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Train with the original teacher of stand-up comedy.

Speed up your path to building a routine with stand-up classes, books, ongoing joke writing and performance groups.


Years of industry experience including being a Comedy Store Regular


"Deaners" who have moved on to have very successful careers


Best selling books and the original creator of joke structure
About Us

Why train with Greg Dean?

Five weeks can save you five years

Most untrained comedians literally take minutes to deliver their first joke. Greg invented joke structure and teaches you all the different ways to land a laugh every 15-20 seconds. And that’s exactly what’s needed to build a successful act and ultimately a comedy career.

Through his techniques, you will learn flexible thinking and start finding the humor in any story you want to tell. Next thing you know, you’re trying a few jokes a minute at open mics and creating an act that people will love.

He finds the funny

Greg can literally make anything funny (ask him!). He’s like WD-40. When students get stuck, they return to his classes to get back into the joke writing groove. Thousands of “Deaners” – students who’ve learned Greg’s techniques – grow their stand-up material based on his teachings and find humor on and off the stage every day.

Flexible Learning Formats

All classes are either taught in person at the Santa Monica Playhouse or live and remote over Zoom. You choose how you would prefer to learn. All classes are taught many times throughout the year to help provide even more flexibility based on your availability.

OnDemand courses and books are also available for you to learn The Greg Dean Fundamentals, techniques and method on your own time or continue your skills after completing the Level 1 or Level 2 courses.

Over 40,000 Stand-Up Comedy Students

Tens of thousands have learned from Greg Dean, the original “OG” teacher of stand-up comedy structure and The Greg Dean Method. Thousands have moved on to have very successful careers because of it.

They all were taught real techniques and fundamentals so that they were able to develop their own version of “funny” and so can you!

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Testimonials & Reviews

What others are saying

I studied with Greg Dean and see where I am today!

Whoopi GoldbergStand-Up, Film, Television, theater, Books, The View, Oscar Winner

I learned joke writing from the best.

Anthony JeselnikComedy Central Specials & Roasts Netflix is a Joke

I took his comedy class and I fell in love with it.

Christina PazsitzkyComedy Central & Netflix, Your Mom’s House Podcast with Tom Segura

Greg Dean has cracked the stand-up comedy code.

Ritch ShydnerComedian, Comedy Writer, Actor, Writer of Kicking Through the Ashes, I Killed and History of Stand-Up Comedy Show

4.8 Rating – 219 Student Reviews

5-Week Course

Level 1 - How to Build a Stand-Up Comedy Routine

In-person or Zoom  •  $299


Course Overview

In this 5-week course, you’ll learn the fundamentals, principles, techniques, and skills of the Greg Dean Method of stand-up comedy to build a routine.

  • No prerequisites
  • 5-week course
  • Learn in person with Greg Dean at the Santa 
Monica Playhouse
  • Learn live over Zoom (remote) with Gayla Johnson

Greg has broken down all the techniques and fundamentals into a comprehensive system that anybody can learn and use to improve their stand up comedy. When you know those fundamentals, you can do so much more with your stand-up comedy routine easily, naturally, 
and quickly.

You’re not taught what “funny” is or is not based upon the instructor’s opinion. You’re taught skills so that you can craft “your funny” your way!

Course Details

People of all experience levels start with this course and move onto the Level 2 course upon completion.

What you’ll learn

  • Greg Dean’s Joke Structure
  • Writing “One Liners”
  • Five Methods of Generating Material for Jokes and Stories
  • Fundamentals of Storytelling
  • Overcoming Stage Fright
  • Performing with Confidence

Two ways to learn

  • In-person – Greg Dean teaches at the Santa Monica Playhouse on Tuesday nights from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm PST.
  • Zoom – Gayla Johnson teaches over Zoom on Thursday afternoon from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm PST.

Your instructors

The Professor of Stand-Up Comedy

Greg Dean

Greg Dean, the Professor of Stand Up Comedy, is the author of the international bestseller, Step-by-Step to Stand Up Comedy. It’s 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.

Tens of thousands have learned from Greg Dean, the original “OG” teacher of stand-up comedy structure and The Greg Dean Method. He has launched the careers of numerous comedy greats, including Whoopi Goldberg, Anthony Jeselnik, Sherri Shepherd, Sean Carrigan (The Young and the Restless).

Certified Greg Dean Instructor

Gayla Johnson

Gayla Johnson is a well-known 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.

As a 20-year veteran instructor, Producer of the Comedy Classes, C.E.O. and co-owner of Greg Dean’s Comedy Classes, she is certified in Dean’s 101 & 201 Comedy Techniques & Events.

Kickstart your stand-up comedy career with the Level 1 course!

Five weeks can save you 5 years with the Greg Dean Method of stand-up comedy.

Register for $299
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