The Comedy Cove Presents
An Advanced Comedy Writing Class
This seven-week class focuses on improving your ability to create and refine comedy material, either for your own act or as a writer for other performers and/or venues . The weekly 90-minute class is part lecture, part workshop and requires weekly writing assignments. So you can test out your new stuff, the week seven class will be a graduation show where you hit the stage to test drive your new material. Even if you’re goal isn’t to be a performer, there’s no truer test then delivering the material yourself. In addition to writing for standup, the class will also discuss other comedy writing markets (blogs, scripts, late night TV, roasts, online shows, ghostwriting, etc) and other vehicles in and out of the entertainment industry.
All students will be required to submit comedy writing samples prior to the first class. These samples will be used as level setting and a starting point for developing new material.
Review samples and discuss expectations for class.
(FYI: Throughout the seven-week course you will work on your core material in addition to the weekly class assignments)
Instructors will discuss where you get material, writing techniques and styles
Assignment: Write 10 jokes based on a current news story.
Review Week 1 Assignment
Instructors discuss the value of writing every day and methods famous writers’ used to develop that discipline
Assignment: Write 10 jokes based on something that happened to you recently
Review Week 2 Assignment
Instructors discuss how to connect your personal experience to an audience. Storytelling and how to make the personal universal
Assignment: Write 10 jokes linking a personal experience to a something everyone can relate to
Review Week 3 Assignment
The instructors discuss writing to your voice and to that of other performers, in addition to discussing other avenues for your comedy writing: blogs, ghostwriting, script writing, roasts, speech writing, late night shows, etc.
Assignment: Each class member is assigned to write jokes for another class member.
Review Week 4 assignment
Instructors discuss progress of core material and how to fold in with the new class assigned and other material
Assignment: Tweak, fold in and incorporate your reworked core material with the newly developed class (and other) bits.
Review Week 5 assignment.
Instructors give final comments on material
Assignment: Prepare final material for class show!
Showtime! Hit the stage and let it fly!