SOUTHAMPTON CULTURAL CENTER TO OFFER
SECOND SEASON OF NEW YORK HYSTERICAL SOCIETY’S
COMEDY CLASSES FOR KIDS 10 TO 16
FREE CLASS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH 1 TO 3PM
WORKSHOP: Sundays, February 28 – May 2 from 1 to 3 pm
TUITION: $ 295
TO REGISTER: metzoom.com/kids
Need based scholarships are available
New York Hysterical Society’s (NYHS) classes have earned accolades from kids, parents, educators, and mental health professionals. The curriculum was created by Bernie Furshpan, Marketing Expert and Founder/Director of The NYHS, with help from Lois Oliveira, Communications Expert and Educational Program Developer.
Furshpan believes that humor has mental health benefits and can help kids cope with adversity and stress, and that a comedy skill set will help kids later in life, with writing, making presentations and during interviews. Oliveira has stated that these classes build confidence and support emotional learning competencies and educational standards in writing, listening and speaking.
NYHS conducts classes with help from established comedians, who share their skills, talents, and experience with the kids. Each 10-week session culminates with a performance by the kids and professionals. The shows have been on Zoom, but when the pandemic is over, they can be performed on stage and broadcast on Zoom, Facebook, or other media. Graduates receive Certificates of Completion.
In the words of SCC Executive Director Kirsten Lonnie, “As has been stressed in prestigious medical publications as well as the NY Times, Forbes, CNN, and other national media, it is true, “LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE…”. This popular program is consistent with our dedication to offer unique quality programs to our diverse community.”
“These classes give kids a safe space to share frustrations as they learn the art and science of comedy. The program is powerful and has special value in stressful times. The kid’s ability to use humor to express their feelings often relieves family tension as well.
— NY State Mental Health Official
“My son thinks the classes are wonderful. He is having fun and talking about things that build character and sensitivity. ‘Homework’ involves observing behavior and thinking about how to develop funny stories.” —Parent
“Lola really lights up when she is in the Zoom class with you. She is in her “Happy Place” and we love to see her shine. These skills will surely benefit her throughout life, and we can’t thank you Bernie and Lois enough for their patience and dedication.” — Parents
Matthew Raynor Photography | December 5 – January 31
SCC’s “Stars For Stars” Holiday event | https://youtu.be/2DTmyjbh-lI
SCC’s “A Salute to Our Community Heroes” | https://youtu.be/3zT0Ez4ZctM
Classes have returned with limited attendance | check our website for details and other online classes and resources
Southampton’s Unique Arts Center for Education, Exhibition and Performance
Southampton Cultural Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, combines art, education, dance, music and theatre to engage and nourish the entire community with the arts. Established in 1985, the Cultural Center serves all East End residents and visitors by providing a variety of programming including classes and live performances for children and adults at affordable prices.