Term 3 Upcoming Classes
Upcoming Classes Laughs and Learning Offered Daily. Class Links Below. UPCOMING CLASSES ONLINE LIVE! This class meets online via Zoom or Google Hangouts, at the day & time you’re signing…
This class meets online via Zoom or Google Hangouts, at the day & time you’re signing up for. All you need is a sturdy internet connection and a device that has a camera and microphone (computer, tablet, or even your phone can work.)
DRAWING FROM JOURNALISM (Online)
It’s interesting times for journalism. And for comedy. In this workshop, we’ll study how news is made, from reporting techniques to resources to things like bias and what makes something “fake.” We’ll use what we’ve learned as prompts for writing comedy pieces. And if we get very bold, we’ll use comedy pieces as prompts for journalism. (Really.)
STAND-UP LAB (Online)
Open mics are great but sometimes you need a little more when working on your material. Let Second City help you with that process in our Stand Up Comedy Lab on Mondays. Sign up and a Second City instructor will help with feedback as well as lead other comics pitches. Drop in, drop some comedy ideas and lets see what sticks. Along with getting feedback each participant will get a chance to be in our open mic. Get more out of your mics with Second City Stand Up labs.
- Stand-Up Lab (Online) · Mon · 5-8PM (6/22-7/13) · PST · Taught by Erin Tracy
- Stand-Up Lab (Online) · Tues · 11-2PM (6/23-7/14) · PST · Taught by Erin Tracy
STORYTELLING 101 – CRAFTING A STORY (Online)
Live storytelling shows have become one of the fastest growing and most personal forms of entertainment in Los Angeles. With the popularity of shows like The Moth, Mortified and Porchlight, audiences have shown that they love to hear a well-crafted and fascinating story. In this class we will focus on the craft of 1st-person storytelling – how to structure an event from your life in a way that is interesting and entertaining to other people. At the completion of the four weeks, each of the students will walk out with one stage-ready story, which will be performed in the final class show.
- Storytelling 101 (Online) · Mondays · 11-2PM (6/22-7/13) · PST
- Storytelling 101 (Online) · Wednesdays · 2-5PM (6/24-7/15) · PST
ON CAMERA AUDITION TECHNIQUE (Online)
In this 4 week online class, you’ll learn useful cold-reading techniques, how to use the sides as a support during the audition rather than a crutch, script analysis, personalizing the text, making strong choices, being in relationship to the reader, building effective eye-lines with the camera, world-building to bring a sense of environment and story, and more. We’ll also focus on self tape and enhance your on-camera skill set. Have stronger auditions to help you book more!
SITCOM 101 FOR ACTORS (Online)
This is a 5-week Sitcom workshop focusing on script analysis, technique and the audition. The goal of this intensive is to make good actors and funny people more consistently successful in the audition room. Excellent practice for the seasoned actor; also, a great place to start for beginners. Get more out of your process by increasing your sitcom vocabulary, honing your skills and replacing bad habits with productive ones.
DIALECTS & CHARACTER VOICES LEVEL 1 (Online)
DIALECTS & CHARACTER VOICES LEVEL 2 (Online)
ADVANCED IMPROV FOR VOICEOVER AND SELF RECORDING (Online)
This class focuses on the necessity of home recording for voiceover auditions/jobs and on-camera self-tape auditions and applying the techniques/exercises of improvisation in a solo performer environment. LA based on-camera and VO artist and Second City alumni teacher/ director, Kiff VandenHeuvel, leads this dynamic 4 week class from booth to self-tape home studio with the specific focus on self-direction, self-recording, and utilizing the improv skills you know and practically applying them without being told to do so by a booth or casting director.
- Applying improv technique to self-direction for VO and On Camera copy
- Creating environment and characters quickly
- Technical challenges and mastering them
- Equipment and getting up to speed
- Memorizing technique
- And much more…
Prerequisite: previous improv experience.
- Advanced Improv for VO and Self Recording (Online) · Tue · 5-8PM (6/30-7/21) · PST · Taught by Kiff VandenHuevel
MASTER THE PITCH (Online)
In Hollywood, great careers start with a great pitch. It’s how ideas turn into projects and how creators get paid. Distributors are buying content more than ever. So, now is the time to sell them yours. In this class, you’ll learn the skills of crafting and delivering a solid pitch presentation. We’ll also cover pitch packets, loglines, one-sheets, proofs of concept and more. Time to reward all that hard work you did writing and get paid for it.
WRITING AND PRODUCING FOR LIVE STREAMING (Online)
This class explores the booming world of live streaming comedy shows. Here students will learn to develop and execute their own live streaming show with it’s own unique voice and perspective. This includes finding and engaging your audience, creating segments and a rundown, choosing the right platform, marketing and more.
LADIES LOVE IMPROV (Online)
This class is for those identifying as female only, sorry not sorry! We will work on strong initiations, committing to characters, and extreme yes, and. Jaime will also side-coach and work scenes to find game and add specifics. A must for the improviser who finds herself constantly playing mom or wife (or both at once, ewwww). Let’s work it out ladies, and find ways to be empowered within both our scene work and improv community!
Online Improv Drop-In
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 anyone looking for 90 minutes of fun and creativity—with other people. All you need is an internet connection and a camera, and we’ll have you “yes, and”-ing in no time. This crash course is taught by our Second City Training Center comedy pros in Chicago, LA, and Toronto. Sign up by yourself, or encourage your friends to join your session for a virtual get-together!
- Monday : 12pm – 1:30pm CST
- Tuesday : 6pm – 7:30pm CST
- Wednesday : 3pm – 4:30pm CST
- Thursday : 6pm – 7:30pm CST
Online Writing for TV, Stage & Film Drop-in Taught by Rich Talarico
Bring in a 5 page or less sketch or a pitch and work it out in a hands-on setting. This class will be run “WRITERS’ ROOM STYLE.” Students bring in first drafts or ideas for sketches and Rich shares insights from working 15+ years in late night TV (SNL, MADtv, Key & Peele, The Tonight Show) and from experience having written five resident company shows for Second City in Chicago. Open to all levels but some experience is helpful. Students will learn how to contribute to others’ ideas and pitches as well. Two ways to take it: PARTICIPANTS: Get to bring in their sketch and have Rich workshop it. AUDITORS: Get to watch Rich work with other and hear his insights
Online Stand-Up Improv
Kids & Teen Classes
Online Comedy Camps
This class meets Online, at the day & time you’re signing up for. All you need is a sturdy internet connection and a device that has a camera and microphone (computer, tablet, or even your phone can work.)
Virtual camp = real fun!
PARENTS, we know you’re doing your best to find interactive play (how did our parents even do it?!) and we’re here to help you with a virtual room filled with kids! We’ve figured out how to bring real, live fun straight from The Second City to you! Our totally digital, totally FUN comedy camps will engage your children for four hours of fun and creativity—with other kids. All you need is an internet connection and a camera, and we’ll have them “yes, and”-ing in no time. These camps are taught by our SC Training Center comedy pros. Sign up your child by themselves, or encourage your child’s friends to join your session for a virtual get-together! Campers are broken up by ages 4-6, 7-9, 10-12 & 13-18. You can pick from our 1-Day or 5-Day camps, to customize your child’s needs and schedule.
Campers exercise their sense of play through improv games that are the foundation of The Second City’s unique brand of comedy. Our teachers will work with these young improvisers to help enhance their ability to communicate with others and develop confidence in their own creativity while working as part of an ensemble. No previous experience is needed. Camps end with a virtual show where the students show off what they’ve learned!
Improv: The fundamentals of improv’s “Yes, and” philosophy.
Musical Improv: Spontaneously put words to music.
Sketch Comedy: Use improv to develop scenes, and create original sketches.
CAMPS (AGES 4-18) SCHEDULE:
10AM-11AM : Improv
11:30AM-12:30PM : Sketch Comedy
1:30-2:30PM: Musical Improv
1-DAY CAMPS • TUITION: $75
- Eastern Time Zone Camps (Ages 4-18)
- Central Time Zone Camps (Ages 4-18)
- Pacific Time Zone Camps (Ages 4-18)
5-DAY CAMPS: MONDAY-FRIDAY • TUITION: $250
- Eastern Time Zone Camps (Ages 4-18)
- Central Time Zone Camps (Ages 4-18)
- Pacific Time Zone Camps (Ages 4-18)
Online Advanced Comedy Camps
Already taken full-length classes or camps with us? Got some improv experience from your own neck of the woods and want to try it The Second City way? Whether you’re a current student with us or an improviser from the other side of the world, you can hop into our Advanced Online Camps and keep the fun going.
9amPST/11amCST/12pmEST – Improv
10:30amPST/12:30pmCST/1:30pmEST – Sketch
12:30pmPST/2:30pmCST/3:30pmEST – Musical Improv
Advanced Improv: The fundamentals of improv’s “Yes, and” philosophy.
Advanced Musical Improv: Spontaneously put words to music.
Advanced Sketch Comedy: Use improv to develop scenes, and create original sketches.
1-DAY CAMPS • TUITION: $75
5-DAY CAMPS: MONDAY-FRIDAY • TUITION: $250
ONLINE → IN-PERSON
This class will begin as an Online program, and will move to a live classroom setting when it is safe to do so, per the state and CDC regulations. It will meet at the day & time you’re signing up for. To successfully participate, all you need is a sturdy internet connection and a device that has a camera and microphone (computer, tablet, or even your phone can work.)
Improvising Basics – While learning the building blocks of improvisation, this term builds confidence through ensemble energy.
IMPROV 1 3-DAY INTENSIVE
Improvising Basics – While learning the building blocks of improv, this term builds confidence through ensemble energy. Same curriculum just squeezed into 3 days.
- Improv 1 · 3-Day INT · 11-7PM · Friday-Sunday (5/29-5/31)
- Improv 1 · 3-Day INT · 11-7PM · Friday-Sunday (6/26-6/28)
IMPROV 1 5-DAY INTENSIVE
Improvising Basics – While learning the building blocks of improv, this term builds confidence through ensemble energy. Same curriculum just squeezed into 5 days.
Improvising Scenes – A study of emotion, relationship, point-of-view, and environment; this term focuses on what makes an improvised scene work.
- Improv 2 · Wednesdays · 6:30-10PM (5/13-6/24) · Taught by Adam Peacock
- Improv 2 (Off Peak Hours · Mondays · 11:00-2:30PM · (5/18-7/6, NO CLASS 5/25) · Taught by Adam Cawley
- Improv 2 3-Day INT · 11-7PM · Fri-Sun(5/1-5/3)
- Improv 2 3-Day INT · 11-7PM · Fri-Sun(6/5-6/7)
Improvising Games and Advancing Scene Work – While continuing an enhancement of improvisational scene work, this term explores improvising shortform games.
- Improv 3 · Mondays · 6:30-10PM (5/11-6/29, NO CLASS 5/25) · Taught by Katie Nahnsen
- Improv 3(Off Peak Hours) · Tuesdays · 11:00-2:30PM (5/12-6/23) · Taught by Rich Baker
- Improv 3 · Sundays · 12-3:30PM (5/17-6/28) · Taught by Patrick Rowland
- Improv 3 3-Day INT · 11-7PM · Fri-Sun (5/8-5/10)
- Improv 3 3-Day INT · 11-7PM · Fri-Sun (6/12-6/14)
CONSERVATORY 1 (audition level)
Acting within Improv – put the two together.
Graduates of iO, UCB, & ComedySportz are eligible to bypass the audition and directly enroll!!! If you are a graduate of one of these schools fill out this form: http://bit.ly/2kEqWcr and we can sign you up! Or give us a call at 323.464.8542
- Cons 1 · Tuesdays · 11-2:30PM (5/12-6/23) · Taught by Martin Garcia
- Cons 1 · Saturday · 3:30-7PM (5/16-6/27)
Original Characters – the next Austin Powers is within you!
- Cons 2 · Tuesdays · 6:30-10PM (5/12-6/23) · Taught by Jason DeRosse
- Cons 2 · Sundays · 12-3:30PM (5/17-6/28) · Taught by James Gangl
Study the art of ensemble improv and how to make your castmates look like rock stars! Also, learn comedic structure through both improvised scenes Second City archive sketches.
- Cons 3 · Tuesdays · 11-2:30PM (5/12-6/23) · Taught by Dave Colan
- Cons 3 · Saturdays · 3:30-7PM (5/16-6/27) · Taught by James Gangl
Ever wanted a do-over? Here’s your chance! By re-improvising your scenes, you’ll learn how we take an idea from improvisation to a polished written sketch.
- Cons 4 · Tuesdays · 6:30-10PM (5/12-6/23) · Taught by Tim Paul
- Cons 4 · Saturdays · 3:30-7PM (5/16-6/27)· Taught by Doug Morency
Review all the elements of scenic creation studied in the Conservatory and learn how to use them to conceptualize, pitch and perform original sketches in preparation for Grad Revue.
- Cons 5 · Saturdays · 3:30-7PM (5/16-6/27) · Taught by Tim Paul
After completing all five levels of our advanced conservatory, students may audition to take part in our Grad Revue program. Ensembles of no more than eight students are selected and grouped together to complement one another as they embark on a nearly half-year process of writing and performing an all-original Second City-style revue that will run on our studio theater stage. Each level is seven weeks long after which the written revue is performed once a week for six weeks.
Grad Revue 1: Pitching and Creating Material
Students will work closely with their director and ensemble mates to create and pitch sketch ideas to be improvised, re-improvised and developed into written scenes. They will learn to mine their imaginations, real lives and the world at large for satirical inspiration, as well as learning to write, re-write and edit comedy sketches in the Second City style. Students will have a chance to perform these developing sketch ideas in front of live audiences in three preview shows throughout the term.
Grad Revue 2: Shaping the Show
In the second half of the rehearsal process, students will continue to shape their scene ideas through re-improvisation and re-writing, as well as learning from their director what it takes to create a cohesive running order for a comedy sketch show. They will also gain experience as comedic songwriters, working with a musical director to create a cast song idea and lyrics, which the musical director will turn into a song to be performed in the revue. Previews for live audiences continue in Grad 2, during the course of four previews, students work with the director to ensure their material becomes show ready.
After the revue is written, it’s time to perform! The ensemble will experience the joy of performing a weekly sketch show that they wrote, full of their individual ideas and scenes they created as an ensemble. Throughout the run, students will feel the challenge and thrill of performing live sketch comedy for audiences that will reward all their hard work with laughter.
- Grad Revue (Part 1): O · Tuesdays · 11-2:30PM (5/12-6/23) · Taught by Dave Colan
- Grad Revue (Part 2): Harvey · Mondays · 6:30-10PM (5/11-6/29/13) · Taught by Pepper Berry
INTRO TO WRITING FOR TV & FILM
SECOND CITY SKETCH WRITING 1
Second City Sketch Writing 1 is for any student who is looking to start the journey of writing a Second City-style revue. This class is the foundation for scenic comedy writing, a guide for utilizing an improviser’s skill set for rapid creation, and learning writing refinement. The concepts and tools provided in Sketch 1 are the building blocks for being able to quickly and creatively write to and for a Second City-style revue. Every comedic writer must have the knowledge and skills that are offered in this course. You will then use those skills in our program to cast actors, write a revue, and have a four show run at the end of Sketch Writing 3.
- SC Sketch Writing 1 (Off Peak Hours) · Saturdays · 12-3:30PM (5/16-6/27)
- SC Sketch Writing 1 3-DAY INT · Fri-Sun · 11-7:00PM (6/19-6/21)
SC SKETCH WRITING 3
In 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.
- SC Sketch Writing 3 · Wednesdays · 6:30-10PM (5/13-6/24) · Taught by Rebekah Walendzak
- SC Sketch Writing 3 · Sundays · 12-3:30PM (5/17-6/28) · Taught by Rebekah Walendzak
SITCOM SPEC WRITING LEVEL 1
A spec script is an idea you have for an episode of an existing show (remember how you thought Liz Lemon should marry Pete Hornberger?). Learn sitcom story format, how to match the voice and tone of the show, how to give and take notes, and what the industry is looking for in a good spec. At the end of the class, you?ll have a rough draft.
- Sitcom Spec Writing 1 · Thur · 6:30-10:00PM (5/14-6/25) Taught by Kara Lee Burk
WRITE YOUR TV PILOT: FROM IDEA TO DRAFT
This immersive class will get you from idea to draft on your original pilot. Move from development phase, to outline, to draft. Half-hour and hour long pilots are acceptable. New students and experienced students welcome
- Write Your TV Pilot: From Idea to Draft · Mondays · 6:30-10PM (3/9-6/22) Taught by Brendan Kelly
WRITING FOR CHILDREN’S ANIMATION LEVEL 2
Ever been told you think or better yet act like a child? Well maybe you should write like one too! In this class we will look at the difference between storyboard driven and script based animation shows. During the class you’ll develop a story springboard, outline and a spec scripts of an existing 11 minute show, all while learning the basic structure of animation writing.
- Writing for Children’s Animation Level 2 · Wednesdays · 6:30-10PM (5/13-6/24) · Taught by Patricia Villetto
ORIGINAL TV SERIES
From Fleabag to Barry to This Is Us, every successful TV series begins with an inspired writer. The goal of this class is to help you develop all the necessary elements for your series: characters, conflict, story arcs, tone, setting, the pilot episode story and more. We?ll also cover script structure and formatting. In-class writing exercises will help you develop your characters and their voices. Homework is almost always writing script pages so you could potentially come away with some of your script written. Beginners through professionals are welcome as instruction is tailored to each writer. Follow up this class with Original TV Series 2 to begin to write your pilot script.
An elite group of eight students will go on a year-long journey in this program that teaches the fundamental techniques to directing Second City’s style of sketch comedy and improvisation. From working with scripts to coaching improv to developing scripts, this five-level program culminates in a scripted sketch revue showcasing a sample of each director’s work. Each level is seven weeks long and each class will have 6 to 8 volunteer actors for the directing students to work with in class.
Applicants need to complete the Directing Program Submission Form. Please submit yourself for consideration HERE
- Directing Program · Saturdays · 12-3:30PM (1/11/2020-10/10/2020) Taught by Dave Colan
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 until discovering their own unique style. Class culminates in a final performance in The Second City Hollywood Studio Theater.
INTRO TO IMPROV FOR BUSINESS
A one-day crash course in improvisation, this workshop will provide the basics for giving and receiving focus, expanding and heightening an idea, working as an ensemble, and effective listening. This program is built to be effective for those entering the workforce and seasoned leaders alike, while we take the core principals of improv and apply them to effective communication in the workplace.
REWIREU: THE CORE INTENSIVE
The RewireU program empowers people through improvisation techniques cultivated over 50 years of entertaining a wide range of audiences. We know people! Participants of the RewireU program will learn new tactics for handling conflict, sharing opinions, championing projects, overcoming change and collaborating. RewireU is for individuals or companies who want to rethink how they work.
REWIREU: PUBLIC SPEAKING
Bring your best self to your next work presentation or wedding toast! Using targeted improv exercises, this course will help you become more comfortable and confident with public speaking. Focus areas will include how to read the room, adjusting to change in the moment, extemporaneous vs. prepared speech, and wowing a crowd. You will get access to videos of your individual speeches for self-assessment between classes. The result? Heightened awareness to shed those physical and verbal idiosyncrasies that aren’t serving you so you can bring your A-game every time.
Kids & Teen Classes
2020 HOLLYWOOD & PASADENA SUMMER COMEDY CAMPS (AGES 8-18)
How fun does a Comedy Camp sound? Spend part of your summer at The Second City in our improv and comedy writing camps. Now in Hollywood & Pasadena! Campers exercise their sense of play through improv games and exercises that are the foundation of The Second City’s unique brand of comedy. Our teachers will work with these young improvisers to help enhance their ability to communicate with others and develop confidence in their own creativity while working as part of an ensemble.
Our comedy camps attract students from all over the world to learn improv, make friends, and perform on our stage! No previous experience is needed. Camps end with a show where the students show off what they’ve learned!
Camps meet Monday through Friday, 9am-3:30pm. Each day students rotate through three subjects:
- Improv: An intro to the rules of Improv—saying yes, working together, listening, and having fun.
- Sketch Comedy: An intro to the basics of writing sketch comedy scenes.
- Musical Improv: Learn to spontaneously put words to music.
Hollywood – Hollywood camps are held at The Second City Hollywood, 6560 Hollywood Boulevard.
Pasadena – Pasadena camps are held at 690 E Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104.
1-week Summer Comedy Camps (ages 7-18):
June 8-12 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395 (Hollywood)
June 15-19 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395 (Hollywood & Pasadena)
June 22-26 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395 (Hollywood)
June 29-July 2 · Mon-Thurs 9-3:30pm · $316 (Hollywood)
July 6-10 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395 (Hollywood & Pasadena)
July 13-17 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395 (Hollywood & Pasadena)
July 20-24 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395 (Hollywood)
July 27-31 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395 (Hollywood)
Aug 3-7 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395 (Hollywood & Pasadena)
Aug 10-14 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395 (Hollywood)
Aug 17-21 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395 (Hollywood)
2-week Summer Comedy Camps (age 12-18):
KIDS & TEEN IMPROV WEEKDAY & WEEKEND (AGES 4-15)
What kind of kid is yours? Shy kid? Class clown? Smart aleck? Get them into these classes that will feed what they need. They will learn improv exercises and games. No experience needed. Classes are designed to be taken several times. Kids are broken into age groups of 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15
- Kids Improv (ages 7-9) · Sundays · 10AM-12PM (5/17-6/28) · Taught by Piper Gillin
- Kids Improv (ages 10-12) · Saturdays · 10AM-12PM (5/16-6/27) · Taught by Piper Gillin
- Kids Improv (ages 10-12) · Sundays · 10AM-12PM (5/17-6/28) · Taught by Audrey Flegel
- Teen Improv (ages 13-15) · Sundays · 10AM-12PM (5/17-6/28) · Taught by Inessa Frantowski
ADVANCED IMPROV (AGES 13-18)
This advanced improv class is for students who have taken our Youth and Teen Improv classes and are ready for the next step. This is an audition level course.
- Advanced Teen Improv (ages 13-18) · Saturdays · 10AM-12PM (5/16-6/27) · Taught by John DeFour
- Advanced Teen Improv (ages 13-18) · Sundays · 10AM-12PM (5/17-6/28) · Taught by Macklen Makhloghi
The Teen Troupe is a seven week class designed for students who would like a deeper exploration of improvisation. The course will build ensemble technique and facility in improvisation. This will be accomplished through both long and short form improv work, culminating in a public presentation at The Second City Studio Theatre. Performances are held each week during the class term. Students are admitted to class by interview/audition only. Class size is limited and we are giving first priority to former students of the Teen Performance classes.
- Teen Troupe · Saturdays · 3:30-6:30PM (5/16-6/27)· Taught by Paul Kingston
Play. Improvise. Write. Create. Under the direction of our most seasoned Kid & Teen Faculty, cast members are selected by audition to join the Teen Conservatory. Students of this program will learn the Second City process of creating a memorable Second City styled comedic revue with original sketches, songs and character monologues in our Studio Theater!
- Teen Conservatory · Saturdays · 12-3:30PM (5/16-6/27) · Taught by Paul Kingston
TEEN VOICEOVER (AGES 13-18)
It’s time to expand your acting repertoire and tackle a new type of performance! Come to Second City Hollywood to learn the ins and outs of voice acting. In this seven-week course, you’ll learn to create characters, find your vocal strengths, and enhance your acting ability by utilizing improvisational skills in The Second City style. You’ll be recording both original and provided copy throughout the class, and will leave with mp3 files of your work. You’ll also learn how to properly use and care for your body’s natural instrument–your voice!
ONLINE ON YOUR TIME
Students of this class do not need to log in at a certain time or day for streaming sessions, as content, exercises and assignments are on-demand at your own pace
Online Sketch Writing 1
Students living away from one of the Second City Training Centers can still study comedy sketch writing! In Online 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” to “Clash of Context” to “Inappropriate Response.” This course is conducted by e-mail and online correspondence with a Writing instructor.
Online Sketch Writing 2
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.
Stand-Up 101: Joke Writing
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 when possible, and upload performance videos to YouTube or Vimeo. They will also be required to provide both supportive and constructive feedback for their fellow students.
- Stand-up 101: Joke Writing · June 6-July 25
- Stand-up 101: Joke Writing(EXPRESS 1a) · June 20-July 11
- Stand-up 101: Joke Writing(EXPRESS 1b) · June 20-July 11
Online Writing for Late Night TV and Talk Shows 1
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 put together your pitch packet for a talk show.
- Online Writing for Late Night TV and Talk Shows(EXPRESS 1a) · Jun 20-Jul 11
- Online Writing for Late Night TV and Talk Shows(EXPRESS 1b) · Jun 20-Jul 11
- Online Writing for Late Night TV and Talk Shows · July 11-Aug 22 · Taught by Holly Wortell
Online Writing for Late Night TV and Talk Shows 2
Building on Online Writing for Late Night and TV 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 up with extra segments for celebrity guests, recurring segment ideas, Fallon-type games with guests, and Sweeps weeks/big ideas for the shows like Kimmel’s “Wall of America.” Students work together more in this level, and explore and heighten each others ideas in this collaborative writer’s room environment!
Online Creating & Pitching Your TV Series
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 to character breakdowns to future episodes.
Online Writing the Sitcom Spec Script
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 Online Writing the Sitcom Spec Script you will write a solid spec script, a script for an existing comedy on television, so you can learn how to write a TV comedy and have a writing sample.
Online Satirical Sketch Comedy Writing 1
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. Prerequisite: Sketch Writing Level 2
Online Satirical Sketch Comedy Writing 2
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.
Online Acting 101: Fundamentals Through Genre
This class teaches a solid, fundamental approach to acting that can be applied to any style or genre of material. After establishing a core process, put it immediately into practice by tackling different styles of scripts each week. Students learn and discuss key elements in scripts, as well as submit self – taped assignments with direct feedback from the instructor. This class also includes weekly live sessions with the instructor. Hone your process and then put it into practice through multiple genres!
Kids & Teen Classes
Online Teen Sketch 1 (ages 15-18)
Teen Sketch is a quick and fun entry into the world of sketch comedy writing. Part one of this three-part course is an exercise-based class WITH NO GRADES (woohoo!) that is all about generating ideas and exploring point of view while learning some terminology along the way. Homework includes in-class exercises, short writing assignments and posting on the Discussion Board.
Teen Sketch is open to students ages 15-18. No previous experience is required.
Online Teen Sketch 2 (ages 15-18)
Come on back and get your sketch comedy even sketchier! In part two of this three-part course, teens build on tools learned in Teen Sketch 1, further developing their comedic point of view along with learning and writing sketch comedy styles like: Fish out of Water, Inappropriate Response and Parody.