Level 2: The Greg Dean “Expresso” Class

In Person at the Santa Monica Playhouse – 1211 4th St. Santa Monica, CA 90401

Level 2: The Greg Dean “Expresso” Class

In Person at the Santa Monica Playhouse

1211 4th St. Santa Monica, CA 90401

For Level 2 or 201 Completions Exclusively

Take the 2nd Half of the Current Level 2 Session and Perform Live at the Improv

Greg’s “Level 2: Writing a Show & Performing at the Improv” meets every Wednesday night at the Santa Monica Playhouse.

As a completion of a Level 2 or 201 class you qualify to join the last half of the session, work on your performance, and get Greg’s input/help to take your routine to the next level and perform live at the Improv!

Bring Your Script & Polish Your Routine

  • Writing Jokes, Tags, and Punching Up Your Routine
  • Editing, Cutting, Rewriting Jokes
  • Adding Funny Stories to your Routines
  • Adding Jokes to Your Funny Stories
  • Defining & Mastering a joke premise
  • Pulling the Audience into Your Comedy “Movie”
  • Being Yourself on Stage
  • Reading & Interacting with the Audience in Front of You
  • Tags & Tag timing
  • What to Do When You Go Blank
  • and so much more!


  • Weeks #4 & #5: In Person at the Santa Monica Playhouse – 1211 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 
  • Week 6 In Person at the Hollywood Improv – 8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 Sunday Afternoon


    Greg Dean, the Professor of Stand Up Comedy. Author of the international bestseller, Step-by-Step to Stand Up Comedy, now sold in six different languages. Creator of the original Joke Structure technique. Greg Dean has been teaching stand up comedy for over 40 years and is a true innovator in the field of stand-up comedy education, having launched the first stand up comedy school in the world.

    Gayla Johnson is a talented actress and Stand-up Comedian, appearing on Comedy Central, Comics Unleashed, and Showtime Special, “Fierce Funny Women, Headlining at Comedy Store Improv, Ice House Comedy Club and Laugh Factory Club. She toured London and Montreal comedy clubs. She also has toured many West Coast Comedy Clubs, such as Laugh Out Loud, Rooster T. Feathers, Laughs Unlimited, and Santa Barbara Comedy Club.

    Great Performances Are Developed, Refined & Practiced  

    Instead of going off to “work out a few bugs at open mics, get in with a group of comedians who care about what you care about: creating a great performance. Let’s face it, good feedback rarely comes from an Open Mic performance unless you killed it!  So join Greg and the rest of the group every Wednesday night at the Santa Monica Playhouse and make your performance shine!

    Class Dates:

    Week 4: August 30, 2023, 7:00 to 10:00 pm Pacific Time

    Week 5: September 6, 2023 7 to 10 pm Pacific Time

    Week 6:  Live Performance at the Hollywood Improv – Sunday, September 10, Students arrive at 3:00 pm, Showcase is 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Tickets can be purchased here.


    You must have completed either one: 

    • Greg Dean’s Level 2 Class 
    • Greg Dean’s 201 Advanced Class

    Registration Fee

    $174.50 for the expresso classes. The improv will sell tickets to the show and each student is expected to bring at least 3 paying guests  — the Improv reserves the right to cancel the show if ticket sales are not in sufficient quantity to cover the costs of the venue. 

    FAQ Stand Up Comedy  Level 2 Classes in Santa Monica and Online

    (Frequently Asked Questions)

    Additional Registration Documents & Zoom Links

    You will receive 2 to 3 days before your group start date a packet of documents from Docusign.  Please sign these documents before your first writing group.  Once we receive the documents, a second email will be sent to you that gives the essential information you need to arrive at the group session.  Your zoom link will be in this email.


    The Building Routines Basic class is the prerequisite. Greg Dean’s method is taught in that basic class and is required information to work on your peformance in this ongoing group.

    No matter how advanced of a comedian a person may be, they’ll need the information taught in the Building Routines class because everything that you’ll do with your script depends on knowing those fundamental principles. 

    Global Community

    Our instructors provide important class information via a special slack channel for the class you signed up for. Just prior to your class start date, you will receive an invitation to slack if you are not already a member of our slack community.  Please accept the invitation and download the app.  Slack works on desktops, laptops or mobile devices.  If you have any trouble, reach out to [email protected].

    The Best Training You’ll Ever Get

    Learn from the Professor of Stand Up Comedy – He’s got 40 years in the trenches teaching students how to maximize their “funny!” 


    Why Learn with Us?


    Greg Dean is The Original Stand Up Comedy Teacher

    He was the first to codify, formulate, and develop techniques that could be used to create humor across cultures and languages.


    Over 10,000 Graduates

    Thousands have graduated the Greg Dean Method and moved on to have very successful careers.


    Multiple Training Mediums - Multiple Class Times

    In person classes, live zoom classes, ongoing groups, workshops, on demand classes


    Certified Greg Dean Instructors

    Greg Dean’s Instructors are all certified by Greg Dean himself.


    Greg Dean Is Your Best Choice for a Stand Up Comedy Instructor

    • ONLY GREG DEAN has been directly involved in the careers of the comedians he names.
    • ONLY GREG DEAN has been teaching comedy for over 40 years with a unique, proven technique.
    • ONLY GREG DEAN has written the definitive text on stand-up, used by comics throughout the world.
    • You will never get an opinion of what we think is funny.  You will only be taught real techniques and fundamentals so that you can develop your own “funny”!
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