Upright Citizens BrigadeImprovisation and Sketch ComedyTraining Center
(10033) Sketch 101 Mondays 12:15-3:15pm Frank Garcia-Hejl
Sketch 101: Sketch Comedy Writing
Mon June 23, 2014, 12:15pm EDT
This course is an introduction to the UCB philosophy on sketch comedy, specifically using "the game" to write short comedic scenes. Each week students will engage in writing exercises that will explore different sketch formats. Students will be exposed to different methods for turning funny ideas into even funnier written sketches. Students will leave the class with an understanding of popular sketch formats and a portfolio of writing.
No prior sketch writing experience is necessary -- the only requirement for this class is a desire to write and learn. Students should have access to a computer and printer and be prepared to work outside of class, preparing sketches for presentation in every class. Students will be required to see two live sketch shows before the end of the course.
Class Size: 12 Students
Frank Garcia-Hejl, Teacher
Frank Hejl is a writer and actor on the sketch team Onassis [onassiscomedy.tumblr.com], winner of the 2011 Friars Club Improv and Sketch Competition, and a performer on the UCB house team Bucky. He has studied and performed at UCBT since 2007 and has written and appeared in material for MTV, Comedy Central, IFC and G4. He is probably most recognized as the voice of Seth Rogen in the online "Her" parody "Him", as Orson Welles in the web series Rejected Pitches and as Bob in the Bildebergers' infamous and NSFW web sketch "Bob's Workshop". His favorite film of all time is a tie between Ghostbusters and Gremlins. Seriously.