STANDUP 101: Stand Up Writing Workshop

DSI teaches the art of standup comedy. Learn how to use your persona, build on a premise, develop a joke and generate punch lines until you find ones that really hit. Learn how to spin true stories and rock a routine that both engages and entertains your audience. How can you get the most mileage out of You?

No comedy or theater experience necessary.

Free show admission while enrolled.

Class runs for 2 hours each week with optional office hours after class as available.


  • Wednesday, May 3rd @ 7PM
  • Wednesday, May 10th @ 7PM
  • Wednesday, May 17th @ 7PM
  • Wednesday, May 24th @ 7PM
  • Wednesday, May 31st @ 7PM
  • Wednesday, June 7th @ 7PM

Showcase Show: Tuesday, June 13th @ 7PM

Instructor: Zach Ward

Instructor Bio:

Chapel Hill native and proud Carolina graduate, Zach Ward has been performing and directing comedy for over 20 years.

Zach owns DSI where he serves as Executive Producer. He serves as Executive Producer and Artistic Director for the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. In the world of comedy, Zach has been employed by ImprovBoston (Managing Director), the Chicago Improv Festival (Associate Producer), Toronto Improv Festival (Producer), Richmond Improv Festival (Producer) and ComedySportz Chicago.

Zach has received critical acclaim from the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Tribune for his performance with DUAL EXHAUST (Critic's Choice, INDY PICK, Top 10 "Most Influential Comedy Duos of the Past Decade") and THE BEATBOX (Critic's Choice, Best Bet, "Top 5 Latenight Shows in Chicago"). Zach can currently be seen performing with MISTER DIPLOMAT and on the road at theaters around the country.

Zach has studied the art of improvisation with Todd Stashwick (Burn Mahattan), Mick Napier and Susan Messing (Annoyance), Bob Dassie, Craig Cackowski and TJ Jagodowski (ImprovOlympic), Matt Besser (Upright Citizens Brigade), Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live), Michael Gelman (Second City), and with every student he teaches.

Tuition: $225/ $200 with Early Bird Discount

Questions? Visit our Class FAQ's or email