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Give the Gift of Laughter

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)November 30, 2012

(MAHWAH, NJ) -The Center for Innovative and Professional Learning at Ramapo College suggests the gift of laughter this holiday season. Community members are invited to purchase a Comedy Workshop as a gift for friends and family who are at least 18 years of age.
The workshop will be held on six Wednesday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m., beginning January 30, 2013 in the Ramapo College Anisfield School of Business, Seminar Room ASB-522. Registration for the workshop is now open at

“Humor is therapeutic,” said comedy workshop instructor and agent Peggy Boyce.  “Even if you or your loved one have no intention of ever getting up on stage, learning how to turn everyday life experiences into comedy routines can give one a new perspective on life.”

In the workshop, Boyce presents to her students the proven methods for making people laugh and how to create personal comedic routines from everyday life experiences. Students study other working comedians’ styles, discover how to harvest their own comedy material, and practice developing their own comic voice. The workshop includes a combination of writing and performance exercises designed to turn everyday observations into punch lines.  Techniques covered include comparisons, similes, mimicking, list making, and more. Family and friends are invited to a final day performance.

The 2013 Comedy Workshop dates are: January 30, February 6, 13 and 27, and March 6. March 13 is scheduled as a make-up snow day. Registration fees are $295. Registration is completed online through the “Register Online” button on the Website. Payment may be made directly online with a credit card, or a check made out to “Ramapo College of New Jersey” may be sent to: Center for Innovative and Professional Learning (A-233), Ramapo College of NJ, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430.

Boyce has been a part of the comedy scene for more than 20 years, first as a comedian, then as a producer, promoter, and publicist, and now as an agent.  Many of Boyce’s students have been featured in comedy clubs and festivals in the New York metropolitan area, including Stand-Up New York, Gotham Comedy Club and The Improv.  She is the creator and producer of the Ladies of Laughter and Lower Hud’s Funniest series.

For more information about the Comedy Workshop, please visit, or call the Ramapo College Center for Innovative and Professional Learning at (201) 684-7370.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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