This course is for those who are interested in learning the art and
craft of sketch comedy writing for television and stage. You will learn how to
write various types of sketches, develop memorable characters, collaborate with others and revise your work. Through lectures on fundamental concepts and scene structure, writing exercises and assignments and constructive
criticism from fellow classmates, you will be encouraged to produce writing that is unique, inspired and funny. Basic improvisation exercises will also be utilized by the students as a fun, creative tool to brainstorm
and develop sketch ideas. Ultimately, the course will help you discover what
is unique about your own sense of humor and creativity, and you will cultivate a deeper appreciation for comedy. The class also touches upon how to produce and promote your own sketch comedy show.
No prior writing experience is required to take this course. Handouts, publicity materials and a recommended reading list are included.
Sketch Comedy Writing I, building on the principals of
discovering your comedic voice, collaborating with other writers and revising your work. You will learn how to write
character monologues, satires, cultivate funny patterns and deal with writer's block. Basic improvisation exercises
will also be introduced as a creative tool to brainstorm and develop sketch ideas. The class also teaches you how to
produce and promote your own sketch comedy show. Handouts and publicity materials are included.