Scott Novotny, Arts
The art of comedy writing
Venues: Arts & Educational Programming
Scott Novotny was born and grew up in Mayo Clinic, MN (aka Rochester). He attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN where he double-majored in Theatre/Speech and English. He taught Junior High English, was Theatre Director at Dassel-Cokato High School for two years, and has headlined for over 300 comedy clubs including The Comedy Store in LA, Funny Bones, and Sarasota Comedy Club.
Scott has written for HBO, Dudley Rigg’s Brave New Workshop, TV commercials, two children’s plays, Strange Brew daily comic strip, and Saturday Night Live. He has appeared on MTV’s Half Hour Comedy Hour, TV commercials including Best Buy, Lava Soap, Coors Beer, and Land O’ Lakes, and America’s Funniest People. Scott owned and operated The Comedy Cabaret, Minnesota’s first stand-up/variety comedy club and released a comedy CD entitled Monu-Mental in 2005. Scott teaches classes in stand-up comedy and improvisation and is currently working on a motivational speech as well as working on teaching a class in Comedy Therapy. He loves teaching new students the art of comedy and improvisation, and lives by the Greek definition of comedy, which is “life with hope”.
“…there is never a dull moment with Scott on the stage. As an entertainer, he was able to capture the attention of nearly 500 Chamber members and their guests, ranging from pastors, to professionals, to legislators, to retailers!”
–Willmar Area Chamber of Commerce
“Scott is simply one of the finest comedians ever to appear on any of my campuses in seven years.”
–Upper Iowa University
“Scott did a great job. He had people rolling in the aisles! It was great fun! I heard from everyone that he was the best comedian they had ever seen. I think it was the most fun we ever had at any of our banquets.”
–Interbake Foods, Inc.
“…truly the best medicine we have had in years!”
–Stillwater, MN Rotary
The following is a sample introduction you might use when introducing Scott Novotny (pronounced “No Vaat Knee”) to your audience:
“Scott Novotny has appeared on such numerous national television shows such as: Comedy on the Road, MTV’s Half Hour – Comedy Hour, and America’s Funniest People. Scott has also opened in concert with such notables as: Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, Wynonna Judd, REO Speedwagon, and Davy Jones of the Monkees!
He can be heard on XM radio’s comedy channels, has just released his first CD entitled Monu—mental, and has written for Saturday Night Live! Please turn off your cell phones during the performance, and let’s have a nice round of applause for your entertainer tonight–comedian Scott Novotny!”
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Scott Novotny, a professional stand-up comedian, teacher, and writer is one of the Midwest’s most requested performing artists. A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, Scott has gone on to write comedy for HBO, Brave New Workshop, television commercials, plays, and also NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
- Sit Down with Stand-Up: Comedy Writing Workshop Sit Down with a Stand-Up is a program that incorporates the history and culture of stand-up comedy in Minnesota and its development since the 1970’s. Scott Novotny guides the participants through stand-up comedy, improvisation, and comedy writing as well live demonstrations of a comedy routine. Participants will stay engaged by using Scott’s comedy writing formula for beginning writers. Audience: Teens & Adults.