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Brian FratesYou are sitting in front of your computer right now, checking-out this website, contemplating the pursuit of a dream. You’re well aware of what your heart and your head and your gut have told you repeatedly – namely, become an actor. Guess what? Todd Rohrbacher will help you do more than sit and stare at a computer screen while know-it-alls like your heart, your head and your gut offer-up advice. Todd is a gifted, well-trained, experienced actor who will excite you, motivate you and assist you in honing the skills you need to make it as a working actor.

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Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Testimonials

 

Carolyn HennesyCarolyn Hennesy

 

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.

 

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Elaine HendrixElaine Hendrix

 

I love working with Gunnar. He empowers me to make strong, creative choices while still honoring my own unique voice. He also knows the business, its trends and what is needed when I walk into a room. I don’t audition without him!

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Allie GrantAllie Grant

 

Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher’s class is for any actor searching for knowledge, confidence and a greater version of themselves.

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Byrne OffuttByrne Offutt

 

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.

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Robin Phelps

Robin Phelps

 

Run don’t walk to sign up at ACS! I have known and studied with Gunnar for about 4 years now, with a few breaks here and there to explore other classes in LA. However, I keep coming back because there really is a sense of being home at this studio. It amazes me how he keeps reinventing his lessons as the years go by, and the material never becomes stale. His notes and adjustments are always right on, and never fail to make the scenes funnier. You get a taste of all the following in Gunnar’s classes: cold reading, audition technique, scene study, TV single camera, TV multi-camera, improv, film comedy, basic scene study, character analysis, etc. We also celebrate good news and share helpful info on the biz each week before class starts. It’s really a supportive environment, and I’ve made my best friends in LA through these classes. What a great feeling to be part of a group where you are learning, growing and being with people you respect and love to be around. Oh, and most importantly, laughing your ass off!

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Peter MarrPeter Marr

 

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.

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Corinne DekkerCorinne Dekker


ACS offers the best comedy training in town – bar none. Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher is ahead of the trends and offers invaluable insight on not only comedy skills but also marketing and all things “industry”. Cannot say enough good stuff about this studio!

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Nathan LucasNathan Lucas

 

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!

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Allison OliverAllison Oliver

 

ACS is the one-stop shop in providing today’s actors with the solution of how to make a lifelong career. Gone are the days when you could focus solely on your craft and depend on your agent to get you all of your auditions and take care of the business side of acting. 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.

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Micahel Piper-YounieMichael Piper Younie

 

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! Now, combine those attributes with a studio that is the MOST progressive and forward thinking in LA, or anywhere for that matter! Actors Comedy Studio has opened many doors for me. 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! Word!

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Mary_PasseriMary Passeri

 

Gunnar has created an amazing studio where actors can come together to learn craft and business skills, find their unique ‘funny’, and grow as artists and professionals in a supportive community. I am so grateful to Gunnar for his expertise and amazing insight. His classes and private coaching have been instrumental in my acting career. He has helped me to build a resume with TV Comedy credits I am incredibly proud of. His feedback is honest but always given with kindness and compassion. I look forward to continuing my personal and artistic growth with Gunnar as a teacher, mentor and true artist.

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Matt SwansonMatthew Swanson

 

If you’re not studying with Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher over at ACS, I honestly think you’re not entirely living up to your potential. 

Gunnar’s ability to individually coach and teach his students, while in a group setting, is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. People leave his class feeling encouraged and nurtured and CHALLENGED, and very much like they’re on the road to being the best performer they can be. 

I said it earlier, and I’ll say it again: you should be studying with Gunnar Todd. 

Highly recommended.

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Erica Hanrahan BallErica Hanrahan-Ball

 

One of the best acting schools around! There have been countless times where I have taken class one week and the lesson in that class immediately helped me in my very next audition. Equal parts resourceful and inspirational. Thank you ACS!!!!

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Konstantin LavyshKonstantin Lavysh

 

Gunnar is an awesome coach. On top of being a proper professional with vast experience, he is quite inspiring and supportive. One of the most favourite learning experiences in acting I have ever had, and I have studied with wonderful teachers. ACS is an awesome place to get educated, elevated, and to better yourself. One of the awesome perks is the “on camera” element – and you are not watching playback on a little TV, but on a wall-sized screen, using a projector. I find it tremendously useful, as it really shows you all you do in every little detail. Most importantly though, Gunnar has a unique ability to see right through you and thus is able to fine-tune you in a very personalized way. If you haven’t yet – do yourself a favour and go see for yourself.

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Abby Walla

Abby Walla

 

I was fortunate to find Gunnar’s class two years ago after I’d graduated from an acting conservatory and had a good foundation, but needed to hone my comedic skills, type, and knowledge of the business. Not only did I find a supportive, yet challenging teacher, but I also found a group of highly motivated actors that I have since collaborated with. Gunnar’s classes are always a nurturing environment where you feel free to take chances. I’m excited about Actors Comedy Studio because it’s truly a community and is at the forefront of all of the new media changes in the industry. Instead of trying to catch up to the changes, we’re all carving our own paths.

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George Jonson

George Jonson

 

They say it’s all about who you know… Well, ACS is where you make those contacts! Gunnar Todd is the main instructor and he’s very bright and his expertise goes way beyond breaking down a comedy script. What’s crucial about working with him is that he’s a working successful actor himself who BOOKS.

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Susannah HillardSusannah Hillard

 

Gunnar is an amazing teacher! He is so specific, and really helps each actor find their individual strengths. His insights are spot on, not only with comedy technique but especially when he breaks down scripts with you. His audition coaching has been excellent for me! His comedic sensibility is the best in town. The best.

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Phillip DanielPhillip Daniel

 

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. And that’s what I realize is so great about Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher and ACS – they build your foundation, craft and confidence. They want you to succeed. Having run the gambit of acting schools in LA, I can honestly say that ACS is the best program I have been to, and that they truly care about making their actors better and seeing them succeed big time. It’s not just a school – it’s a community. And no one can succeed without a supportive community behind them.

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Walker BrandtWalker Brandt

 

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!

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Damon KohliDamon Kohli

 

Gunnar 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.

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Mariko MiyamitsuMariko Miyamitsu

 

LA is a great place filled with opportunities, and chances for actors, but at the same time you could easily get lost in all of it. It has only been less than a month since I’ve started attending Gunnar’s class at Actors Comedy Studio and it has been a wake up call experience. I feel very focused and have a clear sense of direction of my future acting career. If you feel lost or you don’t know where to start, this is the place to go!

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Alex BallAlex Ball

 

Recently took the Comedy Intensive with Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher and Dorian Frankel at ACS. What a great experience, they really know they’re stuff, and if you’re looking to get you Comedy chops polished, this is the event to attend! You work many times in this Intensive, and having Casting Director Dorian Frankel give her insight into the casting process, is extremely helpful. Take the Intensive, you’ll be glad you did.

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Shannon KingstonShannon Kingston

 

At Actors Comedy Studio, we do something new and exciting every class. Gunnar always thinks about what will be useful in our day to day lives and auditions and we will revolve a whole class around something he thinks we need to focus on. If I ever stop taking his class for even 2 weeks, my acting and my happiness in life declines. He is now looking for new and creative ways to help his students succeed besides just teaching them acting.

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Patrick DonahuePatrick Donahue

 

One of the best on-camera classes in LA! If you’re looking to get some solid on-camera training, make sure you check this place out. 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. I’ve taken quite a few, and this has easily been one of the best (and most enjoyable)!

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Sarah McLeanSarah McLean

 

I’ve studied with Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher for over a year now, and in that year-plus I am in awe of how my confidence has grown in my abilities as an actor and the vast amount of industry knowledge I’ve gained. My comedic intuitiveness is being honed, which has greatly boosted my confidence, and I am grateful for the individual time he’s taken with me to discuss my progress, or the insight he’s given in finding an agent or manager. Gunnar 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

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Mickey CasabMickey Casab

 

I am writing this review on the Comedy Cast Intensive I had with Gunnar Todd and Dorian Frankel. Gunnar is the owner of Actors Comedy Studio and Dorian is a head casting director who casts TONS of comedy. This class is amazing. Both teachers bring something different, but they both agree on everything. 

Everytime you’re up, they always give you a redirect. Through watching everyone go up for all exercises, you get to see the different mistakes everyone makes on each and learn from it. 

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.

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Kim VasilakisKim Vasilakis

 

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. It has been extremely helpful for breaking certain habits and feeling confident when I audition on camera. Gunnar also pushes us to learn more about our industry through self production, writing, networking, etc. I would recommend this studio to anyone at any level because Gunnar can truly help actors who have the drive to become successful.

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Clint TauscherClint Tauscher

 

If you’re anything like me, you’ve discovered the hardest thing to do in Hollywood – harder than getting an agent, harder even than finding employment as a waiter – is finding a reputable, trustworthy and effective acting instructor. It took me over a decade to find an on-camera audition instructor worthy of my time and money. His name is Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher. Though his class focuses on comedy, Gunnar knows it’s not enough to be funny. His class builds comic actors by focusing first on acting fundamentals, in a manner that is not only comprehensive and easy to understand, but easy to implement. Most importantly, I’ve learned to trust the preparation I do before an audition, so that I can relax into my best self during the audition. Last year, after over a decade slowly building my acting career, I booked my first SAG-AFTRA co-star role. I directly attribute my current success as a working actor to the lessons I learned from Gunnar Todd.

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Caroline TimmCaroline Timm

 

I love ACS. Thanks, Gunnar Todd!

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?

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Jonathan LevitJonathan Levit

 

I have taken many, many classes in los Angeles, ranging from acting scene study to comedy to improv. There are very few teachers or schools that “get it”. Gunnar is at the top of the list! He understands what it means to be an actor and deliver what is needed on screen and on stage. If you are trying to accomplish any level of success in this business, as an actor, you NEED to study with Gunnar Todd!

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Alex AlexanderAlex Alexander

 

I have grown so much as an Actor under Gunnar’s tutelage. He has the keen ability to see your strengths and weaknesses, and he helps and guides you in a very supportive way. Highly recommend studying at The Actors Comedy Studio!

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Jonathan SterrittJonathan Sterritt

 

GUNNAR TODD IS Amazing!… best teacher I have studied with since I have been in LA! If you dont take his class, you’re delaying your success!

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Vanessa MesiaVanessa Mesia

 

I recently had an audition for a comedic role in a feature film. They wanted to see actors who had comedic or improv training. They told me that the improv trained actors they had seen the day before were just “too big” and over-the-top. They were looking for something real. I did the first audition and they loved it. The casting director laughed and gave me an adjustment and then asked me to do it again. He laughed again and then asked if I could wait so that they could bring in the director for me to audition for him. 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. Again, I ran through the scene a couple of times, they all laughed and then the producer gave me an adjustment and they laughed at that too. 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.

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Brian FratesBrian Frates

 

You are sitting in front of your computer right now, checking-out this website, contemplating the pursuit of a dream. You’re well aware of what your heart and your head and your gut have told you repeatedly – namely, become an actor. Guess what? Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher will help you do more than sit and stare at a computer screen while know-it-alls like your heart, your head and your gut offer-up advice. Gunnar is a gifted, well-trained, experienced actor who will excite you, motivate you and assist you in honing the skills you need to make it as a working actor. Your heart, your head and your gut? They’re just random body parts… “talking” to you… which is weird. So, do yourself the favor of getting up off of another of your random parts and taking the first step towards living your dream. You’ll be thrilled you did… and thanking Gunnar in an Academy Award acceptance speech will seem far more normal than sending a shout out to your heart, your head and your gut.

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Chelsea GrossChelsea Gross

 

Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher at Actors Comedy Studio has really helped me gain confidence and become the actor I am today. I now feel prepared to go into an audition and really wow the room! He has an amazing amount of knowledge! Gunnar takes time each class to give individual attention to all of his students and has helped me figure out my type, and exactly where I fit in out in the acting world. Not only is Gunnar an amazing teacher but also he is a great person that I have always felt has had my absolute best interest at heart! Any question I ever have, Gunnar is always there give advice or just listen! ACS is also a very supportive community of actors; it’s a place that makes you feel as though you belong, and we all help each other to succeed!

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Henry WatkinsHenry Watkins

 

Having been a student of Gunnar Todd’s for quite a while, it’s tough to encapsulate briefly all the ways he’s helped me as an actor, but let me just express a few points: Performing comedy on camera is a discipline unto itself, and I haven’t encountered anyone who comes close to Gunnar in teaching this vital skill. He brings both an overall technique to his teaching as well as a keen eye for what individual students bring to the table in terms of their essence- and what each student especially needs to work on. 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.

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Kate LinderKate Linder

 

I have had the pleasure of participating in several of Gunnar’s classes. His outstanding teaching ability is matched by his personal interest in his students. He knows the business and the craft, enabling those under his guidance to achieve goals beyond their expectations. Gunnar has created a very positive change in my career.

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Daniel Nemes

Daniel Nemes

 

I’m an actor from Sydney, Australia and I’ve worked with Gunnar in L.A. Working with Gunnar is one of the things I’m most looking forward to when I go back to L.A.

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Darlene Levin-HodgettsDarlene Levin-Hodgetts

 

Gunnar Todd’s comedy class is the only acting class that has given me the technique and the confidence to pursue an acting career after years of absence from the industry. Gunnar understands both comedy and the “business” of show business.

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J.R. MayJ. R. May

 

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.

At ACS my basic training served as a foundation to the specific technique of sitcom that is taught. With the instruction of Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher,  I was able to elevate my comedy technique and have a leg up on the competition. Now I see comedy through a whole new lens. ACS truly is a must for anyone else who is serious about working in comedy.

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Lindy LoundaginLindy Loundagin

 

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.

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Mike L. MurphyMike L. Murphy

 

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!

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Amanda NixAmanda Nix

 

When I first came to LA, I soon realized that there are a million different acting teachers/studios in this great city. Overwhelming to say the least. So I started searching and was getting really frustrated trying to find a class perfect for me, a comedic actress. My search ended the day I found Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher at Actors Comedy Studio. 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.

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Raymond MorrisRaymond Morris

I attended the Comedy Cast Intensive with Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher and Dorian Frankel (Parks & Recreation Casting Director) and have also had a one on one private session with Gunnar. The Comedy Cast Intensive was very informative and learning about the different characters of comedy is an asset to any actor. Dorian was very clear about what they want in an audition from actors when they come into her office. You get to read for typical co-star roles that actors come into her office and audition for on a weekly basis and she basically tells you what you need to do to book the job! What they look for, what they like and what she likes. If only as an actor you had this info for every CD you auditioned for! The last part of her instruction in which she showed us a little about the Casting Process and how SHE specifically picks certain actors for an audition based on their Headshots was something I will always remember. As far as Gunnar goes, I came to him regarding Private Instruction for a scene I was presenting for theatrical agents at a showcase I was about to do. I knew nothing about him other than I had a comedy scene to present and he was a comedy instructor. So I booked an hour with him. Within the hour he pinpointed 2 very specific things I needed to change about my presentation of the scene and I focused on those 2 things during my performance. Lo and behold, I got called in by an agent that saw me perform that night in the showcase! Gunnar seemed to be right on as far as what I needed to do in order to improve my scene, but not only that he gave me a couple of specific ways to fix what needed to be fixed! I find a lot of teachers can tell you what’s wrong with your work but don’t necessarily tell you HOW to fix it. Gunnar did both. It is for this reason I will continue to pursue Gunnar for ongoing instruction for my biggest passion in life which is Comedy. If comedy is your passion as an actor I recommend you pursue Gunnar as well.

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Doris DavisDoris Davis

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.

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Hennie KaiHennie Kai

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.

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