Rockledge, FL, March 22, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- Veteran comedian Duncan Jay will present a six-week stand-up comedy workshop on Mondays starting March 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Prodigy Talent Training, 634 Barnes Blvd., Suite 202 in Rockledge.
Jay, a Merritt Island native and a professional comic for 14 years who has appeared on HBO and Fox, will instruct a small class of no more than 10 students in writing and presenting jokes as well as stage presence and stage etiquette.
“I can’t teach anybody to be funny,” Jay said. “This class is for people who’ve been told they’re funny or they think they’re funny or they’ve always been the class clown, so to speak.”
Participants will receive classroom and one-on-one instruction, and work on their routine in front of fellow classmates, Jay said. They’ll showcase what they’ve learned by performing before an audience at either Open Mike’s Coffee Lounge inside Florida Discount Music, 454 N. Harbor City Blvd., or Steagles Pub, 1395 Cypress Ave. C., both in Melbourne.
A 1994 graduate of Merritt Island High School who later graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Jay aspired to be an actor. But Sept. 11 and a Screen Actors Guild strike derailed his acting pursuits. He turned to sales for a living and started going to comedy clubs in New York, City, joining an improv group.
Jay took the stage for his first stand-up routine during the club’s “Tuesday Night Train Wreck” night.
“It was aptly named because I bombed horribly in front of 50 other comedians waiting for their turn to go up on stage,” Jay said. “I did get a couple of chuckles, and in that room full of comics, if you got a couple of chuckles, it was a guaranteed joke, it was a good joke. So I did that and got bitten by the bug and the rest is history. My first real paid gig was in January of 2003.”
Jay moved back to Brevard County after the 2008 recession to save money. “I was supposed to be here six months and head to California, but things started picking up and I was just enjoying the area and I’ve been here a while now,” he said.
Jay lists Bob Newhart, Andy Griffith, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Robin Williams, Jim Jeffries and Bill Burr as some of his favorite comedians.
“I’m all over the board when I write my material when I write my jokes I just want to find out where I want to come from with the joke, what angle, what point of view,” Jay said. “Sometimes it could be topical, it could be relationship-type humor, it could be one-liners or stories. I’m a hybrid because I’ve studied every type of comedy. I’m a fan of comedy so any time I get to watch comedy, I do. I love live comedy.”
The cost of the 12-hour workshop is $140. To register, call Jonathan McFadden of Prodigy Talent Training at 321-693-8438 or email him at Jonathan@ProdigyTalentTraining.com.
About Prodigy Talent Training
Prodigy Talent Training is a full-service studio featuring a variety of skills taught in each class, including improv, acting techniques, scene study, auditioning and practice with cold readings. Other tips include how to book yourself, help with your headshot, filming production of your class scenes to be made into a promotional reel and much more. Prodigy owner Jonathan McFadden's students have appeared on Broadway, in commercials, USANetwork's "Graceland," and in such films as "The Hunger Games," the "Divergent" series, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," and many more. Prodigy Talent Training is now accepting new students. For more information, call McFadden at 321-693-8438 or email him at Jonathan@ProdigyTalentTraining.com. Prodigy can be found on Facebook at Prodigy Talent Training and on Instagram at prodigy_talent_training.
Contact Jonathan McFadden at 321-693-8438