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

Hampton Roads

  • Instructors: Fred McKinnon (Army) & Melissa Duke (USAF)
  • When: Saturdays, March 10th - April 21st, 1PM - 4PM; grad show scheduled for April 28th at 7PM
  • Where: The Sandler Center, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Application Deadline: Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Washington, D.C.

  • Instructors: Kristin Pettersen (USMC) & Michael Garvey (USMC)
  • When: Sundays, March 11th - April 22nd, 3PM - 6PM; grad show scheduled for April 25th at 7:30PM
  • Where: The DC Improv Comedy Club, Washington, DC
  • Application Deadline: Sunday, February 11th, 2018

In 2018, we are honored to receive programmatic support for Comedy Bootcamp from the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation.