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Each student should leave class with a basic concept of how to make painful, strange, or even mundane life experiences funny. The students will learn to dig inside their own lives to find humorous, relatable material, which unifies an audience, making them laugh at their own experiences through the student’s performance. Students will leave class with a strong direction of how to structure a story for comedic purposes. Additional focus will be on getting through the fear of being judged for our honesty.
Margot Leitman is a storyteller, comedian, writer and teacher originally from Matawan, New Jersey.
She is the author of "Long Story Short- the Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need" from Sasquatch Books/Random House and the comedic memoir “Gawky…Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase” from Seal Press/ Perseus Books.
For television, she has written for NBC, the Hallmark Channel and the PixL Network. In print her writing has appeared in Playgirl Magazine, the NY Press and websites such as TheFrisky.com, Collegehumor.com and LifetimeTV.com.
Margot is a five-time winner of The Moth StorySLAM, and was the Moth GrandSLAM winner in New York City achieving the series' first ever score of a perfect 10. She is the co-host of the long running, nationally touring "Stripped Stories," and also hosts the new storytelling show "Origin Story" at UCB, Los Angeles. Her stories have been featured on NPR on “The Moth Podcast,” “Good Food” and “Unfictional,” and she's a frequent contributor to the popular podcast “RISK!"
A proud graduate of the Ithaca College Theatre Department, Leitman is an amateur baker, two time game show winner and avid practicer of Kundalini Yoga. Margot currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and embarrassingly small dog.