Intro to Sketch Comedy: 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, break down scripts to see what makes them work, then write and revise some of your own material. You will begin to develop an individual voice and comic sensibility. The class will conclude with established comedians performing a staged reading of students’ favorite sketches.
Dates: 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, & 5/8
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sketch Jam: Saturday, May 18th, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m. (Second Stage)
Theater Location: 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Class Location: Rehearsal Room E (Basement)
WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT JOE
“Joe is both incredibly enthusiastic and deeply knowledgeable about sketch comedy. His feedback on each of our sketches was very helpful.” – “Joe was very approachable, easy to understand and followed through in between classes with extremely useful notes.” – “He was positive and had the ability to diagnose your script in a way that made it easy to edit and improve your work.”
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Joe Moore is a writer, host, sketch comedy instructor and producer. Joe is the host of Guilty Pleasures originally created by Brendan Kennedy and starring Roger C. Snair, which besides being PHIT’s longest running variety show was named Phiadelphia’s Best Comedy Night Out in 2015 by Philadelphia Magazine. Since 2012 Joe has served as head writer of PHIT Sketch House Team Dog Mountain which has performed in Philly Sketchfest, The North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival and Hell Yes Fest in New Orleans. Joe has taught at PHIT Comedy since 2013. He’s spent his entire life living in New Jersey, where he can still be found rolling around on the carpet with his dog Pablo, daughter Dot and wife Emily.
Joe has studied sketch writing under Brian Kelly, Paul Triggiani, Michael Delaney (UCB), Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) and Rich Talarico (Key and Peele, SNL) as well as taking improv classes at PHIT. When he takes a break from writing comedy he records really bad experimental music, because seriously, who doesn’t?