Chris Head: TV & Online Comedy Sketch Writing: (BLUE) with Chris Head

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TV & Online Comedy Sketch Writing: BLUE course

Watch Chris Head talk about his sketch comedy writing training.

7pm-9pm UK time.

"I absolutely loved the course, thank you so much. It feels like you've handed me a golden key to the comedy world. I was feeling so stagnant and your course has renewed my passion for comedy :) I'm looking forward to the next chapter :)" SJ

On the course, you will be inspired to write lots of new sketches and you'll enhance your sketch writing skills. You might be writing for TV, YouTube, social media, radio or the stage. This course has different examples sketches, techniques and inspiration from RED or GREEN.

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. There'll be creative exercises in the class to get your ideas flowing too. This is all a springboard to you writing your own brand new sketches. 

In BLUE you'll work on:

- Transaction sketches - these are shop or service sketches and is a category that includes many classics - Monty Python of course (parrot and cheese) but also Smack the Pony, Key & Peele, Fry & Laurie (plus Tim Robinson and Famalam), all of whom we'll see inspiring examples from. We'll draw out techniques and approaches to write your own.
- Restaurant sketches - again a classic setting! Python again, Key & Peele, Phython and more. We'll explore lots of ways to approach these sketches and how it's a great arena for your characters.
- Teaching sketches - another great area to write sketches about. As well as some of the aforementioned, we'll have examples from Baroness Von Sketch Show, Catherine Tate and Big Train. Explore who to work with the comedy of teaching situations.
- Incongruous speech. It's a great comedic device to have characters whose speech is at odds with how they look or how they would normally speak. Inspiring examples come from Little Miss Jocelyn, Armstrong and Miller (the Air Men of course!), and online Peter Serofinowicz and Sarah Cooper. Play with this great technique in your own writing.
- We finish with anthropomorphic/personification sketches on television and online; this is where you create characters from things, animals and anything non-human. This really expands your range of characters and situations. Examples come from Big Train, Key & Peele and lots of great ones from online.

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).

In 'Blue we'll watch and analyse sketches from Monty Python, Fry & Laurie, Key & Peele, Little Miss Jocelyn, Big Train, Fast Show, Saturday Night Live, Smack the Pony, Chris Morris, Famalam, Spike Milligan, Amy Schumer, Victoria Wood, Spitting Image and more. 

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.

For more about the series of courses, RED, GREEN and BLUE, see below.

About the RED, GREEN and BLUE series of courses

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). This is . BLUE. 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.

(RED is also booking now for Sept 2021 and GREEN will be run again from Jan 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 course is provided by Chris Head.

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