Level 1: Intro to Sketch Comedy Writing

In this 8-week Zoom course, students will learn the basics of sketch comedy writing while working on developing, strengthening and trusting their own unique comedic voice. Topics include character creation, point of view, story, audience, tension, stakes, the 5-point structure and more. Students will be assigned various in-class writing assignments and provided sample sketches written by Second City Alumni, which will be read and analyzed in class.

Starting on week #4, students will be required to write one 5-page sketch per week based on a specific “Sketch Pattern.” Sketch Patterns covered in Level 1 include the following: Classic Relationship Sketch, Clash of Context, Fish out of Water and Inappropriate Response. These sketches will be read aloud in class and discussed among students in a workshop-style critique.

The class fee for Level 1: Intro to Sketch Comedy Writing is $200 (discounts available for full-time students and adults over 60). This class will meet over Zoom Wednesday evenings from 6 – 9 p.m., from June 10 – July 29. Class size will be limited to 8 students. To register or for more information, please email renoimprov@gmail.com.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a writing intensive course that requires a fair amount of time, energy, and commitment.

Level 1: Intro to Sketch Comedy Writing (Zoom)
Wednesday, June 10 – July 29
6 – 9 p.m.
Cost: $200
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