STUDENT HANDBOOK

Welcome to Dallas Comedy Club!

 

ABOUT DALLAS COMEDY CLUB:

OUR MISSION

To establish Dallas Comedy Club as the gold standard for all-things-comedy through the power of delivering the highest quality of training, entertainment, and extraordinary shared human experiences.

 

OUR VISION

To mold and meld the future of comedy in an extraordinary way. To unify and inspire through moments of shared laughter, play and optimism. To foster creation and collaboration while celebrating the uniqueness of the individual. To always surprise and delight.

CLASS LOCATION:

Dallas Comedy Club
3036 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75226

PARKING:

Metered parking spaces are widely available in Deep Ellum and can be paid for with coins (50 cents/hour after 6PM) or via the parkmobile app.

STAY INFORMED:

FACEBOOK facebook.com/dallascomedyclub

STUDENT ADVOCATES Each class has a student advocate that will keep you up to date on all the things happening in the Dallas Comedy Club community.

WEBSITE dallas-comedyclub.com

 

 PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES:

OPEN MICS:

DCC Traditional Open Mic: every Wednesday evening in the Blackbox theater. This is a traditional open mic, with all participants given 3 minutes to perform their material. The list will cap at 20 people. The list for sign ups will be available at 6:30pm CST at the box office and the mic will officially start at 7pm CST.

DCC Feedback Mic: the fourth Monday of every month in the Blackbox theater. This mic is structured specifically for stand-ups to receive feedback on new or old material from our Head of Stand-Up, Rudy Rush (Apollo Theater, Chappelle Show). All participants will have 2-3 minutes to deliver their material, with 2-3 minutes of feedback from Rudy Rush immediately following. This mic is a lottery. Individuals will arrive at 6:30pm when doors open and will drop their names in a bucket. Rudy will choose a total of 10 names to participate in the mic for that evening.

JAMS:

The Club Team Jam: every Wednesday evening from 9:30pm-10:30pm CST in the Mainstage theater, hosted by one of our inhouse Club Teams.

The Short Form Jam: the first Sunday of every month at 7pm CST in the Blackbox theater, hosted by one of our student advocates.

The Lady Jam: the second Sunday of every month at 7pm CST in the Blackbox theater, hosted by one of our student advocates.

*The Musical Jam: the third Sunday of every month at 7pm CST in the Blackbox theater, hosted by one of our student advocates.

Diversity Jam: the fourth Sunday of every month at 7pm CST in the Blackbox theater, hosted by one of our student advocates.

 

STUDENT IDs

 

HOW STUDENT IDs WORK

Students receive their ID card on the first day of their class. The ID card can be shown at the box office for complimentary admission to DCC shows, when available (students will be sat after paying customers). Student ID cards are dated and are valid only during the duration of the student’s course.

SUBMITTING SHOWS:

If you are interested in submitting a show for our regular programming, please submit this form.

TUITION ASSISTANCE:

INTERNSHIPS

Dallas Comedy Club offers opportunities for students to earn free tuition in exchange for internships at the theater, training center, or special events. We give strong preference to current DCC Students who have completed Level 1 and have been recommended by a DCC instructor. Those with a passion for people, production, and all things comedy are encouraged to apply.

We are currently offer the following intern positions:

  • HOST INTERN: Host Interns are responsible for hosting shows one night per week for eight weeks. Responsibilities include educating and engaging audience members about Dallas Comedy Club, all while maintaining high energy and keeping the programming on-track.
  • CLUB INTERN: Club Intern duties vary by need and include (but are not limited to) managing the box office, directing patrons throughout the venue, clearing the theater between shows, checking bathrooms, taking out trash, closing up the theater, and more.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN: Social Media Interns play an important role in educating the public about upcoming shows, specials events, and other exciting Dallas Comedy Club news. Responsibilities include curating content for regular postings (3x/week/channel) on DCC Social Media accounts.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY INTERN: Photography Interns takes photos and/or videos of DCC-related people and activities (shows, talent, events, etc). DCC’s Photography Intern is expected to attend 5-8 (depending on need) assigned photoshoots and produce high-quality, professionally-edited photos.
  • BLOG INTERN: Blog Interns play an important role in educating the public about upcoming shows, specials events, and other exciting Dallas Comedy Club news. Responsibilities include producing one assigned blog post (subject to revision) per week over the course of eight weeks (due each Monday). Your content should be timely, relevant, and reflective of the DCC brand.
  • TECH INTERN: Tech Interns are trained to tech DCC shows by running lights, soundboards, and video displays. Experience preferred but not necessary.

For more information, email our intern coordinator at rosie@dallas-comedyclub.com

SCHOLARSHIPS

Dallas Comedy Club offers a Diversity Scholarship, and applications are open four times per year. DCC strives to cultivate a student body that is reflective of the diversity the Dallas community has to offer. Our scholarship program is designed to foster the learning of members that will increase diversity in the following areas: race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identification, people over 40, individuals with disabilities, and U.S. military service members or veterans.

REFERRALS:

For classes – 10% off your next class

For workshops – a free class!

ROOM RENTALS:

Requests to rent a room can be made anytime by emailing rosie@dallas-comedyclub.com

Rates are as follows:

  • $20/hr or (portion of)
  • $80/month for weekly two-hour rental

ENROLLMENT POLICIES

  • You must be 18 years of age or older to sign up for any course offered by Dallas Comedy Club. Students 17 years old or younger must have a parent or guardian register for them.
  • Dallas Comedy Club reserves the right to accept or deny any individual’s enrollment at any time and for any reason.
  • Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable. All sales are final
  • Dallas Comedy Club reserves the right to postpone, reschedule, or cancel a course as necessary. In the rare event of a cancellation, you will be notified by email or phone with the option to apply your purchased credit to a future class.
  • Dallas Comedy Club reserves the right to replace any instructor with an equally qualified instructor at any time and without notice.
  • By enrolling in a class you agree to join Dallas Comedy Club’s school newsletter & mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time.

ATTENDANCE:

Get the most out of your classes by showing up! Arrive on time, if not early! If you miss more than one full class, you will not be able to advance to the next level regardless of performance in other classes.

MAKE-UP POLICY:        

If available, students can make up the class they missed within the timeframe of their scheduled class term. Make-ups are not offered for every class, and must be approved by instructors and/or registrar. Students are allowed only one make-up and one absence per course.

HOMEWORK REQUIREMENTS:

As a student, you are required to see shows on the topic you are studying. Students will receive an ID card for free access to shows (based on availability). Writing courses will have written homework assignments. Failure to complete homework will result in the student having to retake the course.

ADVANCEMENTS & PROMOTIONS:

Participating in and completing courses at Dallas Comedy House does not guarantee level advancements or promotions to Club Members; promotion is contingent on attitude, attendance, and the instructor’s assessment of a student’s ability to demonstrate learned concepts.

EXPECTATIONS:

There’s nothing funny about tardiness, disrespect, or inappropriate behavior. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Students are expected to be timely, attentive, courteous, and professional at all times. Failure to do so may result in expulsion from class and/or the theater in general.

Inappropriate conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • Showing up late, taking extended breaks, or leaving class early
  • Being intoxicated or consuming of drugs or alcohol during class
  • Damaging or destroying any DCC property
  • Inappropriate verbal, physical, or sexual conduct with students, faculty, or the instructors
  • Consuming food or drinks (other than water) in class
  • Repeatedly disrupting the classroom and causing distractions
  • Using electronic devices in class

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY:

Students/Faculty who purposefully or accidentally destroy property at Dallas Comedy Club will be charged for the full cost of replacement or repair. Payments or payment arrangements must be made prior to student/faculty rejoining their course or enrolling in further courses.

FIREARMS:

Firearms are NEVER allowed at Dallas Comedy Club; this applies to both open-carry and concealed handguns. Students or staff who ignore this policy will be subject to a full expulsion from DCC classes and community.

LIABILITY:

By enrolling in a course at Dallas Comedy Club, you recognize and accept the inherent risks and hazards involved in your participation in theater and classroom activities. You agree that your participation is at your own risk, and that Dallas Comedy Club is not liable for any losses, costs, or expenses of any kind (including legal costs) which may arise, directly or indirectly, from your activities at, your access to, or your use of Dallas Comedy Club’s property. You understand that you assume full responsibility for any and all loss, including personal injury (including death) and property damage that may result from my participation in Dallas Comedy Club activities.

Furthermore, by enrolling, you hereby agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Dallas Comedy Club, including its officers, directors, agents and employees, for any and all claims, damages, costs (including attorneys’ fees), and causes of action which may arise as a result of your participation in Dallas Comedy Club activities. 

Dallas Comedy Club is not responsible for lost or stolen property.

STAFF DIRECTORY:

If you’ve got questions, we want to make sure you get answers.

For questions about auditions, classes, internships or scholarships, contact Kimberly Alu.

For questions about DCC’s bar or kitchen, full-time job opportunities as a server or bartender, vendor inquiries, private events, or partnership opportunities, contact Jamie Hogan.

For strategic partnerships, sponsorships, and business opportunities, contact Rosie Caruth.