We are so excited to share our current Spring youth Comedy Playground Combo class culmination! See our amazing CP Comics & Friends in “Comedy Blossoms!” May 20th at The Improv in Hollywood! Amazing Teen & Pre-teen talent! Pre-sales tickets available at: http://hollywood.improv.com Tickets $13/2 item in show room. Promo code: CPP gets you $3.00 off door entrance ticket. Featuring: Drew Bernstein, Autumn McGill, Benjamin Plessala, Amelia McGill, Riley St. John, Sean Laguna, Grady Merritt, with CP Grad guests: John LevisFitzgerald, Dash Williams and Walker Satterwhite!
In a hurry? Feel like there are never enough moments in the day? Here are some humor tips and more on how to chillax, laugh, and how conquer the wrath of the honking dragons.
Written by Comedy Playground Founder, Susanna Spies. Enjoy, and feel free to pass along! Susanna is a monthly mentor contributing writer for The Teen Mentor with humor tips, tools, how to’s and more!
What an amazing show we had, and thank you to all that came to the packed house!
Stay tuned for more funnies coming up and HUGE congrats to our comics;
Wyatt McClure, Walker Satterwhite, John LevisFitzgerald, Adrian Alvarez, Dylan Owens, Allison Nordahl, Dhruva Nair and William Banner!
Check out the December issue written by our Founder Susanna Spies, who is a Monthly Mentor and Writer for The Teen Mentor!
See some of our incredible performers talk about comedy, fun, funnies, and more!
Special thanks to: Walker, Drew, Hannah, and all our CP dynamos as well as the incredible Darrin Bush for his videography and editing mastermind!
Be sure to check out the monthly articles with tips, how to’s and more from Comedy Playground’s Susanna Spies! Below is the article that encompasses 5 steps on finding humor and shifting your perspective.
More info can be found at:
SPRING INTO LAUGHTER! CURRENTLY ENROLLING TEENS/PRE-TEENS – SAVE YOUR SPOT!
Comedy Playground Classes – NEW LOCATION!
We are thrilled to announce our new location for our Spring term at the BEAUTIFUL ANC ENTERTAINMENT CAMPUS: 611 South Glenwood Place, Burbank CA 91506. Close to shops, theaters, tons of restaurants, Disney, Warner Brothers and more! Please see links below as we embark on our new journey in the ANC Lab Space!
To register for CP Combo Term, Please Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to see the new article within the Monthly Mentor segment of The Teen Mentor!
Published today: “Rising Up with HA’s!” is the featured article talking about the new year, and how to bring in some funnies in places you’d least suspect by Comedy Playground’s, Susanna Spies!
Rising up with HA’s – Published today, Jan 2017
Check it out! Founder, Susanna Spies is super honored to be part of a Monthly Mentor series within The Teen Mentor http://www.theteenmentor.com providing amazing opportunities, thoughts, and experiences for teens. Alongside a list of amazing authors, speakers, teachers, facilitators and artists, Spies will provide a monthly published article of personal anecdotes and how to’s tools for teens to provide their voices within the healing world of humor. The genre of The Teen Mentor is to provide personal stories, tips, and thoughts within: “Important Stuff you Don’t Learn in School.”
You can see more about the monthly series here as well as the first Publication listed “Where’s the HA?” The next publication will be released on Friday, January 13, 2017 “Rising Up with HA’s!”
Where is the HA? Article Link here:
We had such a blast with the amazing Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart and the seniors at Hollenbeck for Have a Hart Day! Check out the video now up!
Happy New Year! Our Winter Combo Session is underway! We will look forward in celebrating our amazing Comedians and YOU on Sunday, Feb 19th 4pm at The World Famous Hollywood Improv! This will be an afternoon of NON STOP funnies featuring our CP current class comedians performing Improvisation, Stand up, and will also welcome CP Grads for Special Guest Spots!
The show will be at The Improv, Sunday February 19th 4pm at The Improv: 8162 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.
You don’t wanna miss some of the best young comics out there! Perfect for a family outing of fun.. so come check it out, and Why sit… when you can STAND UP!”
Comedy Playground Founder & President Susanna Spies was honored to be a presenter at the World Muse Conference in Bend, Oregon! Amongst some of the most amazing innovators, leaders, educators, and executives who shared, inspired, and united together towards positive change! http://musemagazine.org/?p=2815
Join us for a super fun-filled 8 weeks this Fall! Before we know it, summer will dash by,and what a better way to start off the school year, than to continue with the fun and laughs!
FALL SESSION: Improvisation AND Stand Up WITH ending show at The world famous Hollywood Improv! Dates: Sundays classes: 10am-1pm at Working Stage Theater: September 11 – October 30, 2016! Register now to save your spot by emailing: email@example.com!
We are very excited to announce The Humor Activist (HA!) a Division of Comedy Playground, providing corporate connectivity, speech writing, public speaking, and team building programs. So, whether you are shy and dreading how to give that wedding toast, present at your company’s annual retreat, or clink your glass to honor a recent graduate, HA! programs can help you find a way to deliver, find the funny, and have FUN in the process! Turn the fear into FUN, and receive “Free Humor Tips” by signing up through our website!
New to a company and not sure how to fit in with your co-workers? Uncomfortable sitting at the company lunchroom table next to someone you don’t know? Tired of filling in the awkward silence talking about the teriyaki chicken, weather, or memo about casual Fridays? Unsure how to respond to someone continually pronouncing your name incorrectly? If you see yourself saying yes.. then HA! Team Building programs provide tools on how to “Free the Laughs” find ways to connect, and build bridges through humor. Based on a 13 year original curriculum, HA! programs are really beneficial to just about anyone. As I always say, humor is the glue. Laughter is ageless. The outcomes are infinite. Learn the HOW TO THE HA! See our program offerings, speaking engagements, publication info and more! Please take a moment and visit http://www.thehumoractivist.com to learn more!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Comedy Playground Receives 2015 Los Angeles Award
Los Angeles Award Program Honors the Achievement
LOS ANGELES March 11, 2015 — Comedy Playground has been selected for the 2015 Los Angeles Award in the Innovative Education / Comedy Programs category by the Los Angeles Award Program.
Each year, the Los Angeles Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Los Angeles area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Los Angeles Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Los Angeles Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Los Angeles Award Program
The Los Angeles Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Los Angeles area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Los Angeles Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Award Program
Here are some more words from students themselves who have learned stand up with Instructor/Owner of Comedy Playground: Susanna Spies
“I had always had an interest in doing Stand-Up. But it wasn’t until I met Susanna that I got the confidence and the skills to get up on stage and make a room full of people laugh out loud.” Nolan P
“I wanted to tell you that the experience I’ve had with the class has been better than outstanding if that is even a term. I have learned the technique on how to come up with my material, and how to structure it, but it also I found how valuablemy voice and opinions is. When at the beginning you told us to write what we wanted to achieved in the class was, I did and it was all thanks to the directions and coaching you gave me.” Pablo C
I have had such a great time being in this class! I am so ADD and when I knew it was 3 hours long I was like “here we go”.. But I do nothing except be on my toes and get butterflies… Which is something I haven’t felt since I did musicals in High School.. It’s a feeling that I love! The time ended up always escaping me/us afterwards and I wished I had more. You make the transition so nice and smooth and your support and confidence when we are trying things/bits is very accepting. You’re hilarious, I’ve loved learning and working with you, I would SOOO love to work with you again. Let me know of ANY opportunity where that’s possible.”Chase F.
” Susanna, I first and foremost want to thank you for having me as a student and a member of your standup workshop this time around. I have learned many things about myself and the art of standup throughout this process. I’m walking away with is just how important trusting myself and the work I put in to something is. As I battled with what I thought were nerves and this doubt of not being funny enough, I was coached by you to trust the process and the solid work we explored in class. You as a teacher really gave me all the tools I needed, but stepped back and allowed me to learn how to trust myself. I know feel confident about all the work I have done and really see an arch from where I started, to where I am now. This workshop has been an important learning lesson for me as an actor, and as a person still trying to figure out who I am. It’s amazing to think of what positive things have grown out of a comedy class, that only met once a week for a few hours. I recommend your class to anyone with a passion for creativity and maybe just need a little faith in themselves, like me! Thanks again for everything.” Trina T.
Over the summer, I was honored to go to the incredible International Camp: Seeds of Peace, in Otisfield Maine. There, nestled in the deep beautiful pines and amidst crystal blue waters, blanketed by delicious Maine air, were over 100 brave, strong, vibrant students from: Afghanistan, Israel, Egypt, Palestine, India, Pakistan, Jordan, UK, US and more. Upon my experience, it became clearer and clearer to me the mantra I have felt as a comedian and teacher for over 15 years, that laughter is universal.
It is the one common denominator we all share. It ignites, builds, provides and bridges humanity. I will never forget my experience there, from seeing faces with ambivalence, to radiant smiles, and witnessing friendships built, dropping all biases, forgetting all conflict, and being human as one. I am honored to have shared this time at Seeds of Peace. It was an experience I will never forget, and know now that nutella is one universal treat all love. So, to all my Seeds campers, to the staff at Seeds, and to all my fellow friends of Comedy Playground and more: go laugh, be, share, talk, and remember the bridge to positive outcomes, starts with the laughter in your hearts. We all have a voice. And I’m grateful to have heard yours.
Today, I received this quote from Leslie Lewin, the Executive Director of Seeds of Peace. And today, my heart laughs in gratitude and joy.
“It was an honor to be able to bring Susanna and her work to Seeds of Peace International Camp this past summer. She ran brilliant workshops for our campers–who represent opposing sides of conflict–and used the power of laughter to build bridges of understanding. She enabled our campers to find space outside of intense, daily dialogue to explore common ground through humor. She helped them discover basic aspects of humanity through their own funny stories. With Susanna, campers found their voice; she leads workshops brilliantly and makes sure all feel included. Our program emphasizes empowerment, and Susanna was able to maximize this in each of her workshops. She gave our campers a gift and we very much hope to be able to work with her again!”
Many of you have asked how the trip has been going, and there are so few words to even know how to find to describe this incredibly profound experience at Seeds of Peace! I had the honor of teaching comedy programs for youth from: Afghanistan, Palestine, Pakistan, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, UK, and the US. Truly out of this world (no pun intended), and one of the most incredible experience in my years as a comedian, program facilitator and educator, and as a human being on this earth. I will add updates to share, but for now including a note below I sent to my family the first day describing some of the class experiences the first day:
“I am here. I am speechless. My face hurts from smiling and my heart beyond full. Attached are some photos from today. I’m on a break between classes but will add some of the experiences from today in working with the Peer Support Leaders from Egypt, Turkey, Palestine, US, Afghanistan, Israel and India.”
“The session started with a microphone I brought over that was given to me by the Improv years ago. I passed it around asking each to make a wish, demonstrating symbolism and unity as we each share our voice ,also sharing it’s history of where it came from. I passed around that mic and asked each to make a wish quietly to themselves. Each could not grab it fast enough. It was an offering, accepted. Each sharing, give and take and a foreshadowing to the upcoming hour and a half ahead. One of the Development Directors was smiling ear to ear while watching.”
Some quotes that stuck out:
Quote one: Student from Afghanistan: “I wish we could have a National Donkey Day – to give them a break, they don’t ever get a break and they need one too!” Roars of applause and laughter prevailed. High fives around the circle.
Quote two: Student from Palestine: “I think there are great good things to be the oldest, I am the middle and I love it, and that too is great, it is not the oldest, but the middle and both I love, both are great!” Ran onto stage to share, high fives around the circle.
Quote of the day given during line up – an all group gathering before each meal.”Love is like a fart, if you push hard enough, it’s poop.” 185 campers hysterically laughing.
I was able to teach approximately 70 students through the one universal language I have always said can transcend, the language of humor, and together we worked to help build that bridge toward unity. I learned tons from this experience.. and will forever be so honored to have been with such an INCREDIBLY courageous group of leaders for our many tomorrow’s toward peace.
More to add tomorrow… stay tuned. Goodnight.
Hugs and Ha’s, Susanna
Comedy Playground President and Founder Susanna Spies, will be going to Seeds of Peace to provide programs for international campers. Programs will be provided with the mission to bridge relationships, build communication, and find a means to embrace through the one UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE known by all: laughter.
Peace and love to all. May peace prevail!
More to come.
Comedy Playground is currently enrolling for WINTER COMEDY COMBO sessions! Limited spots!!
WINTER Dates: October 26 – December 7th! Ending show at the world famous Hollywood Improv! This combo class incorporates BOTH Improv AND Stand up, all culminating into a live show to share with friends, family on the wold famous stage! Class location: Working Stage Theater: 1516 N. Gardner West Hollywood (just north of Sunset Blvd), Sundays 10am-1pm, and 2pm-5pm. Limited spots, register now! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Promotional Discount if you register by September 15th!
2015 SESSIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED! Jan/Feb, April/May ding show at the world famous Hollywood Improv! This combo class incorporates BOTH Improv AND Stand up, all culminating into a live show to share with friends, family on the wold famous stage! Class location: Working Stage Theater: 1516 N. Gardner West Hollywood (just north of Sunset Blvd), Sundays 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. Limited spots, register now! Email: email@example.com
Ever dream of sharing the stage with one of your favorite comedians? Have you seen a live show where you have wondered what it must feel like to be on a stage and doing stand up? Well, here’s your chance! Comedy Playground has had the pleasure having several name comics guest appear on shows, come to classes for comedy talk, and support our amazing teen comedy program.
We are super excited to have our dear friend Angela Hoover from NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and Betsy Salkind (Showtime, and Leno) to join us in a special guest appearance to our “Comedy Extravaganza” show today, at the Improv at 4:30pm. You won’t wanna miss!
Come and learn stand up comedy and improvisation in our Combo class and start the new year laughing! This 6 week class will meet on Sundays from 11am-2pm, and will culminate into a live performance at the Hollywood Improv on June 1st at 5pm!
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about how to register, location class location, and all final details!