Sketch 101 Tuesdays 3:30-6:30pm

Sketch 101: Sketch Comedy Writing

Prerequisites
Scheduled Tuesdays 3:30-6:30pm
Start Date Oct 15, 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

Does not meet December 3.

Zack Phillips, teacher

Zack Phillips Zack Phillips is a comedy writer and performer in New York. He was head writer for Above Average and its sports site, The Kicker, for two years. With Bryan Tucker (SNL), Zack is co-creator and writer of a forthcoming comedy series for Audible and Broadway Video, starring John Cena. Zack earned a 2018 fellowship from the Screenwriters Colony, and a 2017 "Made In NY" TV writing fellowship from WGA East, where he and writing partner Natasha Vaynblat were mentored by Robert Carlock. Zack wrote and performed sketch and improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater for 6 years and currently teaches there. He had a 3-episode arc on Steven Soderbergh's The Knick, for no good reason. Other credits include The Onion, Clickhole, and Impractical Jokers. Previously, Zack was a print reporter in Washington DC and played D-3 college baseball. He and his wife have two daughters. www.zackjphillips.com

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