Comedy: sketch writing and performing (intensive)
Time: 10:30 - 17:00
Learn how to create, write, and perform comedy material for stage and TV and online. Working under the guidance of an Emmy award winning comedy producer / director you will gain insights into the craft behind successful comedy. This course is for complete beginners but is also ideal for those looking to brush up their comedy skills.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: DMP058
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
In these online interactive sessions, you are encouraged to appreciate comedy words and constructs and enhance your comedy writing. You will watch classic comedy and discover how it works. You write and act together in group exercises and build towards a performance of your own pieces.
Live sessions run:
Saturday (10 July) 10:30 - 13:30 and Sunday(11 July) 14:00-17:00.
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
• dealing with an audience in performance
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...
• Describe what makes a word comic
• Identify the comic structures
• Perform your comedy ideas.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Some experience of writing and/or performing comedy is expected. This course will help you develop your work and enhance your comedy skills, and you will meet fellow comedy enthusiasts to collaborate with and gain feedback and inspiration.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Speak English fluently and clearly
• To 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.
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?
You will need a notebook and pen.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in our longer course - Comedy: creating and performing narrative comedy or Stand-up comedy. There is also a wide range of courses in Acting and Theatre, Performance skills for actors, Physical skills for actors, Radio presenting, TV
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday
to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details.
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.