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Sketch – Intro to Comedy Writing - Term 1b 2022 - Monday — Workshop Details

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Only registered students/faculty allowed on premises All attendees must check-in and provide proof of full vaccination
  Please double-check this workshop's meeting location(s). We run classes at THREE DIFFERENT locations in the Melbourne CBD. Some multi-session courses may meet at different locations for different sessions.
Course Name
Sketch – Intro to Comedy Writing - Term 1b 2022 - Monday
Starting
Monday, February 7
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
Monday, February 7
6:30–9:30pm
The Improv Conspiracy Training Annex - Classroom
Monday, February 14
6:30–9:30pm
The Improv Conspiracy Training Annex - Classroom
Monday, February 21
6:30–9:30pm
The Improv Conspiracy Training Annex - Classroom
Monday, February 28
6:30–9:30pm
The Improv Conspiracy Training Annex - Classroom
Monday, March 7
6:30–9:30pm
The Improv Conspiracy Training Annex - Classroom
Monday, March 14
6:30–9:30pm
The Improv Conspiracy Training Annex - Classroom
Monday, March 21
6:30–9:30pm
The Improv Conspiracy Training Annex - Classroom
Monday, March 28
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.

Elyce joined The Improv Conspiracy in 2015, quickly becoming one of the funniest voices in our improv and sketch programs. Elyce has a masters in creative writing has produced sketch shows for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festival, and has a passion for creating ridiculous props. You can see her performing sketch in our House Sketch program as well as improv in Cluck Cluck Surf's Up.