Train with the original teacher of stand-up comedy.

Speed up your path to building a routine with stand-up comedy through classes, books and ongoing joke writing opportunities.


Years of industry experience including being a Comedy Store Regular



Students who have learned Greg’s techniques and become “Deaners”



Best selling books and the original creator of joke structure


Intro to Level 1 – How to Build a Stand-Up Comedy Routine Webinar

There’s a craft to putting together a stand-up comedy routine and we’ll introduce you to those joke writing and performance techniques.

Learn From Greg Dean

How to become a comedian

Step 1

Level 1 – How to Build a Stand-Up Comedy Routine

In-person or Zoom class
Step 2

Level 2 – Writing & Performing a Show

In-person or Zoom class
Step 3

Level 2 – Working on Advanced Specialties

In-person or Zoom class
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Upcoming events

Greg Dean’s Free Forum

Topic: What’s Your Best Heckler Story?

On Zoom
Saturday – March 2
12:00 to 1:00 pm pst

Free Open Mic Night

Your Host, Gayla Johnson

On Zoom
4th Friday of every month
6 pm pst
About Us

Why train with Greg Dean?

Five weeks can save you five years

Most untrained comedians literally take minutes to deliver their first joke. Greg invented joke structure and teaches you all the different ways to land a laugh every 15-20 seconds. And that’s exactly what’s needed to build a successful act and ultimately a comedy career.

Through his techniques, you will learn flexible thinking and start finding the humor in any story you want to tell. Next thing you know, you’re trying a few jokes a minute at open mics and creating an act that people will love.

He finds the funny

Greg can literally make anything funny (ask him!). He’s like WD-40. When students get stuck, they return to his classes to get back into the joke writing groove. Thousands of “Deaners” – students who’ve learned Greg’s techniques – grow their stand-up material based on his teachings and find humor on and off the stage every day.

Flexible Learning Formats

All classes are either taught in person at the Santa Monica Playhouse or live and remote over Zoom. You choose how you would prefer to learn. All classes are taught many times throughout the year to help provide even more flexibility based on your availability.

OnDemand courses and books are also available for you to learn The Greg Dean Fundamentals, techniques and method on your own time or continue your skills after completing the Level 1 or Level 2 courses.

Over 40,000 Stand-Up Comedy Students

Tens of thousands have learned from Greg Dean, the original “OG” teacher of stand-up comedy structure and The Greg Dean Method. Thousands have moved on to have very successful careers because of it.

They all were taught real techniques and fundamentals so that they were able to develop their own version of “funny” and so can you!

Testimonials & Reviews

What others are saying

I studied with Greg Dean and see where I am today!

Whoopi Goldberg

Stand-Up, Film, Television, theater, Books, The View, Oscar Winner

I learned joke writing from the best.

Anthony Jeselnik

Comedy Central Specials & Roasts Netflix is a Joke

I took his comedy class and I fell in love with it.

Christina Pazsitzky

Comedy Central & Netflix, Your Mom’s House Podcast with Tom Segura

Greg Dean has cracked the stand-up comedy code.

Ritch Shydner

Comedian, Comedy Writer, Actor, Writer of Kicking Through the Ashes, I Killed and History of Stand-Up Comedy Show

4.8 Rating – 219 Student Reviews

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