Sketch Comedy Lab: Write Your Sketch + Table Read it & Get Notes

Taught by Jeff Galante

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Class hosted by: Jeff Galante

Actor/Comedian/Writer (Saturday Night Live, Warner Bros., Wanda Sykes, 2 Broke Girls)

Jeff Galante is a comedian/writer is based out of the Groundlings Theater where he is a regular performer and a senior teacher. He created several network comedy pilots including STUNTED (NBC) and THINK TANK (A&E), which was exec. produced by Chris Moore (AMERICAN PIE, GOOD WILL HUNTING). Jeff is currently developing a slate of feature projects including a horror comedy with Jack Quaid and Joe Dante, a rom com with Damon Wayans Jr. and Davis Entertainment, and a dramedy with Andy Fickman. Jeff has consulted on SMALLFOOT (Warner Bros.), contributed material to SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and was an actor/writer on Wanda Sykes’ USA sketch comedy pilot WHAT HAPPENED WAS. He recently won the Stage32 Feature Script Competition and has been a finalist/semi-finalist in competitions including the Nicholl Fellowship, Austin Film Festival, and the Universal Emerging Writers Fellowship. As an actor, Jeff has appeared on such shows as 2 BROKE GIRLS (CBS), IDIOTSITTER (Comedy Central) and DISASTER DATE (MTV). He has performed live at Standup NBC, San Francisco Sketchfest, Chicago Sketchfest, and was a cast member/writer on NATIONAL LAMPOON’S revival of Lemmings alongside the boys from WORKAHOLICS. He is also a highly sought-after comedy teacher/director for networks like G4 and SMOSH. Full Bio »

Summary

This is an interactive virtual 2-part class with Jeff and a small group of sketch comedy writers

10 spots available - 6 spots remain!

 

Short form comedy sketch content has helped propel the careers of some of the top creatives we see in film and TV today like Amy Poehler, Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrel and many more.

A quick laugh is one of the best ways for you to endear yourself to a fellow creative or a decision maker looking to produce or buy your work. Having a quick-wit shows that you have the comedic chops to entertain an audience in long form, which is why you see so many people trying their hand at sketch comedy on You Tube, Instagram, Tik Tok, in comedy troops and more. The opportunities are plentiful!

But, how do you know if a sketch you write is funny?

How do you know if the joke you envision will hit the right mark?

It takes a lot of practice - and within that practice there will be some good and some bad sketches. Not every joke is going to hit, but the more you get the hang of how to write sketches the funnier they will become. And, as you know, sometimes writing can be insular so it's important that you get feedback from fellow comedy lovers to help you improve your work and get it to hit.

We are here to help you with that support.

We are giving you the opportunity to work directly with one of the top sketch comedy artists in the game right now, Jeff Galante. Jeff is an actor/comedian/writer is based out of the Groundlings Theater where he is a senior performer and teacher. He has sold pilots to NBC, A&E and has worked with SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, WARNER BROS., WANDA SYKES', NATIONAL LAMPOON, 2 BROKE GIRLS and many more. 

In an exclusive 2-part interactive class Jeff will teach you all the fundamentals about writing sketch comedy. After your first class you will be assigned to write your own sketch based off of what you've learned. Then, in the next class, Jeff and your group will table read each other's sketches and you will get invaluable insight on how you can continually improve your sketch!

 

You will not find access like this anywhere else except through Stage 32!

This class is limited so make sure to sign up today!

 

 

Some Praise About Jeff's Previous Class

"Great host, great info, long time interest in the topic with no practical knowledge so this was so much fun!"- Jeremy S.

"I loved everything about it. I wish it was longer." - Gayle R. 

"Excellent information, excellent presenter - authentic and hard-working" -Scott T. 

"I liked the specificity and the real world, scenarios and brutally honest information about the business." - Roger C. 

What You'll Learn

Session 1: Learning How to Develop and Write Sketch Comedy

SKETCH COMEDY DEFINED

  • What is a sketch?
  • What separates a sketch from standup? Or a short? Or a pilot?
  • Rules/formatting guidelines that define sketch writing
  • The universal three-beat structure of sketch

TYPES OF SKETCHES

  • What are the different genres of sketch comedy?
  • Examples of notable sketches that exemplify each genre of sketch and discussion/breakdown
  • Breaking down how to control what genre of sketch we write instead of letting the sketch control us

ENGINES OF SKETCH COMEDY

  • Now that you know what type of sketch to write, how do I make it funny and heighten the action?
  • Deep dive into the four primary engines of comedy heightening with example sketches

GUIDED BRAINSTORMING SESSION

  • Using the tools/techniques of class to take a vague idea to a sketch idea
  • Rapidly generating sketch ideas and then classifying them
  • Discuss brainstorms and pick one to develop, hone, and turn into a homework sketch

Q&A WITH JEFF

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

  • Each student goes home with one idea from their list to write as a full sketch

 

Session 2: Workshopping Your Written Sketches

TABLE READ AND PITCHING SKETCHES

  • Facilitated/directed by Jeff, you will table read your sketches to see how they play dynamically off the page.
  • We'll have rewrite notes/discussions for each sketch
  • You will leave with a solid direction as to where to take the next draft as well as a deeper understanding of the constant notes/polish process of sketch writing

Q&A WITH JEFF

About Your Instructor

Jeff Galante is a comedian/writer is based out of the Groundlings Theater where he is a regular performer and a senior teacher. He created several network comedy pilots including STUNTED (NBC) and THINK TANK (A&E), which was exec. produced by Chris Moore (AMERICAN PIE, GOOD WILL HUNTING). Jeff is currently developing a slate of feature projects including a horror comedy with Jack Quaid and Joe Dante, a rom com with Damon Wayans Jr. and Davis Entertainment, and a dramedy with Andy Fickman.

Jeff has consulted on SMALLFOOT (Warner Bros.), contributed material to SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and was an actor/writer on Wanda Sykes’ USA sketch comedy pilot WHAT HAPPENED WAS. He recently won the Stage32 Feature Script Competition and has been a finalist/semi-finalist in competitions including the Nicholl Fellowship, Austin Film Festival, and the Universal Emerging Writers Fellowship.

As an actor, Jeff has appeared on such shows as 2 BROKE GIRLS (CBS), IDIOTSITTER (Comedy Central) and DISASTER DATE (MTV). He has performed live at Standup NBC, San Francisco Sketchfest, Chicago Sketchfest, and was a cast member/writer on NATIONAL LAMPOON’S revival of Lemmings alongside the boys from WORKAHOLICS. He is also a highly sought-after comedy teacher/director for networks like G4 and SMOSH.

Schedule

Monday November 15th – 4pm-6pm PST

Friday November 19th – 4pm-6pm PST

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