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, 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 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.

 “OPEN HOUSE” WORKSHOP FOR POTENTIAL STUDENTS

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.

MatthewSchmidSmallFREE INTRO TO SKETCH WRITING
Instructor: 
Matthew Schmid
Day:
 
Sunday
Dates: 
7/24
Time: 
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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EIGHT WEEK CORE CURRICULUM SKETCH WRITING 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.

MatthewSchmidSmallSKETCH WRITING 101
Instructor: Matthew Schmid
Day: Sundays
Dates: 10/16 through 12/4
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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Instructor: Jacquie Baker
Day: Mondays
Dates: 10/17 through 12/5
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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JoeMoore_smallSKETCH WRITING 101
Instructor: Joe Moore
Day: Mondays
Dates: 10/17 through 12/5
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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 JacquieBakerSmallSKETCH WRITING 101
Instructor: Jacquie Baker
Day: Wednesdays
Dates: 10/19 through 12/7
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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Instructor: 
Matthew Schmid
Day: 
Fridays
Dates: 
10/21 through 12/9
Time:
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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JoeMoore_smallSKETCH WRITING 101
Instructor: Joe Moore
Day: Saturday
Dates: 10/22 through 12/10
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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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.

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ONE DAY SKETCH COMEDY WORKSHOPS

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.

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