Can you really teach comedy to kids?
Yes! Children and teens respond well to improv and sketch comedy instruction because, well... it's fun! We teach students to master the basics that all of their favorite comedians use. Spontaneity, working together as a team, concentration, creativity, and confidence are encouraged. We work on many of the games showcased on the TV show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and study how to make these work effectively.
What if my child is shy or has never done anything like this?
That's great! Our classes are encouraging and our coaching style is very nurturing. Shy children often respond very well to the instruction and are able to use class as an outlet for their creativity. We work to build confidence in all of our students, especially those coming in at a beginner level.
Can I watch class?
We do not allow parents inside the main Studio during class. Unfortunately, it makes for a difficult distraction for the students. Teaching comedy and encouraging spontaneity gets tricky when there's an audience present. We ask that all parents use the front entrance, so as not to disrupt the classroom.
What do parents do during class?
Most parents drop off and return at the end of class. Parents are also welcome to relax in our lobby or visit one of our (walking distance) neighbors: The Studio City Library, Beeman Park, or Coffee Fix.
Will my child get to perform?
Yes! Well, probably.* Most of our classes feature a performance for family and friends at the end of each course. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to practice their performance skills and show off all they've learned in class. Pictures and video are welcome. (*Shortened class sessions culminate in a class project instead of a performance. Be sure to check with us at registration time if the performance aspect is important to you.)
Where exactly is Studio LOL located?
We are located at 12434 Moorpark St. in Studio City, just east of Whitsett, on the south side of the street. The parking lot is in the rear of the building.
What should I bring/wear to class?
Students should dress however they're comfortable. We are a No Shoes classroom, so socks are handy. (We have plenty of clean socks available for borrowing.) Studio LOL T-shirts (optional) are available for $15.
Can I bring my child to a student show to see if this is something they'd like?
Yep! Comedy shows at Studio LOL always star our hilarious students. Shows are open to the public and fun for the whole family. Adult tickets are $5 and kids are FREE. RSVP to studioLOLclasses@gmail.com.
Do you steer the students away from yucky/ inappropriate subject matter?
Absolutely. One of our rules at Studio LOL is to "Make Grandma Happy." This means that if you wouldn't say it while your grandma is in the audience, you may not say it in class. We encourage students to play to the top of their intelligence and to come up with ideas that require thought and creativity.
Is my child too young?
Our youngest class is designed for 4-6 year olds. Children even as young as 4 years old are able to learn the basics of comedy. We stress playfulness and creativity for this age group. The class is a wonderful enrichment source for preK-1st grade academic curriculum.
Can I come see the Studio?
Yes! We'd love to show you around and meet you and your child! An appointment is required.
Do you offer parties and/or field trips?
Yes and yes! Studio LOL offers one of the most uniques parties in town. A 2-hour birthday party or field trip includes instruction in fun and upbeat improv games, mealtime, and a performance for family and friends at pick-up time. Please inquire by email or phone for details.
How do payments work?
Monthly payments are due no later than the first class of each month. A late fee of $15/week will be applied to any payments made after 9pm on the payment due-date. Single class payments are not accepted, unless Studio LOL has approved the family for a low-income payment plan option. Monthly payments in the form of cash, check, or credit card are payable in person or by mail at 12434 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91604. Checks should be made payable to Studio LOL. You can also make a credit card payment by clicking here.
What is the attendance policy?
Regular attendance in class is expected and Studio LOL encourages parents to discuss the class commitment with their child before registering for class. Improv comedy is a "team sport" and all of our students rely on their teammates to attend class each week. In the event of an absence, parents must notify the school no later than 24 hours in advance in order to be eligible for a make-up class. Make-up classes must be redeemed within 30 days of the missed class, or else the make-up opportunity will be forfeited. Parents will be given a make-up class day/time option from our class schedule. Any absence that takes place without 24-hour written notice to Studio LOL will not be eligible for a make-up class and will not receive any class credit. Unfortunately, this includes absences related to sickness, homework, and any other last-minute issues. New students may begin at any time during the class session, as space permits. However, students that have missed more than 4 classes of the session may not be permitted to participate in the class performance.
What if nothing on your schedule is convenient for me?
We're happy to add a more convenient class or camp to our schedule at your request, so please let us know if you'd like to suggest a time or date for an addition to our calendar. We require a minimum of 8 students. If you'd like to gather up 8 funny kids and create your own class, woohoo! If you don't know that many funny kids, we'll simply place you on a waitlist and keep you posted once we have enough students to start.
Do you offer private coaching?
Yes! We offer private coaching for students who would like to: make-up a class, prepare sides for an audition, prepare a monologue, or work on their stand-up act. Please call for scheduling and pricing.
Are you hiring?
As Studio LOL continues to expand, we are always accepting excellent applications for teachers. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Katy at studioLOLclasses@gmail.com.
How do I sign up?
Click here: REGISTER NOW! Or email us at studioLOLclasses@gmail.com with your child’s name, age, and requested class/camp day.