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All bookings are NON-REFUNDABLE, but may be transferred before the start of term. You can defer to a later term or give your spot to a friend.
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Our Sketch Writing curriculum 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.
There is no prior experience required to get started.
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 time they spend on their recommended rewrites.
As this is a pure writing class, there is no end-of-term performance associated with this workshop.
Please Note: This workshop takes a 2 week break for Christmas/New Year between weeks 6 and 7. Recommencing on January 12.
While we don’t anticipate having to change the instructor after registrations open, please be aware that this may happen from time to time.
Simon McCulloch started improvising with The Improv Conspiracy in 2013. Since then he has performed with a number of shows and teams at the theatre including his current Harold team Peter Helliar. He has trained with the iO Theater and the Second City in Chicago, and is one-fourth of sketch comedy group Trillcumber.