Sketch 101: Sketch Comedy Writing
- Saturdays 3:30-6:30pm
- Start Date
- Sat May 17, 2014, 3:30pm 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
Class does not meet May 24, June 21, or July 5
Zack Phillips, Teacher
Zack Phillips is a writer on the UCB sketch team Beige, a performer on the UCB improv team Grammer, and a former writer-director on two UCB video teams. Elsewhere, Zack is a contributor to the Onion's topical videos, a contributor to Funny or Die, a former staff writer for The Onion sports show GOOMF, and the writer of over 40 comedic web videos for UCB and others. He co-wrote and -starred in Good Dads, a sitcom pilot accepted into the 2013 New York Television Festival. Zack began studying at UCB in 2008. Previously he did comedy at Washington Improv Theater and at Haverford College. He thinks his Cincinnati Reds are looking good for this season but he thinks that every year.