You won’t pee your pants, but you might score yourself a chuckle.
Students at a middle school in Toronto recently took part in what’s believed to be the first grade school stand-up curriculum in Canada. And you know what? The student comics aren’t actually half bad.
“Now some of you might be asking, ‘but you can’t even drive yet?'”, one Grade 7 student began. “Yeah well neither can most people on the road.”
The program isn’t just a crash-course in comedy though. The goal is to get students laughing at themselves, instead of others and teach them the difference between “healthy and unhealthy humour.” It also doubles as a lesson in creative writing, public speaking and general social skills.
“I think a lot of bullies are really stand-up comics who don’t have an audience,” project creator Sue Stephenson said.
Students write and perform their own material, which is drawn from their own experiences. North Kipling Junior Middle School even hired a pair of real stand-up comedians to help coach the kids.
“Nobody’s really sure what to think of it at first, but by the end of it, they’re excited, they know what they’re doing, they know how to tell a joke,” Comedian Kyle Woolven said.
To hear some of their best zingers, check out the video above.