Heart In art. Humor in Humans.
The Rubbish Comedy Collective believes that becoming a better comedian goes hand in hand with becoming a better human. We are a community that cultivates equity, representation, integrity, and transparency. We believe in creative expression that is Bold, Brave, Joyful, and Kind, where the best results come from you being radically you.
When creating art, so many ideas end up in the trash can. We honor and embrace that messy and beautiful process of becoming. So let’s go dumpster diving in our own weird brains! Trash is treasure!
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Yes! We require proof of vaccination for entry to shows and on the first day of an in-person class. No proof of vaccination is required for Zoom classes. More information on our COVID-19 Safety Protocols can be found here:
NYC Indoor Covid-Safety Requirements
Our complete Community Guidelines and Policies can be found here: Rubbish Comedy Community Guidelines and Policies
At Rubbish, we are passionate about nurturing a ground-up approach to comedy, one that embraces and celebrates all the messy, grubby, chaotic parts of the creative process, because we think they lead to the most inspired art. We want to free ourselves from the traditional forms and formats of performing and learning comedy to put joy and laughter in the spotlight.
We use a “crawl, walk, run” approach to our class levels. In general, we recommend you make sure you can crawl before you walk, that you walk before you run.
L1= crawl. These classes require no prior knowledge to sign up, though we strongly believe even experienced students would get a lot out of these courses with our amazing teachers.
L2= walk. These classes will be confusing if you don’t have some prior experience. There will be terminology and techniques that will be hard to understand without knowing the fundamentals. We recommend this level of classes for those who have done one or two L1 classes first with Rubbish or at another similar comedy school.
L3= run. These are advanced classes for experienced students. They will rely on extensive prior knowledge and focus on honing specific skills. We strongly recommend taking L1 and L2 classes OR at least a year’s experience at another comedy school before taking one of these classes.
No! Though we think it never hurts to revisit fundamentals, we leave it to you to pick classes based on where your skills are at. There are no hard rules about who can take what class, but you’ll get the most out of your class if it’s lined up with your experience level. Need help figuring out what’s a good fit? Just contact us:
Of course! Our teachers have extensive experience running workshops that help with public speaking, creative thinking, group collaboration, communication, and good old fashioned team-building. Our staff has run workshops at companies such as Venmo, Amex, Dartmouth Medical School, federal government agencies, and beyond.
We try to keep classes as affordable as possible, but we understand that there can still be financial hardships.
To help, we are planning to offer payment plans for classes over $100. Keep an eye out for more announcements.
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Great question! At Rubbish, we believe that doing comedy makes you a better person. To that end, we are supporting voices that are underrepresented in the world of comedy through the Representation Program at Rubbish Comedy. We believe that the future of better comedy and a better New York City is in our hands today.
Rubbish Comedy believes that the life-skills an individual gains through studying comedy contribute to better communities and a better society at-large. So we are thrilled to have a hand in directly supporting future generations of New York City comedians. While we can’t say anything specific just yet, we are so excited to announce a special partnership with you all VERY SOON! Stay tuned!
Cis-gender straight White males have dominated the world of comedy.
For far too long, they have established the value system, the currency of exchange, and who can participate in the comedy economy. This has created a huge gap in diverse perspectives being valued, empowered, and employed in comedy.
It is our firm belief that success SHOULD NOT be dependant on diverse individuals being a “dominant culture fit.”
The Representation Program at Rubbish Comedy isn’t JUST about diversity, equity, and inclusion for “culture fits.” It is about FULL Representation, comity, and “culture adds.”
Underrepresented voices will not just receive free comedy education and otherwise be forgotten. They will be prioritized, elevated, and echoed in the Rubbish Comedy community and far beyond.
Rubbish Comedy will do this by:
1) providing scholarships to students to elimate the pressure of financing this education;
2) enabling direct mentorship, coaching, and support for students to grow and flourish — with the goal of turning amateur passion into professional advancement;
3) equiping students to become expert comedians, as teachers, directors, and recognized leaders within the comedy community at-large;
4) providing opportunities for Representation Program leaders to continue the important work of this program for future generations of comedians in New York City.