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Chicago-Style Comedy



Direct from Chicago—study improvisational and sketch comedy with teaching and performing masters trained at Second City, Chicago’s world-renowned comedy club, theater and school of improvisation.

  • Learn long- and short-form improvisational processes.
  • Train with comedy professionals to develop and perform comedy sketches.
  • Participate in daily physical workouts to help you engage with comedy as a theatrical art.
  • Learn ensemble techniques and the art of collaboration.​
  • Show off your talents in a public presentation of your work.

Check out a ridiculous video about this course HERE.​



Undergraduate: DRAMA 425, 3 units
Graduate/post-baccalaureate: DRAMA 625, 3 units




This course is designed for anyone who has an interest in learning about the delicate art of comedy. You do not have to have a background in theatre to participate; however, if you want to learn how you can use improvisation to enhance your work as an actor, this is the class for you.


  • Prepare a letter of interest describing what it is about this class that makes you want to participate. Include a YouTube link with short video introduction of yourself.
  • Submit/upload the materials listed in step one when you apply online by June 7​, 2021​.


John Mayer
(209) 617-5081

Guest Artists

David Razowsky

Dave Razowsky –

In his years performing at Second City with the likes of Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Amy Sedaris, Dave Razowsky has developed a simple approach to improvising: Your present awareness is the only thing you need to create compelling, smart, truthful and surprising scenes. Period. No games, no preconceived premises, no ideas, no ego. All that matters is now. The actor’s level of improvisation experience doesn’t matter; all you'll need to bring is yourself. All you’ll leave with is your joy and excitement and confidence. After all, what more do you need?

Amy Seeley

Amy Seeley -

Amy Seeley spent 10 years teaching and directing comedy and improvisation as a senior faculty member of the Second City training centers in both Chicago and Los Angeles. She studied with master teachers Del Close, Martin de Maat and Mick Napier at theatres including iO, Players Workshop and the Second City. Seeley was a founding member of the Factory Theater in Chicago, where she wrote and directed her one-woman show “Amy Seeley and the Moline Madman.” She sold a pilot to MTV, has several published comedic plays and has directed and/or served as head writer on dozens of sketch and improv shows, plays and musicals.

Mike Ross

Mike Ross -

Mike Ross spent 10 years teaching and directing comedy writing and improvisation as a senior faculty member at The Second City Training Center in Los Angeles. Along with his wife, Amy Seeley, he also studied with Del Close, Martin de Maat and Mick Napier. He has written three optioned screenplays and has directed and/or served as head writer on dozens of sketch shows, long form improv shows, plays, musicals, improvised short films and solo performances. He wrote lyrics and starred as Luke Skywalker in iO Chicago’s hit musical parody “Jed! A Musical Tour de Force.”

Jaime Moyer

Jaime Moyer​

Jaime Moyer is an alum of The Second City-Detroit, and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. Jaime is the former artistic director of Planet Ant Theater in Hamtramck, Michigan. She has been teaching acting and improvisation courses and workshops since 2002. Along with consistently teaching at The Second City in Los Angeles, Jaime has also taught all over the United States including workshops at Washington Improv Theater, Dallas Comedy House, Unscrewed Theater, The Siren, Planet Ant, Improv Utopia Camp, and others. She's taught abroad at Angels Comedy in London, England, Improv Utopia in Ireland, and twice at Improv Comedy Copenhagen. Jaime has hosted workshops for clients ranging from tech companies to a small group of librarians. She can be seen performing monthly at The Second City-Hollywood and Westside Comedy, as well as guesting on many other shows in Los Angeles. Jaime recently recurred as Mrs. Pasternak on Modern Family, as well as guest starring roles on Bob's Burgers, A.P. Bio, and Will & Grace.

Dana Martin

Dana Martin

Dana Martin is a theatre artist and educator who serves as a mentor through Stage Raw’s Equity and Inclusion Initiative for Young Journalists Program in partnership with Z. Clark Branson and Wallis Center for the Performing Arts. Martin is currently the head of movement at the Art of Acting Studio, Los Angeles and has worked with Stella Adler Studio’s Outreach program teaching acting in jails and prisons in New York City and Los Angeles County. She is a regular contributor for Stage Raw, L.A.’s online Theatre Journal and a member of the L.A. Drama Critics Circle.

Evelyn Carol Case

Evelyn Carol Case

Evelyn Carol Case has been associated with CSU Summer Arts since 2003 as both a student and Guest Artist. Case holds BFA and MFA degrees in acting, has numerous certifications in yoga, Fitzmaurice Voicework, Alba Emoting Technique, and meditation practices. She has performed extensively throughout the United States as a member of the Actors' Equity Association and is a member of The Prague Shakespeare Company. Case joined the CSU Fullerton faculty in 1993 as an acting teacher and voice/movement specialist. Her passions include teaching Kundalini Yoga, playing the gong, acting, travelling the wide world with her husband, Jim Volz and coming home to Summer Arts every chance she gets.

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