Comedy School

The Science of Joke Writing with Robert Mac

A three-hour class, "The Science of Joke Writing" starts with some of the fundamentals of stand-up comedy -- what makes people laugh, the skills required to be a comic, different interpretations of comedy -- before diving into joke structure, various approaches to the joke-creation process, and a number of writing techniques to streamline your jokes and help them stand out.

About your instructor: Robert Mac brings 25-plus years of stand-up and writing experience and all the insights he’s gathered over that time, from the mundane to the monumental. Robert has worked professionally in comedy clubs, on cruise ships and at colleges. He's the Grand Prize winner of Comedy Central’s national stand-up competition (Laugh Riots), he has two specials on Dry Bar Comedy, and he has appeared in numerous competitions and festivals, including "Last Comic Standing," Just for Laughs in Montreal and more.

01/18/2022 6:30 PM

Door Time: 6:15 PM

Other Showtimes

Tuesday, January 18, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Participants must be vaccinated against COVID-19 for this in-person class.

A three-hour class, "The Science of Joke Writing" starts with some of the fundamentals of stand-up comedy -- what makes people laugh, the skills required to be a comic, different interpretations of comedy -- before diving into joke structure, various approaches to the joke-creation process, and a number of writing techniques to streamline your jokes and help them stand out.

About your instructor: Robert Mac brings 25-plus years of stand-up and writing experience and all the insights he’s gathered over that time, from the mundane to the monumental. Robert has worked professionally in comedy clubs, on cruise ships and at colleges. He's the Grand Prize winner of Comedy Central’s national stand-up competition (Laugh Riots), he has two specials on Dry Bar Comedy, and he has appeared in numerous competitions and festivals, including "Last Comic Standing," Just for Laughs in Montreal and more.

Prerequisite: "Five Minutes to Funny" class or at least 6 months of stand-up performance at open mics.


All sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges.


Class Policies

  • Patrons must be 18 or older to attend events or classes at the DC Improv. Any exceptions are clearly noted in the event descriptions on dcimprov.com.
  • Participants in this class must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and produce proof of vaccination (such as a completed vaccination card) at the start of the first session. If you have any questions about this policy, please e-mail info@dcimprov.com.

A three-hour class, "The Science of Joke Writing" starts with some of the fundamentals of stand-up comedy -- what makes people laugh, the skills required to be a comic, different interpretations of comedy -- before diving into joke structure, various approaches to the joke-creation process, and a number of writing techniques to streamline your jokes and help them stand out.

About your instructor: Robert Mac brings 25-plus years of stand-up and writing experience and all the insights he’s gathered over that time, from the mundane to the monumental. Robert has worked professionally in comedy clubs, on cruise ships and at colleges. He's the Grand Prize winner of Comedy Central’s national stand-up competition (Laugh Riots), he has two specials on Dry Bar Comedy, and he has appeared in numerous competitions and festivals, including "Last Comic Standing," Just for Laughs in Montreal and more.