Comedy: sketch writing and performing for TV and online
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
trade under the guidance of a multi-award-winning comedy producer / director. Sketches, monologues,
and quick-fire comedy techniques are put under the microscope. Tutor: Alan Nixon.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: DMP056
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
We explore and analyse classic and modern sketch comedy, identify the key tricks to creatie your own
comedy. Explore techniques to develop and perform your own comedy writing from one-liner to monologue. Each participant will create new comedy writing for analysis and performance; produce good scripts, characters and jokes/ Know how to structure your work, write and perform your monologues and sketches, and discover where and how to pitch your ideas, For all platforms, TV and Digital.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• how to identify comedy words
• recognise joke & sketch structure
• analysis of classic sketches & monologues
• generate ideas for comedy
• the basics of situation comedy.
Please note that acting classes by their very nature can involve exercises and the exploration of material that some students may find challenging.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Identify several starting points for comedy characters and sketches
• Describe how to develop running sketches for your characters
• Create and perform your own comedy pieces, monologues and short-form ideas.
• Appreciate the structure of narrative comedy.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Some experience of writing and/or performing comedy would be an advantage, but complete novices are
welcome. You will need to be able to:
• Speak English fluently and clearly
• read a script accurately
• give and receive constructive feedback
• take notes.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
We will study and discuss comedy clips. In the session there will be a mix of writing, exercises, games and
improvisation work. You will need to write and do some research outside the sessions. As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Your tutor will give you guidance on next steps during the course. You may wish to continue on to writing and performing narrative comedy or consider a course in stand up comedy.
Alan Nixon is one of Britain’s top independent media professionals. His recent productions include directing the award-winning R4 sitcom Reluctant Persuaders. He has been Creative Consultant to broadcasters and renowned independents, including Aardman Animations (Wallace & Gromit), Grant Naylor (Red Dwarf), and Absolutely Productions (Armstrong & Miller / Trigger Happy TV). He was one of the founding controllers of Channel Five, has worked with Alexei Sayle, Victoria Wood, Caroline Aherne and Simon Day, and teaches courses at the BFI, the National Television and Film School, and the London School of Film, Media and Performance.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.