Defrost Festival
2024 Festival Now On Sale
Shows, workshops & social events
July 31st – August 10th
Lukas took a Sketch Comedy class
Free info / Q&A session available
Fresh new 2024 curriculum
Fun weekly assignments and table reads
Includes free tickets to our theatre
Sketch Comedy Writing Workshops

Take your ideas from the page to the stage

Write, rewrite, rehearse, perform! Our sketch comedy writing program is designed to give you the tools and theory required to start creating hilarious sketches for the stage and screen.
A sketch comedy class writes, rehearses and performs an original show at our theatre

The write stuff

Our sketch comedy program

Whether you're an aspiring comedy writer, or one of our improv students looking to expand your skill set, our sketch comedy writing program is a great choice.

This three-level program is designed to take you on the journey of:

  • Learning the basics of comedy writing
  • Solo writing of standalone one- and two-person sketches for the stage
  • Team collaboration on creating a thematically linked one-hour sketch show

During your studies there are opportunities to liaise with our bright sketch comedy community, and test material in front live, supportive audience at shows like our monthly Script Jam.

At the conclusion of the program you'll be well poised to write your own sketch comedy shows for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and you'll be eligible to audition for one of our in-house sketch comedy writing ensembles who perform in Churn.

New & Noteworthy

Recent news and upcoming non-core classes that you might want to know about!

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    Need a nudge?

    Free Comedy Writing Q&A

    If you're on the fence, join us once per month on Zoom to hear all about the joys of sketch comedy writing from one of our expert instructors. Already keen? Skip straight ahead to our Core Track below!

    In this track:

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    Take your ideas from the page to the stage

    Sketch Comedy Writing Core

    Our core sequence of classes for students looking to learn the art of sketch comedy writing – culminating with an original, hour-long ensemble sketch show upon track completion

    In this track:

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    Festival Fun

    Defrost Festival Sketch Workshops

    Special one-off workshops during the Defrost Festival – featuring local, interstate and intercity talent!

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Our community watering hole

Enjoy some good times downstairs at Theory Bar

Fancy a beverage after your next show or class session? Our ground floor bar is open Wednesday–Sunday.

Community members and ticket-holders get 10% off*

(* Sundays and Public Holidays excepted)

Theory Bar