Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 11:00am to 2:00pm


Class Enrollment Opens: October 26 at 10 am

Class Limit: 130

LOCATION: AFI Campus, Library Bldg, Mark Goodson Screening Room



Do you want to add more television comedy credits to your resume? Instructor Michael D. Cohen applies his unique holistic approach to comedy to help you bring your unique truth, aliveness and playfulness to your work. Learn specific techniques for analyzing a scene for comedy, nailing the jokes, tone and pacing, and make acting choices that respect the writers yet make you stand out in the casting session. This is a hands-on workshop in which a few members will be asked from the audience to work at the front of the room. You may bring a prepared comedic scene or monologue if you wish to volunteer.



Michael D Cohen is an actor and acting teacher. He is a series regular on Nickelodeon's Henry Danger playing "Schwoz", a genius of indiscernible nationality.  He has appeared on shows such as Modern Family, The Real O'Neals, 2 Broke Girls, The Mindy Project, Powerless,  Backstrom, Eagleheart, Austin & Ally and many others. Recent film credits include the Coen Brothers comedy Suburbicon , directed by George Clooney, the Oscar-nominated film Whiplash, as well as the Canadian Screen Award-nominated film It Was You Charlie, for which he was nominated for an ACTRA Award for Outstanding Lead Performance.  Michael is a past Co-Chair of the SAG-AFTRA Hollywood Conservatory at the American Film Institute and is a Faculty Lecturer for the University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance.   He has a Masters Degree in Adult Education focusing on transformative education for performers. He offers acting workshops and private audition coaching through Michael D. Cohen Studio. 


This class is restricted to members ages 18 and above. Members 17 years of age and under are not permitted to attend this class, but are encouraged to attend our youth classes.


Late Policy: If you arrive late, you may be allowed in class, but may not be allowed to work. At 15 minutes late, you will NOT be allowed in class.

No Shows: You are responsible for canceling your confirmed and waitlisted registrations. Failure to do so will result in forfeiting ALL classes for 60 days. As a reminder, you cannot cancel online after 6pm the night before the class.


Audio and video recording is not permitted, but written note taking is welcome.


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