Upright Citizens Brigade Improvisation and Sketch Comedy Training Center

(9781) Sketch 101 Thursdays 12:15-3:15pm Ben Wietmarschen


Sketch 101: Sketch Comedy Writing

Scheduled
Thursdays 12:15-3:15pm
Start Date
Thu April 10, 2014, 12:15pm EDT
Price
$400.00

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


Ben Wietmarschen, Teacher

Ben Wietmarschen (pronounced like wheat-martian), is a comedy writer, performer, and improviser living in Brooklyn, NY. He has served as a writer for the UCB Maude team, FAMBLY and has served as director for non-Fambly Maude teams. He also co-wrote and co-stars in the UCB show "The Honeymen Present: A Salute to Honey!" with his comedy partners and fellow HONEYMEN: Pat O'Brien and Colin Elzie. He also co-created, wrote and stars in the web series "Long Haired Businessmen" and the short film "Men's Thanksgiving". 

He has been a contributing writer for The Onion News Network on IFC, co-wrote the long-running Channel 101 show My Dad the Girl Bike and has written and/or performed in the UCB shows Sketch Cram and Cool Show 4 Teen Girlz. He also spent the entire 2013 baseball season watching baseball games and creating baseball themed sketch comedy videos with Major League Baseball players for the MLB Fan Cave.

Ben was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH and cares too much about Cincinnati sports teams. He graduated with an English and Education degree from Kent State University 

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