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Humor and Comedy Writing

Friends enjoying a comedy show

For aspiring humor and comedy writers

Wondering why TVs big comedy lineup doesn't quite line up? Think you can do better? We agree—that's why we created this class. Our six-week workshop covers a wide variety of comedy genres including sketch, comedy/variety and scripted series, all culminating in a class that teaches you how to pitch your show to the people who can make it happen. Taught by writers who've been there and done that, this class will give you all the tools you need to create television's next comedy juggernaut. (Except the jokes. You'll need to supply those.)

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Program objectives

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamentals of writing sketch
  • Experiment with creating unique comedic characters through exaggerated flaws and through action
  • Practice methods of character transformation in sketch
  • Identify premise, and structure a sketch around it
  • Practice how to heighten a sketch through identifying character goals and stakes
  • Identify the various outlets for comedy variety writing and how to access these outlets
  • Summarize the differences between a monologue, desk piece, pre-tape, and presenter patter
  • Explain the structure of joke writing
  • Explore tips and techniques of writing for comedy and variety television which are employed by successful writers


ClassroomNov 01, 2022 to Dec 06, 20227:00PM - 9:00PMCentury Center

Humor and Comedy Writing Course Information

Contact Hours
12 hours

Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit - $425.00