I have known, worked with, been directed by and laughed with Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher for over fifteen years. There is no one in the business of comedy with more chops, skills, and range of experience. He not only knows funny, he is funny, and he can teach funny. Here’s your challenge: do you have what it takes to listen to him and get your butt moving? Because his ability to spot and nurture talent is matched only by his desire to see everyone succeed and that, my friends, in this town, is the rarest combination of all.Carolyn Hennesy
Gunnar’s class at ACS is more than just an acting class. It’s a real world acting class. He brings his years of comedy and casting into the classroom. This is a class where I’ve learned something more than just comedy and acting technique, I’ve learned what it takes to make it in today’s acting world.Peter Marr
Actors Comedy Studio is way ahead of the curve. Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher not only provides his students with superb coaching in comedy acting technique but an invaluable wealth of knowledge in regards to the business, and the methods of marketing oneself in entertainment. He is an incredibly organized, commited and talented teacher/coach. His community of students is one of the most supportive, skilled and motivated industry groups in LA.Doris Davis
I am writing this review on the Comedy Cast Intensive I had with Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher and Dorian Frankel. This class is amazing. You learn so much about yourself, comedy, the casting process, and auditioning all in those five hours. It could save you years of heartache and problems. Mickey Casab
There is no doubt that Actors Comedy Studio is the only studio of its kind; where actors are given the chance to study and perfect the fundamental technique of situational comedy. Before, I had found my way into some improv classes or relied on the occasional comedy script I got in my scene study class, but it wasn’t enough. With the instruction of Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher, I was able to elevate my comedy technique and have a leg up on the competition. ACS truly is a must for anyone else who is serious about working in comedy.J. R. May
Coming from NY, and having most of my experience be from the stage, I needed to find a studio where I could work on my on-camera technique. Not only did I find that at ACS, I found so much more! Every class is on camera and we get to watch back all the work we do in class. I would recommend this studio to anyone at any level because Gunnar can truly help actors who have the drive to become successful.Kim Vasilakis
In today’s industry, actors must wear a number of hats: producing, directing, editing, writing, etc., all in addition to honing their other acting-related skills. At ACS, you get not only incredible comedic training, but also the encouragement and skills needed to push past the overwhelming business aspects of “the biz,” to create, produce, and market your own work. I earned my BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and even though my training there was top-notch, I can confidently say that my training with Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher at ACS has been equally as effective and beneficial, if not more. Not only is Gunnar a comedic genius and a fantastic teacher, but he is also an incredibly compassionate human being and 100% committed to every student he teaches.Allison Oliver
Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher’s expert knowledge of comedy along with his passion for sharing his knowledge with actors is what makes him an exceptional teacher. The fact that he is an extraordinarily talented actor and consummate professional is icing on the cake and makes the experience of learning and working with him a benefit to actors in their off camera professional life as well. He is a rare teacher!Walker Brandt
Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher has the experience and the know how to teach you your own strengths. He gives you an edge in this industry by refining what you do best. This isn’t an “acting methodology.” It’s a training ground for brilliance.Byrne Offutt
Gunnar changed me into a booking actor, transformed me into a quick study for cold reads, and provided the tools I need for a career. He also mentored me in self-marketing! What teacher in Hollywood does that!? So if you are looking for a great learning environment, with amazing methods to help you book jobs, with a teacher who’ll spend the time to really get to know you and help you reach your highest peak, then I’d highly recommend the Actors Comedy Studio. Trust me, I bounced from 4 different “Well known” studios and none compare!Nathan Lucas
September 6 – November 8
Wednesdays 7 -10 pm
$1195 for the course, in 2 payments of $597.50.
Designed and taught by:
ACS Founders Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher and Lauren Marie Bertoni
Plus Special Guest Instructors; Senior Agent Sarabeth Schedeen (BRS/Gage), Groundlings Instructor Phyllis Katz and award winning actress Elaine Hendrix (Series Regular on FX’s new series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll)
Comedies are everywhere now; Network, Cable, Premium Channels, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Youtube, etc. Make sure you know how to audition and book that work!
with ACS Co-Founder, Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher
Gunnar will discuss Comedic Archetypes & Character Development for TV & Film. This week includes typing exercises which will help you accurately brand yourself in today’s competitive marketplace. In addition, Gunnar will review family dysfunction, group dynamics and codependent tendencies that permeate the core groups of Sitcom friends and families.
With ACS Co-Founder, Lauren Marie Bertoni
Lauren will introduce the class to ACS’s exclusive iCAMERA method of breaking down a script for immediate success. Understand the script, comedy and characters the way the writers intended. Learn to use the scene structure of Sitcoms to your advantage, write Want Statements that ignite you into action and accurately attach them to the arc of the scene every time, use Intentions with mastery, and map out a deep Emotional Journey that will keep your performance exciting to watch.
With ACS Co-Founder, Lauren Marie Bertoni
In the second week of Superior Sitcom Script Analysis, Lauren will go further into understanding what’s in the text. Students will learn to develop substantial relationships to other characters, memories, locations and objects in an instant. She will also empower students with an overview of Operative Words and how identifying them makes your audition significantly more powerful. In total, these two weeks will teach actors how to uplift their work to consistently undeniable and bookable, not just passable.
With Gunnar and Lauren
There is a difference between auditioning for single & multi-camera comedies. We can explain it clearly and help you practice the nuanced but extremely important distinction. Finally learn how to incorporate the difference into your audition, avoid the most common mistakes and use the technical aspects of auditioning to blow your competition out of the water. Live callbacks are becoming increasingly rare. Your only shot might be a digital recording of your first take. If you don’t know how to “crush it” in the frame and work with shot composition, your chances of booking decrease dramatically. We will teach you how to make every audition count. You will be assigned your scene and partner for live multi-camera shoot night.
With Phyllis Katz, Groundling Instructor and Founding Member
That was a lot of information in the first three weeks, now PLAY! Phyllis will work with students on their assigned scenes and translate the homework taught in prior weeks into fun, energetic performances. Specifically, she will work with students on:
• Inhabiting the role from the inside, instead of trying to remember what you “figured out” for the scene.
• Allowing you to take the work you’ve done beforehand & bring it into the present.
• Giving life to your character.
Your scene preparation will be put to the test on this week. We will conduct a table read for all the scenes, give final performance notes and block them for a three camera shoot the following week, live in front of a studio audience!
With Gunnar, Lauren, Crew and Audience
This is a bona fide performance night with a three camera shoot live in front of a studio audience! A professional Stand Up Comic will warm up the crowd. Students will perform their rehearsed scenes which will be recorded, edited and given to the students the following week. We will do multiple takes of each scene with a team of writers present. We’ll start and stop as needed and actors will be directed and given rewrites by the writing staff on the fly. Actors will be challenged to incorporate new lines and jokes into their scenes with crew and audience standing by. This is a truly unique opportunity to practice life on the set and experience professional challenges in a fun and exciting setting!
With Gunnar & Elaine Hendrix
Students will chemistry read with working actor Elaine Hendrix who recently booked a series regular role on Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll starring Denis Leary (FX Network). Elaine will discuss the reality of pilot auditions and working directly with the Studios and Networks. She will cover everything from contract negotiations and deal memos to work sessions and collaborating with writers, producers and Network Executives at the Series Regular level. Invaluable information available nowhere else!
With Sarabeth Schedeen, Senior Agent at BRS/Gage
Spend three hours with one of LA’s top agents, learning the ins and outs of the greatest, most challenging business in the world. Now that you’re in Hollywood with your headshots and resumes, how do you keep from psychologically “going under”? How do you maintain a positive, pro-active attitude in the face of such overwhelming odds? What can help you beat those odds? How do you stay true to yourself and your goals while walking the minefield? Sarabeth shares the tips, secrets, life lessons, psychology and the philosophies that have made her a working success for 30+ years in the business of “show.” Learn how to stay sane, better your odds and still play nice.
With Gunnar and Lauren
The course will conclude with a review of all previous weeks, including interactive exercises that will reinforce everything learned throughout the course. Then we conclude with a screening of the edited scenes from week 7 tape night! Refreshments and snacks will be provided as we view the scenes together on our 8 ft. projection screen.
The Reviews are in!
“Even though I’ve had previous experience performing on multi-camera TV shows, I still learned a lot… things I wish I learned before.” ~ Mieko Hillman
“As an actor, I’ve been studying sitcoms consistently for a few years, and I have plenty of on-stage improv and theater experience, but the live taping was something I’ve never encountered before: to be handed 4 consecutive lines changes, all of them killer jokes, and to have less than a minute to wrap your head around it in order to nail it on take 2 is mind boggling. It’s also thrilling, exciting, challenging, and most importantly, forces you to trust yourself, your homework and your training.” ~ Sarah McLean
“Gunnar has the incredibly unique talent of pinpointing what may be holding you back in your performance and eliminating it – all the while keeping your performance truthful to who you are. He allows your own comedic genius to shine through and simply helps you become better.” ~ Cheryl Texiera
“This studio is run by Lauren Bertoni and Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher; two of the elite in the business. These people not only know EVERYTHING but they know EVERYONE! And if you are in LA- you know thats what matters. Check their credentials. Facts don’t lie. Being blessed enough to be in the same room with them and be taught by them is out of this world. These are 2 people in hollywood who ARE NOT SELFISH with their knowledge.” ~ Kiara McCarthy