This class is an introduction to the fundamentals of comedy sketch writing.
You’ll create short sketches by yourself and in groups. Working in a writer’s room, you’ll engage in improv and writing exercises which explore different sketch formats, using the techniques used to create material for stage, films and T.V. e.g. Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Second City mainstage shows.
As a class group, you’ll concentrate on different methods for brainstorming ideas, and using them to create solid sketches. You’ll leave the class with an understanding of a variety of sketch formats and a portfolio of writing. You’ll also have the opportunity to perform and or have your sketches performed on stage.
No prior sketch writing or improvisation experience is necessary. The only requirement for this class, is a commitment and desire to write and learn. Students should have access to a computer and printer and be prepared to work outside of class each week, preparing sketches for discussion in class.
This class is a prerequisite for later levels (2-5) of our Comedy & Sketch Writing curriculum.
About the instructor: Tony Starr is a writer, improvisor, director, and producer who spent many years in the L.A. improv and sketch scene. He’s been featured on Funny or Die, and has written for weekly shows at IO West, The Second City, and with his own stage and video sketch groups. He originally trained at both the Second City and UCB in Hollywood, and now teaches and performs here in Sydney. He was the first teacher of Chicago style sketch in Australia — first with Improv Theatre Company, and later with LMA. He’s the most experienced practitioner of Chicago style sketch in the country, and he’s only at Academy of Improvisation!