Writing Sketch Comedy from Improv, A 4-Week Intensive + Showcase
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)
San Francisco, CA
Classy Pants Presents: Using Improv to Write Sketch Comedy
with Chrysteena Lairamore and Frankie Griffen
Dates: Wednesdays 7-10pm, Feb 6th-27th
Location: the Rehersal Room at Stagewerx Theatre, 446 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Showcase: the Actor’s Center, 180 Capp St., 8PM (performers call at 6:30PM)
Prerequisite: Long-form improv experience
This four-week intensive workshop will explore the art of creating sketch comedy from improvised scenes. Students will learn the key elements of a successful sketch scene. In-class exercises will consist of improvisational scene work, refining and heightening of improvised scenes, and reading and critiquing written scripts. Outside of class, students will be expected to complete sketch writing and sketch revision assignments and watch live shows and footage of sketch comedy as research.
Class will culminate with a sketch showcase, giving students a chance to test their sketches in front of a live audience.
Chrysteena Lairamoreis a recent transplant from the Chicago improv scene where she performed on the iO team Shadowfax, the ComedySportz Rec. League, and at Chemically Imbalanced Comedy. While in Chicago, she studied at the Second City, iO, The Annoyance Theater and ComedySportz. Since moving to the Bay Area, Chrysteena has performed with Crisis Hopkins, and is currently performing with 15 minutes and Classy Pants, along with coaching several teams and leading improv workshops for EndGames Improv. Her festival appearances include, The Nashville Improv Invasion (Nashville,) The Duke City Improv Festival (Albuquerque,) Panderfest (San Francisco,) SF Sketchfest (San Francisco,) and The San Francisco Improv Festival (San Francisco.) She has written and performed in sketch shows in Chicago with the Dopplegang, and in San Francisco’s own Crisis Hopkins, and Classy Pants.
Beginning his improv career with a short form college team, Frankie Griffen then co-founded long form group Narcissists Anonymous with a few of his friends, and still regularly performs with them in addition to his work with 15minutes. With 15minutes, he has performed in a variety of shows including EndGames Improv's "Confessions" and the 2012 Improv Festival. Recently he was the script consultant and stage manager for the "Classy Pants Gets Sketchy" sketch comedy show. In real life, he is a historian, pursuing a Ph.D., and hopes to continue his comedy career as his academic career begins. If you hear him laughing, don't be alarmed; he's not doing it on purpose.