Greg Dean has been teaching comedy longer than anyone in the world. Some thirty years ago, in the midst of a very successful career (Saturday Night Live, circus clown and ringmaster, Comedy Store paid regular, his own improve troupe), he got the urge to teach others how to succeed in stand-up.
But there was one minor problem: Greg discovered that comedy had no basic technique. So he began to identify the principles, techniques, and skills used by comedy writers and funny people, out of which he created a comprehensive system for teaching comedy.
Since then, the Greg Dean Comedy System has launched the careers of countless comedy greats, as well as helping “normal people” find their “inner funny” and learn how better to express their sense of humor.
Not only has Greg been recognized as “Best Comedy Teacher” by his peers, but he’s also known as “the comedy teacher’s teacher” – his techniques are used by nearly every other comedy teacher in the field.
In addition to teaching his System to hundreds of students, he has published books, articles and DVDs on the subject, as well as a work-in-progress online Interactive Joke Writing Course.
Greg lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Gayla Johnson, a successful comedian and actor in her own right. When her schedule permits, she conducts special events for budding and established comics in the “Comedy Garage” – which is literally a garage, the one behind Greg and Gayla’s home.