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Comedy Camp XXL: The Hows and Whys of Comedy


July 17 - 28
Monday - Friday, 9:30a - 3:30p
Extended day option available from 9:00a - 5:00p (+$60)

Instructors include: Claire Chandler and Miller Susen


Level 1: Rising 3rd-6th grade Level 2: Rising 7th-12th grade

Are you serious about comedy? Then this two-week intensive camp is your chance to explore the techniques behind what makes a joke/person/scene/play funny. In the first week of camp your accomplished instructors will lead you and your fellow comedic actors in workshops and classes on improv, physical comedy, clowning, and sketch comedy writing. You’ll explore the art of comedic play, learn the ‘rules’ of comedy, and study specific theories and techniques (timing, exaggeration, honing a scene, specificity of gesture, etc.) to maximize the craft of being funny. In the second week of camp you’ll further develop your sketches and implement your newfound techniques into rehearsal of scripted scenes from comedic plays. The camp will culminate in a comedy showcase performance featuring scripted scenes and original sketches on the Gibson Theater Stage.


  • Q: How do I register?
    A: Click the camp or production's title and follow the 2-step registration process. You can give Mike, our Education Director, a call at 434.977.4177 ext. 100 for help with the online registration process.

  • Q: Do you offer financial aid or scholarships?
    A: YES! Click here to fill out the need-based financial aid application.

  • Q: Am I eligible for a discount?
    A: Possibly! We offer a sibling and multiple camp 10% discount on each camp when processing two or more enrollments in a single transaction. Use discount code: MULTIPLES when checking out. NOTE: Discounts cannot be combined.

  • Q: Do Friends of Live Arts get a discount?
    A: Yes! Friends of Live Arts receive a 10% discount on camps. Find out more about becoming a friend of Live Arts here. If you are already a Friend of Live Arts, use discount code: FRIENDS when checking out. NOTE: Discounts cannot be combined.

  • Q: My student has some specific needs (diet, physical limitations, medical conditions). Can you accommodate them?
    A: We’ll work with you to make it work, just give us a call.