Sketch Pad: Writing Sketch Comedy for Improvisers
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
May 16 – June 20, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco
Schedule: 6 sessions (once a week for 6 weeks)
Class dates: May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, and 20
Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total)
Class size: 16 students maximum
Prerequisite: Foundation 2
Want to be the next Key & Peele? Write the next Sean Spicer sketch for Melissa McCarthy or create the next Portlandia? This class will get you on your way!
Sketch comedy and improv are natural companions, and in this class we’ll look at how they support each other. Students will learn the fundamentals of sketch comedy writing – generating ideas, developing premises, comedic characters, the genres of sketch (parody, satire, etc.), scene structure and the various types of scenes commonly created for sketches (fish out of water, list scenes, simple but impossible goal, inappropriate response, and many others).
We’ll focus on how improv and sketch work together – using sketch writing as tool to create stronger improv scenes and characters, and using improv to create unique and surprisingsketches and work through trouble spots.
There will be weekly homework writing assignments, in-class exercises and table reads to help students develop strong writing habits and get comfortable with having their material performed.