"Everyone should be able to do one card trick, tell two jokes, and recite three poems, in case they are ever trapped in an elevator."

—Lemony Snicket

This summer, Esther's Follies launches into a fifth season of the Esther's Follies School of Comedy. Starting in June, Austin's longest-running comedy revue will be offering special summer camp sessions to kids 8-16. These week-long intensives, taught by the talented cast of Esther's, will teach kids and teens the art of tomfoolery. Students will learn how to sing, dance, the fundamentals of sketch comedy and improv. The end of each camp session will culminate in a student performance in the iconic Esther's Follies Theater. Class space is limited, so sign up today!

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Funny 101

Ages 8-12
June 18 @ 9:00 am - 
June 22 @ 5:00 pm

Funny 102

Ages 12-16
July 9 @ 9:00 am - 
July 13 @ 5:00 pm

Funny 103

Ages 8-12
July 23 @ 9:00 am - 
July 27 @ 5:00 pm

Funny 104

Ages 8-12
August 6 @ 9:00 am - 
August 10 @ 5:00 pm

ALL CAMP SESSIONS WILL INCLUDE A FULL DAY OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES THAT INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

Sketch
Comedy sketches are the backbone of shows like Esther’s Follies and Saturday night live. Students will be assigned parts, and work on memorizing, blocking and performing short comedy sketches written by the Esther’s staff.

Improv
Improvisation is the art of performing without a script. Led by veteran improvisors, students will learn the skills to create a comedy sketch from the ground up, in real time. No script, no net! No guts, no glory.

Standup
Students will hone their standup skills by performing established material and writing their own jokes. They will be instructed on timing, delivery, and how to listen to their audience. Standup is the golf of comedy- it’s just you and the ball- at Esther’s, we’ll help the students shoot for birdies. Or at least par.

Breaking the window
One of the most iconic features of Esther’s Follies is our upstage window, which helps us incorporate sixth street into the show. In ‘Breaking the window,’ students will learn prop work, mime, and the art of telling a story without words.

Students are responsible for bringing lunch and snack from home.