Online: Sketchpad with Ken Robertson (#20-07-3224)

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Writing Sketch Comedy for Beginners

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Class Time/Date: 7-9pm / Wednesdays, July 22, 29, and August 5, 12, 19, and 26

Schedule: 6 sessions plus 2 performances during weekend of August 28-30

Class size: 20 students maximum

Class length: 2 hours (12 hours total) + 2 performances

Prerequisites: None (Although improv experience is recommended)

Tuition: $195

Always on the lookout for funny videos online (the kind that are ACTUALLY funny)? Do you love sharing sketches like “Obama’s Anger Translator”, “Dead Parrot” and “More Cowbell”? Do you wish YOU could create great sketches like that?

Fear not, future sketch-writing mogul! This is the class for you!

You’ll learn the fundamentals of sketch writing and why some sketches stand-out (and why most are immediately forgettable). We’ll work on generating ideas by mining your own experiences, how to develop those into killer premises, creating standout characters for your scene, and working with parody and satire. We’ll dive deep into scene structure and the various sketch forms often used in great sketches, like “fish out of water”, “clotheslines”, “simple but impossible”,” town halls”, and more). And we'll learn the critical skill of rewriting, what to cut and what to focus on, to make your sketches great from start to finish.

At the end of the class you’ll get to present an online showcase of the best material you’ve created!

Find out how much fun you can have when your angst meets you keyboard (and it’s cheaper than therapy).

About Ken

Ken is a graduate of the National Theatre Conservatory and has worked with the Denver Center Theatre Company, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and the On-Edge stunt team. In addition to the many improv workshop, series, and intensive classes he has taken at BATS, he has studied with Second City Chicago.

Ken’s past guest appearances include performances in How We First Met, Tales of Horror, and various productions of Un-Scripted Theater Company.

Ken is also a published author and has been a featured instructor at the Video Game Developers Conference and for companies such as Pixar, Electronic Arts, and Lucas Learning.

Refund Policy:

BATS Improv Class Refund Policy: Class cancellation policy: If you cancel more than 96 hours (4 days) before a class begins, we will refund your tuition less a 15% processing fee. If you cancel within 96 hours (4 days) of your first class, your tuition will be forfeit. Summer Youth and Adult Sessions cancellation policy: If you cancel more than 14 days (2 weeks) before your first class, we will refund your tuition less a 15% processing fee. If you cancel within 14 days (2 weeks) of your first class, your tuition will be forfeit. All cancellation and refund requests must be emailed to registrar@improv.org, and include the title and start date of your class. In the event that we cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment, we’ll refund your tuition in full. Please note: In the past, we have offered class credit in lieu of refunds. We are no longer able to offer this option. Each class tuition payment will stand on its own, and is non-transferable.

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