This class explores the fundamentals of sketch comedy through writing exercises, collaborative creation, and a survey of the art form. It’s geared toward all levels of experience — no prior training required, and opportunities to build on past training as the class goes along.
In this class you will:
-Discover the core tenets of sketch comedy, and how those principles apply to any kind of comedy you’re interested in doing.
-Explore the medium made famous by SNL, Monty Python, Key & Peele, and more icons.
-Build scenes, characters, and premises in a group environment, with an emphasis on positive collaboration.
This 6 week class meets 6pm-8pm on Tuesdays from August 21st to October 2nd, with no class on September 18th.
This class will end with a show at the PIT for friends and family.
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:
Alex Schmidt is a comedy writer, podcaster, and stand-up comedian. He’s written sketch & digital comedy for The New Yorker, The Onion, CollegeHumor, Funny Or Die, and more fine institutions. He’s staffed at Cracked.com, where he’s written dozens of original comedy sketches, along with creating and writing multiple narrative online series. Alex’s narrative writing has also appeared on BBC America & in the finals of scriptwriting competitions. When not scribbling, Alex hosts Earwolf’s “The Cracked Podcast”, and guests on comedy podcasts like “Fake The Nation”, “Unpopular Opinion”, “Probably Science”, “Who Charted” and more. Alex is also a creative consultant on the stand-up show “Game Over Comedy” at LA’s The Clubhouse, a writer/performer at LA’s The Pack Theater, and a former Brookfield, Illinois zoo tour guide.