So….What are you waiting for?


Registration is now open for our next Students of Stand-up Comedy Workshops. As usual, we anticipate all workshops filling up quickly so don’t wait until the last minute to sign up. Class size is limited!

Our stand-up comedy workshops have been a part of the Orange County comedy scene since 2009 with many past graduates going on to perform at such venues as The Comedy Store, The Improv, and The Ice House, just to name a few.

Whether you’re looking to pursue a career in stand-up comedy, add humor to your personal or professional life, or just fulfill that last thing on your bucket list, our workshops offer something for everyone.

Currently we offer three workshops, each running six weeks. Our Stand-up Comedy 101 Workshop is geared for those new to stand-up comedy and focuses on things such as basic joke-writing skills, stage technique, and minimizing stage fright. For those who’ve been on stage a few times and are looking to take their material to the next level, we offer our Stand-up Comedy Writer’s Workshop. This workshop focuses on writing, punching up jokes, and tightening up both old and new material. In 2017 we added Stand-up 4 Kids, an entry level workshop open to those young people with a good sense of humor who enjoy being funny and making people laugh.


Whether you’re a “newbie” who has never been on stage before, or a comedian who just wants to add “more funny” to your set, we hope to see you at one of our upcoming workshops! 



Recent SOS graduates are Nate Wyckoff, Nick Roth, Brandon Speakman, Natalie Hemstreet, Roberta Martin, Karen Kaye, CJ Gallo, Norva Johnson, Peter Yoo, and Earl G.
It was a night to remember! A near capacity crowd at the Camino Real Playhouse filled with family and friends waiting patiently for the Students of Stand-up Graduation Showcase to begin. By the time it was all over, it was apparent these ten comedy newbies had put in some serious time perfecting their craft. The Workshops are taught by veteran stand-up comedian and Orange County resident Tom Riehl. “I’m always impressed but not surprised how these beginners pull it together in such a short time. Everyone’s material is completely different. Their friends and family were blown away!”


What Our Students Say…

Had an awesome time…

Had a blast with Tom and the other classmates, the performance was surreal and so cool to do! I had an awesome time in class! Thanks Tom for all the love and support!

Jake L.

Tom Riehl is an encouraging teacher…

Tom Riehl is an encouraging and patient teacher, and you’ll learn the basics of joke writing and delivery. This class will add to your overall theatrical skill set.

Frankie P.

Highly recommend…

If you are thinking of braving the stage then this is the class for you.  Open mic nights alone do not provide enough time on stage or the opportunity for constructive feedback.  I’ve taken the class twice and would highly recommend to anyone considering stand-up. 

Carissa G.

An experience of a lifetime…

After taking this class, I did something I never thought I would do. I appeared on stage before a real audience and did a standup comedy routine. It was an experience of a lifetime!

Laurie J.

Format structure was well thought out…

The format structure, the progression was well thought out, and got me comfortable in front of a microphone at the right time. Also, it forced me to write and perform at a pace that i would not have had the self discipline to do on my own. Tom has a vast experience, and has an infectious positive attitude that made each class lots of fun.

Mike H.

I loved this class…

I loved this class. Tom is an amazing teacher and his teaching methods really served to prepare us for our first performance. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone, especially those looking to have a blast while performing stand-up!

Rachel B.

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