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Jan 14, 2020 to Feb 11, 2020
Fee $150 | Instructor: Stephanie Lazenby
Our Couch To Mic program has been a huge success with brave new performers taking to the stage in front of a packed theatre. We are bringing the program back this time for a special Valentines Day Show - are you ready to make people laugh?
Whether it's out with friends, at a meeting, or diffusing a tense family holiday discussion, are you always making people laugh? If you were in a comedy group in college, or have never graced the stage join other adults in NHTP’s Couch to Mic. In just four weeks you will improvise, workshop, and write three minutes of comedy - it could be stand up, news commentary like a correspondent on The Daily Show or maybe a short sketch. It’s your choice.
On February 11th we’ll be opening the doors to the public for The Open Mic, a night of comedy presented by the class, and local comedic talent. Stop wondering if you’ve got what it takes, and get off the couch and grab the mic!
This four-week session will be taught by one of our newest teaching artists, Stephanie S. Lazenby, a writer and performer based in Portsmouth, NH. Stephanie began her comedy journey by memorizing the entire movie Airplane! as a teenager and has put those skills to work ever since. She was a member of Emerson Comedy Workshop at Emerson College and continued writing and performing original shows and short films in her hometown of New York City.
Stephanie moved to the Seacoast in 2003 where her writing has been published locally, including a monthly column in The Portsmouth Herald: Mom’s in the City, as well as nationally in publications like Redbook and stage productions called Listen To Your Mother. From 2016 to 2018 she was the host of Pecha Kucha, which is held seasonally at 3S Artspace.
The Open Mic is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, come check out an evening of new comedy hosted by Stephanie Lazenby. As well as the students in this class as part of the February 11th performance we will have students returning to the stage with their comic set. The Open Mic starts at 7.30pm (doors at 7.15) with a suggested donation of $5 to help towards further educational opportunIties at NHTP!!