Stage 4 Restrictions COVID-19 Update: Due to reintroduced restrictions, we've been forced to postpone ALL improv classes until further notice. We will be in touch with affected students via email. We'll be converting listed in-person sketch comedy classes to online versions, and adding additional classes where possible. There are no shows running at the theatre.

Intro to Comedy Writing - Term 5b 2020 - Sunday — Workshop Details

This is an online course that does NOT meet in-person at our Melbourne locations
Course Name
Intro to Comedy Writing - Term 5b 2020 - Sunday
8 Weeks
  Start Date
Sunday, October 4
  End Date
Sunday, November 22
On your own time
$525 Full / $475 Concession
+ $5 Online Booking Fee (Includes GST)
Online Course
We will contact you with instructions on how to participate in the virtual classroom, file sharing and video conferencing tools.
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If you have any questions before booking, or wish to set up an alternate payment scenario (bank transfer, payment plan, etc) please contact us!

All bookings are NON-REFUNDABLE. However, for a 5% change of registration fee you may alter your booking before the course start date – deferring to a later term or giving your spot to a friend.

Be sure you understand all of our conditions of participation before signing up.

Note: this online class meets through a combination of Zoom Video and Google Classroom.

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.

The materials are delivered via google classroom ins PDF and worksheet form. Each week your instructor will hold short zoom sessions for read-through opportunities. However, this class is primarily designed to be completed on your own time during the week. Graduates of this level can take Writer's Room online which is wholly delivered via zoom.

There is no prior experience required to get started.

Each week will feature a different homework assignment (e.g. topical current events sketches, character-based sketches, genre parody sketches, etc.) and a the google classroom can be used for discussion.

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.

About the instructor(s)

While we don’t anticipate having to change the instructor after registrations open, please be aware that this may happen from time to time.

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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.