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Hands-on Intensive 12-Week Evening Comedy Writing Workshop

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Hands-on Intensive 12-Week Evening Comedy Writing Workshop


The story goes that a famous actor on his deathbed once said, “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” It’s possible this was never truly said, but that does not make it any less true. In this course, students will study the nature of comedy and joke structure. They will discover how to punch up scenes and add humor to their scripts. The course will cover setups and punchlines, character-driven comedy, situational comedy, improv, and sketch comedy. Students will write and punch up multiple scripts over the course of the class, which culminates with the creation of a final script for a comedy sketch, monologue, or funny short film.

The Evening Comedy Writing Certificate Workshop provides the students with an intensive and focused workshop and classroom environment which provides a solid structure for writing and meeting deadlines, and where they can learn the craft of writing by focusing on concepts such as comedic setups, sketch comedy, jokes, character, conflict, and dialogue.

Students do not need any previous screenwriting experience to sign up for this course. A sense of humor is all they need to bring to the workshop, although funny ideas for stories are always helpful.

Students will gain knowledge of and hands-on experience with various types of comedy writing, from sketch comedy, to joke writing, to stand up comedy, to situation comedy, to improv. The class will meet once a week, in the evening.

The Evening Comedy Writing Workshop requires that each student develop multiple comedic scripts and keep a comedy journal to track the various ideas they develop. By the end of class, they will write and deliver a final comedic script in one of the formats covered in class.

Use of Final Draft or similar screenwriting software will be required for writing scripts, and word processing software for other forms of documents. You will need a computer capable of running Final Draft software (at the moment, this does not include a Chromebook, so please check to make sure your computer can handle the software) or other screenwriting software, as well as basic word processing software.

Dates & Tuition


Tuition: $1,810 (USD)

Location & Available Dates

For Los Angeles:
Mar 6, 2023 - May 27, 2023
Jun 5, 2023 - Aug 26, 2023
Sep 11, 2023 - Dec 2, 2023

Please note: Dates and Tuition are subject to change
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