I have had the pleasure of having Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher as my teacher for many years! He is crazy in tune with the world that is Television Comedy… and his knowledge, experience and humor makes him an excellent teacher! The quality of students at ACS is a testament to Gunnar’s hard work, intelligence, and passion for what he does! I know I can bring the funny but, with Gunnar as my teacher, I can bring it AND BOOK IT!Michael Piper-Younie
Gunnar Rohrbacher is determined to make each student self-sufficient and responsible for their own actions in this new media-driven industry, and with the tools I’ve gained from Actors Comedy Studio, I truly feel I am ready to face it. I am proud to be associated with ACS, where I’ve found nothing but supportive, driven, like-minded friends.Sarah McLean
Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher’s class is for any actor searching for knowledge, confidence and a greater version of themselves.Allie Grant
There hasn’t been a single audition I’ve gone into as a professional in which I haven’t employed the lessons I’ve received from Gunnar. I can’t recommend him enough.Henry Watkins
Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher is an amazing teacher. Not only is he a genius when it comes to comedy, but he is a very caring human being. He’s the first teacher I’ve met who is not on a power trip or into tearing students down. He truly wants his students to succeed as actors.Damon Kohli
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
I love ACS. Thanks, Gunnar! I can’t leave a class here without feeling energized and encouraged about my next audition. Instead of feeling unsure, I’m confident and motivated to keep plugging ahead no matter what the script, casting director or director throws at me in the room. I am prepared. That’s because Gunnar knows what he’s doing. In any given class we could work on script analysis, improv, with a partner, on our own audition style… but no matter what the focus is that day, you’re up in front of that camera and you’re watching yourself by the end of class. Who can’t learn from that?Caroline Timm
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
A few months ago, I got a last minute audition. The script wasn’t available ahead of time, so I knew that I would have to work hard and fast on it once I got to the session. When I arrived, I sat down with the script and began breaking it down using the tools and processes that Gunnar taught me at ACS. After about 4 minutes, the writer of the series came out of the room and said that they were ready for me. I went into the audition and they all laughed – the writer, director and lead actor. More importantly, I wasn’t “acting” in the scene, I was really in it. I got the job.Phillip Daniel
One of the best on-camera classes in LA! Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher is an incredible teacher with great insights, especially when it comes to acting for sitcoms. You get to work 2-3 times per class, you get great feedback and tips, and then you review your performance afterward to see how you look on camera. AND, class is a blast in a half; I laugh more in this class than I do at some comedy clubs. Class at ACS is one of the few I recommend for actors here in Los Angeles. Patrick Donahue
September 6 – November 8
Wednesdays 7 -10 pm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 extremely important distinction. 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 lets 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:
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! 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 (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion, Parent Trap, etc.) 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”? 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.”
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.
$1195 for the course, in 2 payments of $597.50
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