Sketch 101 Saturdays 3:30-6:30pm

Sketch 101: Sketch Comedy Writing

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Scheduled Saturdays 3:30-6:30pm
Start Date Oct 12, 2019, 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

Note: First session is October 12, a holiday weekend. Does not meet November 2 or November 30

Chrissy Shackelford, teacher

Chrissy Shackelford Chrissy Shackelford is a performer and writer based in NYC. She most recently wrapped two seasons as a staff writer on the HBO series Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas and is currently writing for a new show on Disney Plus. At UCBT NY, you can see her on the Maude team Attention Shoppers, for which she performs and writes. She's a former cast member of UCBT's Characters Welcome and the Maude teams Fantasy and The Classic. Her solo character show Diane Shangri-La Presents: Not Dry Yet ran at UCBT Chelsea in 2017 and was performed at festivals across the country. She is an actor and director with the arts education group The Story Pirates. Her work has been featured on HBO, Reductress, Comedy Central, CollegeHumor, Refinery29, and Above Average.

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