American Comedy Institute


Learn stand-up from " the best known comedy teacher in the country" -NY Times, Stephen Rosenfield. In a workshop that includes classes and private writing sessions with Stephen, you will create your own comedy set and perform at Gotham Comedy Club!

Contact Information

481 Eighth Avenue Suite 736 New York, New York, United States 10001

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The American Comedy Institute is the first comedy school in history to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theater.

You will learn to perform and write comedy with the guidance of award winning Director Stephen Rosenfield " the best known comedy teacher in the country" -NY Times.  Over the course of twenty four years Stephen Rosenfield has earned an international  reputation as the master teacher of  comedy. He is renowned for his gift for helping both new and established comedians take their careers to new levels of success. 



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"If you could only have one relationship in stand-up comedy, make it with Stephen Rosenfield. Over the last 24 years Stephen Rosenfield has established ACI  as the National Center for the study of stand-up comedy performing and writing. Headliners find their voice at ACI  and return year after year to brush up their technique. Just about every comic you've ever heard of has passed through ACI."

- Ted Greenberg

                                      Ted Greenberg is an Emmy-Award winning comedy writer formerly with David Letterman. His one person comedy show The Complete Performer is in its third year off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse. Ted has been studying at the American Comedy Institute since 2005.




"If you want to make a lot of money as a comedian study with Stephen Rosenfield. He's an outstanding comedy teacher and amazing at guiding your career. When I first took his class in 2008 I was already a comedian in Sweden, but only after working with Stephen was I able to make my art my full time profession."

- Zinat Pirzadeh
Voted Sweden's Female
Comedian of the Year




Stephen's students gain invaluable experience by performing in New York City's top comedy clubs including, Gotham Comedy Club and The Broadway Comedy Club.

Alumni of Stephen's stand-up workshops include, Jim Gaffigan, Jessica Kirson, Emmy Award winning former Letterman writer, Ted Greenberg, two-time MACC Award winner for best stand-up in New York City, Rock Albers, Last Comic Standing finalist Esther Ku, and star of the new History Channel Show " I love the 1880's" Michael Somerville among others.



                                       ACI's Programs


Stand-Up Comedy Workshops

These monthly Stand-Up Comedy Workshops are designed to help you create strong comedy material and a confident, skillful delivery. It is offered to both beginners and advanced students. The Stand-Up Comedy Workshops will help you


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The One Year Program in Comedy Performing and Writing

The  only nationally accredited program in comedy.  This, unique course of study has launched comedy careers across the world by taking funny people and giving them the tools to become original, marketable and accomplished performers and writers.  


For more Information about The One Year Program and to Apply, please click here:



Private Comedy Coaching

  • Feel stuck and want to get your comedy juices flowing again?

  • Want to brainstorm new ideas and write new comedy material?

  • Need to punch-up and tighten existing comedy material?

  • Want Steve's input on a video of your stand-up comedy performance?

  • Want to be totally prepared for an audition or upcoming performance?

Then do what comedians across the country and around the world do when they need to do their best – book a private comedy coaching session with American Comedy Institute's Director, Stephen Rosenfield.





Our philosophy at the American Comedy Institute is that the best comedy training does three things. One, it helps you find your own comic voice – what is original and different and wonderful about your sense of humor. Two, it teaches you how to communicate your unique comedy skillfully, fearlessly and entertainingly to the largest possible audience. And three, it instills love and respect for comedy and its capacity to help us survive by showing us that we can face the truth – and laugh!


It is our belief that by offering our students training, performing opportunities, and information, and by introducing their work to the entertainment industry, we are significantly enhancing their capability to pursue comedy as a career.


–Stephen Rosenfield, Director




To register for a workshop, private session or to get information about The One Year Program please call our office at 212-279-6980

Hours of work

Monday through Friday 11:00 am to 5:30pm


481 Eighth Avenue, Suite 736
New York, NY 10001

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