Stand-up Workshop with Mike Donovan

WHEN: Saturdays, February 1 - March 7, 11:30am-12:45pm.

FINAL PERFORMANCE: Saturday, March 7, 7pm

Ever wonder how Jerry Seinfeld, Hannah Gadsby, Ali Wong, John Mulaney, or Trevor Noah come up with their original jokes? Want to do the same for yourself? Take this class to find out! We’ll study and learn from the masters of comedy, and put on a final performance for friends and family! You'll also get notes and feedback from Act II Playhouse Artistic Director, Tony Braithwaite and a video of your final performance. 




"My daughter surprised me one Christmas with a gift of comedy lessons at Act II Playhouse. The bigger surprise was how quickly the gift paid off. Instructor Mike Donovan prepared me so well for the stage that I have been performing professionally several times a year. Now when I tick off my wife and she says, 'You know, you're a real comedian,' I have to remind her... well, yeah, I really am, and I have the checks to prove it." -Former Student Pat Rocchi
Workshop Facilitator: Michael Donovan
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Maximum Students: 10

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, always looking for a way to work sex into the conversation.

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.


Act II Playhouse in Ambler, PA is committed to creating and programming theatre in a venue whose intimacy draws audiences and actors into dynamic interaction. Act II produces new, classic, and contemporary plays and musicals that reflect the highest artistic standards. Our focus is on a variety of live performances that are accessible and entertaining.