In these stressful times, for young people, the use of humor, as an art form or as a coping mechanism, can transform kids into confident, witty, and sensitive human beings.
The curriculum was developed by Dr. Bernie Furshpan, Marketing Expert and Executive Director of The NY Hysterical Society, with help from Lois Oliveira, Co-Developer of Keeping Every Child Safe, an evidence-based Parenting Program, Communications Expert and the former Co-Director of The New York State Project To Implement Career Education.
They conduct the classes with help from professional comedians, who share their skills, talents, and experience with the kids.
As has been stressed in prestigious medical publications as well as the NY Times, Forbes, CNN, and other national media, it is true… “LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE!”
Learning stand-up comedy and humor skills provide kids with:
Comedy Producer, Bernie Furshpan, is the lead instructor and is joined by working comics who give their feedback in several of the classes. For more info about Bernie Furshpan, click here.
Each multi-week session culminates in a performance by the kids and established comedians. Classes are conducted on Zoom. The graduates receive a Certificate of Program Completion.
“Laughter is the best medicine and these classes give kids a safe space to share frustrations as they learn the art and science of comedy.” — Former NY State Mental Health Official
"What an amazing experience you gave the kids. They were all so impressive and we are so grateful. Our family all loved it- even from England. So fun." — Diana H. (satisfied parent)
"Thank you so much, Bernie! What a great class. It was so much fun seeing my daughter get excited writing down material, and playing around with it. Thank you again for your tireless work and dedication to the kids." — Chad V. (satisfied parent)
"Thank you, Bernie, for making a positive difference in my child’s life and I hope this program will continue to grow. For any parent considering a comedy class taught by Bernie, please, think no further. Sometimes we don’t know the effect we can have on others. Thank you again for being such a positive influence on my child. What a gift." — Linda N. (satisfied parent)
"Thank you so much for giving my son such a great experience in your class. The show yesterday was terrific!" — Jen B. (satisfied parent)
Bernie Furshpan has been teaching basic comedy writing and has written about the premise of humor in his book, A Joke is a Formula - Do the Math. He is the lead instructor at The NY Hysterical Society School of Comedy and has now incorporated it into the virtual classroom on MetropolitanZoom. He has been a Comedy producer, Comedy TV Pilot Executive Producer, writer, emcee and performer at many comedy shows. He has presented and produced over 6,000 productions with professional entertainers and comedians since 2004. He owned and operated Metropolitan Room in NYC (In association with Gotham Comedy Club).
Lois Beekman-Oliveira is a Promoter and Administrator at our Comedy Classes for Kids. Lois has served on the Boards of Barnard College / Columbia University, The 92nd Street Y, The Tampa Performing Arts Center, and CARE. She has been Board Chair of The National Coalition to End Domestic Violence, The Child HELP Partnership and The Woman's Board of the Michael Bolton Charities . Lois developed the model for the Explorers Club's Annual International Event and received an Award from The American Bar Association's Commission on Domestic Violence for developing National Awareness Projects.