Online Classes

Can’t make it to one of our 3 Training Center locations? Try an Online Class! Drawing upon the groundbreaking work of The Second City and the many legendary performers who have played on its stages, we have become the largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world. Our online classes are all of the fun…while wearing none of the pants. (We don’t judge.)

We offer multiple Online Program Certifications for qualifying students. After successfully completing a collection of courses, students receive a program certificate electronically. Visit our Online Certificate Program page for more information.

Private lessons are available for individuals or improv teams.

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NEW Online Classes!

Improv Drop-in (Online)

Bring real, live fun from The Second City into your living room

Looking for laughs? Tired of TikTok? Already finished everything on all of Netflix? We’ve figured out how to bring real, live fun straight from The Second City to you! Our totally digital, totally FUN improv drop-in classes are for…

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Improv for Anxiety Drop-in (Online)

This drop in is an opportunity for anyone who has completed Improv for Anxiety Level A to practice improv skills, reconnect with fellow classmates, and build new connections….

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Humor Doesn't Retire Drop-in (Online)

Our Humor Doesn’t Retire program is for people 55 and older who are interested in meeting new people and learning the art of improvisation. Have you always loved comedy? Do people tell you you’re funny? Do you just want to do something active and have fun with other people? Then…

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Stand Up Drop-in (Online)

Learn the basics to writing and performing stand-up comedy from the comfort of your socially distanced home! Using the glories of modern technology, you and a group of fellow peers will “meet” with one of our comedy experts to learn how to “find the funny” all while getting a sneak…

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Writing Drop-in with Andrew McCammon (Online)

Don’t want to commit to a class, but want to jump in once to test the waters?  Try a Taste of Comedy Writing to learn about creating comedic characters and dialogue.
Mondays from 7 – 9pm CST*
*Students from all time zones are welcome!
Andrew McCammon is a North Carolina native…

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Advanced Audition Techniques (Online)

An online advanced exploration into the various audition techniques that an actor must implement in today’s technology. A great tune up on those cold reading, monologue and scenic audition skills whether it be online, on camera or on the stage. This class is a great way to strengthen your foundation…

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Improv for Podcasting (Online)

Miss performing two person improv? Always wanted to start a podcast? Now you can do both at the same time! In this 4-week virtual class, learn the ins & outs of hosting an improvised podcast. We’ll cover picking show themes, structure and content, hosting, giving and taking focus, being funny…

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Second City on the Big Screen (Online)

This class will watch and examine films featuring/from Harold Ramis, Mike Nichols, Bill Murray, Tina Fey and other alumni from The Second City Theater. We’ll analyze and discuss the role Second City and these director and actors have played in comedy and satiIre. After discussion and examination of these films,…

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Writing the Short Film (Online)

What elements go into a successful script? How is storytelling related to screenwriting? Why is it valuable for beginners to write a short script before attempting a feature-length script? In answering these questions students will:
  • Complete a variety of writing tasks throughout the course, including exercises designed to teach aspects…

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Writing Sadness Through Humor (Online)

Cry Til You Laugh! In this four-week course, you will learn to write about sad experiences either in your own personal life or through fiction. This class will also teach you how to add humor to your writing in order to provide some comic relief. Writing about emotional experiences can…

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The Escape Series

Improv Escape (Online)

Like indoor recess for adults, Second City’s brand new online Improv Escape Series is the perfect way to connect, laugh and try improv – all without leaving your living room. No prior experience is necessary for this fun, relaxed introduction to some of the skills of improvised comedy. Over the…

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Writing Escape (Online)

Like indoor recess for adults, Second City’s brand new online Writing Escape Series is the perfect way to break up the routine of physical isolation/working from home – all without leaving your living room. No prior experience is necessary for this fun, relaxed introduction to some of the skills of…

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Acting Escape (Online)

Like indoor recess for adults, Second City’s brand new online Acting Escape Series is the perfect way to break up the routine of physical isolation/working from home – all without leaving your living room. No prior experience is necessary for this fun, relaxed introduction to some of the skills of…

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Stand-Up Escape (Online)

Like indoor recess for adults, Second City’s brand new online Stand-Up Escape Series is the perfect way to break up the routine of physical isolation/working from home – all without leaving your living room. No prior experience is necessary for this fun, relaxed introduction to some of the skills of…

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New HRFS Online Classes!

Harold Ramis Film School Online: Adaptation

Kiss writer’s block goodbye! Adapt well-known and unknown classic tales into modern comedic film shorts and television scripts. Using free Public Domain works, you will ideate, develop and write a first draft in six weeks, while maintaining your comedic voice. We will focus on pitching ideas, receiving feedback, identifying the…

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Harold Ramis Film School Online: Trendsetters in Television

Through weekly visual story-telling exercises, analysis of film clips, and class discussion this course teaches you how to tap your own creativity, get the most out of a group of people while keeping your perspective, and how to block and direct actors. Students will learn ways of incorporating…

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Harold Ramis Film School Online: Directing Comedic Films

This class explores the vanguard and groundbreaking stars and programs that changed the face of comedy on TV. We’ll concentrate on unique and innovative voices that influenced culture through its advancements in storytelling, structure, technology and inclusion. Students analyze and discuss trailblazing programs like I Love Lucy, Atlanta, Fawlty Towers,…

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Harold Ramis Film School Online: Comedy Film Production

Students will write short comic scripts to produce into humorous videos.The class will include exercises to enhance cinematic skills such as composition, sound design, and editing for comedic effect.   Students will also analyze the components of successful humorous shorts including performance, joke structure, and conveying character efficiently….

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Sketch & Comedy Writing

Sketch Writing Level 1 (Online) (2020)

Students living away from one of the Second City Training Centers can still study comedy sketch writing! In Sketch Writing 1 students receive individual instruction through online correspondence, exploring the fundamentals of character development and theatrical scene structure. Exercises include a variety of comedic genres, from “Simple Yet Impossible Goal”…

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Sketch Writing Level 2 (Online) (2020)

Building on Online Sketch Writing 1, students will continue to learn the universal comedy techniques used in mainstream media as well as focusing on satire, character development and rewriting.

Major Concepts: Short history of sketch comedy, relationship, game and blackout sketches.

Class Work Examples: 2-Person relationship sketches aren’t…

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Sketch Writing Level 3 (Online) (2020)

In Online Sketch Writing 3 you will continue building the blocks of a sketch revue! Explore sketch structures that “break the rules”, including blackouts and clothesline scenes. Expand your ability to collaborate with other writers as you learn the structure of a Second City sketch revue.

Major Concepts: Specialty…

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Sketch Writing Level 4 (Online) (2020)

The culmination of the Online Writing Program allows you to strengthen your own voice as a writer as you explore concepts of satire founded in historical and personal events. Gain new tools for rewriting your sketches to strengthen the point of view. This term includes special workshops in songwriting and…

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Character Cocktail Party Level 1 (Online) (2020)

Character Cocktail Party is a character-focused sketch writing course where you’ll explore one specific character in many different situations/sketch types. This is a chance to start thinking about how a character can have a personality independent of one specific sketch idea. We’ll work on creating these sustainable characters and practice allowing…

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Character Cocktail Party Level 2 (Online) (2020)

Character Cocktail Party is a character-focused advanced sketch writing course where you’ll explore one specific character in many different situations/sketch types. Level 2 incorporates ensemble collaboration and the use of characters created by classmates. You’ll learn to pitch and write your characters into shared worlds, much like what is expected…

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Satirical Sketch Comedy Writing Level 1 (Online) (2020)

Learn to turn your opinions into hilarious satirical sketches. In part one of this three-part advanced course, you’ll have a safe space to express your opinions, learn how to give them a comic twist and tools that will bring them to life on the page.

Satirical Sketch Comedy Writing is open…

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Satirical Sketch Comedy Writing Level 2 (Online) (2020)

Political satire is the name of the game in part two of this three-part course. Using parody and clash of context, students will put government, politics, and politicians’ feet to the fire.

This workshop is not offered every term. If you would like to be informed when it becomes available, please…

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Writing Strong Women (Online) (2020)

In Writing Strong Women you will create memorable female characters that DRIVE your piece. Writers (women AND men) will create sketches, monologues, stories and character pieces through writing exercises, analysis of text and a variety of writing assignments.

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Stand-Up & Storytelling

Stand-Up 1: Joke Writing (Online) (2020)

Develop yourself as a solo comedic performer by writing and workshopping your own material. By understanding how earlier stand-up comics evolved, students experiment outside their comfort zone and experiment in a variety of styles until discovering their own unique style. Students will be encouraged to perform in local open mics…

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True Story for the Stage (Online) (2020)

Have you been bitten by the storytelling bug? Live, true-storytelling is both a trendy new performance form popularized by public radio shows and creative community events, and one of the oldest forms of performance there is. Storytelling has been used to teach, inspire, entertain and galvanize since before the written…

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Writing for Film

Writing for TV & Film (Online) (2020)

In Online Writing for TV & Film students familiar with the Second City model of comedy writing will explore visual writing, story structure and character in preparation for creating longer works for TV and film. The class will read existing scripts, view film and television selections, and write and workshop…

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Writing a Screenplay (Online) (2020)

A sellable screenplay = quit your day job. This class will help you create characters, understand structure & learn to pitch. You’ll end this course with an outline of your [awesome] screenplay idea as well as the start of your script.

This workshop is not offered every term. If you would…

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Writing a Screenplay Level 2 (Online) (2020)

Go from fleshed out idea to finished screenplay by getting immediate and expert critique on your writing, ultimately preparing you to not just finish the script, but market it.

This workshop is not offered every term. If you would like to be informed when it becomes available, please click here.…

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Writing for TV

Writing for TV & Film (Online) (2020)

In Online Writing for TV & Film students familiar with the Second City model of comedy writing will explore visual writing, story structure and character in preparation for creating longer works for TV and film. The class will read existing scripts, view film and television selections, and write and workshop…

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Creating and Pitching Your TV Series (Online) (2020)

You’ve been talking about your sitcom idea forever already. Make it happen! Learn what the market is looking for (seriously, what are they looking for?), how to present your idea, and make them laugh in the room. You’ll end this course with an original pitch packet – from log lines…

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Writing the Hour-Long Pilot (Online) (2020)

Ever wondered how to write a pilot? In Writing the Hour-Long Pilot you will develop your own pilot for an original hour-long dramatic television series. Study the structure, character development, formatting, and themes of current successful hour-long shows. Leave the class with Act One and a Show Bible for your own…

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Writing for Late Night TV and Talk Shows Level 1 (Online) (2020)

Write monologue jokes, desk bits, remote segments, sketch and more for shows like Fallon, Conan, Kimmel, Seth Myers, Colbert, Corden, Oliver, and Ellen. Pitch monologue jokes, brainstorm, explore and heighten material in this collaborative Writer’s Room environment. Create original material to strengthen your writing samples, and produce the elements to…

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Writing for Late Night TV and Talk Shows Level 2 (Online) (2020)

Building on Online Writing for Late Night TV and Talk Shows 1, this class will consist of joke maximizers for monologue jokes, finding the angle for your joke, monologue jokes with visual punch lines, bits or mini sketches within a monologue, rants on a topic like John Oliver/Seth Meyers, coming…

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Writing the Sitcom Spec Script (Online) (2020)

According to agents and managers, in order to break into Hollywood, it’s useful to have a spec script, an original pilot, a screenplay (if you’re interested in writing movies), and a short film (maybe a smart-phone movie). In Writing the Sitcom Spec Script you will write a solid spec script,…

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The Sitcom Writers Room (Online)

Sitcom episodes are pitched, their stories are broken (lingo in the biz for outlined) and the dialogue is punched up in a group setting: the writers room. Experience the life cycle of a sitcom episode by collaborating on writing a sitcom spec script as a group. You’ll help select a…

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Writing for Radio and Podcasts

Writing for Radio and Podcasts (Online) (2020)

In this online course, students will write, produce, and record original content meant to be listened to in podcast format. Using free audio editing software Audacity, students will learn about and experiment with a variety of different styles of pieces and podcast formats. There are writing assignments as well as…

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Writing for Stage

Playwriting Level 1 (Online) (2020)

The Second City’s approach to playwriting is focused on two elements: improvisational writing and storytelling structure. In the first course in this program, students will gain the skills to generate from abundance, create three-dimensional characters and explore their stories. Over the course of this eight-week class, students will develop several…

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Playwriting Level 2 (Online) (2020)

You’ve mastered improvisational writing—now you’re ready to get deep, messy and metaphorical. Within the first few weeks of this course you will write several short plays which will be read and critiqued by your fellow playwrights. You will then begin developing a longer piece, culminating in the creation of a…

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Producing Your 1-Person Show (Online) (2020)

In this course we will explore best practices of producing and marketing your 1-Person Show. It is important that this show is not only a tool to flex your talent but that the right people are there to see it. We will dig into “the why” and clarify your specific…

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Your Show Live! (Online) (2020)

Online Dating. Sleepaway Camp. Coming out. 90’s TV Shows. Some of the best sketch shows start with a strong central theme. In Your Show Live!, you can celebrate your experiences, obsessions and areas of expertise by learning how to create your own themed sketch show. Students will be given weekly…

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Writing for the Web

Producing Your Web Series (Online) (2020)

Gain skills you need to develop your web series from the page to shooting it with Producing Your Web Series. Grads of Writing Your Web Series (or those with instructor approval) will learn how to market your web series, where to place it for maximum impact and study case histories…

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Writing Satire for the Internet Level 1 (Online) (2020)

In this four-week online writing satire course, you will learn how to form a strong comedic point of view on topical news and pop culture events. You will brainstorm, draft and rewrite short pieces in the style of McSweeney’s, Shouts and Murmurs and The Second City Network. Internet presence, pitching,…

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Writing Satire for the Internet Level 2 (Online) (2020)

This second four-week satire writing intensive builds on the concepts learned in Satire 1 and puts an increased emphasis on writing at a professional level. Students will keep a running pitch document, have access to exclusive interviews with top editors and satire writers working today, and create a website for…

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Writing Satire for the Internet Level 3 (Online) (2020)

Portfolio, Pitching and Submitting Bootcamp

In this two-month class, the final in the Online Satire series, students will complete a writing portfolio that showcases their voice and POV, work to create a professional network, and focus on pitching and submitting finished pieces throughout the course. Topics covered…

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Writing Your Web Series (Online) (2020)

Writing Your Web Series gives you the tools to help your web series succeed. Lecture and suggested reading will include character development, format, structure, and the business side and current landscape for web writing. You will outline your idea, write episodes and workshop them, hearing them read and getting live…

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Writing with the Onion

Writing with The Onion Level 2 (Online) (2020)

Writers will learn how to write a successful comedic story, hone their prose to a fine edge, and apply The Onion’s style of comedy creation to cultivate their own voice and style. With multi-media lectures, written assignments and teacher feedback, students work to develop foundational comedy-article writing skills.

This workshop is…

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Music

Intro to Comedic Songwriting (Online) (2020)

In Online Intro to Comedic Songwriting you will learn to turn a strong point of view into a great comedic song. Work with classic song structures to strengthen your lyrics, and discover how melody and musical style can influence your songwriting. In this four-week online course, you will receive specific,…

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Professional Development

Making Your Book a Reality (Online) (2020)

Have a killer idea for a book or three chapters that have been laying around since 2015? This class is for you. We take your book and bring it to the next level, no matter where it is at. Learn more about the book writing process and how to…

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Improv for Creative Pedagogy (Online) (2020)

Improv for Creative Pedagogy introduces teachers to the principles of improvisation and its many uses in the classroom. Through videos and lesson plans teachers will be given resources to take back their classroom for immediate use. Assignments will require teachers to practice thinking like an improviser, create adaptations and uses…

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Voiceover

Voiceover 101 (Online) (2020)

Join Kathleen Puls Andrade for an intensive look at the Voiceover industry and learn the skills needed to make it in this competitive field. You’ll be getting behind the mic (or phone, or laptop) to read scripts and get coaching either live with the class or one on one over…

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Private Lessons

Online One-On-One Coaching (2020)

The Second City Training Center offers individual, customized coaching in a variety of areas including, but not limited to:

Acting
Monologue prep
On-camera audition prep
Dialects Accent Coaching

Youth & Teen Coaching
Audition Prep
Monologue Prep

Writing
Advanced sketch critique
Screenplay & Sitcom coaching
Sketch Production (Coaching a group through their first production)
Sketch generation & critique for a sketch group

Stand-Up
Idea Generation
Performance…

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Online Team Coaching (2020)

The Second City Training Center offers team improv and sketch coaching. This service is available via Skype. Our team coaches are all skilled instructors and directors that have worked with Second City resident companies, touring companies, and house ensemble teams.

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Private Lessons

One-On-One Coaching

The Second City Training Center offers individual, customized coaching in a variety of areas including, but not limited to:

Acting
Monologue prep
On-camera audition prep
Dialects Accent Coaching

Youth & Teen Coaching
Audition Prep
Monologue Prep

Writing
Advanced sketch critique
Screenplay & Sitcom coaching
Sketch Production (Coaching a group through their first production)
Sketch generation & critique…

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