- Next: 14 Sep 2021 (5 x Tuesday evenings)
This is part of a series of TV & Online sketch comedy writing coures. Since you don't need to do them in any particular order, rather than numbering them I have named them RED, GREEN and BLUE (after the colours that make up TV pictures). The whole programme adds up to a uniquely comprehensive sketch writing training.
This is when they run. You can jump in at any point.
RED: Term 1 (starting Sept)
GREEN: Term 2 (starting January)
BLUE: Term 3 (starting June)
RADIO: Various times - you can also take this course in radio/ podcast sketch writing to add to your skill set and to expand your creative imagination.
This is RED. BLUE is also booking now. GREEN will run again from January 2022. All the courses cover the fundamentals of sketch writing and each one explores different angles on creating sketches. All of them inspire and get you writing. (This one previously ran Sept 9th - Oct 7th 2020). .
TV & Online Comedy Sketch Writing: RED course
HOW IT WORKS
On the course, you will be inspired to write lots of new sketches and you'll enhance your sketch writing skills. Each week takes a different theme and in the Zoom sessions we watch, analyse and discuss a wide range of comedy sketches from TV and online to uncover techniques and approaches. In 'Red' we'll watch and analyse sketches from Key & Peele, Tracey Ullman, Mitchell & Webb, Monty Python, Chris Morris, Rowan Atkinson, Aunty Donna, Fry & Laurie, Rose Matafeo, SNL, Monty Python, Harry Enfield and more. There'll also be creative exercises in the class to get your ideas flowing. This is all a springboard to you writing your own brand new sketches.
In RED you'll work on:
- Status & unreasonable/ reasonable behaviour.
- Transpositions and 'unsaid said': transposing characters to unusual contexts and where an unspoken subtext or criticism is voiced by your characters.
- Parodying factual formats (news, documentary, weather etc): substitute the content for nonsense, change who is in the format, change what is being talked about.
- Parodying adverts.
- Writing topical sketches.
You'll also be taught/ reminded of the nuts and bolts of sketch writing:
- Point-of-view, voice-of-reason and reasonable/unreasonable behaviour in sketches
- Finding and playing the 'game' of a sketch
- Structuring sketches (using my SREP model).
Each class ends with a number of inspiring writing briefs for you to choose between and you write and share your script before then next class. Ahead of the next class, you'll receive personal, written feedback and guidance on the sketches you produce from Chris and the group. A Trello board accompanies the course with background information and resources. Then after each session, on the board, you will receive a video of the entire class, follow up notes and this space also becomes a forum for sharing comedy sketches, tips, info and for supporting and inspiring each other.
Leave the course with new sketches, enhanced writing skills and connections with a bunch of great comedy people.
Dates and booking
Tuesday 14th Sept - 12th October 2021Tuesday 14th September 2021, 7pm - 9pm (5 x Tuesday evenings)
If you cannot make the live sessions, you can watch the videos of the sessions in your own time. You will still be fully part of the group, interacting via Trello and receiving feedback.
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