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Joke Writing for Television

Do you love topical comedy? Is Weekend Update your favourite part of SNL? Want to know what it's like in a professional writing room? Or do you just have a lot of Rob Ford jokes you need to get off your chest?

Joke Writing For Television is a one day intensive for students with an interest in writing jokes for... well...television. Students can expect to learn the basics of crafting topical jokes for existing shows like This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Topics covered will include how to break down the voice of the show, what makes a good joke, and tips on avoiding common pitfalls. In addition we will be doing some timed writing exercises in class to give students the feel of writing jokes on a short deadline. Please come prepared to write with either a laptop or paper and pen.


Prerequisites: Open to all students

Joke Writing for Television Intensive TBA