Greg Dean has been teaching stand up comedy longer than anyone in the world.
Some thirty plus years ago, in the midst of a very successful career (Saturday Night Live, Ringling Bros Circus clown and ringmaster, Comedy Store paid regular, his own improve troupe with Andy Garcia), he got the urge to be a stand up comedy teacher and 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 stand up comedy.
Since then, the Greg Dean Comedy System has launched the careers of countless comedy greats, such as Whoopi Goldberg, Anthony Jeselnik, Sherri Sheppard, Sean Carrigan (Young and the Restless), 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 stand up comedy teacher’s teacher” – his techniques are used by nearly every other stand up comedy teacher in the field.
If you want to know more about my past, check out The Foot in the Door Podcast. It’s produced by several of my students who were interested in my past performing experience, so that ended up being the theme of this podcast. I tell stories about being in Ringling Bros circus, a street performer in San Francisco and Renaissance Fairs, as a paid regular at the Comedy Store where I performed with Robin Williams, Bill Hicks, San Kennison, Dice Clay, and the list goes on. My strangest job was as the opening act for the male strippers at Chippendales in the mid 80’s. And then how I transitioned from being a performer to teaching stand-up comedy ten years before anyone else had opened this sort of training. Enjoy. (Click on the Pic Below)