The Philadelphia Comedy Academy is an ongoing monthly workshop which will focus on developing and honing a 5 minute set of stand up. By the end of the month you will actually perform this act at the prestigious Punch Line Philly.


Our Philosophy in teaching stand up is understanding that training is essential. Stand up comedy is an art form. It's a craft similar and not unlike any dance, theatre or vocal program. There's a foundation that can be learned which will expedite one's success. Ongoing workshops are for everyone. Beginner to advanced.


Classes will focus on:

  • How to break into NYC and LA clubs and become a weekend regular.

  • Getting a tv agent and manager.

  • Microphone technique and improving stage mechanics.

  • The difference between being a city comic and a road comic. The pros and cons of both and finding the perfect medium.

  • Developing an original persona and learning how to write for it.

  • How to develop comedy ideas into a real stand up act.

  • Different styles of writing stand up.

  • How to go about actually making a living as a comedian.

  • Make a dvd of your performance by a videographer from comcast.


To learn more, visit our media page.






  • Classes are held January through November.

  • Classes are usually held Monday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. (There may be occasional exceptions because of Brad's performance schedule and/or Punch Line Philly's schedule.)

  • All classes are held at Punch Line Philly:

    33 E Laurel St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

  • Class tuition includes one free half hour private consultation (a $75 value) and a performance at the end of the month.

  • Graduation performances are usually the last Saturday of the month from 3:30pm to 5:30pm at Punch Line Philly.

  • Tuition total is $400.

  • CLASSES GENERALLY SELL OUT. To reserve a space in class, you need to enroll. Unfortunately, we cannot issue refunds. 




  • Classes will be held at Punch Lines outside patio.

  • All students will be required to wear a mask unless they’re performing.

  • We will not be using a microphone.

  • Students will be arranged on the patio with proper social distancing and reduced capacity.

  • Chairs for students will be designated by the teacher prior to each class.

  • Students are required to provide their own notebook and writing utensils.

  • Only students should attend the class and students will be asked to sign in upon entrance.

  • Sanitizer stations will be readily available. 

  • Use of the indoor space is prohibited unless to use the restroom.

  • Restrooms and surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected every 30 minutes.

  • Punch Line Staff is required to wear PPE and follow health and safety protocols.

  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home!


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