Shaina Lubliner ‘20: Stand-Up Comedy with The Second City

Summer 2020

About the Project

Funding from the Benenson Award allowed me to take levels one and two of The Second City’s Stand-Up Comedy series. Both courses met on Zoom, and my classmates were located all over the globe.

Each week of level one, we learned about different styles of stand-up, from storytelling, to observational humor, to one-liners and characters. Then we had to write 2-3 minutes of material in that style for the following week, where we presented and got feedback.

The course concluded with an online Zoom performance where each person presented their “tight 5” minute set for our family and friends. In level two, we have been honing our individual voices and styles. Each week we bring in a new “tight 5” to get feedback on and we are really being pushed to find what makes our stand-up unique, with more challenging prompts and writing exercises.

This course will also end with a Zoom performance. It has been amazing to connect with the incredibly talented teachers and students from The Second City while staying at home. Being a part of The Second City Training Center community has provided me with a multitude of opportunities to network with other comedians and perform at open mics. It has also been a really unique challenge to figure out how to present comedy over online platforms, so it is wonderful to have a supportive group of people to try new things with.