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Level 1

101s – Intro to Sketch

Do you love Monty Python, Key & Peele and Saturday Night Live? For the budding sketch writer and anybody who’s ever had that perfect funny idea but no way to get it down on the page.

In this course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of comedic sketch writing. Over the course of 8 weeks, we’ll cover the basics of everything from popular sketch formats and finding the game of your sketch to script formatting and workshopping. Students will learn different methods of taking a funny idea and turning it into a hilarious sketch and will leave the course with a portfolio of writing, including at least one completed, workshopped and ‘ready-for-primetime’ sketch.

No prior writing, sketch or improv experience required. This is NOT a stand up comedy course.

Please note, students should be prepared to write and read sketches outside of class!

102s – Sketch Writing Advanced Study

Building on the foundations set in 101, this course is focused on honing sharp, professional and confident writing skills. Students will be guided through various writing prompts to target specific sketch styles & skills, and receive feedback from their instructor. Specific attention will be paid to proper formatting and the revision and re-writing process. Students are encouraged to work on both new and previously written material.

Students should expect to leave the course with at least a modest portfolio of professionally-formatted writing samples.

Please note, students should be prepared to write and read sketches outside of class!

PREREQUISITES: 101 – Intro to Sketch at The CCB Training School. If you have not completed our 101 course but have equivalent sketch writing experience, please write in to us before registering to request a waiver, otherwise you’re registration will be cancelled!

Level 2

201s – Developing a Sketch Show

Building on the foundations set in Level 1, this course focuses on the writer’s room and producing a full sketch show. During the first 4 weeks of the course, students will learn the process of pitching & brainstorming and working in a writer’s room, and will then be expected to write and select sketches for a 30-minute student show. The second half of the course will consist of producing and rehearsing the show itself.

Topics covered in this course:

  • Workshopping sketches critically and with grace
  • Casting & table reads
  • Working with and directing actors
  • Acting for the stage
  • Breaking down a sketch for props & cues
  • The tech booth, tech’ing a show and learning QLab to run cues
  • Rehearsals, getting ‘off book’
  • Sketch show formats
  • & much more!

Prerequisites: Sketch 101

Electives

Our Electives are available to all students who have completed at least one Level 2 course and want to explore other forms of comedy and ideas in improv.

EL-IMI – Intro to Musical Improv

This is an introductory course for improvisers interested in creating an improvised musical. The course takes students through a comprehensive program focused on musical theatre genres, creating narratives song structures using melodies, rhyme and rap. Students will gain confidence making up full songs, and to begin to understand how to implement them into scenes and stories.

PREREQUISITES: Level 1 – Intro to Improv (or Improv Basics) AND BOTH Level 2 courses (Game of the Scene, Truth of the Scene/Honest Improv) at The CCB Training School or with Hive Improv, or a waiver from CCBTS to take this course.

Writing (in partnership with StoryKiez)

In partnership with CCBTS, StoryKiez is offering a selection of writing courses for beginners and professionals. At Storykiez, we begin with the philosophy that writers write best when they’re creatively empowered and passionate about what they’re developing. So we tap into the enthusiasm and drive of our students and then provide the tools to craft narratives that will connect with a wider audience. The storytelling language we teach is best described as a “what happens next” narrative — the types of stories that drive compelling TV shows, movies, audio fiction and popular novels. Our approach to narrative isn’t about learning what kinds of stories you should be telling, but learning how to best communicate the stories you want to tell. Regardless of the topic, there’s simply a way to “speak” that makes you more likely to be understood in the mainstream narrative world. Using those tools, every one of our workshops and classes result in a completed piece of work (treatment, outline, pitch document, script or completed book chapters) designed to further the professional journey of each project.

Online Improv

These courses each focus on elements of Scene Work; performing improv with simplicity, focusing on singular ideas, allowing for clarity in the “Who, What and Where” of the scene. Classes will take place via web video conferencing. CCBTS instructors will guide the class through a series of 2-person warm-ups, exercises and scenes providing real-time feedback and side coaching. Online courses provided a unique opportunity for students to work on being aware, present, and direct. Without the immediacy of in-person interaction and the inability to convey nonverbal cues, students will learn that being clear, descriptive, accepting and patient is fundamental in a fulfilling, fun scene. The Online 4-week curriculum is separate from the standard 8-week curriculum (e.g., passing Online Level 1 does not grant the ability to take standard curriculum Level 2 courses).

OL2-GP – Online Level 2 – Intro to Grounded Play

For folks with some experience in long form improv who want to play emotionally honest characters and dig into one of the main drivers of funny, relatable improv: THE TRUTH OF THE SCENE

This class will introduce the basic concepts of creating emotionally tangible and relatable scenes. Students will improvise paced, grounded scenes that put emphasis on performing with integrity and the relationship between nuanced characters.

Some experience required. (At least one long form improv class)

OL3 – Online Level 3 – Scene Work!

For folks with a solid foundation of improv, specifically Game-based improv (Game of the Scene) and Organic long-form (Truth of the Scene).

This class will dive deeper into the improv toolkit and explore techniques improvisers can use to convey ideas, even when faced with less than ideal situations. We’ll go over various longforms and dig into character and object work to make your scenes really shine!

Students will primarily work in pairs and be given direct coaching by the instructor.

For intermediate to experienced improvisers. This level will boost your skills, keep your improv talents sharp and should be considered additional training for the standard curriculum.

Online Sketch

The CCBTS Sketch program is centered around our improv principles of Truth and Game. Students will learn a variety of formats and technical skills, learn to write individually and in a writer’s room and, in level 2, learn to write and produce their very own sketch show. These courses track with our standard Sketch program and have been tailored for a virtual experience. Successful completion of all Sketch levels qualifies students to audition for CCB House Maude (sketch) Teams as a writer.

101so – Intro to Sketch – Online

For the budding sketch writer and anybody who’s ever had that perfect funny idea but no way to get it down on the page.

In this course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of comedic sketch writing. Over the course of 8 weeks, we’ll cover the basics of everything from popular sketch formats and finding the game of your sketch to script formatting and workshopping. Students will learn different methods of taking a funny idea and turning it into a hilarious sketch and will leave the course with a portfolio of writing, including at least one completed, workshopped and ‘ready-for-primetime’ sketch.

No prior writing, sketch or improv experience required.

Please note, students should be prepared to write and read sketches outside of class!

This course will be held entirely online using Google Classroom and web video conferencing.

102so – Comedy Writing Fundamentals – Online

For those interested in comedic writing and anybody who’s ever had that perfect funny idea but no way to get it down on the page.

Over the course of 6 weeks, we’ll dive into several types of comedy writing (sketch, short and long form fiction, late night writing, writing for the web, maybe even the listicle??) and students will be guided through various writing exercises designed to get your creativity going. We’ll teach you to explore your individual style of humour and have that flourish in the written word. Students will learn to tap into their own lives to find relatable stories and anecdotes, how to craft those into compelling writing, and how to find the comedy that makes them engaging to an audience.

Students will leave the course with a portfolio of writing and the tools to keep going!

No prior writing, sketch or improv experience required. This course is designed for anyone from experienced comedians interested in honing their writing to total beginners who are looking to get their toes wet in comedy.

Please note, students will be required to write outside of class! That’s right, YOU’LL HAVE HOMEWORK!

102so – Sketch Writing Advanced Study – Online

Building on the foundations set in 101, this course is focused on honing sharp, professional and confident writing skills. Students will be guided through various writing prompts to target specific sketch styles & skills, and receive feedback from their instructor. Specific attention will be paid to proper formatting and the revision and re-writing process. Students are encouraged to work on both new and previously written material.

Students should expect to leave the course with at least a modest portfolio of professionally-formatted writing samples.

Please note, students should be prepared to write and read sketches outside of class!

This course will be held entirely online using Google Classroom and web video conferencing.

PREREQUISITES: 101 – Intro to Sketch at The CCB Training School. If you have not completed our 101 course but have equivalent sketch writing experience, please write in to us before registering to request a waiver, otherwise you’re registration will be cancelled!

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