Stand-up Virtual Workshop with Mike Donovan


Need a laugh? Why not be the one creating them? Take a break from Covid-carbs and binge watching to hone your comedy chops – all in the comfort of your own space. You’ll study and learn from the masters, and present a final performance for friends and family, plus you’ll get notes and feedback from Tony Braithwaite, the Act II Playhouse Artistic Director, and a video of your final performance.

Class size limited to 20.

Classes will be conducted via Zoom, link and login info will be emailed to you by Education Coordinator, Rose Marie Kettinger, prior to start of session one.

Fee $200, includes five classes of group instruction, 90 minutes of one-on-one instruction with Mike Donovan, and a video of your final performance.

FINAL PERFORMANCE: TBD depending on guidelines in place at the time. 

Workshop Facilitator: Michael Donovan
Questions? Email Education Coordinator, Rose Marie Kettinger [email protected]


About the Workshop Instructor

Michael Donovan began doing stand-up comedy in 1995 at the age of 14.  He quickly became a regular opening act in the Philadelphia area at various comedy clubs and at private events.  His first “big break” came at 15 when Sportsradio WIP morning show co-host, Joe Conklin, invited him to open for him on New Years’ Eve.  It was the first of six times that he appeared as host and emcee for Conklin.  Throughout his teens, he appeared multiple times on the WIP morning show as the “Kid Comic” and “Teen Correspondent”, giving Angelo Cataldi and company the perspective of an adolescent on current events.

At 17, he met his hero, George Carlin, after an appearance in Atlantic City in 1998. Carlin and Donovan began a correspondence that would last for several years.  At their first meeting, Carlin reviewed Donovan’s act and offered feedback.  When Donovan asked him to provide a college recommendation letter (because his grades were so awful), Carlin agreed.  La Salle University had never seen anything like it and admitted the academically-challenged student.  While at La Salle, Donovan quit doing comedy full-time, got a girlfriend, and was just a regular guy doing what college kids do.

Fast forward, Mike is now a full-time staffer at ACT II serving in the newly created role of Director of External Relations, but is still facilitating comedy workshops in his spare time.


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