Upright Citizens BrigadeImprovisation and Sketch ComedyTraining Center
(9831) Sketch 301 Tuesdays 7-10pm Rachael Mason
Sketch 301: Writing a Sketch Show
Completion of Sketch 201
Tue April 29, 2014, 7:00pm EDT
Students in this class will work together to write an original sketch show. Students will be held to weekly deadlines in order to generate material to be featured in the show. Students will also get the experience of generating material collaboratively with others.
Students will be expected to devote time to writing and rewriting material outside of class. Students will also get the experience of rehearsing, blocking, and producing sketches for the stage.
The culmination of Sketch 301 will be the performance of a sketch show comprised of student-generated material.
PLEASE NOTE: Students will be writing for a predetermined cast, not for themselves. The focus of the class is on writing, rewriting and producing sketches for the stage.
Sketch 301 also includes a mandatory Tech Rehearsal before the final performance. Students must be available to attend the Tech Rehearsal
in order to participate in the show and pass the course. Please check to make sure that you available for the tech rehearsal before signing up for the course.
Students must bring a sketch to the FIRST session of class. This sketch should be no longer than four pages. This first sketch should be written utilizing the concept of the "Game of the Scene," taught in Sketch 101 and Sketch 201. Students should be prepared to devote time outside of class to completing new writing assignments for every session.
Students will be required to see two scripted shows at the UCB Theatre before the end of the course.
Class Size: 8 Students
Rachael Mason, Teacher
Rachael Mason is a writer and performer at the UCB Theater in New York City. She has performed in and/or written for the shows Half Empty, The Chuck D and Jawnee Anthology, and From Susan B to Britney's V and has written for house sketch teams iBadger, the Skuntz, and the long-running team Gramps. She is a member of indie video sketch team Rex: Video: Comedy and co-writer on the web series "Shannon O'Neill is...." She also performs regularly with Philip K. Dick improv, Code Red, and Chaos, and hosts a monthly show called "The Punch Bowl" where people talk into a mic and tell jokes or something.
She has studied writing with Chris Kula, Chad Carter, Peter Gwinn, Michael Delaney, Liz Cackowski, and Emily Spivey. As an improvisor, she has studied with Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, Billy Merritt, Julie Brister, Amy Poehler, Chris Gethard, Anthony King, Shannon O'Neill and many other equally wonderful people. She eats pizza and steps lively on a daily basis.