Students of Stand-up Graduation Showcase


Apr 23, 2016 – 7:30 PM

31776 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 Map

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Students of Stand-up Graduation Show Comes to San Juan Capistrano
Classes boast a record number of female performers in April 23 show

The reality in the world of stand-up comedy is that men outnumber the ladies about 7 to 1, possibly even more depending on who you talk to. While this statistic seems unbelievable, the good news is things have been turning around over the last couple years with more females joining this male dominated profession. So with things changing, it’s not a surprise that Tom Riehl’s Students of Stand-up Comedy Workshops have a record number of females performing in its latest Graduation Showcase on Saturday, April 23rd at the Camino Real Playhouse.

“In the seven years I’ve been teaching in Orange County, this is the largest number of females enrolled in the workshops at one time”, says Riehl. Out of the nine performers in the April 23rd show, seven are female. “What it tells me is that the playing field is becoming a little more even, people are starting to take female comics ‘seriously’ for once.”

Riehl offers two six-week workshops; Beginning 101 for those with little or no stand-up experience and Stand-up Comedy Writer’s Workshop for those with past performing experience with an emphasis on writing better material. Riehl, who began his comedy career over twenty years ago, feels its time to give something back after all these years. “When I see students walk into class for the first time, I immediately remember how I felt when I first started. They really deserve a lot of credit for sticking it out and doing something most people would never even consider.”

The Graduation Showcase will include performances from both the Beginning 101 Workshop and the Comedy Writer’s Workshop. Graduating performers in the April 23 show are Renee Brinkley (Irvine), Marianne Connors (Lake Forest), Sandy Hames (Mission Viejo), Debby Cali (Cerritos), Lezlie Schreiber (Mission Viejo), Laura Schuberg (San Clemente), Jim Seely (Perris), Seth Sultan (Wagon Wheel Canyon), and Lynn O'Hearn Wagner (Newport Coast). Riehl is convinced people will be surprised at how funny they really are. In addition to the students, Riehl will be the evening’s emcee along with a surprise or two.

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