COVID-19 Update: All performances have been suspended until further notice.  Workshops (in-session and upcoming) will be postponed on a rolling basis until we're able to offer them again. Feel free to book into any listed workshops that you're keen for – we'll keep pushing them back until we're able to hold them, and people with registrations on the books will get first crack at participating. It might take awhile, but we'll eventually be back to normal and would love to have you involved for a much-needed laugh.

Intro to Comedy Writing

Our introductory sketch comedy writing course is designed to give anyone the tools and theory to start writing sketches for the stage and screen in the American style made famous by The Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres.

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.

Upcoming Workshops Intro to Comedy Writing


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  Upcoming Workshops Intro to Comedy Writing


Name   Type   Start Date & Time   Instructor(s)
Intro to Comedy Writing - Term 2b 2020 - Sunday 8 Weeks Sunday, May 17
1-4pm
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