Sketch Comedy Classes

WRITING CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS Philly Improv Theater is the only place in the metro-Philadelphia region to offer classes in comedy writing. Fortunately, we also have connections to the best writer/teachers in country – including Kevin McDonald from Kids in the Hall, Kevin Allison from MTV’s The State, formers SNL writers Ali Farahnakian, Christine Nangle. Former PHIT students have gone on to write professionally as humorists, authors, and the even TV writers for shows like Two and a Half Men and Nickoloden’s Marvin Marvin.

Our sketch offerings consist of a core curriculum in sketch writing and a variety of special workshops and writers groups developed by our staff and instructors – people who have toured extensively around the country, had wildly successful viral videos on the internet, had their comedic writing appear in print, and written for television.

Click on a class’ registration status link to see a full description, instructor biography, class dates/locations, and to enroll.

 

CORE SKETCH COMEDY CURRICULUM CLASSES
Sketch 101 – “Intro to Sketch Writing”: This is the place to start if you have never written sketch comedy before, or have dabbled in the past.  Over eight weeks, students will watch and discuss a variety of sketches, learn about different sketch formats, and write and workshop their own material.  The focus in Level 1 is on developing each student’s individual voice and comic sensibility.  The class will conclude with established comedians performing a staged reading of students’ favorite sketches.

Start Date Day Time Instructor Pre-Requisites Registration Status
5/20/2014 Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Brian Kelly n/a ENROLL NOW – 6 SPOTS LEFT!
6/1/2014 Sundays 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Joe Moore n/a ENROLL NOW – 5 SPOTS LEFT!

Sketch 201 – “Collaborative Sketch Writing”: Moving beyond concepts introduced in our Sketch 101 class students will continue to expand their skills through close work with an instructor, workshopping with their peers, and the added challenge of learning how to write collaboratively.

Start Date Day Time Instructor Pre-Requisites Registration Status
5/31/2014 Saturdays 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Paul Triggiani Sketch 101 ENROLL NOW – 8 SPOTS LEFT!

 

SKETCH COMEDY MASTER CLASSES
Below is a complete list of upcoming comedy writing master classes being offered at PHIT. Click the registration links on the right for detailed information on each workshop – including a detailed description, location information, instructor bio and payment terms.

Master Class Title Date(s) Day(s) Time Instructor Pre-Requisites Registration Status
Improv to Sketch Master Class 5/10/2014 and 5/11/204 Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kevin McDonald Sketch or Improv 101 ENROLL NOW – 8 SPOTS LEFT!

 

ONE-DAY SKETCH COMEDY WORKSHOPS
NO ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS ARE SCHEDULED AT THIS TIME.