Sketch Comedy Classes

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, Rich Talarico from Key and Peele, Kevin Allison from MTV’s The State, and former SNL writers Ali Farahnakian, and Christine Nangle. PHIT students have gone on to write professionally as humorists, authors, website content contributors, and the even TV writers for shows like Two and a Half Men and Nickelodeon’s Marvin Marvin.

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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.

FREE INTRO TO SKETCH WRITING CLASSES

Sketch Writing 001 – “Free Intro to Sketch Writing”: This workshop gives you a chance to learn the basics of writing for sketch comedy. Through watching and critiquing video sketches and collectively reading and workshopping a script with classmates you’ll learn how much fun a comedy class can be. You’ll also meet some new people who are also sketch comedy fans while you’re at it! If you have thought about taking a sketch class at PHIT, but would prefer to “try before you buy” this is the place for you.

FREE INTRO TO SKETCH WRITING
Instructor: 
Jack O’Keeffe
Day:
 Wednesday
Date: 
4/5/2017
Time:
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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FREE INTRO TO SKETCH WRITING
Instructor: 
Matthew Schmid
Day:
 Monday
Date: 
4/10/2017
Time:
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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FREE INTRO TO SKETCH WRITING
Instructor:
Brian Kelly
Day:
 Saturday
Date: 
4/15/2017
Time:
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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FREE INTRO TO SKETCH WRITING
Instructor: 
Jolie Darrow
Day:
 Wednesdays
Date: 
4/19/2017
Time:
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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SKETCH WRITING 101

“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, 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.

SKETCH WRITING 101
Instructor:
 Brian Kelly
Day: 
Sundays
Starts: 6/4/2017
Time:
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
SAVE $50 + FREE GIFT!
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SKETCH WRITING 101
Instructor:
 Jacquie Baker
Day:
Mondays
Starts:
6/5/2017
Time: 
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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SKETCH WRITING 101
Instructor:
Joe Moore
Day:
Mondays
Starts: 6/5/2017
Time:
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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SKETCH WRITING 101
Instructor:
Jolie Darrow
Day: 
Wednesdays
Starts: 6/7/2017
Time: 
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
SAVE $50 + FREE GIFT!
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SKETCH WRITING 101
Instructor:
Matthew Schmid
Day:
Saturdays
Starts: 
6/9/2017
Time:
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
SAVE $50 + FREE GIFT!
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SKETCH WRITING 101
Instructor:
Jacquie Baker
Day: 
Saturdays
Starts: 
6/10/2017
Time:
 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
SAVE $50 + FREE GIFT!
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SKETCH WRITING 201 AND 301

Building on concepts introduced in our Sketch 101, students will expand their skills by learning to write various types of sketches and workshopping with their peers.

SKETCH WRITING 201
Instructor: 
Jack O’Keeffe
Day: 
Thursday
Starts: 
6/8/2017
Time:
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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SKETCH WRITING 301
Instructor:
Matthew Schmid
Day:
Tuesday
Starts:
 6/6/2017
Time:
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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SKETCH WRITING WORKSHOPS AND ELECTIVES

Below is a complete list of upcoming sketch comedy workshops 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.

CRANKING SKETCH
Instructor:
Anthony Oberbeck
Day:
Saturday
Date: 
4/8/2017
Time:
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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