Sketch Elective ONLINE Thursday 7:30-9:30pm EDT
Sketch Elective: Special Sketch Class
|Prerequisites||May require previous UCB class experience. See course description below for details.|
|Scheduled||ONLINE Thursday 7:30-9:30pm EDT|
|Start Date||Apr 2, 2020, 7:30pm|
|Class Size||8 students|
|Sessions||2 sessions, 2 hours each|
Are you interested in writing a half-hour sitcom pilot, but don’t know anything about how to structure a story? Students in this class will learn about the essential narrative beats of a sitcom, how those beats are universal to all stories, and how to apply “The Game of the Scene” to inject comedy into individual scenes and the story as a whole. Students will complete a beat sheet for their original or spec pilot by the end of class.
Note: Does not meet April 9.
Achilles Stamatelaky, teacher
Achilles Stamatelaky is a comedy writer and performer. He has written for Broad City (Comedy Central), MTV, TBS, Huffington Post, among others. He was the former Associate Artistic Director of UCB Theatre.
Achilles has been writing and performing improv and sketch comedy at The UCB Theatre since 2005. He improvises weekly with his group, Airwolf, which performs at SubCulture every Saturday at 8:30 PM. You can also see him performing regularly in ASSSSCAT 3000, UCB Theatre's long-running flagship improv show.
Previous shows include: Harold Night, Maude Night, Up Late! With Lord Voldemort!, The Kirk Cameron Repertory Players Present: A Harry Potter Musical, The Heisenberg and Friends Breaking Bad Variety Hour, As The Diamond Burns, and Night Late.
Achilles has appeared in commercials for Rocket Mortgage, Comcast, ESPN, Ally Bank, and others. He has also appeared in various internet videos, The Colbert Report, and Broad City. His comedy writing has been featured on Comedy Central, MTV, and Nerdist. He has performed with independent groups throughout the city and has performed at multiple comedy festivals across the country.
Achilles has been teaching at the UCB Training Center since 2010. He has directed numerous shows and groups over that time. He is also an instructor at at NYU's Tisch School of The Arts, teaching half-hour comedy writing. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and The Writer's Guild. His dream job is starting point guard for the New York Knicks.
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