MPAC PRESENTS FUNNY BUSINESS, A COMEDY WORKSHOP
SOUTHSIDE COMEDY SHOWCASE, A COMEDY SHOW DISPLAYING TALENTED COMICS FROM NEAR AND FAR
SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2014
SOUTHSIDE COMEDY SHOWCASE (A COMEDY SHOW) INFO
40 COMICS PARTICIPATING!!!!
Director/Producer Leslie Small (Kevin Hart's Let Me Explain, Laugh at My Pain) is looking to cast comics in upcoming comedy related TV, Film and Tour projects.
Any professional comic wanting to participate, please email Houstonmpac@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Limited Space. Open to all professional comics. IN MY MOST MOBSTER VOICE, COMICS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THE WORKSHOP TOO..DETAILS BELOW.
Showcase located at 13334 Almeda Road, Club Manhattan 8pm, Comic check-in by 7:30pm. Show starts at 8pm.
Complimentary Buffet WHILE IT LAST..and Cash Bar, Free Parking
THIS IS OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC, TICKETS ONLY $10
MUST BE 21 OR OLDER TO PARTICIPATE IN SHOWCASE OR ATTEND THE COMEDY SHOW!!!
COMEDY WORKSHOP INFO
If your comedy career is not where you'd like it to be, maybe it's because your business is not how it should be. Showbusiness is 10% show, 90% business!
Under the master teachings of famed comedian and actor Guy Torry, learn how to go from being just a class clown to performing for thousands. Go from getting chuckles to busting guts. Whether you’re a total beginner or you have a few laughs under your belt, learn how to become a stand-up comic including the fundamentals of joke writing, development and delivery, discovering your audience, where to find material, developing a signature style, gimmicks that work, developing a comedy act, physical comedy, clean v. dirty comedy, etc. Class participants will also test out a short comedy routine and get feed back from our experts.
Also, hear from Guy and other industry experts about their experiences and tips about the business. Ask your questions about the business of world of comedy, including the dos and donts of the business, how to find work, marketing yourself, setting up tours, contracts, being on the road, merchandising, writing for TV and other comics, management, club gigs and owners, promoters, etc.
Also speaking as a leading industry expert is Bob Sumner of LAFF MOBB...the one stop shop for the next generation of comedy. Founded by the original architect of HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Bob Sumner, and music & comedy management titan, Arthur Spivak, LAFF MOBB’s mission is to develop diverse talent, new content, and original voices. As a vertically integrated talent management and production company, LAFF MOBB produces the comedy series “LAFF MOBB Presents”, currently airing on SHOWTIME Networks with original episodes premiering through the Spring of 2012. The LAFF MOBB national tour, and worldwide military service tour has followed, along with a series of DVD releases by EMI Entertainment. LAFF MOBB Films currently has a production slate in development with Director, Tim Story (“Barbershop” and “Think Like a Man”). LAFF MOBB’s television & media unit focusses on scripted / non-scripted television shows, as well as aggregated and branded viral content.
Speaker Leslie Small is taking Hollywood by storm. This talented filmmaker is in postproduction on the Feature film, 'Laughing at My Pain', staring Kevin Hart. This feature follows his directing and producing of the comedy series, 'Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam,' for Showtime. Prior to this series Leslie Small directed the feature film 'A Good Man is Hard to find', and the successful release of the standup comedy film, 'Steve Harvey, Don’t Trip He ain’t Through with Me Yet'. This film celebrates Steve’s 20 years of success as a comedian. The second installment, 'Steve Harvey, I’m Still Tripp’n', is currently top the charts in sales. 'Hair Show,' his second feature was released in theaters across the Nation on October 15, 2004. This film stared Mo’Nique, Kellita Smith and Taraji P. Henson, and included special appearances by Serena Williams and Vivica A. Fox. 'Hair Show,' which is distributed by UrbanWorks Entertainment, was co-executive produced by Earvin 'Magic' Johnson. His first project was the compelling drama, 'Tara' (2001), starring Isaiah Washington and Ice T. Leslie received his start in theater under the tutelage of Hal Dewindt. His professional directorial debut was the popular stage play, 'The Diary of A Black Man.' He then went on to direct music videos and documentaries, including 'Adventures of the American West,' for the Disney Channel. A Southern California native, Leslie has an extensive educational background, having earned a B.A. degree in Psychology, and completed Doctoral work in Community Economic Development (ABD). An avid reader, Leslie views the world on a global scale. He has traveled around the world, visiting many landmarks on the continents of Asia, Europe and Africa. He utilizes these experiences to enhance his vision as a storyteller. More than just a filmmaker, Leslie Small is an intellectual and an innovator. He is driven by the exploration of the intimate reality shared by people, no matter what race, religion, creed or socioeconomic status. This awareness allows him to incorporate these themes into his films. Expect to hear the name 'Leslie Small' for many years to come, as he is only getting started.
Speaker Keisha Hunt was born and raised in Houston's mercilessly tough north side. Nothing came easy for this petite stand-up powerhouse; that is, until she tapped into a well of talent that overflowed with comic brilliance. She was recently announced the winner of 2013 "Stand Up its Miller Time" competition (now mention alongside previous winners such as Bernie Mac and Cedric the Entertainer) and featured in December 2013 / January 2014 issue of Complex Magazine. Keisha was also been featured on the 2014 season of “Laff Mobbs We Got Next" which airs on the Aspire Channel, a Magic Johnson Network.
Whether it's in front of a sold out audience at Houston's renowned Improv or her captivating television appearances on "Whose Got Jokes" (she was a semifinalist), "Last Comic Standing" season 6 or BET's Comic View; Keisha effortlessly spins her well-crafted tales of real life. Her talent has elevated her to the top of the pack on “Jamie Foxx Presents: America’s Funniest Comics” Vol.4 (On DVD) where she was the new face winner of Laffapalooza. Keisha has toured with “Nephew Tommy” of the Steve Harvey Morning Show in the “3 Lady’s and a Tommy Tour” and”NBC's Stand-Up for Diversity Showcase 2011” where she was a finalist. One of her most fulfilling accomplishments was with MWR Comedy Rok Tour where she was invited to entertain US troops based in Korea, Saudi Arabia, Africa, Japan and Iraq.
Keisha Hunt has shown an innate ability to mesmerize audiences for 11 years now, and fans across the nation lose themselves in her raw emotion. Keisha's material is so wickedly funny, she transforms into your deepest guilty pleasure right before your eyes!
Former police officer, classically trained pianist and working stand-up comedian Billy D. Washington has been featured on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, HBO's Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central, The Montreal Comedy Festival and toured with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin for 3 years. His laid back delivery and abstract writing style has made him a commodity on the national comedy scene for almost 20 years. Billy's controversial essay, 'The Decay of the Influential Comedian' was recently featured on Laughspin.com and gained thousands of readers and responses within hours of its publication. As a producer Billy wrote, produced and directed the play, "Finding First Lady" which played for packed houses and earned a production deal with Tru Entertainment (The Real Housewives of Atlanta).
This workshop is a refresher for veterans and a skill sharpner for comics that have been in the business for just a short time! Actors, comics, filmmakers, poets, managers, promoters, and writers can all learn something as well.
Lite BREAKFAST bites provided. Encouraged to pack a bag lunch. Beverages may be purchased.
Please bring pen, paper, business cards, and your flyers for upcoming shows!
Workshop located at 13334 Almeda Road, Club Manhattan, 10am-2pm (Parents: this is a nightclub closed to the general public for the workshop activities during the day, liquor will NOT be served during this time)
Warning: To parents of high school students, these are comedians so some light profanity may be expressed.
Can't attend or not your interest in either event? Donate! Your donations allow us to provide scholarships to some students with financial restraints and assist us with program funding and general operating expenses. Sponsor opportunities available.
This Workshop is underwritten by The Wayne Duddlesten Foundation