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Hoboken Comedy Festival Improv Comedy Class for Kids
 
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The Hoboken Comedy Festival is offering Improv Comedy Classes for Kids. Aimed at children ages 4-12, the new comedy curriculum will focus on “bolstering imagination and creativity” rather than a distinct desire for comedic invention says Dan Frigolette, creator of the Hoboken Comedy Festival. “Kids are naturally comedic and silly. If we can capture that and hone in on it. we can really learn a lot and have fun” says Frigolette of the inspiration for the classes.

The classes, starting in Hoboken in January will be broken up into four different classes, divided by age and skill level. The fundamental lessons will be based in theater games and group building activities. If successful, the Hoboken Comedy Festival will host classes in four semesters separated by season. The six week courses will aim to create group cohesion, imaginative thinking, critical listening, leadership, public speaking, and help to build confidence in its classmates. Each course will end with a final performance displaying the skills each child has picked up through improvised scenes, much like those seen in “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” as well as character work that each child created during the course of the class session.

The hope is to create a core of students who continually learn and perform, and become a large part of the Hoboken Comedy Festival itself.

The Hoboken Comedy Festival is an annual event that takes place throughout multiple venues in Hoboken displaying mostly adult-driven humor through performances via famous stand up comedians. If the classes grow as anticipated, the Hoboken Comedy Festival will become an event with performances for adults and some suited for all ages.

Instructing the courses is Festival Coordinator Dan Frigolette, a stand up comedian and actor who has appeared on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, The Wendy Williams Show, The Artie Lange Show, and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. He has been teaching improv comedy for kids for years throughout the northeast. His philosophy is that comedy in children is “organic and silliness should be captured and encouraged.”

Classes begin with the first ever winter session starting January 20, 2015 in the performance space at Maxwell’s Tavern on Washington Street. Courses are between $250 and $350 for 6 weeks of two hour classes and a final performance.

For more information and to register, visit, www.HobokenFestival.com or call 201-898-0772,

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