Stand-Up Comedy Workshop with Kirsten Van Ritzen

If you could take stand-up comedy lessons with one of the very best performers in this genre in Victoria, would you?  Relatively new to Victoria (arriving in 2011) but with decades of experience on stages in Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver, Kirsten Van Ritzen is better known to audiences locally for her on-going role as the ever-drole Ava Garter, the Snake Lady, in the improvised soap opera Sin City: Carnies, which recently completed its smash season.
Don’t these members of Kirsten’s recent Level Two class look like they had fun?

Back row: Derek Mohninger, Joy Kruger, Kirsten Van Ritzen, Linda Kowalsky (hat), Charles Ross, Ken Kowalsky
Front row: Natalie North, Lenore Lemay, Romina Miranda, Nancy Mergen, Ciska Rockwell
Photo by Ian Ferguson, image provided


8 Tuesdays 7-9pm starts Tuesday June 12th

BurnsideSchoolCommunity Centre

3130 Jutland Rd

$150 regular/130 students & seniors

 Must Register in Advance:  778-440-0408


Calling all funny folks, class clowns and office cut-ups! Always had a secret desire to try stand-up comedy?  Learn all the secrets of writing and performing original stand-up comedy in this fun beginner workshop.

The class is the first of its kind in Victoria – and has proven to be immensely popular. Past participants are tearing it up on comedy stages around town, and have described the experience as: “inspiring”, “life changing” and “a weekly date with laughter.”

Instructor Kirsten Van Ritzen is a professional actor and comedienne, as well as a writer, director, and producer.  She has worked for two decades in the entertainment industry, specializing in all genres of comedy.  In Victoria, she delighted audiences as “Ava Garter” in SINCITY: CARNIES, the M-Award nominated improvised serial; she is a frequent performer at PHILLIPS COMEDY NIGHT, CAGE MATCH, GOTTA GETTA GIMMICK, and more.

Kirsten has taught for Toronto’s Second City Workshop Centre, Randolph Academy, Vancouver Theatresports, Kaliedoscope Performing Arts Studio, and currently teaches acting at Pacific Film and New Media Academy. She is thrilled to share her expertise with beginners as they discover the addictive thrill of earning laughs.

About @lacouvee

Community Builder. Catalyst. Speaker. Writer. Arts Advocate.

Passionate about bridging online and offline communities to effect positive change.

I truly believe that one person can make a difference and that we all have our own lives to live, creatively, while respecting the unique nature of others.


  1. Hey Janis,
    I took a level 1 class with Kirsten late last year and it was incredible. I learned about my reasons and methods of being funny. Can you believe somebody actually figured that stuff out? Kirsten’s class was filled with all levels of confidence as it related to the students public performance experience. She was able to coach even the greenest of performers to create a great comedy routine. Worth every penny and then some. Weeks of class topped off with a public performance. She’s one funny lady and a stellar teacher too.

    • @lacouvee says

      Kirsten is a consummate performeer! I’m glad you not only enjoyed her classes, but learned a lot too, Anthony. Thanks for the endorsement.

      • Thank you Anthony for the endorsement! (He got an A+ ).

        Janis more than a few people have contacted me about the comedy class “in June” – which confused me until I figured out they were referring to this 2012 blog posting! I even got a call from a lady in Edmonton. My Fall 2014 class is well underway – anyone interested in 2015 standup or improv workshops in Victoria – the dates will be posted at

        thanks again Janis for all your support!

Speak Your Mind