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Second City Hollywood

Improv & Writing Intensives

Intensive improv and writing workshops for those who can't make the weeklong programs or want a quick brush up on skills. This is the same curriculum as our seven-week classes but condensed down to three or five days!

Improv 1 Three-Day Intensives January 16-18February 27-March 1March 13-15April 10-12May 22-24
Improv 1 Week-Long Intensive December 15-19February 2-6March 16-20March 30-April 3April 20-24May 4-8June 15-19August 10-14

While learning the building blocks of improvisation, this course builds confidence through ensemble energy.

$370, 8 hours, 3 days or
$370, 5.5 hours, 5 days

Prerequisites: Open to all students


Improv 2 Three-Day Intensives January 23-25April 24-26June 5-7July 24-26August 21-23September 25-27

Improvising Characters — While continuing an enhancement of improvisational skills, this course explores acting through character development.


Prerequisites: Improv 1


Writing Bold Characters Intensive February 16-20May 29-31

From 30 Rock to The Simpsons, Anchorman to Animal House, Pitch Perfect to The Blues Brothers, Second City alumni have written some of the most robust and memorable comedic characters in Hollywood's modern history. Learn Second City's core tools of comic character creation to take your Hollywood dream one step closer to reality.

$370, 8 hours, 3 days or
$370, 5.5 hours, 5 days

Prerequisites: Open to all students


Writing for Late Night TV and Talk Shows Intensive TBA
This workshop is not offered every term. If you would like to be informed when it becomes available, please click here.

This intensive will mimic aspects of what it's like to work on an actual talk show, bringing in material daily, i.e. monologue jokes and guest bits. See what it's like to be in the writer's room each day, brainstorming and writing with a group, as well as on your own. Write desk bits, monologues, audience pieces, and a variety of segments for shows like Fallon, Conan, Kimmel, and many more. Create original scripts to strengthen your writing samples.

Participants should bring their own laptop, tablet or other device for in-class writing.

$425, 5.5 hours, 5 days

Prerequisites: Open to all students