Defrost Festival
2024 Festival Now On Sale
Shows, workshops & social events
July 31st – August 10th

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
    Monday, July 22, 2024
Course Fees

$575 Full / $525 Concession

Plus online booking fee of $5

Prices include GST

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

Important dates, venues & times

Course calendar

Workshop Sessions
  • Workshop Session #1
    Monday, July 22, 2024
  • Workshop Session #2
    Monday, July 29, 2024
  • Workshop Session #3
    Monday, August 5, 2024
  • Workshop Session #4
    Monday, August 12, 2024
  • Workshop Session #5
    Monday, August 19, 2024
  • Workshop Session #6
    Monday, August 26, 2024
  • Workshop Session #7
    Monday, September 2, 2024
  • Workshop Session #8
    Monday, September 9, 2024

Meet your teacher

Instructor Profile

Tom Burton

Tom Burton is a comedian who has been an ensemble member at TIC since 2018. He performs weekly on Harold night with his team Deep Blue. He is also in the cast for The Remix, FTIQ and House Sketch.

He has performed in a number of festivals, most notably as one half of the sketch comedy duo, the Burton Brothers. Tom can be seen performing regularly at comedy rooms across Melbourne where he flails wildly about on stage.

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