Sketch 101: Sketch Comedy Writing
- Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm
- Start Date
- Wed January 16, 2013, 3:30pm 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
Colin Elzie, Teacher
Colin Elzie is currently a writer on the Maude Team Fambly. He also co-wrote and co-stars in The Honeymen Present: A Salute to Honey! along with fellow Fambly members Pat O'Brien and Ben Wietmarschen. These three men are also responsible for the Channel 101 series My Dad The Girl Bike.
Colin has studied at the UCB since 2010 under the likes of Craig Rowin, Michael Delaney, Chris Kelley, and more. He has written, directed, and edited for UCB Sketch Cram, and writes video sketches for Cracked.com. Colin grew up in Grass Valley, California and graduated from UC Berkeley in 2007 with a degree in German.