Philadelphia Comedy Academy
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Address: 2031 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Cross street: S 21st St)
Neighborhood: Center City West
Specifics: Comedy Club
Phone: 215-496-9001
Website: www.philadelphiacomedyacademy....
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Posted by:  Allison Lowrey

Why did the chicken cross the road? Certainly not to attend the Philadelphia Comedy Academy. Let's face it: If you've got the urge to get onstage and perform stand up comedy, you're anything but a chicken. Most people cringe at the thought of public speaking, but if you've got big cajones, a big ego, or a big funny bone, the Philadelphia Comedy Academy is looking for you! Brad Trackman, who has toured nationally, teaches the classes, which involve three group sessions, a private consultation, and a graduation performance. Helium Comedy Club hosts all three classes and graduation ceremony, where each student puts on a five-minute act for a live audience. Whether you're wet behind the ears and shaking like a nervous Chihuahua when you set foot on stage or a semi-pro, the Philadelphia Comedy Academy will help you refine the art of joke-telling. The performance I attended featured a range of comics from a doe-eyed kid who was still in high school to a smooth operator who has toured clubs in New York City. If you're too scared to get on stage, at least go check out one of the graduation performance--just don't heckle!

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Submitted on: 12/18/2010 2:34 AM
By: kevin denahue
Comment: DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS "SCHOOL". This was a total waste of time. The instructor is a hack. Why spend $400 on a class when you can buy a book for $20. Ever seen Brad Trackman's stand-up? Not many have, but if you take the time to look it up, he's generic garbage.