Comedy Bootcamp is the first-ever stand up comedy class for veterans, service members, and military family members. Led by professional comics, the seven-week course develops the comedy writing and performing skills of participants through hands-on instruction and group feedback. Comedy Bootcamp culminates with a graduation show at a local comedy club, with each participant delivering a five minute set to a public audience. Upon graduating from the course, alumni have the opportunity to continue to practice and perform through our Veteran Open Mics, partner performances, workshops, and Alumni Mentor Program. To learn more about Comedy Bootcamp, and see some of our graduates' sets, check out our YouTube playlist below.


Upcoming Classes

Please note that we are implementing an ongoing Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) system throughout 2019. In order to participate in the Comedy Bootcamp, all participants must complete a brief pre- and post-class assessment that measures the effects of ASAP's programming on skill-development and well-being. Your participation in our internal monitoring efforts will help us continuously learn from and improve our programs. If you have any questions about our M&E system, please do not hesitate to contact us at hello@asapasap.org.


The Armed Services Arts Partnership offers this course three times a year in both the Hampton Roads, Virginia and DC locations. Typically classes start during these months for each session.

2019 Spring Session
Starting in March

2019 Summer Session
Starting in July

2019 Fall Session
Starting in September


Hampton Roads (Norfolk, VA)
2019 Fall


  • When: Saturdays from September 14th - October 19th, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Where: Push Comedy Theater (Training Center), 2710-A Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23517

  • Graduation Show: Wednesday, October 30th at 7:00 PM

  • Application Deadline: Application deadline for our fall 2019 program season has now closed.

Washington, D.C.
2019 summer


  • When: Sundays from September 29th – November 3rd, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

  • Where: The DC Improv Comedy Club,
    1140 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

  • Graduation Show: Tuesday, November 12th at 7:30 PM

  • Application Deadline: Application deadline for our fall 2019 program season has now closed.


We are honored to receive programmatic support for Comedy Bootcamp from the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, Bob Woodruff Foundation, PenFed Foundation, and Sandler Center Foundation.