At Kids ‘N Comedy, we grow hilarious children in test tubes, and then set them loose on New York to run amok and make neighboring states funnier and odder places to live!
There is no science involved- only hard work, strange brains, and big laughs! We teach our students how to write and perform stand-up comedy, while providing a nurturing community and a space where they can be themselves in all their smart, weird, edgy, baffling, adolescent glory.
Our staff is made of a group of New York writers and comedians that, as teens, had no access to a program such as this, and as a result, are trying to fill their various tragic voids by providing the comic experience to the youth of today.
Founded by Jo Ann Grossman and Stu Morden, KIDS ‘N COMEDY has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, NY Post, NY Daily News, New York Newsday, Time Out NY, Time Out Kids, Time Magazine for Kids, Disney Adventures, Bergen Record, Boston Globe, Variety, National Geographic World, Scholastic, and Contact Magazine. It has also been seen on NY1, The Early Show on WCBS-TV, Inside Edition, Fox Style News, This American Life on Showtime, Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, Biz Kids, Teen Kids News, Weekend Today show on NBC and Good Morning America on ABC.
The Life of Emma Jane
Gonzalez (Abridged Version)
Ashley Brooke Roberts
John Early is a comedian, actor, and filmmaker based in New York. He co-hosts Crime & Punishment at Cake Shop with frequent collaborator Kate Berlant. Their live sketch show Hey™ has been performed at Union Hall, UCB, and The Virgil in Los Angeles. His solo show Literally Me Has been performed at Ars Nova, Union Hall, Joe's Pub, and The Virgil. His play The Witchelor, which he co-wrote with Nicole Spiezio, has been performed at Ars Nova and Atlantic Stage 2. He's been on 30 Rock, the feature film Fort Tilden (SXSW Grand Jury Prize), and starred in several of his own shorts. He performs stand up all over the city, most recently at BAM, Joe's Pub, and UCB.
Jo Ann Grossman
Karen has been teaching comedy for over ten years. She is known to her audiences as clever, quirky and geeky. Lurking beneath her wimpy exterior is a Harvard graduate (See feature on Karen in January 2002 issue of Harvard Magazine), and dictatorial mother of two.
A regular on the New York comedy scene, Karen has been invited to perform at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, the Friars Club in New York City and The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She has performed her stand up on television on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and New Joke City with Robert Klein. She was a comic panelist on the Oxygen Network’s nightly game show “Can You Tell?” She has been a guest comedian, correspondent and panelist on various television and radio programs in the U.S., Great Britain and Canada, including “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.”
Karen has been on staff to teach and host for Kids ‘N Comedy for over 10 years.
Her first novel Following Polly (St .Martin’s Press) will be out in the Spring of 2010.
“Bergreen has just the right mixture of sarcasm and shrugging befuddlement, keeping it real while showing a sharp intellect.”
Long Island Entertainment
Jane Condon lives Greenwich, CT but she's still a nice person. She has two boys.Otherwise everything's fine. She won Audience Favorite--NY on NBC's "Last Comic Standing."She has also appeared on ABC's "The View" and Lifetime TV. She also won the Ladies of Laughter contest. The Associated Press calls her "an uppercrust Roseanne." The New York Times says, "Condon had the audience cackling, guffawing and in hysterics as she sliced through marriage, husband, kids, politics and other topics." Jane teaches workshops and emcees an occasional show for Kids ‘N Comedy. She also has taught the Kids ‘N Comedy classes at the Nantucket Comedy Festival 2008 and 2009.
Kids ‘N Comedy is made possible through the generous donations of our sponsors. Please help our cause by donating today! This program has been made possible in part through the sponsorship of The Field, a not-for profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization serving the New York City performing arts community.
Special thanks to David Smithyman and Emma Gonzalez for their creative efforts. Logo design thanks to Ryan Fishman.