Online Courses

CCBTS is now offering online courses in improv & sketch!

Classes will take place via web video conferencing. CCBTS instructors will guide the class through course curriculum using techniques developed for virtual teaching, and will provide real-time feedback, notes and side coaching.

Please note that the Online improv 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).

Courses are limited in size.

Online course requirements:

  1. A stable internet connection.
  2. A quiet, distraction-free place.
  3. A computer with a webcam and mic. Headphones are recommended.
  4. Students will need to create a free account with our conferencing solution and download necessary software (details to be provided after registration).
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).

OL1 – Online Level 1 – Improv Fundamentals

For beginners to improv with an interest in performing improv/being a comedian, improving public speaking or other professional pursuits, being more creative, or just for fun!

This class will lay down the foundation of long form improv, focusing on the basic tools to perform a scene with clarity while maximizing the FUN!

Little to no improv experience required.

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OL2-G – Online Level 2 – Intro to Game

For folks with some experience in long form improv who want to dig into the main drivers of comedic improv: THE GAME OF THE SCENE.

This class will introduce the basic concepts of identifying funny patterns in a scene and heightening those patterns to their funniest potential, all while having lots of fun with scene partners – the tenets of Game.

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

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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.

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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!

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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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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)

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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.

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