• How Long Are The Workshops?
    We currently offer two workshops. Stand-up Comedy 101, geared for those students who have never performed stand-up before and Stand-up Comedy Writer's Workshop,  for those with limited performing experience.  Each workshop is held one night a week for six consecutive weeks. Each session is thee hours long.  Both workshops end with a Graduation Showcase in front of family and friends.  To register, click here.

  • I want to signup but I may have to miss a class or two. Is that a problem?
    Since the workshops are only 6 weeks, we prefer you try and make every one.

  • How many students are in a workshop?
    We cap class sizes off at 10. We've found by limiting each workshop, each student gets a fair amount of time to work on material in class.

  • Is six weeks really long enough to put together a comedy routine?
    Believe it or not, in just six short weeks you will have put together material that WILL get laughs (providing of course you do put in the required amount of writing time). Not convinced? Click here to see students perform for the very first time.

  • Who Teaches The Workshops?
    Classes are taught by veteran stand-up comedian and comedy show producer Tom Riehl. Tom has been performing stand-up comedy over 20 years and currently co-produces Second Stage Stand-up, a monthly comedy show at the Camino Real Playhouse. To get more info on Tom, go to

  • Is there an age requirement?
    You must be at least 16 years old for either workshop.

  • Where are the workshops held?
    Our current workshops are held at the Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano.

  • Are workshops taught anywhere else?
    Workshops are currently being planned throughout other parts of Orange County.  If you have a particular request, please let us know.

  • Where can I go to perform after I finish the class?
    There are a variety of open mics and comedy contests throughout LA and Orange County that welcome those with limited stage time. For the advanced students, there's an opportunity to perform at our monthly show at the Playhouse as well.


  • Is this class guaranteed to make me funny?
    No. It is guaranteed to make you funnier than you already are.


Camino Real Playhouse
El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 489-8082

Students of Stand-up
c/o Unriehl Entertainment
P.O. Box 2996
Mission Viejo, CA  92690

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