Parallel Exit Comedy Academy April 1-11 (NY)

Parallel Exit

Mark Lonergan and Joel Jeske of the Physical Theatre company Parallel Exit  are teaching a Comedy Academy.

Open to all levels, the classes (8 in number) will give students practical knowledge and technique that will make them funnier as they develop and perfect their own performance, material, character, and style.Classes are mix and match (you can go to all 8, or take 1 out of order)  Attendance is open to all levels. 

WHEN:  April 1, 2, 3*, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11   7-10pm
LOCATION:  520 8th Avenue (btwn. 36th and 37th St.) 3rd floor (*April 3: Location to be announced.)

COST: 1 class            $75
4 class FlexPass            $250
8 class FlexPass            $500
More info at the Parallel Exit Website:


Joel Jeske

Joel Jeske is a physical comedian, director, teacher, and creator of his own theater shows.  He has appeared in major feature films including Two for the Money with Al Pacino and Two Weeks Notice with Sandra Bullock.  On television,  Joel was featured in Sex in the City, The Late Show with David Letterman, Live with Regis and Kelly, and with partner Barry Lubin in Italy’s Circo Massimo. Internationally, Joel starred with Peter Shub at the Apollo Variete in Dusseldorf, Germany and was the headlining show at Festival Der Traume in Innsbruck, Austria, the COS Festival in Reus, Spain, and the AEMI International Clown Festival in Shanghai and Hangzhou, China.  Joel is a creator and performer for the physical theatre company Parallel Exit.  He created and starred in Parallel Exit’s Off-Broadway hits THIS WAY THAT WAY, CUT TO THE CHASE, and ROOM 17B.  Joel was nominated for a Drama Desk award in 2008 and 2010 for creating the Off-Broadway hits CUT TO THE CHASE andROOM 17B.  As a clown, Joel toured and created clown acts for Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus, Cirque Du Soleil, hosted The Big Apple Circus 2006-07 production of STEP RIGHT UP!, and tours with fellow clown Chris Lueck as the slapstick duo The HeyYa Brothers.  Joel teaches circus and clown with Parallel Exit, The Big Apple Circus, and Cirque Du Jour both internationally and at home in New York.  Joel was honored as Clown of the Year 2007 won the Audience Choice Award for best clown act in 2009.  Visit his website here.


Mark LonerganMark Lonergan  is a New York-based director/creator, and the Artistic Director of Parallel Exit, a two-time Drama Desk Award nominee for Unique Theatrical Experience. With Parallel Exit, he has created eight original works of physical theatre and received several grants and awards. Mark’s work has been seen in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, at festivals such as the Festival of Dreams in Austria, the COS Festival in Spain, the We Love Dance Festival in Japan, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the United States, and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland (Awarded: Spirit of the Fringe). In New York City, he has presented work at The New Victory Theater, Lincoln Center, 59E59 Theaters, the Duke on 42nd Street, Symphony Space, and the Guggenheim Museum. Mark also works as a freelance director of productions in the United States and Canada.


Here’s their video trailer for the class:

Parallel Exit’s COMEDY ACADEMY from Parallel Exit on Vimeo.

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