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School of knock-knocks: Comedy schools aren't all just for laughs

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Dan DaSalva, 15, performs his stand-up routine for Kids N' Comedy teachers Will McKinley and Stu Morton at the Gotham Comedy Club in Manhattan. Enrollment at comedy programs for kids is on the rise across the country. (Eddie Vega / CNS)

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Dan DaSalva, 15, performs his stand-up routine during a Kids N' Comedy workshop at the Gotham Comedy Club in Manhattan. Enrollment at comedy programs for kids is on the rise across the country. (Eddie Vega / CNS)

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Ryan Drum, 12, performs his stand-up routine during a Kids N' Comedy workshop at the Gotham Comedy Club in Manhattan. Enrollment at comedy programs for kids is on the rise across the country. (Eddie Vega / CNS)

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Ryan Drum, 12, performs his stand-up routine during a Kids N' Comedy workshop at the Gotham Comedy Club in Manhattan. Enrollment at comedy programs for kids is on the rise across the country. (Eddie Vega / CNS)

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Ryan Drum, 12, performs his stand-up routine during a Kids N' Comedy workshop at the Gotham Comedy Club in Manhattan. Enrollment at comedy programs for kids is on the rise across the country. (Eddie Vega / CNS)

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Don Drum, 44, takes notes as his son Ryan, 12, discusses his newest stand-up routine at a Kids N' Comedy workshop at the Gotham Comedy Club in Manhattan. Enrollment in comedy programs for kids is on the rise across the country. (Eddie Vega/CNS)

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The same make-'em-laugh skills that comedy schools teach to 12-year-olds can also help them relate better to family and friends and prepare them for successful lives, even if they don't choose stand-up.


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