Each potential student undergoes a screening interview to make sure he or she
meets the criteria for participation in Stand Up For Mental Health. Participants
Have a mental health illness or mental health issues
Have stable housing
A support system of both peers and professionals
Be stable on any medication they are taking
Have a reasonable command of written and spoken English
Have the motivation and desire to create healthy change
And above all else, have a desire to do stand up comedy.
Initial Three Month Course And Showcases
Classes take place once a week on Tuesday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. Students learn how to write, perform, structure and edit a comedy act of between 3-6 minutes.
Each student receives one-to-one coaching with the instructor as needed.
Each student receives the Stand-Up Comedy Clinic workbook and CDs. This workbook is adapted from the Stand-Up Comedy Clinic course David Granirer has taught at Langara College for the past nine years.
Warm Up Shows:
After approximately three months of classes, the students do their first shows. We choose venues where we know the audience will be super supportive.
AMI-Quebec's strong presence in the Community made them a natural partner for SMH as we inaugurate or very first SMH Montreal Program. These community roots are helping Stand Up For Mental Health give a powerful and empowered comedic voice to our AMI-Quebec students.
We are excited to be performing at the Montreal Fringe Festival on Sunday June 13, 2010. Montreal is embracing SMH and we love it back.