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.

  • Workshop Session #1
    Wednesday, September 20, 2023
    6:30–9:30pm
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Course Fees

$575 Full / $525 Concession

Plus online booking fee of $5

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Course Prerequisites
This course has no prerequisites
You are eligible for this course
Bookings
This course has concluded

Important dates, venues & times

Course calendar

Workshop Sessions
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  • Workshop Session #1
    Wednesday, September 20, 2023
    6:30–9:30pm
  • Workshop Session #2
    Wednesday, September 27, 2023
    6:30–9:30pm
  • Workshop Session #3
    Wednesday, October 4, 2023
    6:30–9:30pm
  • Workshop Session #4
    Wednesday, October 11, 2023
    6:30–9:30pm
  • Workshop Session #5
    Wednesday, October 18, 2023
    6:30–9:30pm
  • Workshop Session #6
    Wednesday, October 25, 2023
    6:30–9:30pm
  • Workshop Session #7
    Wednesday, November 1, 2023
    6:30–9:30pm
  • Workshop Session #8
    Wednesday, November 8, 2023
    6:30–9:30pm

Meet your teacher

Instructor Profile

Ryan Zorzut

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