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Overview

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.



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Upcoming Classes

PLEASE NOTE: Throughout 2018 and 2019, ASAP is conducting a Program Impact Evaluation (PIE) with Dr. Tom Ford of Western Carolina University and Dr. Janelle Junkin of unlock Ngenuity, LLC. ASAP is currently recruiting participants for its Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 classes. Fall 2018 Participants will complete a 25-minute survey before classes begin, a post-class survey two weeks after classes conclude, follow-up surveys again at three months and six months, and at least one interview or focus group. Participants waitlisted for 2019 will be asked to participate in a pre- and post-survey in Fall 2018. Completion of each survey automatically enters participants into a drawing for a gift card. Participation in the PIE is voluntary, and your willingness to participate will not affect your admission into the program. If you have any questions about the PIE, please feel free to contact ASAP staff at hello@asapasap.org.


Participation in the PIE is voluntary, and your willingness to participate will not affect your admission into the program. If you have any questions about the PIE, please feel free to contact ASAP staff at hello@asapasap.org.

Hampton Roads

  • When: Saturdays, September 8th - October 20th (excluding Oct. 6th), 1PM - 4PM; grad show scheduled for October 27th at 7PM
  • Where: The Sandler Center, 201 Market St, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
  • Application Deadline: Saturday, August 4th, 2018

Washington, D.C.

  • When: Sundays, September 30th - November 4th, 2:30PM - 5:30PM; grad show scheduled for November 13th at 7:30PM
  • Where: The DC Improv Comedy Club, 
    1140 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
  • Application Deadline: Sunday, August 5th, 2018

 

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