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Level 1

Our entry level: perfect for total beginners or anyone who needs to brush up on the basics.

101s – Intro to Sketch

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!

101 – Intro to Improv

This course introduces students to long form improv and is appropriate for those without any improv experience or current improvisers who would like to get a foundation in North American long form.

Over 8 classes, we’ll teach you all you need to know to get solid footing in comedic improv. You’ll learn the basic skills every performer needs to get up on stage and make magic happen. We focus on making positive choices, smart scene work, group support and we explore the kernels of what makes something funny.


Probier dich aus! Dieser Kurs ist für Leute, die noch keine Erfahrung mit Comedy Improvisation haben, oder die, die Improvisationserfahrung haben, aber eine Fundament in nordamerikanischer Long Form suchen.

In acht Klassen bringen wir Dir alles bei, was Du für solide Improfundamente brauchst. Wir lehren euch die grundlegenden Fähigkeiten, die jeder Performer braucht, um auf der Bühne magische Momente zu kreieren. Wir konzentrieren uns auf positive und clevere Szenenarbeit, Gruppensupport und das Erforschen dessen, was eine Comedyszene ausmacht.

Level 2

In Level 2, we introduce the core pillars of our improv philosophy. We dig into scene work, specific styles of longform improv comedy and students gain a solid footing in performing on stage. Prerequisites: Must have completed Level 1 – Intro to Improv (formerly known as Improv Basics); or equivalent course at another school (personal waiver required).

201s – Developing a Sketch Show

Building on the foundations set in 101, 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 re-writing, producing and rehearsing the show itself.

Prerequisites: Sketch 101

201 – Game of the Scene

In this course, we introduce students to the concept of the ‘Game of the Scene’, a funny idea that is explored and heightened to create comedy magic on stage. A core part of the North American approach to improv, Game is a pillar of our philosophy of comedic improv.

Students will learn to build solid scene platforms, to identify funny ideas, and to create patterns out of those funny ideas that can be revisited later in a show. We emphasize a holistic approach to Game, encouraging students to embrace character work, teamwork and physical acting while honing in on a single comedic idea to make a scene as funny as possible.

202 – Truth of the Scene

This course focuses on grounding improv in something realistic and emotionally tangible. We explore how characters, worlds and scenes unfold when we focus on relationships and the “who”. A core part of the North American approach to improv, Truth is a pillar of our philosophy of comedic improv.

Students will learn how to put themselves in the mindset of discovery by listening and staying honest and truthful. They’ll discover how playing grounded, relatable characters can provide rich, fulfilling and hilarious scenes. Get ready to throw out preconceived notions of story and delve headfirst into the unknown!

(this course was formerly known as Honest Improv)

Level 3

Level 3 is all about honing performance skills: students take the tools and skills they've acquired in Level 1 & 2 and apply them to specific long forms and techniques. Prerequisites: Must have completed Level 1 and ALL Level 2 courses.

301 – The Harold

The Harold is one of the foundational forms in North American improv, and is performed and taught by most major improv theaters on the other side of the Atlantic. It is a 25-minute form consisting of multiple stories revisited and heightened over the course of many scenes and is a fun way to highlight both the pattern of a funny idea and emotional truth.

The CCB Harold strives to achieve the perfect melding of these ideas by introducing strong grounded characters up front and then exploding into comedic threads – bounding through wild patterns, exploring the unexpected and teasing out every last laugh.

In this course, we build upon the foundation set in Level 2 and hone student’s skill set in preparation for creating their own teams and auditioning for House Harold Teams. In learning and practicing the Harold, we will emphasize listening, bringing focus to scenes, and clearly identifying games to heighten them swiftly to their zenith.

302 – Acting for Improv

You’ve got the improv chops, now it’s time to build up your performance skills! This 4-week course will teach students the basics of theatrical acting – everything from being aware of sight lines and breathing technique to rich character work and playing with emotional honesty – and apply that to improvised scenes and characters.

We will explore how to command the stage with focus and confidence, how to tap into our own experiences for powerful performances, how to engage with our scene partners and the audience, and much more. Students will leave the course with the right tools to become a more well-rounded performer and boost their improv game!

Level 4

Level 4 is for advanced students and is focused on exploring advanced forms and theories of improv comedy, and for preparing improvisers to audition and be part of House Teams at Comedy Café Berlin. Prerequisites: Must have completed all courses in Levels 1 – 3.

401 – Advanced Truth

In Advanced Truth, students will jump headlong into organic ‘improvisation at the speed of life’.

We will review grounded-ness and hammer into core tenants of what makes improv relatable and believable, and at the same time explore forms that are best suited for this style of play. We will focus on creating a show that both demonstrates a deeper understanding of characters & worlds discovered through relationships, and showcases students’ abilities to improvise and act truthfully.

(this course was formerly known as Truth of the Scene)

402 – Advanced Study

Available to all students who have completed at least Level 3, our Advanced Study Course is all about building up improv skills for advanced students. Designed as a ‘continuing education’ course, Advanced Study will prepare students for professional performances on stage, and is particularly good for anyone interested in auditioning for the Comedy Café Berlin Harold House Teams. Over the course of 8 weeks we will drill advanced theories, forms, and techniques, and feature guest instructors from the CCB community.

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.

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Please note: we are unable to offer refunds on workshop or course registration!
Questions? Concerns?
Please read our FAQs! (We’re pretty sure all your questions are answered there).

General course requirements:

  • All improv students are required to join and participate in at least one improv jam and see at least one improv show at CCB during the course.
  • Students may not miss more than 2 out of 8 classes (there are no make up classes)
  • Students may not be more than 15 minutes late to 4 out of 8 classes
  • Students must be respectful to their fellow students and course instructors, and adhere to our Student & Teacher Code of Conduct and our Community Code of Conduct.

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