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
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
I have never met anyone who has a more perfect understanding of comedy than Gunnar. My confidence in my acting has improved drastically and I landed commercial and theatrical representation as a result of one of the Studio’s showcases! I’ve also found that students in this Studio are very motivated. I’ve never been around so many people who are constantly producing their own content.Amanda Nix
It’s really hard for a writer or director to nail a pitch because so much comes down to performance. Gunnar is able to take his natural abilities to elicit great performances out of actors & tailor that towards helping ‘behind the camera’ types feel comfortable when performing their pitch. On top of that, Gunnar was instrumental in offering great story advice, funny jokes, & helping to bring the emotion out at key story points. But I beg you, please don’t hire him, cause he may be too booked to coach me!Mike L. Murphy
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
Whether it’s an audition or a cold reading, I have confidence. I feel prepared. Gunnar has given me several tools to quickly break down a script. It is such a relief to be prepared and look intelligent in the audition room. I can stop winging it now. I can’t thank him enough.Lindy Loundagin
I recently had an audition for a comedic role in a feature film. They told me that the improv trained actors they had seen the day before were just “too big” and over-the-top. The director came in had me do the scene, laughed and asked me to try a different way and then said that was great and asked me if could wait so they could bring in the producer. My training with Gunnar gave me the confidence, skill and practice to work each audition and be funny over and over again. I walked out of that audition feeling like a winner.Vanessa Mesia
If you’re paying attention, you’ll see that comedy is becoming more and more prevalent on TV, film and the web. Even in drama, it’s important to know how to inject some humour to add interest and depth to the story. Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher is a founder and coach at this comedy studio, and he has a gift for teaching funny. He pays attention to every individual and helps them to find what’s uniquely funny about themselves. He’s truly committed to giving the best materials and the best of himself to his students, and that’s invaluable in a teacher. Another bonus for studying at this studio is the business skills that they teach towards developing an acting career.Hennie Kai
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
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
September 11 – November 13
Tuesdays 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.
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 an audience!
With Gunnar, Lauren, Crew and Audience
Your performance night with a three-camera shoot, live in front of an audience!
Many of our past students use clips for their reel footage!
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 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 safe 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 seven! 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