Physical Comedy Workshop


What makes it funny? What makes it repeatable? How do we approach writing the funny?

This class (limited to 12 students) will tackle these questions and more while we explore physical comedy from a clown point of view. Expand your physical vocabulary, develop tools for playing comedy using the techniques of slapstick, improvisation, partnership, comic timing, and accidents in solo, duo, and group exercises. Through active games and dynamic exercises we will build short pieces of material using these skills. Physical comedy is funny within context and because of the reaction of the performer, so we will combine technique with context to discover the funny. This class is great for old and young, experienced and novice performers, for CLOWNS, IMPROVISORS, ACTORS, VARIETY artists, BURLESQUE performers, PUPPETEERS and pretty much any kind of performer who wants to bring comedy, physicality and honesty into their work!

  • Friday, May 31, 6 – 10pm
  • Saturday, June 1 12:30 – 4:30
  • Sunday , June 2 12:30 – 4:30

LOCATION: Studio 353 at 353 West 48th St, 2nd Floor
NY, NY 10036

Sign up early – limited to 12 students!

EARLY BIRD PRICE: $200 if a deposit is made by May 15
COST: $225
DEPOSIT: $50 to hold your place
Balance can be paid on the first day by cash or check.
Scroll down to the very end for refund policy.

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Hilary tours with her award winning clown show, “A Life In Her Day and performs in Variety shows worldwide. She is a founding member of The NY Goofs and appeared on Broadway in George C. Wolfes The Tempest with Patrick Stewart. Hilary is recognized as one of Americas foremost professional physical comediennes performing throughout North and South America and Europe. Revealing the humor in everyday life, she has been called “ferociously talented” (Gary Austin)
Hilary has taught at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Big Apple Circus Hospital Clown Care Unit, and Workshops at numerous festivals and and institutions worldwide.


“HILARY CHAPLAIN is a brilliant teacher and performer, and her physical comedy class is AWESOME. She creates a friendly, fun, and hard working environment for people at many different levels of experience. If you want to grow as a physical performer and have your mind/body expanded in the process, run (or prat fall) there as soon as you can!”
Cathy Rose Salit, CEO and co-founder Performance Of A Lifetime

“Hilary is a master teacher. She creates a safe, playful, fun learning environment for people of all skill levels. I learned a great deal about developing as a clown, connecting to other clowns and the audience. And doing everything with intention and love.” Marian Rich, NYC student

“Joy of physical play got very much invigorated. Hilary Chaplain freed the group to explore fun, fun and more fun while she facilitated proven and tested basic structures for us clowns or clown wannabes. This class more than lived up to my expectations!” Connie Perry

“Hilary’s workshop was truly a joy. She is a wonderful teacher with a generous spirit who has crafted a class that is accessible and fun for performers with all levels of experience. I walked away totally enchanted by the world of the clown, struck by how open-hearted and lovely this work is. Many skills I gained in this class will be useful to me in all of my acting. Highly recommended! Amanda Miller, NYC student

Students will receive a full refund of their paid tuition if they request to withdraw from the class more than 10 days prior to the workshop. Students will receive a 50% credit towards a future class if they withdraw between 10 days and 4 days prior to the workshop. No refunds will be given if student withdraws from a class 3 days or less prior to the workshop.