As a critically acclaimed hotbed of emerging talent, The Lincoln Lodge is uniquely placed to offer a variety of training services. We can help whether you’re an individual looking to learn the fundamentals of stand-up comedy or you’re a person or organization seeking to create more effective communication through investment in the skills of comedy performance.

The Lincoln Lodge has created The Stand-Up Seminary a beginners foundation course that strives to give prospective performers the confidence and skills they need to begin a career in standup comedy or just have some fun trying a new experience! 

The class requires no previous stand up comedy or writing experience and culminates with a live performance of the material developed in class.

The course is founded on the comedy principles of the critically acclaimed Lincoln Lodge, a national leader in 
cultivating and developing new comedy talent. 

The six weekly 2 hour sessions of this course will focus on:
Joke structure.
Development of material.
Finding an attitude and persona.
Connecting with an audience.
Creating a cohesive set.

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The Lincoln Lodge and Stand Up Seminary are part of Tight Five Productions, a Chicago-based not for profit organization dedicated to the nurturing and development of new comedy talent.

Since the turn of the century The Lincoln Lodge, the nation’s longest running independent comedy showcase, has been producing live comedy events under the umbrella organization of Tight Five Productions (NFP).The Lincoln Lodge continues to work diligently on it’s core mission of collaborating with performers and the local community to create the perfect showcase for Chicago’s finest emerging stand-up comedians and comedic performers. We do this by providing a framework of resources for performers to create quality, affordable live entertainment.

Now in its nineteenth season, "The Lincoln Lodge" stand-up comedy and variety showcase plays every Friday at Chicago's renowned nightlife hub The Subterranean.  In addition to The Lodge's rotating cast of emcees, a fresh line-up of stand-up comedians and a variety/music act is featured each week. The show's mission is to showcase Chicago's finest up-and-coming and touring comedians.

This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

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