Sketch 101 Thursdays 3:30-6:30pm

Sketch 101: Sketch Comedy Writing

Scheduled Thursdays 3:30-6:30pm
Start Date Mar 29, 2018, 3:30pm
Price $450
Class Size 12 students
Sessions 8 sessions, 3 hours each
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

Hunter Nelson, teacher

Hunter Nelson is a writer, actor, improviser, and illustrator who grew up in Houston, TX. He has studied improv and sketch under Will Hines, Brandon Gardner, Michael Delaney, Kevin Hines, Brandon Bassham, Shannon O'Neill and Anthony King, among many others.

Hunter has worked as a staff writer for Onion Digital Studios. He wrote and produced "Who Loves You, Baby?," a surreal tribute to long-dead TV star Telly Savalas, with runs at the SoHo Playhouse and Joe's Pub, and he's directed several sketch shows at the UCB Theater.

Hunter currently performs with his improv team Women & Men. His previous UCB House Teams include The Governess, A Sparrow, Big Margaret, Spooky Ghost, Greg, Fambly, and Legs For Days. In the past, Hunter was involved with such storied UCB experiments as "Vantage Point","The Second Macroscene (The Macrocrag)" and "12 Angry Improvisers". SMIRK, Rafael, and Sike are just a few of his highly successful, aerodynamic, and totally defunct indie groups.

Currently, Hunter writes an illustrates the serial web comic TASKY JOHN, and improvises David Mamet plays with Terry Withers at secret locations all over the country.

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