Comedy: sitcom writing and performing for TV and digital

Course Dates: 27/10/20 - 01/12/20
Time: 18:15 - 21:15
Location: Online

Learn how to produce sit-com scripts and recognize the craft behind narrative comedies. Under the guidance of Alan Nixon, Emmy-award winning comedy Director and Producer, discover new ideas, concepts, and formats for the creation of your comedy project. Explore classic and modern sit-coms by identifying the key tricks behind the successful comedies. Tutor: Alan Nixon.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


What is the course about?

In this online course, you will create your own narrative comedy scripts with the option to perform or hear your work performed by another group member. You will learn how to identify good structure and develop scripts and formats to a professional level.

This course is suitable for complete beginners as well as anyone with experience of writing or performing comedy who wants to enhance their writing skills to produce new and compelling material. We will choose and analysis classic and modern sit-com and develop scripts, characters, and narrative comedy. We demonstrate why small online ideas became hit comedies for television.

Students also explore the heritage of classic sit-com models and how ii impacts on more recent successes.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Identifying good Narrative Structure.
- The Classic Sit-Com.
- Deconstruct Single Scene
- The Most Successful Comedies
- The Sit-Com Today. 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 and demonstrate strong narrative structure.
Explain how to construct narrative scenes.
Describe a knowledge of comedy styles.
Write and perform your narrative comedy.
Know how to present your ideas.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Some experience of writing and/or performing comedy is expected but complete novice writer/performers/editors are welcome.

This course will help you develop your work and enhance your technical skills. You will meet fellow comedy enthusiasts to gain feedback and inspiration.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

In this online course, your tutor will use a variety of techniques. You will discuss what makes successful comedies. In the sessions there will be a mix of writing exercises, and improvisation work. You will need to write and do some viewing outside the sessions. audio and video files and for you to submit any homework tasks. 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?

Notebook and pen.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may wish to continue onto Comedy, Acting, or Screenwriting courses. You could consider comedy improvisation and/ or a stand -up comedy course.

Tutor Biographies
Alan Nixon

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.

Book your place

Course Code: DMP051

Tue, eve, 27 Oct - 01 Dec '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £169.00
Senior fee: £169.00
Concession: £103.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions?
or call 020 7492 2542

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