No prior improv or sketch comedy experience required!

Our Sketch Comedy Writing curriculum launched in late 2016, and is intended to give anyone the tools and theory to start writing sketch comedy for the stage and screen in the tradition pioneered by respected American comedy schools like The Second City and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

The class includes a description of The Improv Conspiracy Theatre's approach to sketch comedy, which has some parallels to our improv program, except written and refined instead of made up on the spot. (Haven't done any improv with us yet? Don't worry, this class is for you!)

Each week students will watch and analyse sketch comedy videos as a group, do table reads of student-written sketches, and discuss possible ways to improve them via rewrites in a collaborative writers' room environment. Each week will feature a different homework assignment (e.g. topical current events sketches, character-based sketches, genre parody sketches, etc.) and a discussion of best practices to ensure that everyone is well-equipped to tackle the assignment.

Students who do their homework each week will leave the course with at least six original sketches, at various levels of polish depending on how much effort they elect to spend doing the recommended rewrites.

As this is a pure writing class, there is no end-of-term performance associated with this workshop.

Course Prerequisites
This course has no prerequisites
You are eligible for this course
Course Duration
8 Sessions Per Term
Free Theatre Tickets

Includes:

  • 4 student tickets to shows
  • 2 student jam passes
Pass / Repeat Evaluations
You will be evaluated by your instructor – based on your attendance and mastery of the course content
Course Fees

$575 Full / $525 Concession

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Testimonials

What students are saying about this course level

This online sketch comedy writing course is the best thing I have done at The Improv Conspiracy. It was a great learning experience but also the discipline of continually writing a 4 - 5 page comedy sketch showed how much I had improved over the course. I would highly recommend people do this program.

Andrew W.
Intro to Comedy Writing Student

As someone who always wanted to learn about comedy but didn’t know where to start, I can’t recommend the online sketch program more! I learned so much this term and had a great teacher who broke down the concepts making them easy to grasp, along with providing excellent feedback each week. If you are thinking of trying it DO IT!

Katherine P.
Intro to Comedy Writing Student

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