Writing Comedy Sketches with Up the Antics (Online Course)

8th April – 13th May

Thursdays | 19:30 – 21:30 GMT

A fun and energetic introduction into the joy of sketch comedy. 

Do you have funny ideas but don’t quite know how to develop them? Do you struggle with punchlines? Is that blank page staring you down?  

Over 6 weeks we’ll be building up our idea generation toolkit, drilling down to the core funny concepts, and writing and collaborating together to edit our pieces until they are performance ready! Topics covered include:

  • Formatting a script
  • Idea generation tips and tricks
  • The art of condensing!
  • How to give and receive feedback
  • Writing in pairs, as a group and alone

This is for any and all experience levels. We’ll be looking at how to use improv techniques as routes into sketch writing, so improv knowledge would be a plus!

This course will take place over Zoom and we’ll be using group Jamboards, Google docs and breakout rooms to allow for collaboration during and in-between sessions. You will also be given homework each week to help you make the most of your time on this course and allow more time for editing, table reads and generating new ideas during sessions. 

“You really have no idea whether or not what you’re writing is funny. In stand-up and sketch comedy, you know right away and you can make your changes accordingly.”

– Michael Showalter

“Possibly the only genre that efficiently converted from TV to YouTube is sketch comedy, which has always had more to do with the skills of its creators than its budgets.”

 – Hank Green

About the Instructors

Ros Beeson has been improvising since 2012, and performing and directing as part of her graduate group Up The Antics since 2014. She is also a regular cast member and assistant director of ‘The Bish Bosh Bash’ and of Real Positive Poles ‘After Dusk: An Improvised Twilight Zone’. Amongst her theatre credits she has devised, written and produced a short play for The Essential Mix Theatre company and devised, directed and produced the UP November show ‘Level Up’.

Scott Wilson has been improvising since 2012, and was one of the founding members of the Bath Spa Comedy Society The Idle Playthings. He is currently the head of sketch writing for Up The Antics and has also performed regularly as a member since it was founded in 2014. He is also a regular cast member of Real Positive Poles ‘After Dusk: An Improvised Twilight Zone’. Scott has also written and produced numerous short comedy films and wrote, directed and edited his sitcom pilot ‘Frack Off’.

Class Details

Places are capped at 10. Each class is followed by an optional social chat.

The BIT is committed to making our classes as inclusive as possible. Please get in touch at theatreschool@improvtheatre.net to let us know about any accommodations we can make to give you the best possible experience during the class

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Your Zoom link can be found in your confirmation email.