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PRIVATE COMEDY COACHING
WITH BERNIE FURSH
Author of "A JOKE IS A FORMULA,
DO THE MATH."



Hello. My name is Bernie Fursh and I have been a public speaker and stand up comdian for a total of thirty years. My insights will help you bring out the best and most instinctive humor that reflects your true persona. I will teach you "The Formula" that will allow to see clearly how and why a bit is funny, and will help you create a great stand up comedy set. You will learn how to write prolifically with the simple steps I created for comics at any level. Many comics confided in med that they wished they had known about "The Formula" years before. You can get your private coaching sessions with me either on the phone or in-person. My professional fee for this service is $75/hour.

it’s actually easier than you think it is to be funny.  You see, I’m an efficiency expert and with my many years of experience in business and production, I developed organizational and logistic skills that allow me to reduce the complex process of joke writing to a real simple formula that you can use today.  My name is Bernie Furshpan and I run one of the nation’s busiest comedy booking firms.  I have also provided high end marketing consultations to small and large national brands for decades.  I’m always curious as to how things work from the mechanical perspective, and find myself driven to reduce a complex process to several steps so that I can master it quickly and easily. 

So after performing stand-up for over a year, I continued to experience a high level of frustration in trying to figure out if a joke will make my audience laugh.  To me, there was still a very grey area in determining ahead of time if a joke is going to do its magic or not.  So, I decided to analyze the process of laughter and what makes people “get it.”  I wanted to be able to command a joke like a lion tamer. 

I meditated on what makes something funny to people and why stand-up comedy worked for some people and not for others.  I wanted to know why the successful comics got such huge laughs.  It seemed mysterious to me how some comics instinctively “killed” on stage and others died.  I wanted to “get it.”  I realized that the only way for me to “get it” was to break down the process of how and why jokes work.

I also thought that if I can reduce the joke writing down to its basic mechanical steps, I can improve the writing and delivery to intensify the resulting laughter.  Well, I was successful in doing this and have been teaching other comics the formula, which they use to improve the jokes in their set and write new ones correctly, right from the start. Take a look below what comics have said about the seminar I give that teaches my simple joke formula.

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What other comics have said about Bernie's training:

"Bernie Furshpan's Joke Formula dissects the entire process of Standup Comedy. Starting with the inception of a joke, exploring delivery options / techniques and taking the reader all the way through audience reception and group dynamic, this step by step analysis takes the mystery out of a solid standup performance. After reading the Formula, I only had one question: Where was this formula when I started?" 

~ Comedian Bernadette Pauley

"I loved taking lessons with Bernie is extremely knowledgeable and insightful. Bernie has been doing this for a long time and he really cares about what he does and how he affects other people."

~ Comedian Brian M. Frange

"Bernie gives the formula for comedy success in a straight-forward digestible manner."

~ Comedian Aaron Sweeny

"I felt that Bernie's class was outstanding."

~ Comedian Steve Leventhal

"Great seminar. Just wanted to thank you for an awesome seminar that was loaded with information. The insight and advice you gave was so helpful. More information than I ever thought I needed."

~Comedian Bryan Keith

"Bernie's Seminar was chock-full of amazing info and guidance for comics... I highly recommend this seminar... you will turn the tuition fee into much more money!"

~ Comedian Rachael Robbins

"The seminar was the icing on the cake."

~ Comedian Phil Sweet

Your seminar was sensational. Your presentation exceeded my expectations. You lit a fire underneath me. I feel rejuvenated and encouraged again. God bless you for blowing wind in my sails :)

~ Comedian Nicky Sunshine

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Attention New and Seasoned Comics with ED:

"Don't Let a Poor Performance Keep You From a Satisfying Stand-Up Comedy Experience. Learn about a Condition Called Entertainment Dysfunction (ED), and How You Can Treat it with a Simple Formula to Write and Deliver Your Jokes... and be able to Stand Up to the Toughest Audience. Take it From a Doctor Who Knows and Cares."

ED is More Common than you Think. More than Half of All Comics Have Some Difficulty Raising and Maintaining Laughter. Use the Formula, as directed, to Write New Jokes or Improve Your Existing Set. Don't Let Anyone Mock at Your Set! Get Motivated Again and Push Your Stand-Up Career to the Next Level, Quickly & Easily with My Amazingly Simple Joke Enhancement Formula."
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