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WoodsTalk Live Presents: Art & Knowledge

Comedy Workshop

In the 1960’s, airwaves swam with powerful and poignant comedic voices! From the Smothers Brothers to Lenny Bruce to George Carlin to Flip Wilson to Laugh-in, comedy provided a vehicle through which people came to understand each other and their difficult—and often volatile—times. Still today, humor provides a platform where we can learn to listen to each other. On Day 1 of this workshop, mentor, NYC standup comedian, and improv guru Louie Pearlman and participants will dive into comedy history, venture into the 1960’s via the Museum special exhibits, look for points of reference and inspirational source material, explore basic improv and comedy writing techniques, and apply them to personal material. On Day 2, participants with the guidance of Louie will gather and review material, share rough drafts, hone writing and performance techniques, and host an intimate friends and family show.

All you have to do is register and meet us at the Museum at Bethel Woods at 10am on Saturday, November 4! The $75 weekend workshop fee covers all materials and includes: 2 continental breakfasts, 2 lunches, all day beverages, as well as a friendly reception at the sharing out event—all prepared by our own YASGUR'S FARM CAFÉ.

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Funding for arts and humanities, outreach and museum programming is provided by generous individuals, foundations and agencies including: Resorts World Catskills, American Gift Fund, AT&T Foundation, John N. Blackman Sr. Foundation, Annelise Gerry and Family, Robyn Gerry, IBM, Joan Kaplan, the William and Elaine Kaplan Family Foundation, the Monticello Motor Club, the Museum Association of New York, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Rea Charitable Trust, the Rhulen Loughlin Family -- in memory of Trevor John Loughlin, James and Kelly Schmitt and Stewarts Shops. Transportation and tuition assistance made possible in part by Dan and Joan Silna, and TD Charitable Foundation, and the Williams Endowed Education Fund at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.


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  • Nov 4 - 5 , 2017
  • Museum and The Conservatory
  • 10 AM - 5 PM
  • $75 per participant
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