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Sketch - Intro to Comedy Writing - Term 2a 2021 — Workshop Details

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Course Name
Sketch - Intro to Comedy Writing - Term 2a 2021
Starting
Thursday, March 11
6:30–9:30pm
# of Sessions
8 Sessions
The full session schedule is listed below
Instructor
  Price
$525 Full / $475 Concession
+ $5 Online Booking Fee (Includes GST)
  Location
The Improv Conspiracy Training Annex - Classroom
37 Swanston Street, CBD
The Nicholas Building is at the corner of Swanston Street and Flinders Lane. You can enter the building from either street and take the lift up to Level 5. The venue is located in Room 502.
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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.

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.

  Session Dates, Times & Locations

Date & Time Location
Thursday, March 11
6:30–9:30pm
The Improv Conspiracy Training Annex - Classroom
Thursday, March 18
6:30–9:30pm
The Improv Conspiracy Training Annex - Classroom
Thursday, March 25
6:30–9:30pm
The Improv Conspiracy Training Annex - Classroom
Thursday, April 1
6:30–9:30pm
The Improv Conspiracy Training Annex - Classroom
Thursday, April 8
6:30–9:30pm
The Improv Conspiracy Training Annex - Classroom
Thursday, April 15
6:30–9:30pm
The Improv Conspiracy Training Annex - Classroom
Thursday, April 22
6:30–9:30pm
The Improv Conspiracy Training Annex - Classroom
Thursday, April 29
6:30–9:30pm
The Improv Conspiracy Training Annex - Classroom

Venue Address


  The Improv Conspiracy Training Annex - Classroom
37 Swanston Street, CBD
The Nicholas Building is at the corner of Swanston Street and Flinders Lane. You can enter the building from either street and take the lift up to Level 5. The venue is located in Room 502.

  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.

Caitlyn joined the Improv Conspiracy in 2015 and made a name for herself as a valuable resource in the world of comedy writing. Caitlyn studied writing with The Second City and has written and produced two critically acclaimed sketch shows Who We Were and I'm Here (nominated best comedy at Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017) and has many years experience in stage design and show production. You can catch her writing and performing in action on the TIC House Sketch Team and with the comedy team Hit By A BlimpYou can also see her perform improv each week with her Harold Team The Sirens.