Stand Up & Learn™ is the Nantucket Comedy Festival's 501(c)(3) nonprofit comedy education program. It empowers youth ages 8-18 to build self-confidence through learning to write and perform original stand-up comedy. This art form provides a wealth of skills that can be applied to the real world, including storytelling, creative writing, interpersonal communication and public speaking.
On Nantucket, Stand Up & Learn™ is presented as a three-day workshop by Kevin Flynn, a professional comedian and Executive Director of the Nantucket Comedy Festival. Since the 2007 inception of Stand Up & Learn™, the program has been offered year-round and has reached over 400 island children. Stand Up & Learn™ consists of a series of lessons that teach students the stand-up comedy writing process by "finding the funny" in their own life stories. Each student begins by choosing a humorous moment from his or her life, and then shaping it into an entertaining vignette, dotted with jokes and well-timed punch lines. With help from their expert instructors, the kids fine-tune and practice their stories. After going through the program, students get the chance to perform their original comedy material in front of a live audience at the Nantucket Comedy Festival, and throughout the year at the Dreamland Theater.
With your help, Stand Up & Learn™ has grown leaps and bounds, and we draw ever closer to our goal of developing a formal curriculum to a national audience. Over the past two years, the Nantucket Comedy Festival has worked with numerous curriculum specialists to help hone and enrich Stand Up & Learn's™ lessons and program. These educators are formalizing the great work that has already been done, and crafting a program that can be taught by many more teachers. With the help of Mindrocket Productions, our goal is to market this program to teachers and educators around the country.
Every child deserves the chance to build self-confidence and become acquainted with his or her unique abilities. Stand Up & Learn's™ dynamic road to such achievements has proven successful year after year. Proceeds from the Nantucket Comedy Festival mark a great starting point for holding year-round Stand Up & Learn™ workshops, but there remains a greater need for support. Thank you for being an important part of the kids' journeys!