July 03, 2024

Doors: 7:00 PM - Show: 7:00 PM

Bottlerocket Institute Presents...


with Derek Minto

Bottlerocket Social Hall

1226 Arlington Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, 15210

Date & Time

Wednesday, July 03, 2024

7:00 PM


Bottlerocket Social Hall

1226 Arlington Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, 15210

About The Class

Stand-Up 201 takes a deeper dive into the world of stand-up comedy, exploring some of the industry's more peripheral elements. Through workshops and exercises, advanced students will learn about roasting, crowd work, hosting, show production, advanced writing techniques, and the refinement of stage persona. Workshops and Instruction will also feature guest observers and lecturers. The end goal of the course is for students to produce an eight to ten-minute set filmed in front of a live audience. This is an EIGHT WEEK course.


Six months of stand-up experience


Bottlerocket’s Stand-Up 101 course


Meet The Instructor: Derek Minto

Derek Minto is a stand-up comedian and veteran of the Pittsburgh comedy scene. Derek has been a featured comic for the WDVE Comedy Festival and voted Best Comic in the City Paper Best of the Burgh in 2016. In 2018 Derek won Chicago's Reject Fest, a national competition. In 2020, Derek recorded his first comedy album, ‘Live from Lawerenceville’s Finest Ham Themed Bar’ inside Hambone’s during the Covid lockdown. He ran the legendary Hambones Comedy Nights, and has opened for Hannibal Buress, Todd Glass, John Heffron, and Amy Schumer once drunkenly told him he was very funny. Derek is also an accomplished storyteller that has won several Moth storyslams. His love of comedy has led him to guest teaching at the University of Pittsburgh as well as founding the Pittsburgh Comedy and the Burning Bridges Stand Up festivals.

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