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Telecommuting Classes


Telecommuting
Advantages vs. Disadvantages:


The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic
(pronounced: koh-vid-nahyn-teen)
was discovered in China, December 2019.

Within four months, COVID-19 was breaking out all over the USA.
March 10, 2020, 1 pm PST:

A few days later, most colleges and K-12 classes closed down.

Why could the impact of COVID-19
be particularly bad on teachers
barely schooled in online instruction?

And what about all those poorer students
who do not have their own computers at home?

What could possibly go terribly wrong?

The answer came within three days!

Presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday, March 13, 2020,
tried to video stream a "virtual town hall" to home computers.
Bernie Sanders must have fallen down laughing.
Why?
Joe just ended up demonstrating
the slew of techie things
that can go wrong.


March 11, 2020, 7 pm, top entertainers had tested positive:

March 12, 2020, noon:

"Social distancing" = physical distancing = 6 feet
By April 7, even that was too close.



Friday, March 13, 2020:

25,000,000 K-12 children were shut out of USA schools on Monday
to keep them from infecting their age-at-risk grandparents.
Their concentration patterns reflect their ages:
8 years = 8 minutes, 12 years =12 minutes, etc.
"You can't stop them, but you can slow them down!"



MARCH SHOWS ARE CANCELLED
The Comedy Store in accordance with the Governor's 250-person event ban
and out of concern for the health and safety of staff, performers and patrons
has decided to temporarily close the club and
suspended ALL shows for the remainder of March.

Same with movie theatres, TV talk shows,
and most of these late night TV comedy shows:



Many of the above folks are keeping a hand in with 15-20 minute podcasts to be found on youtube.com


March 17, 2020:
8,000,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area were issued a 15-day Shelter-in-Place edict.
"Your mileage may very."

NYC was next.


OK: enough already.

How will you make best use of your time if all live,
in-person Comedy Performances and Comedy Classes
are cancelled for the next 12-18 months?

Luckily, you do not have to lose 1.5 years of your comedy career development.

How?
You can work from home!

This is the contingency plan I have tested and had in place for 23 years:
Warning: telecommuting a.k.a. "video conferencing"
-- whether at the academic, political or corporate level --
cannot work if it is just a TV show that junior can simply turn off.

As a comedy workshop teacher of 53 years,
I broke down the problems that were not being addressed:
I needed a video streaming program that largely still does not exist.
"Gee, Jim: can't we just use Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, etc.?"
Nope.

Have I and my students tried that ready list of relatively useless video conferencing programs?
Yep.

What can a live, in-person teacher do with a class that most video programs prevent, all or in part?
See all the student's at the same time as I am starting and stopping video play back of your video to give you telling notes.
This, so I can at the same time clearly see from facial expressions, body language, etc., who is & isn't getting the full concept.

Natch, a row of equal-sized head shots is a limitation that I would not have when teaching in-person.

Nor do I want a student talking out of turn to automatically take over the entire screen, blocking shots of the rest of the class, the teacher and the video being played back.
Oh. And yea: this techie limitation is particularly horrible when everyone wants to see world-class video examples
of the writing and/or performing technique being taught.
Only a insanely ego-centric computer programmer would think that this cute effect should be a default feature
when functionally it is little more than an irritating bug.

Nor do we want non-students crashing the class to post blue photos while cussing everyone out
like a neighborhood drunk bursting into a local bar.

"Gosh, Jim: how much training will this require of we students and how much extra will it cost?"


Techie training:
This will take about an hour at least a week before the first class.
Why?
So you have time to practice it with your friends until you can test your gear, play me some of your video, have me answer your questions, and so on.

Cost of this techie training:
Zero as some students will have more computer skills than others, and can jump through these learning hoops in a few heartbeats.
Whereas the less computer literate might want to bring a computer nerd friend along to help you get your feet wet.

There is no auditing of my classes and you must pay your $600 tuition at least ten days in advance so I have time to mail you the 200-page workbook and schedule your free techie training.

Note that this is a great deal financially as flight, hotel room, meals and ground transportation alone
would cost much more than taking my comedy classes at your home or in your office.
Natch, you are probably not going to be able to travel for months anyway due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.


But none of this makes any fundamental difference in
ORGANIZED COMEDY'S workshops nor
coaching and co-writing services.
Jim Richardson has been teaching these classes in-person since 1978 and
live via online video conferencing to your webcam since 1997.

A Quick 42-year history of Head Coach Jim Richardson’s Theatrical Expertise
& his Pioneering Efforts Promoting the advent of Telecommuting
to help Professional Performers

By 1971, I had earned my MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and
an MFA in Playwriting from Carnegie-Mellon University.
I went on to pass the C-MU Drama Department's Ph.D. studies in residence -
Dramatic Literature, Theory, Criticism an
d Theater History.
Passing the 5-day Ph. D. comprehensive written and oral exams "with flying colors"
now qualified me as expert.


I returned to northern California to become artistic director of my own repertory theatre company,
the Redwood Empire Players (The REP),
specializing in staging West Coast Premieres of off-Broadway and off-off- Broadway plays.
Plus, I edited and directed my student's original monologues and satirical skits, The REP Revue,
that played 65 performances at professional club venues throughout the SF Bay Area.

After judging the San Francisco Comedy Competition three times,
I wrote an article for the San Francisco Sunday Chronicle in 1979,
"How to WIN the Next San Francisco Comedy Competition".
Then, I coached the winner in 1981.

Wanting to now coach and co-write for professional stand-up comics and
business keynote speakers long distance,
in 1997 I went back to college to earn 42 units of straight A's in Computer Science
at Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma
State University.

Goal: be able to coach talent internationally over the web.

At the time, video was streaming over the web at only 12 frames per second (fps).
Campus nerds confidentially predicted that video would never stream over the web at the 24-30 fps
required to coach the split-second timing
required by top stand-up comics.
... Netflix was not on anyone's radar.


Without going through a blow-by-blow history of techie options to avoid vs. the one's that now work like a dream come true,
I can confidently assure you that there is no measurable difference in the learning experience
whether I teach you in a group class or one-on-one.
Nor will your learning experience speed up or slow down
whether we work live, in-person or live, online via your webcam.

Telecommuting: Experience the REAL Advantages to Build Your Career from Home!


Cost: the same.

Gear needed: for less than $100.
Advice to a first time Open Micer:
1) Get your own microphone,
2) plus a straight-necked microphone stand with a solid base, 
3) and a combination amplifier/speaker.

More here: http://www.stand-upcomedyworkshop.com/audition/firstTimeOpenMicerAdvice.html

Register now, and let's get the ball rolling:

Jim Richardson's STAND-UP COMEDY WORKSHOPS
Live, in person at your location and/or
Over the Internet through webcam video conferencing:


Registration form: 2020 Workshops, Lessons 1-4
http://www.stand-upcomedyworkshop.com/registrationForm.html



Questions?
Get in touch:
415-877-4424
jim@Stand-UpComedyWorkshop.com

Snail mail:
Jim Richardson
Organized Comedy
PO Box 992
Mill Valley, California 94942
USA
Calendar | Video: tips | Endorsements: tips | Coaching & Co-Writing | Coaching order form | About Us
Lessons 1-35: Descriptions | Register: Lessons 1-4 | Register: Lessons 5-8 | FAQ | Contact Us

Sub Headings: even more tips!
Studying Comics | Comedy Roots | Comeback? | Defense | Character mask | Robin | Censorship
Writer's block | Camcorder Coaching | Memorizing | Remembering | Stage Movement: setting a bit
Business | Business Cards | Your Web Site | Open Mics | Evil "Bringer Shows" | Audition | MC tips
Promo Packet | Contact media | Interviews | How to get BIG-$ Gig$ | Agents vs. Managers
Newsletter | Goodies | Auditioning: TV & Movie parts | Site Map: more tips
Improvisation: Thinking on Your Feet | Jonathan Winters | Joan Rivers | Hecklers
Funny Money: $25/show or $100 Million/Year from Netflix? Comedy Coach predicts the near future!
How to Tell a Joke | How to Write a Joke
Titter: "Cute bit. Now, make it funny!"
Which is more important, what you say or how you say it?
Life as a Comedy Coach: our first big win!
Amateur Comedy Calendar | College Gigs | LPM
"Off the charts!" | Testing New Material
Telecommuting Classes


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