Sitcom Script Analysis
d. Developing Unique Comic Character POVs and Personalities

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But Don’t Take Our Word For It…



“Many of Steve’s techniques for analyzing a comedy scene I still use to this day.”  -Steve Skrovan, Everybody Loves Raymond



“Steve’s what we call a Comedy WARRIOR.” -Bill Grundfest, Writer/Supervising Producer, Mad About You, Writer for The Academy Awards and Emmy Awards



“Steve taught me years’ worth of lessons about performance and theatre.” -Christopher Titus, Actor, comedian, creator/writer of Titus



“I have no doubt I will be dipping into Steve’s ‘toolbox’ for the rest of my career.” -Queenie van de Zandt, Actor/Singer/Writer

caryn west


“A Comedy Expert!” -Caryn West, Audition Coach



“I still talk about Steve’s seminar!” -Greg Dean, author of Step by Step to Stand-up Comedy



“I wrote… my best, funniest sketches thanks to the lessons I learned from Steve Kaplan’s comedy classes.” -David Fury, Emmy-Winning Writer/Producer, 24, Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, etc.

judy kerr


“Steve was of real value for me as an actor and as a sitcom dialogue coach.” -Judy Kerr, Author “Acting is Everything!”

More About Steve Kaplan

In New York, Steve was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan Punch Line Theatre, where he developed such writers as Peter Tolan (Analyze This, Finding Amanda), writer and producer David Crane (Friends, Joey, The Class), Steve Skrovan (Everybody Loves Raymond), Michael Patrick King (2 Broke Girls, Sex and The City), Howard Korder (Boardwalk Empire), writer/producer Tracy Poust (Ugly Betty, Will & Grace), David Ives (All In The Timing, Venus in Fur), Will Scheffer (Big Love), and Mark O’Donnell (Hairspray), and introduced such performers as Lewis Black, Nathan Lane, John Leguizamo, Mercedes Ruehl, and Oliver Platt.

In Los Angeles, he created the HBO New Writers Project, discovering HBO Pictures screenwriter Will Scheffer and performer/writer Sandra Tsing Loh; and the HBO Workspace, a developmental workshop in Hollywood that introduced and/or presented performers such as Jack Black and Tenacious D, Kathy Griffin, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross (Mr. Show), Josh Malina (West Wing) and stand-up comic Paul F. Tompkins. At the Workspace, he was Executive Producer for the award-winning HBO Original Programming documentary Drop Dead Gorgeous. Steve has directed in regional theaters and Off-Broadway (including Sandra Tsing Loh’s Aliens In America at Second Stage) and has developed, produced and directed other one-woman shows with actress Lauren Tom and comediennes Nora Dunn and Kathy Buckley.
In addition to private coaching and one-on-one consultations, Steve has taught his Comedy Intensive workshops to thousands of students in the United States and countries around the world, including U.K., Ireland, Sweden, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. This year, he will be presenting seminars and workshops in Toronto, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Sydney, New York, London, and via Skype, Sweden.

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