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

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TV & Online Comedy Sketch Writing: GREEN course

Watch Chris Head talk about his sketch comedy writing training.

7pm-9pm UK time.

This is one of three sketch comedy courses - whimsically named RED, GREEN and BLUE.

All are complete in themselves and can stand alone.

If you do more than one, they can be done in any order. (Hence the colour coding rather than 1, 2 and 3).

On the course, GREEN, 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 or social media - and the skills you learn are transferable to radio or the stage.

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 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.

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.

In GREEN you'll work on:
- Creating characters based on real people. We'll explore how the League of Gentlemen and Catherine Tate did this and you will work on creating characters from people you personally know and people you have observed.
- Undercutting high-status characters. This is a fundamental 'kicking up' comedy technique and we'll see how Smack the Pony, Chris Morris, Peter Cook and Big Train undermine authority figures in sketches and how you can too.
- Sport and music sketches. In 'GREEN' we'll first focus our parody work on these areas with examples from Alan Partridge, Fry & Laurie and Key & Peele. Discover and explore great ways to parody famous sport and musical people which you can also use for other kinds of characters.
- Reality TV and game shows. In a second week of parodies, we'll look at the likes of Mitchell & Webb, Vic & Bob,  Monty Python and Famalam sending up real TV shows and inventing spoof ones and various ways you can lampoon these kinds of shows to create great sketches.
- Recurring characters. We will have seen various recurring characters on the course, and this week we look at the particular demands and opportunities of repeatedly bringing characters back and ways to do this. For inspiration we'll look at classic examples from Harry Enfield and the Fast Show. Discover how to keep refreshing your ideas to generate multiple sketches with the same character(s).

This course has different examples sketches, techniques and inspiration from RED or BLUE. In 'Green' we'll watch and analyse sketches from Catherine Tate, League of Gentlemen, Key & Peele, Tracey Ullman, Mitchell & Webb, Chris Morris, Fry & Laurie, SNL, Harry Enfield, Fast Show, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore, Smack the Pony, Chris Morris, Armstrong & Miller, Little Miss Jocelyn and more. 

Leave the course with new sketches, enhanced writing skills and connections with a bunch of great comedy people.

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

More about the RED, GREEN, 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 GREEN which will run again from January 2022 - dates to be announced. 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 (starting Sept)

GREEN - this one! (starting January)

BLUE: (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.

BLUE and RED are booking now for 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.

 


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