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Intensive Details

Class Dates: Fri 9/30 - Sat 10/1 (2 classes total)
Class Times: Please see "Special Notes" section below for details!
Location: RISE Comedy, 1260 22nd St, Denver, CO 80205
Instructor(s): Chad Damiani
Price: $200/person
Special Notes:
  • This intensive runs Fri 9/30 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM and Sat 10/1 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.
  • This is an in-person event! Please read carefully for details and event location. Please click HERE to read more about our in-person event guidelines and requirements.
  • Students will receive an email with class details and links 12-24 hours before the class. If you do not see this email, please check your spam folder as well!
  • Minimum class size is 8 students.

Chad Damiani’s Clown Intensive

What does it mean to be a modern clown? The art form has experienced a huge resurgence the last few years – as shows seek to take bigger risks, explore their most fun ideas and create deeper connections with the audience. The work is an exercise in contradiction. The clown is a harbinger of mischief, defiance and danger; while also a purveyor of joy, kindness and connection. Clowns present their dumbest ideas, while connecting to audiences in a deeply profound way.

This two-day intensive explores the basic principles and psychology of clown work. There are no red noses, costumes or props. Students will participate in exercises that will help them be less verbal and more physical, commit to their most joyful impulses, embrace failure and play with the audience, instead of for them. For students at all levels – from experienced performers, looking to sharpen their fundamentals, to newcomers interested in being more playful and free.

Chad Damiani is a pioneer of LA’s modern clown scene. His journey began over 25 years ago as an announcer for World Championship Wrestling – where he learned from the greatest physical storytellers in the world. He has studied with some of clown and improv’s best instructors, was a founding member of The Murge (an ensemble directed by former Cirque Du Soleil frontman John Gilkey) and has performed over 600 shows with his comedy duo Jetzo, bringing clown work to traditional improv venues. Those collaborations have led to a number of clown-inspired TV projects, an appearance on America’s Got Talent and regular work with the Vegas-based circus powerhouse Spiegelworld. He runs and performs in Clown Zoo – a theatrical mask show that draws big crowds for both family-friendly outdoor shows and a racy late night slot at The Elysian Theater. He’s also the host of Stand Up and Clown at the Elysian – where he ruthlessly directs well-known stand-ups through a grueling gauntlet of clown. 2. Intensive Showcase