Level 1: Fundamentals of Sketch Comedy Writing

Low pressure and lots of fun! Learn sketch formatting and story structure while utilizing the improv concept of “yes and”.

Session A Class Time: [Wednesdays 7:30-10:00] (1/13-3/2) *SOLD OUT                                                                                                            [Saturdays 1:00-3:30] (1/23-3/12)
Prerequisite: none   
Cost: $225//8 WEEKS

Brainstorm ideas, write dialogue & jokes, work with story, write for the stage, and more. Learn to write comedy just for fun or to ready yourself for your blossoming comedy writing career. Students are introduced to methods of collaborative writing and presenting material in a writer’s room.  Class concludes with a staged reading of material written in class. 

Level 2: Intermediate Sketch Comedy Writing

Writers delve into more advanced techniques, exploring both the two-person relationship sketch and ensemble sketches.

Session A Class Time: [Sundays 3:30-6:00] (1/17-3/6) *SOLD OUT
Prerequisite: Level 1 Fundamentals of Sketch Writing
Cost: $225//8 WEEKS

Practice pitching and writing sketch premises; explore point of view and discover how satire differs from parody; gain tools to revise and sharpen your sketch writing.

Writers will be given in depth critical feedback of their material and should expect to finish the class with a portfolio of original scripts. Class concludes with a staged reading of the material written in class. 

Level 3: Advanced Sketch Comedy Writing

Take part in writing, producing, and casting an original sketch show! 

Session A Class Time:  [Tuesdays 7:00-10:00] (1/19-3/8)
Prerequisite: Level 2 Intermediate Sketch Writing
Cost: $225//8 WEEKS

Learn the building blocks of a sketch revue – Explore sketch structures that “break the rules”, including blackouts and clothesline scenes. Expand your ability to collaborate with other writers as you learn the structure of a sketch revue. 

Class concludes with a two-night run of an original sketch revue. 

Stand-Up Comedy: Writing and Performance                                                      

Whether you are an aspiring stand-up comic or seeking to boost your public speaking skills, you will graduate with a renewed self-confidence and a working knowledge of stand-up comedy.

Session A Class Time:  [Sundays 1:30-3:30] (1/17-3/6)
Prerequisite: none
Cost: $225//8 WEEKS


Can you spare 5 minutes? Joel Byars’ Comedy Class focuses on generating the gold standard in stand-up comedy, the 5 minute set. All comedians you have seen on late night TV are performing their best 5 minutes, and you will too! 

 Joel draws from his years of experience performing stand-up, sketch, and improv across the country to provide a hands-on environment teaching students the techniques and writing habits necessary to turn their thoughts into comedic material. 

The finale is a graduation show! Students will perform their original 5-minute stand-up set in front of friends and family in our theatre. After graduation, you will possess a set ready for bookers, festivals and TV! 

Instructor: Joel Byars