Upright Citizens Brigade Improvisation and Sketch Comedy Training Center

(7737) Sketch 101 Mon & Fri 6:15-9:15pm Beth Appel

Sketch 101: Sketch Comedy Writing

Mon & Fri 6:15-9:15pm
Start Date
Mon November 12, 2012, 6:15pm EST

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

No class November 23

Beth Appel, Teacher

Beth Appel is a performer, writer, and director living in New York City. She has been studying sketch and improv at UCB since 2004. Beth currently writes for the UCB Maude Team NEIGHBOR BOY. At UCB she has performed in THIS IS NOT A SKETCH SHOW: A SKETCH SHOW, THE SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP NYPD VARIETY HOUR, BRAD SACKS GETS A HAND JOB (which she also directed) and as a member of UCB Harold Teams MONSTRO and CAPTCHA. She has directed numerous sketch shows, including THE BACHELOR: ROSES, ROMANCE, AND ROSES, which is currently running at UCB.

Beth can be seen performing with the improv group SHARK TANK every month at the Parkside Lounge and she makes funny videos with THE BASEMENT and THE BRIAN PROJECT. Beth is a contributor to various websites including Jest.com and Paperless Post, and she blogs for theHuffington Post just like fellow comedian Larry David.

Beth graduated from Vassar College where she was a member of the not at all embarrassingly named sketch comedy group HAPPILY EVER LAUGHTER.


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November 2012
  • Class #1

    UCB NYC Writing Room
  • Class #2

    UCB NYC Writing Room
  • Class #3

    UCB NYC Writing Room
  • Class #4

    UCB NYC Writing Room
  • Class #5

    UCB NYC Writing Room
  • UCB NYC Writing Room
    145 W 30th St. 4th Flr
    (btwn 6th & 7th Ave)
December 2012
  • Class #6

    UCB NYC Classroom 5
  • Class #7

    UCB NYC Writing Room
  • Class #8

    UCB NYC Classroom 5
  • UCB NYC Classroom 5
    145 W 30th St. 4th Flr
    (btwn 6th & 7th Ave)
  • UCB NYC Writing Room
    145 W 30th St. 4th Flr
    (btwn 6th & 7th Ave)
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