Can I test a class before joining?
We don’t offer test classes or auditing, but we encourage prospective students to join our weekly open improv jam every Thursday and to come to House team shows on Friday nights to get an idea of what we’re doing and who we are. This is a great way to meet us and current and former students, as well as join in the CCB community.
Do students get to see shows at Comedy Café Berlin for free?
All currently enrolled students get rush tickets to any improv show at CCB for the duration of their class.
Rush tickets = after all paying customers, any available seat is made available to rush ticket holders.
Are there any requirements to taking classes?
In addition to specific course prerequisites (see individual course descriptions), we have the following general requirements:
- All students are required to join and participate in at least one improv jam and see at least one improv show at CCB during the course.
- Students may not miss more than 2 out of 8 classes (there are no make up classes)
- Students may not be more than 15 minutes late to 4 out of 8 classes
- Students must be respectful to their fellow students and course instructors, and adhere to our Student & Teacher Code of Conduct and our Community Code of Conduct.
Any student not meeting these requirements may not be eligible to perform in the student show, continue taking classes, or progress to higher levels without repeating courses.
I’m an experienced improviser, can I skip ahead?
Maybe. We allow course prerequisite exemptions on a case by case basis. Please talk to us and make sure you have an exemption in writing from either Noah Telson or Josh Telson before signing up for a course.
How do Course Levels work?
All students must begin their studies at Level 1 - Intro to Improv (See "I’m an experienced improviser, can I skip ahead?" above). Upon satisfactory completion of Level 1 (ie, you receive a Pass mark from your instructor), you may sign up for either Level 2 - Intro to Game or Level 2 - Honest Improv.
Before being eligible to take Level 3 - The Harold, you must complete and pass BOTH Level 2 courses.
Upon satisfactory completion of Level 3, students are eligible to audition for House Harold teams (see below) and to take Electives, Level 4 and Advanced Study courses.
Courses can be completed in either English or German, where available.
Are there student shows?
Yes, every course ends with a student showcase, free to the public, at the Comedy Café Berlin, where students will perform what they’ve learned for family & friends.
Are courses graded?
We grade students on a simple Pass/Fail system. To pass a class, most students simply need to adhere to our requirements (listed above). In rare cases, instructors may decide to require a student to retake a course for other reasons, including a lack of progress on the part of the student. We offer consistent and constructive feedback to all students during and after each course and expect students to adjust to notes and better their level of play.
If I take courses, will I be able to perform on stage at Comedy Café Berlin?
Other than student showcases and jams, completing the full curriculum at the Training School does not guarantee the right to perform on stage. All students progress at different speeds and simply completing all of our courses does not mean a student is ‘ready for prime time’. We offer consistent and constructive feedback to all students during and after each course and expect students to adjust to notes and better their level of play.
We encourage students to form practice and ‘indie’ teams and provide a list of qualified coaches to assist those teams. There are multiple, independently-produced shows at CCB and around Berlin that book indie teams.
Students who have satisfactorily completed Levels 1 - 3 are eligible to audition for House Harold Teams. Auditions are typically held once or twice a year, depending on student body size and openings on the teams.
What are House Harold Teams?
CCB House Harold Teams represent the pinnacle of our Training School. Students who have satisfactorily completed Levels 1 - 3 are able to audition for the teams, and, upon acceptance, are coached by Training School instructors and coaches. Auditions are typically held once or twice a year, depending on student body size and openings on the teams. Team members are expected to make regular (weekly) practice sessions and shows.
Harold Teams perform regularly on Friday nights at CCB and will form the core of our Touring Company. More info on Harold Teams is available to eligible students.