Take your ideas from the page to the stage!

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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.

  Try a free sketch comedy writing session, on us!

Free sketch comedy writing sessions run once per month at one of our Melbourne CBD locations.

Each free trial session is hosted by one of The Improv Conspiracy Theatre's most enthusiastic sketch comedy writing instructors, who all write and perform regularly at our theatre and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

You'll be guided through a few of the most exciting and inspiring activities and exercises from our 8-week Intro To Sketch Writing curriculum.

Expect heaps of fun in a low-pressure environment, with lots of like-minded people. There's absolutely no obligation to continue on to a paid class, but trust us, you'll probably want to!

There are 16 spaces in total, so book in before it's too late.

There's no prior writing or comedy experience required to participate!

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Browse our entire sketch comedy writing program

Our sketch comedy writing program spans three exciting core class levels, designed to give you the tools and experience required to write original comedic scenes and sketches for the stage and screen.

There's no prior writing or comedy experience required to get started with your free trial or Intro to Sketch Writing class. Prerequisites apply for higher levels.

You'll leave each class term with a solid body of work – original comedic sketches that you've written over the previous 8 weeks

Acting is optional – some people may choose to perform their own material, while others may prefer to write roles for their classmates to act in

All classes include opportunities to test bits of your material on stage in front of a live audience at shows like Sketch Lab

Upon completion of the program, you'll collaborate with your classmates to put on an original hour-long sketch comedy show, to amaze your friends and family.

 Free Trial Session

Comedy Writing Sampler (Optional Trial Session)

Anyone is capable of developing relatable comedic ideas that are worth writing down and sharing—yes, even you! To prove it, we're offering a free session to help you get you acquainted with the basics of sketch comedy.

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 Core Program

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.

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Writer's Room

Building upon the core concepts outlined in Intro To Sketch Writing, Writer’s Room introduces students to large cast & solo sketch formats with a sharper focus on rewriting and technical refinement.

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Producing a Sketch Show

Let's get those sketches up on stage! In this class you'll work with your fellow students, the instructor and a director to create an completely original sketch comedy show at the Improv Conspiracy Theatre.

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Why take a class at The Improv Conspiracy Theatre?
It's no wonder we're the most popular comedy school in Australia
Classes starting soon: New 8-week class intakes every month of the year
Free trials: On the fence? Low-risk / high-fun sessions run ahead of each class intake
No experience required: Start today, no acting/writing/comedy background required
Inspiring teachers: Established comedic performers with years of experience
Get on stage: Most classes include student showcase performances
Our own CBD venues: Melbourne's only company with its own training centre & theatre. In 2018 we added a training annex to house additional classes.
4 free premium show tickets per term: check out some of the premium comedy shows at our theatre during your class term
Unlimited discounted standby tickets: those 4 free tickets not enough? During term you can see as many shows as you want via our standby line, with big discounts off our normal prices.
Other Discounts: 15% off at select local bars during term for your post-class enjoyment
Friends and collaborators: Access to a network of 2000+ local creatives
Audition opportunities: Graduated? Apply to create on our stage and video channels
Don't take our word for it!
Check out these student testimonials

Kiran R.

I took the Level 1 workshop, and I treasure my experience (so far) with The Improv Conspiracy... The community is warm and welcoming, and the talent on display at the TIC ranges from outright hilarious to heart-wrenching. I highly recommend the course to anyone.

Emily F.

Improv isn't just about being funny or performing on a stage. It's about learning to love and be in tune with your instincts and be present with everyone else in the room. About learning to love it when you 'fail' and embrace living in the moment. The Improv Conspiracy Theatre teaches you how to live.

Corrie B.

The Improv Conspiracy helped me grow immensely as a person and a performer. It also reminded me I may be over 18 but I never have to grow up (phew!). The school is welcoming and fun, and I loved coming to class every week. Highly recommend the classes. Go check out the shows too - they're hilarious!

Michael W.

This has been an incredible opportunity which I have found very fun, challenging and applicable to every day life. I'm excited to continue through the improv workshops!

James E.

An amazing experience that will equip you with new skills that can be translated to life, relationships and work. Highly recommend for anyone looking to experience something new and exciting within a supportive and educational framework.

Madeline D.

Now that I've started, I don't want to stop!

Liam H.

The Improv Conspiracy has changed my life. Thank you for such a wonderful, supportive community.

Angela S.

In Level One I learned that the best way to be a star is to make your scene partner a star. I always thought I was a solo flier but at the end of this course I realised the right ethos and the right team energy make a performance so much more inspired.

Stefan S.

It's really fun looking back after completing the 5 levels at TIC. I've had an insane amount of fun, met some incredible people and learnt so much about myself - both as an improviser and as a person. It's been an eye opening experience and I'm very grateful to have done it. I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I started, but I can honestly say I've had a blast.

Maddison V.

I walked into my first class absolutely terrified and contemplated locking myself in the bathroom for the whole class. 8 weeks later I walked off stage with my new friends by my side, feeling so proud and amazed at how much I've grown. Thank you improv!

Lowell T.

My level 1 class was such an amazing experience. Our teacher took us through everything we would need to know to go from having no background in improv to being able to put on a class show. The course was fun and I met lots of great creative people!

Emily J.

This is one of the best training courses I have ever done. I felt my brain work in a different way, and my creativity flowed effortlessly. I'm a better performer, improvisor and person because of this course.

Zandalee D.

I hate to use this cliche but doing improv has definitely transformed my life. I havent been able to express such creative energy for a long time, and i just feel so free. I encourage anyone and everyone to try this, you dont need anything but yourself. You are enough.

Matthew E.

Level 1 was awesome, I was nervous going into it but that was short lived. The class was relaxed & real supportive — I loved it!