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THE OLD MISSION STATEMENT
THE COMEDY ACADEMY, INC., a non-profit organization, strives to give artistic voice to young people through writing and performing original sketch comedy material under the direction of theater professionals. Encouraging teens to use comedy to explore contemporary issues relevant to their lives and to examine the humor in life situations and experiences is TCA’s aim. The students often draw from their own experiences thus giving their comedy a unique perspective. Over TCA’s 17-year history, more than 500 middle school, high school, and college age students have been involved in its workshops and performances.
The most unique aspect of the Comedy Academy is the worldwide accessibility of Comedy Academy sketch material. The finished scripts from every TCA presentation has been published, wholly or in part, by Contemporary Drama Services (a division of Meriwether Publishing LTD). Through their distribution network, this original comedy material is available to schools and youth groups around the world. Since the first publication in 1996, almost 50,000 books have been sold. To date, CDS has leased the rights to Comedy Academy material to over 4,000 schools and venues in every state in the U.S., throughout Canada, and in Australia, Germany, Malaysia, Portugal, Singapore, Guam, and the United Arab Emirates. That these humorous sketches, written by local teens about contemporary issues in their lives, can translate across cultural boundaries and national borders speaks to the universality of the coming-of-age years in many regions and countries.
THE NEW MISSION STATEMENT
The Chuckles University has one goal - to beat you up with funny and then take your lunch money.