Sketch & Standup
classes now enrolling

ROCHELLE MCCONICO is the founder and CEO of MoonCricket Productions a live entertainment company specializing in interactive, multisensory comedic events. She is a visionary, writer, producer, and performer. In June 2020, Rochelle launched the Amuse-Bouche Comedy Festival to showcase the many great improvisers, comedy podcasters and stand-ups in New Orleans and performed as all three. In 2022, she followed up by co-founding, programming, performing and co-headlining the Lysistrata Comedy Festival, an all femme comedy festival, in New Orleans. Notably she has performed improv at the New York Comic Con (2022), Black and Funny Ocean City Festival (2022), and Baton Rouge Improv Festival (2022); sketch in the Dallas Comedy Festival (2018) and the Los Angeles Diversity in Comedy Showcase (2019), and stand-up in the the Black Girl Giggles Festival (2018) and Tower City Comedy Festival (2022). Rochelle also hosted during the Austin Sketchfest (2022) and will be appearing in the Moontower Comedy Festival in April 2023.

STANDUP FOR
SOCIAL COMMENTARY
WITH ROCHELLE MCCONICO

Have you noticed the world is on fire? Do you have an opinion about that? Something you want to shout to the heavens but no one to say it to. Well, that’s why you go to therapy or a comedy club (or both). Think of comedy as a vehicle for your societal critiques and observations. All the greats do it – Dave Chappelle, Wanda Sykes, George Carlin – the list goes on! Being able to look at the world’s biggest messes and boil it down to digestible bites for an audience is a skill worth its price in gold – and drink tickets (which is what you’ll be paid with when you first start your comedy journey). So let’s come together and dissect how the greats do it and work together to construct our own sets that take on the hot topics of the day.

Warning: This class is suitable for people who can discuss complex subjects with levity and heart. We’re about discourse and healing. We’re not about punching down and foolishness. If you come with that, you’ll be shown the door. (With love.)

Sunday, 1-4pm
May 9

ROCHELLE MCCONICO is the founder and CEO of MoonCricket Productions a live entertainment company specializing in interactive, multisensory comedic events. She is a visionary, writer, producer, and performer. In June 2020, Rochelle launched the Amuse-Bouche Comedy Festival to showcase the many great improvisers, comedy podcasters and stand-ups in New Orleans and performed as all three. In 2022, she followed up by co-founding, programming, performing and co-headlining the Lysistrata Comedy Festival, an all femme comedy festival, in New Orleans. Notably she has performed improv at the New York Comic Con (2022), Black and Funny Ocean City Festival (2022), and Baton Rouge Improv Festival (2022); sketch in the Dallas Comedy Festival (2018) and the Los Angeles Diversity in Comedy Showcase (2019), and stand-up in the the Black Girl Giggles Festival (2018) and Tower City Comedy Festival (2022). Rochelle also hosted during the Austin Sketchfest (2022) and will be appearing in the Moontower Comedy Festival in April 2023.

STANDUP LEVEL 01
WITH ROCHELLE MCCONICO

Fundamentally standup comedy is a conversation. It’s a connection between you and the audience. In this course, you’ll get help plumbing your life and the world around you for humor and connect the fundamentals of standup with your unique voice and point of view. By the end of the course, you’ll understand how to use standup comedy to have authentic conversations AND be funny!

Sundays 1-3pm
starting June 2

7 Weeks plus Showcase
ROCHELLE MCCONICO is the founder and CEO of MoonCricket Productions a live entertainment company specializing in interactive, multisensory comedic events. She is a visionary, writer, producer, and performer. In June 2020, Rochelle launched the Amuse-Bouche Comedy Festival to showcase the many great improvisers, comedy podcasters and stand-ups in New Orleans and performed as all three. In 2022, she followed up by co-founding, programming, performing and co-headlining the Lysistrata Comedy Festival, an all femme comedy festival, in New Orleans. Notably she has performed improv at the New York Comic Con (2022), Black and Funny Ocean City Festival (2022), and Baton Rouge Improv Festival (2022); sketch in the Dallas Comedy Festival (2018) and the Los Angeles Diversity in Comedy Showcase (2019), and stand-up in the the Black Girl Giggles Festival (2018) and Tower City Comedy Festival (2022). Rochelle also hosted during the Austin Sketchfest (2022) and will be appearing in the Moontower Comedy Festival in April 2023.

STANDUP LEVEL 02:
COMEDY GYM
WITH ROCHELLE MCCONICO

Prerequisite: You must have taken Standup 1 at ColdTowne.

In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell said it takes 10,000 hours of proper practice to master anything. So let’s get in the gym and continue honing your comedy chops and growing whether or not it ever moves from a hobby to a profession

Each class will have a workshop format. In the first half, we learn new tools to get to the funny and work on our jokes with input from other comedians. In the second hour, we will have performance opportunities in the form of an open mic where you’ll learn from your classmates and other comedians around town. It’s everything a growing standup needs – reps, reps, and more reps. Let’s sweat!

Sundays 5-7:30pm
starting June 2

7 Weeks with open mic performances
as part of the class
MIKE OOI is delighted to be part of the ColdTowne teaching team. A Texas native, Mike earned his BFA in Theatre just up the road at Southwestern University. Most of Mike’s professional career has been spent in Chicago, where Mike worked with several companies as an actor, director, playwright, and technician. Before leaving Chicago, Mike turned his attention to sketch, improv, and on-camera work, graduating from the Sketch Writing Program at The Second City. Since moving back to Texas, Mike continues to work professionally in theatre, improv, and on camera. Currently, Mike teaches younger students at ZACH, and performs with the ColdTowne house team, Dr. Jack. Mike’s credits include NBC’s Chicago Fire as well as several commercials, voice overs, and industrials. Mike is represented by Pastorini-Bosby.

SKETCH LEVEL 01

Intro To Sketch Writing: Character, Game, and the Absurd (6 WEEKS)

In this 6-week course you’ll learn the essentials of sketch comedy that will sharpen your writing skills and help you find your own distinctive comedic voice. You will finish this coures with the tools you need to develop characters, premise, Game, and relationship dynamics that get your audiences laughing early and will leave them wanting more!

Tuesdays 8-10pm
starting June 4