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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.) All times listed Pacific Time.
WRITING LAB: CONTENT CREATION
WRITING SHORT-HUMOR AND TELLING BIG JOKES
In this small size 4-week class students will write short-humor pieces using stand-up comedy jokes. In each class students will spend time on writing exercises and telling stand-up jokes in an extremely supportive open-mic like environment. Students will (outside the class) expand ideas from these jokes into 500-800 words long short-humor pieces for (as seen on) humor publications like the New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Slackjaw and many more.
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. Prerequisite: stand-up experience required via a previous class or attending multiple open mics
- Stand-Up Lab (Online) · Mon · 5-8PM (5/3-5/24) · PST
- Stand-Up Lab (Online) · Sat · 1-4PM (5/8-5/29) · PST
STORYTELLING 101 – CRAFTING A STORY (Online)
Personal Storytelling has exploded in popularity, people are hungry for it – of course! There has never been a more important moment to share our truths and our experiences. This 4-part storytelling workshop is for seasoned writers, performers, total novices, and anyone who appreciate a good story. No previous writing or performing experience is necessary. Using a variety of techniques including active listening, guided free writes, sharings, and study, participants will gain tools and develop skills for telling and sharing a powerful, honest, and compelling personal story. You will understand the power and necessity of story, of why we tell stories and how the stories we tell matter far more than we imagined. Each participant will leave the workshop with a ready to perform true personal story
- Storytelling 101 (Online) · Mon · 2-5PM (4/12-5/3) · PST
- Storytelling 101 (Online) · Wed · 2-5PM (4/21-5/12) · PST
STORYTELLING 201 – CRAFTING A STORY (Online)
We all have a story to tell, now let’s take it to the next level! A more in-depth storytelling class for the people who took 101 or for those who feel seasoned enough to dive deeper into what makes a good compelling story really come alive in us. We will look at and study other forms of storytelling: from TikToks to essays to stage performances and podcasts. And at the end of 4 weeks, each participant will leave with a performance ready story or two.
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.
SITCOM 201 FOR ACTORS (Online)
Sitcom 201 is designed to build upon the fundamentals taught in 101. You will continue to hone scene study, script analysis, and audition techniques. This level will challenge you to dig deeper into your characters using your unique voice to make choices that bring specificity and breathe life into your scripts.
DIALECTS & CHARACTER VOICES LEVEL 1 (Online)
DIALECTS & CHARACTER VOICES: U.S. REGIONS (Online)
DIALECTS & CHARACTER VOICES: EUROPEAN REGIONS (Online)
PERSONAL ESSAY WRITING (Online)
Just because it happened to you, and it revealed and taught you so much, doesn’t mean you can easily share those revelations with others. Essay writing is a very fine line between an emotional journal entry and “Wow! They said what I’ve been feeling this whole time!” How does Baldwin turn a letter to his nephew into a manifesto for the people? How does Ta-Nehisi Coates turn his love of hip-hop into a n examination on race and society that resonates so deeply? In this 4 week workshop we will examine the intricacies of Personal Essay Writing. Participants will gain tools and develop skills for writing and publishing powerful, honest, and compelling personal essays. Each participant will leave the workshop with a ready to submit/publish true personal essay.
WRITING COMEDY NEWS
The Daily Show proved that comedy can be entertaining, informative, occasionally disruptive. It birthed a genre that comedian-commentators like Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Larry Wilmore, and Bassem Youssef spun into their own weird forms. In this class, we’ll study how to write comedy news from a comedic and journalistic standpoint. Students will develop a news segment, focusing on tone, voice, and content. We’ll also play with how to deliver comedy news in different forms like the Twitter thread and, who knows?, maybe a TikTok dance number.
- Writing Comedy News (Online) · Wednesdays · 4-7PM (4/14-5/5) · PST
- Writing Comedy News (Online) · Tuesdays · 11-2PM (4/27-5/18) · PST
ONLINE 4 WEEK ESCAPE CLASSES
Join us for our Escape Series course which are four weeks of fun! You’ll meet new people, learn games & exercises and break up the routine of physical isolation/schooling from home with each laugh-filled 90-minute session. Join alone or sign up with friends!
- Adult Improv Escape
- Adult Advanced Improv Escape
- Adult Improv for Anxiety Escape
- Adult Stand Up Escape
- Adult Writing Escape
- Adult Acting Escape
- Adult Podcast Escape
- Adult Musical Improv Escape
- Adult Songwriting Escape
Kids & Teen Classes
ONLINE 4 WEEK ESCAPE CLASSES
Join us for our Escape Series course which is four weeks of fun! You’ll meet new people, learn games & exercises and break up the routine of physical isolation/schooling from home with each laugh-filled 90-minute session. Join alone or sign up with friends!
- Ages 10-13 Improv Escape
- Ages 14-18 Improv Escape
- Ages 10-13 Acting for TV&Film Escape
- Ages 14-18 Acting for TV&Film Escape
- Ages 10-13 Stand Up Escape
- Ages 14-18 Stand Up Escape
- Ages 10-13 Writing for TV&Film Escape
- Ages 14-18 Writing for TV&Film Escape
- Ages 10-13 Voiceover Escape
ONLINE COMEDY CAMPS
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 7-9, 10-12, 13-15 & 16-18. 5-Day camps have a camp show on the last day
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.) All times listed Pacific Time.
IMPROV LEVEL 1
Improv 1 introduces students to the fundamental concept of “Yes, And” in improvisation. Through group exercises and games, students will explore impulse & spontaneity, listening, being present in the moment, taking risks, finding agreement (making & accepting offers) and other basic building blocks of improvisation, all in a supportive environment that embraces the idea of trusting yourself and failing joyfully. Improv 1A+Improv 1B= Improv 1
- Improv Level 1B · Mondays · 11-2:30PM (4/19-5/10)
- Improv Level 1 · Thursdays · 7-10PM (4/15-5/27)
- Improv Level 1 · Saturdays · 10-1PM (4/10-5/22)
- Improv Level 1 · Sundays · 10-1PM (4/11-5/23)
- Improv Level 1 · Mondays · 11-2PM (5/3-6/21, NO CLASS 5/31)
- Improv Level 1 · Mondays · 4-7PM (5/3-6/21, NO CLASS 5/31)
- Improv Level 1 · Tuesdays · 7-10PM (5/4-6/15)
- Improv Level 1 · Wednesdays · 5-8PM (5/5-6/16)
- Improv Level 1 · Thursdays · 12-3PM (5/6-6/17)
- Improv Level 1 · Fridays · 1-4PM (5/14-6/25)
- Improv Level 1 · Saturdays · 3:30-6:30PM (5/8-6/19)
- Improv Level 1 · Sundays · 4-7PM (5/9-6/20)
- Improv Level 1 · Mon&Wed · 4-5:30PM (5/3-6/23, NO CLASS 5/31 & 6/2)
- Improv Level 1 · Tues&Thurs · 5-6:30PM (5/4-6/17)
Improv 2 introduces students to the skills needed for character work, an element essential to dynamic improvised scenes. Students will explore creating characters through internal motivations like point of view, status, wants & intentions – as well as external ones like physicality and relationships to other characters. They will learn how to make choices in scenes that help define their character and clearly establish the “who”.
- Improv 2 · Thursdays · 7-10pm (5/6-6/17)
- Improv 2 · Saturdays · 10am-1pm (5/8-6/19)
- Improv 2 · Saturdays · 10am-1pm (6/5-7/17)
- Improv 2 · Sundays · 10am-1pm (6/6-7/25, NO CLASS 7/4)
Improvising Games and Advancing Scene Work – While continuing an enhancement of improvisational scene work, this term explores improvising shortform games.
CONSERVATORY 1 (audition level)
Conservatory level 1 is a deep dive into the Second City archives. Students study and analyze classic sketches to familiarize themselves with the satirical styles and genres presented on our resident stages across the years.
Students learn how to perform sketch by exploring the comedic structure of some of Second City’s most beloved archive scenes and study the elements of bold character creation.
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 and we can sign you up. Or give us a call at 323.464.8542
- Cons 1 · Thursdays · 5-8PM (5/6-6/17)
Armed with a better understanding of what goes into the creation of a Second City sketch, from improvisation to written scene, students in Level 2 build upon their own skills as actors, improvisers and storytellers.
Students in Level 2 study advanced improv techniques with an aim toward creating strong scenic foundations upon which to build potential sketches. Students employ all the tools they’ve learned throughout their training, from basic improvisation tenets of listening and agreement to complex character and acting work to bring dynamic scenic storytelling to life
Conservatory Level 3 is dedicated to the study of the many different types of scenic styles that are employed in sketch creation.
Students learn to improvise with the goal of creating potential sketch ideas built upon the foundation of classic comedic styles such as Fish Out of Water or Town Hall group scenes. Some of the characters or premises generated through this work may be carried over and used in the sketch show created during the Advanced Conservatory Grad Revue Process.
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.
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.
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.
INTRO TO WRITING FOR TV & FILM
Intro to Writing for TV & Film is for anyone who wants to learn the crucial basics of writing for film and television or anyone with a great idea of a movie who needs help putting it into (properly formatted) words. It gives you a strong foundation for TV and film writing, demystifies the language and process of writing, and gives you the tools to begin turning your great idea into the next Citizen Kane/Troop Beverly Hills (same thing).
- Intro To Writing For TV & Film · Tues · 4-7PM (4/13-5/25)
- Intro To Writing For TV & Film · Mon · 5-8PM (5/3-6/21, NO CLASS 5/31)
- Intro To Writing For TV & Film · Weds · 4-7PM (5/5-6/16)
- Intro To Writing For TV & Film · Thurs · 12-3PM (5/6-6/17)
- Intro To Writing For TV & Film · Thurs · 7-10PM (5/6-6/17)
- Intro To Writing For TV & Film · Sat · 3:30-6:30PM (5/8-6/19)
- Intro To Writing For TV & Film · Sun · 12-3PM (5/9-6/20)
Writing 1 is for any student who is looking to start the journey of writing to and for 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 Writing 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.
Writing 1 teaches students how to write comedic scenes that could be found in a Second City-style revue by exploring different scenic set-ups, character dialogue, genres and point-of-view. Students use improv as a tool for character and dialogue generation.
Writing 1 class time includes a combination of solo exercises and collaborative exercises to build skills in brainstorming, comedic structure and character development. Students also gain a Second City perspective on theatrical writing – including observation, idea generation, dialogue, and character creation. Feedback focuses on ‘what works’ in terms of the structural building blocks. Class time is active, positive and encouraging. Students practice concepts through a series of weekly homework assignments.
Any student interested in creating Second City-style comedic writing or interested in extending their improvisation abilities and experiences into writing should take Writing 1.
- Writing 1 · Thursdays · 5-8PM (4/8-5/20)
- Writing 1 · Mondays · 5-8PM (5/3-6/21)
- Writing 1 · Tuesdays · 7-10PM (5/4-6/15)
- Writing 1 · Wednesdays · 4-7PM (5/5-6/16)
- Writing 1 · Thursdays · Noon-3PM (5/6-6/17)
- Writing 1 · Thursdays · 5-8PM (5/6-6/17)
- Writing 1 · Saturdays · 3:30-6:30PM (5/8-6/19)
- Writing 1 · Sundays · Noon-3PM (5/9-6/20)
Writing 2 builds on the foundation for scenic comedy writing established in Writing 1 by expanding on scenic types, writing to cast and running order, and writing through collaboration. Writing 2 focuses on the construction of a sketch comedy revue running order. Students who understand the structure of a show are able to better write to the needs of a show and its cast.Writing 2 provides students with understanding of the different types of scenes found in a Second City-style sketch comedy revue. The lens of the course is focused on the Cast and the Characters. Understanding scenic formulas, writing to cast size, and character point-of-view. Students practice creating simple structures with relatable characters as they learn the building blocks of a sketch revue.Students in Writing 2 develop variety in their comedic scene creation by watching and analyzing a Second City-style revue and work on in-class exercises to write towards the need of a Second City running order. Students also work with one another to develop scenes as collaboration is a cornerstone of the Second City creation process.
- Writing 2 · Mondays · 6-9PM (5/3-6/21, NO CLASS 5/31)
- Writing 2 · Sundays · 12-3PM (5/9-6/20)
- Writing 2 · Thursdays · 5-8PM (6/3-7/15)
SITCOM SPEC WRITING
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 • Wednesdays • 4:30-8pm (5/5-6/16)
- Sitcom Spec Writing 1 • Saturdays • 12-3:30pm (5/8-6/19)
COMEDY TV PILOTS
Level 101 – Do you have an idea for a TV show but don’t know where to start? Comedy TV Pilots 101 is designed to give you the tools for converting your idea into an outline of your very own TV pilot. From character to relationship to story, each week will explore the fundamental building blocks of television comedy writing.
Level 201 – Now that you have your Comedy TV Pilot idea developed, it’s time to take it to script! This class will guide you to take your fully developed outline to script and get it ready for public consumption. Requirements: you must have a pilot outline (including character list, world overview, and sample episodes) ready to go to draft on the first class.
Level 301 – Congrats! You have the first draft of your Comedy TV Pilot. Now it’s time to start the most important part of the writing process… rewrites. In this class, you’ll receive feedback from your instructor and classmates to hone your script into a polished piece ready to send out to the industry. Each student will complete this level with a full table read. Requirements: you must have a completed draft of your script ready to go on the first class.
- Comedy TV Pilots 101 · Mon · 11-2:30PM (5/3-6/21, NO CLASS 5/31)
- Comedy TV Pilots 101 · Tues · 4:30-8PM (5/4-6/15)
- Comedy TV Pilots 101 · Thurs · 6:30-10PM (5/6-6/17)
- Comedy TV Pilots 101 · Sat · 3:30-7PM (5/8-6/19)
- Comedy TV Pilots 201 · Mon · 11-2:30PM (5/3-6/21, NO CLASS 5/31)
- Comedy TV Pilots 201 · Sat · 3:30-7PM (5/8-6/19)
- Comedy TV Pilots 301 · Thurs · 6:30-10PM (5/6-6/17)
- Comedy TV Pilots 301 · Sat · 3:30-7PM (5/8-6/19)
WRITING FOR LATE NIGHT TV AND TALK SHOWS LEVEL 1
- Writing For Late Night TV & Talk Shows Level 1 · Mon · 5-8:30pm (4/12-5/24)
- Writing For Late Night TV & Talk Shows Level 1 · Tues · 5-8:30pm (5/4-6/15)
WRITING FOR LATE NIGHT TV AND TALK SHOWS LEVEL 2
Building on Writing for Late Night TV and Talk Shows Level 1, this class will consist of joke maximizers for monologue jokes, finding the angle for your joke, monologue jokes with visual punchlines, the seven types of desk pieces, writing a rant on a topic like John Oliver, how to write a pitch for a live sketch in studio, writing bumpers (jokes for going in/out for commercial breaks), guest segment extras, Fallon-type games with guests, recurring comic character bits, series of jokes connected by a topic like Fallon?s New iPhone apps, ideas for funny segments like kid inventors, and more submission packet info!
- Writing For Late Night TV & Talk Shows Level 2 · Mon · 5-8:30pm (5/3-6/21, NO CLASS 5/31)
- Writing For Late Night TV & Talk Shows Level 2 · Wed · 5-8:30pm (5/5-6/16)
- Writing For Late Night TV & Talk Shows Level 2 · Mon · 5-8:30pm (6/7-7/19)
CREATING A WEB SERIES
Join us in a 7 week class on creating your very own web series. With the success of Webseries like Brown Girls or Broad City, creating your own can jumpstart your career. We will learn about storyline, character development and dialogue. As well as focus on the logistics of shooting. Tell your story, while working on skills that you will use the rest of your career. By the final class expect to have a fully fleshed out web series as well as your pilot shot.
- Creating a Web Series · Thursdays · 5-8:30PM (5/13-6/24)
- Creating a Web Series · Saturdays · 3:30-7PM (5/16-6/26)
- Creating a Web Series · Sundays · 10AM-1:30PM (5/17-6/27)
ACTING LEVEL 1
In a Second City revue, the comedy partly derives from the writing of the scenes; the premise, jokes, satire, etc… But the truly deep audience laughs, the laughs that people remember for years after the show, come from great performances. In this first level of the Second City Acting Program, students immerse themselves into improv exercises focused on sharpening their emotional range. When actors emotionally commit to the scene, the audience is emotionally invested too. Human beings are funny just the way they are. Students will explore and understand recognizable human behavior and how it can become a comedic actor’s most valuable asset. We will also explore the dramatic side of comedy. Pulling the audience back and forth to feel multiple emotions in a scene is essential for the working actor. All of these skills in this level will be explored using improvisation. No scripts. We recommend students have taken some improv training before taking this course, but it is not required.
- Acting 1 · Sundays · 1-4PM (4/11-5/23)
- Acting 1 · Mondays · 5-8PM (5/3-6/21, NO CLASS 5/31)
- Acting 1 · Thursdays · 6-9PM (5/6-6/17)
- Acting 1 · Saturdays · 3-6PM (5/8-6/19)
ACTING LEVEL 2
Dive deeper into character wants and needs. Learn how to deconstruct a scene, find beats, and find your character’s story through relationships with other characters.
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.
- Stand-Up 1 · Sundays · 10AM-1PM (4/18-5/30)
- Stand-Up 1 · Tuesdays · 11AM-2PM (5/4-6/15)
- Stand-Up 1 · Tuesdays · 7-10PM (5/4-6/15)
- Stand-Up 1 · Wednesdays · 5-8PM (5/5-6/16)
- Stand-Up 1 · Thursdays · 4-7PM (5/6-6/17)
- Stand-Up 1 · Saturdays · 3:30-6:30PM (5/8-6/19)
- Stand-Up 1 · Sundays ·12-3PM (5/9-6/20)
- Stand-Up 1 · Sundays ·4-7PM (5/9-6/20)
Push your risk-taking as a solo comedic performer, workshop material that is tricky to write and ambitious to deliver. Writing assignments get into the difficulty of writing many jokes on one topic, extended stories, and how to start writing your jokes based on a conceptual approach rather than just a punchline. Class culminates in a final performance.
Kids & Teen Classes
KIDS & TEEN IMPROV WEEKDAY & WEEKEND (AGES 4-18)
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 & 16-18
- Kids Improv (ages 7-9) · Sat · 11AM-12:20PM (5/8-6/19)
- Kids Improv (ages 7-9) · Sun · 11AM-12:20PM (5/9-6/20)
- Kids Improv (ages 10-12) · Sat · 11AM-12:20PM (5/8-6/19)
- Kids Improv (ages 10-12) · Sun · 11AM-12:20PM (5/9-6/20)
- Teen Improv (ages 13-15) · Sat · 11AM-12:20PM (5/8-6/19)
- Teen Improv (ages 13-15) · Sun · 11AM-12:20PM (5/9-6/20)
- Teen Improv (ages 16-18) · Sat · 11AM-12:20PM (5/8-6/19)
- Teen Improv (ages 16-18) · Sun · 11AM-12:20PM (5/9-6/20)
INTERMEDIATE IMPROV(AGES 13-18)
Is your child ready to move beyond short form games and get ready for Advanced Teen and Teen Troupe? In this class we will teach scenic improv to help them prepare for the next step! We will focus on building from what they learned in teen improv, short form games, and using those skills to excel in long form, getting one suggestion to improvise entire shows. We will also emphasize emotional offers, character building, and relationship-based scenes. This class is perfect for those looking for a challenge and hoping to make the transition to Advanced Teen and Teen Troupe.
- Intermediate Improv · Sat · 10AM-12PM (5/8-6/19)
- Intermediate Improv · Sun · 10AM-12PM (5/9-6/20)
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) · Sat · 10AM-12PM (5/8-6/19)
- Advanced Teen Improv (ages 13-18) · Sat · 10AM-12PM (5/9-6/20)
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 (5/8-6/19)
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.
Online Sketch Writing 3
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.
Online Sketch Writing 4
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 working with Second City Training Center student/actors via live streaming.
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.
Storytelling: Tell Better Stories
A online, go at your own pace Personal Storytelling course
Understanding the basics of a good, compelling story is essential to life, essential to connection, essential to whether you want to write a memoir, give a Ted Talk or share a story piece for The Moth. Understand your story and you’ll understand everything!
This online course is designed for any skill level – no writing or performance experience necessary. Once completed, you will have all the tools needed to craft your story in a compelling, engaging and passionate way.
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 · May 8-Jun 19 · Taught by Holly Wortell
- Online Writing for Late Night TV and Talk Shows(EXPRESS 1a) · Apr 17-May 8
- Online Writing for Late Night TV and Talk Shows(EXPRESS 1b) · Apr 17-May 8
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 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 Comedy TV Pilots 101
Netflix. Disney+. Apple TV+. HBO Max. Peacock. CBS All Access. Streaming content has made this the second golden age of television. 497 scripted shows were made last year. If you have an idea for a comedy or dramedy that you’d like to develop, this is the class for you. An introduction into comedy writing using proven Second City lectures taught at the Training Center, adapted for on demand learning. Develop your TV series from idea to outline in preparation for writing the comedy pilot.
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. Live one on one student/teacher checks-ins can be requested with your instructor by appointment if needed. Hone your process and then put it into practice through multiple genres!
Writing Satire for the Internet Level 1
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, and submission guidelines will also be covered.
Writing Satire for the Internet Level 2
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 their work. They will learn new forms of satirical writing and focus on rewriting, honing their style, and developing their voice as comedy writers.
Writing Satire for the Internet Level 3
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 will include repeatable premises, format and etiquette for pitching, and how to research an idea outside your realm of knowledge. There will be two virtual hour-long meet-ups over the duration of the course where we will brainstorm pitches and outlets as a group. At the end of the course, each student will have a thirty-minute video chat with the instructor to go over their final portfolio and discuss next steps.
Writing for TV and Film
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 original ideas on a weekly basis.
Writing a Screenplay
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.
Writing Sadness Through Humor
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 help you understand your feelings and improve your quality of life.
Intro to Comedic Songwriting
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, personal feedback to improve your songs, whether you are writing lyrics or lyrics and music as well.
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 email. This class is open to anyone with an interest in Voiceover work or for anyone with an interest in bettering their communication skills for work or presentations.
Online Personal Essay 101
An online, go at your own pace Personal Essay Writing course
Just because it happened to you, and it revealed and taught you so much, doesn’t mean you can easily share those revelations with others. Essay writing is a very fine line between an emotional journal entry and “Wow! They said what I’ve been feeling this whole time!” How does Baldwin turn a letter to his nephew into a manifesto for the people? How does Ta-Nehisi Coates turn his love of hip-hop into a n examination on race and society that resonates so deeply? In this 3 week workshop we will examine the intricacies of Personal Essay Writing. Participants will gain tools and develop skills for writing and publishing powerful, honest, and compelling personal essays. Each participant will leave the workshop with a ready to submit/publish true personal essay.
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.
Online Teen Stand-Up (ages 15-18)
Learn the art of stand-up comedy with The Second City Training Center featuring hands-on lessons in storytelling, character building, observational humor, one-liners and more. Students receive weekly lectures, multi-media demonstrations and exercises to create enough unique content to have a polished act by the end of the 4-week class.