Comedy Teacher Greg Dean

stand up comedy teacher

Greg Dean has been teaching stand up comedy longer than anyone in the world.

Some forty 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 improv 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, as well as helping “normal people” find their “inner funny” and learn how better to express their sense of humor.

Greg Dean teaching comedy to Whoopi Goldberg.

Greg Dean (right) teaching Whoopi Goldberg in 1979.

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.

Dean doesn’t teach anything that he cannot define. Here’s his original thoughts on the Comic Voice.