Beginner Stand-up Comedy Workshop

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Beginner Stand-up Comedy Workshop with Mike Donovan

Live in person workshops are returning to  Act II Playhouse! For the best experience, each workshop is limited to 12 participants. Please go here to read our health and safety policy.

Whether you’ve ever dreamt of crafting your own stage act from scratch, overcoming your fear of public speaking, or just checking off an item on your bucket list, this is your opportunity to make new friends with fellow students/comics – or start a new career!

“Having worked with over 80 students now since 2013, I can honestly say it’s always the most fulfilling time of my year, every year.” -Mike Donovan 

Real People Testimonials

“For my birthday I was offered a choice between two, hand-cut Waterford crystal martini glasses, or Mike’s class. I chose class over glass. That Waterford would be shattered by now. I chose the gift that keeps on giving.” -Jill L., Nurse 

“Taking the stand-up comedy class delivered an item on my bucket list but also so much more. It gave me a safe, affirming environment in which to take chances, be vulnerable and learn so much about myself through the process of trying to make others laugh. I recommend this class to anyone – teachers, lawyers, data analysts, dentists (especially dentists), parents, etc.” -Will D. 

“The Act II Comedy Class was the kick in the pants I needed to explore my creative side.  It was an amazing self discovery tool that helped in many different facets of life.” -Matt S., Ambler  

Our Beginner Standup Comedy workshop is 5 weeks and will be held on Saturday mornings from 10AM -11:15AM. The dates are November 6, 13, 20, December 4 and 11.  There will not be a session on Sat., Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving Weekend).  Fee, $200.  The final performance session will be on stage at the Playhouse, Jan. 2, 2022 at 4 PM.

Reserve my spot today!

Workshop Facilitator: Mike Donovan

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 on staff at ACT II serving in the External Relations Office but is still facilitating comedy workshops in his spare time.

Workshops are being coordinated by Education Coordinator, Rose Marie Kettinger. Questions? Email [email protected]


Act II Playhouse’s COVID Safety & Health Policy

  • Masks are required for all patrons and staff at all times
  • Prior to entry, patrons must present Photo ID and either:

o   Proof of vaccination (vaccination card, photocopy, photo, or electronic copy)

o   OR Proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 36 hours

Please see www. for full details or call our Box Office at 215-654-0200

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