Comedy Essentials

The class that’s on every agent’s “Must Take” list!

Comedy Essentials will give you powerful tools you will use throughout your lifetime. Gunnar teaches world class script analysis that lays the foundation for outstanding auditions. Writers and producers hire actors, not casting directors. When you understand scripts the way writers intended, you’ll start booking. The confidence and certainty you gain from our highly efficient approach to the work makes acting and auditioning infinitely more fun and productive. You’ll never audition with doubts about your choices (yourself) again.

Should you start here? Probably. Comedy Essentials is exactly the right place for new actors to begin but also challenges veteran actors. If you have a theater degree, improv/sketch training or a collection of courses under your belt, Gunnar will help you integrate your prior experience into a cohesive system. Most actors will benefit from Comedy Essentials and level up to industry standards. With Gunnar’s insight, you’ll never miss a clue in a script again.


Strengthen Your Foundation

Comedy Essentials is a six-week intensive course, packed with powerhouse information that will instantly make your acting choices bolder. Guaranteed. Class is efficiently conducted through Zoom. Gunnar will introduce you to his powerful iCAMERA script analysis method as well as The Heroes of Comedy, ten comedy character archetypes every actor should know. Would you like an acting superpower? Our globally recognized system will give you just that.

As you grow more and more familiar with The Heroes of Comedy, two things happen; 1) You gain a deeper understanding of how you are seen in the marketplace by casting, producers, agents and managers. 2) You grasp characters exactly the way the writers envisioned them. No more guessing!

Gunnar designed iCAMERA to make life easier for you! A veteran of Hollywood, he honed his skills as a writer, actor and comedy teacher simultaneously over thirty years. The insight he brings to breaking down a comedy script is game changing. The story suddenly springs to life along with the jokes and characters.

Make Casting Directors Your Biggest Fans

Most actors begin their journey through our comprehensive training program here. Starting with Comedy Essentials is highly recommended for everyone, even if you’ve had prior training. We want you to fully benefit from our method. However, we’re not a one-size fits all school. If you think a different class is the right starting point for you, just let us know!

What you’ll learn at a glance:

➥  Gunnar’s iCAMERA method of Comedic Script Analysis

➥  The Heroes of Comedy

➥  Operative Words, Joke Identification, Single-cam vs. Multi-cam Comedy and more

➥  Finding the Funny in any script

➥  How TV Comedy functions and where YOU fit in

Days & Times

Our next, upcoming sessions:

Mondays from 6 – 9 pm PT for six consecutive weeks

June 3 through July 8


Saturdays from 11 am – 2 pm PT for six consecutive weeks

June 1 through July 6



Purchase of The Comedy Code required.

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Soup, Target, Powell’s & Walmart

You can also purchase for Kindle or a digital ebook.


Gunnar Rohrbacher

Founder of Actors Comedy Studio and author of The Comedy Code; Your Complete Guide to Acting & Writing in the Digital Age of Hollywood.



Is this class in person or online?

All of our classes are offered online. The industry itself works with actors online; auditions, most callbacks, casting workshops, etc. We teach acting through the lens of self-taping and online auditions. We feel our actors are best served practicing the craft with industry standards in mind.


Is there a prerequisite for this class?

No. This is our starting point for actors of all levels.


What is the class size?

Class is limited to a maximum of 14 students.


What if I miss a class?

You can make up a class in one of the other class times.


Can I check out the class before signing up?

In order to maintain class integrity, we do not allow auditing. If you would like to meet with one of our instructors for a brief, in-person meeting to ask questions, you can email us at


It’s been a while since I took a class. Where should I start?

Comedy Essentials is strongly encouraged for most actors who train at Actors Comedy Studio. Our method for working successfully in tv comedy is thoroughly explored in Comedy Essentials and is challenging even for actors with a theater degree or a collection of various acting training.

Advanced and working actors are welcome to begin in The Audition Code or Master Class, depending on experience and instructor approval.


Do you offer payment plans?

Your spot in the course is not secure until full payment is received.


I have zero experience. Will I be okay?

Yes! Our program is built to accommodate actors learning from scratch and experienced actors who want our specialized training in television comedy.


I’m an advanced actor. Is this class too basic?

No! This course is packed with information that most actors wish they knew a long time ago. Actors at all levels of their career take Comedy Essentials and gain specific knowledge that makes a real difference in their approach to acting scripted, on-camera comedy.


How do I sign up for a course?

For Comedy Essentials, you can register online and pay for the course using a credit card or debit card. You can also call and enroll by phone.


How often does Comedy Essentials meet?

Once a week for six consecutive weeks.


I still have questions, is there someone I can talk to?

Yes! You can email or call us at 323-302-9152.


Seats still available