Stage 32 Comedy Lab: Learn Comedy Sketch Writing and Write Your Own Sketch with an Emmy Award-Winning Comedy Writer

Taught by Rob Kutner

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Class hosted by: Rob Kutner

Emmy Award Winning Late Night TV Writer (CONAN, THE DAILY SHOW)

Rob Kutner is an Emmy, Peabody, and Grammy Award-winning late night television staff writer who has worked on shows like CONAN and THE DAILY SHOW. Starting out as a writers’ assistant on DENNIS MILLER LIVE, Rob is also the author of the satirical end-of-times bestseller Apocalypse How: Turn the End Times into the Best of Times! and has written material for the Oscars, Emmys, Writers’ Guild Awards, MTV Movie Awards, Guys’ Choice Awards, and two White House Correspondents’ Dinners. Through the countless sketches he has written for nationally broadcast comedy shows throughout his career, Rob has become incredibly familiar with quality sketch writing and how to make them work, and he’s ready to work with you directly to show you how it’s done. Full Bio »

Summary

**Only 2 Spots Left - Sign up to work one-on-one with an award winning comedy writer before this lab fills up**

There’s a reason comedy sketches are one of the cornerstones of a successful comedy writer’s arsenal. They’re not easy to nail. In just a few minutes you need to find a great concept, clear characters, solid structure, and an effective ending, all while delivering consistent jokes and inserting your own unique comedic voice. Yet mastering sketch writing can be a major boon for your career as a comedy writer and can get you noticed and opportunities in writers’ rooms, talk shows, even SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.

Sketch writing isn’t just about being funny, though. It’s a specific art form that takes practice and an understanding of fundamentals to do correctly. Let an Emmy-award winning comedy writer give you the tools you need.

Rob Kutner is an Emmy, Peabody, and Grammy Award-winning late night television staff writer who has worked on shows like CONAN and THE DAILY SHOW. Starting out as a writers’ assistant on DENNIS MILLER LIVE, Rob is also the author of the satirical end-of-times bestseller Apocalypse How: Turn the End Times into the Best of Times! and has written material for the Oscars, Emmys, Writers’ Guild Awards, MTV Movie Awards, Guys’ Choice Awards, and two White House Correspondents’ Dinners. Through the countless sketches he has written for nationally broadcast comedy shows throughout his career, Rob has become incredibly familiar with quality sketch writing and how to make them work, and he’s ready to work with you directly to show you how it’s done.

Over three sessions, Rob will teach you the fundamentals of comedy sketch writing and work with you in writing and improving your own sketch, all from the comfort of your own home. In the first session, Rob will walk you through the anatomy of a great comedy sketch and the different forms they take. He’ll also provide strategies you can take with you before tasking you to write your own sketch. In the second session you will perform your new sketch for Rob and your classmates, and Rob will offer feedback and pointers to improve. You will also have the opportunity to hear your fellow classmates’ sketches and provide your feedback as well. In the final session, you will perform your improved and rewritten sketch and gain final valuable feedback from Rob.

Through this one week intensive, you will gain the knowledge and experience you need to greatly improve your sketch comedy writing and improve your own writers’ packet or portfolio for your comedy career.

 

PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 lab is limited to 10 students and will be booked on a first come, first served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with a seasoned and award-winning writer and expert in the field is an incredibly unique and valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please book quickly. Once the spots are gone, they’re gone for good.

  • Payment plans are available - please contact Amanda at edu@stage32.com for more information

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • This lab is designed for aspiring comedy writers of all levels interested improving their sketch writing skills. This is an in-depth, practical, and detailed lab with one-on-one time with the instructor and significantly more content than a standard 90-minute webinar.
  • ***Only 10 Spots Available - 2 Spots Remain***
  • This class will consist of three sessions, each 90-120 minutes in length, taking place over the course of one week. In addition to the lessons where Rob teaches the class, you will have the opportunity to ask him questions during each session as well as multiple chances to speak with him directly about your specific project.
  • Plus, to stay motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the TV project development process.
  • To see the full class schedule, see below under "What You Will Learn".

What You'll Learn

Session 1: The Fundamentals of Comedy Sketch Writing

  • Basic Sketch Structure
    • Container
    • Conflict
    • Beats
    • Climax
    • Twist
  • Creating Sketch Characters
    • The Modified Vorhaus Rubric
    • Refillable Characters
  • Sketch Sub-Genres
    • Oppositional Forces
    • Tiny Takeover
    • Translator
    • Gross-Out
    • Twisteroo
    • Parody
      • Shot for Shot
      • Vessel
      • Mashup
      • Sideways
  • Final Quality Control
    • Is there a winner/loser?
    • Is it a “full meal?”
    • The no-fat principle
  • Discussion of Session 2’s Assignment
  • Q&A with Rob

You will have an assignment after this session.

 

Session 2: Sketch Workshop

In this session, each student will perform their new sketch for Rob and the class. Rob will offer feedback and lead a discussion with the class for each sketch, offering advice and pointers for how each sketch can be improved.

You will have an assignment after this session.

 

Session 3: Sketch Rewrite Review

In the final session, each student will perform their now improved and rewritten sketch for Rob and the class. Rob will offer final feedback and additional disussion for each sketch.

About Your Instructor

Rob Kutner is an Emmy, Peabody, and Grammy Award-winning late night television staff writer who has worked on shows like CONAN and THE DAILY SHOW. Starting out as a writers’ assistant on DENNIS MILLER LIVE, Rob is also the author of the satirical end-of-times bestseller Apocalypse How: Turn the End Times into the Best of Times! and has written material for the Oscars, Emmys, Writers’ Guild Awards, MTV Movie Awards, Guys’ Choice Awards, and two White House Correspondents’ Dinners. Through the countless sketches he has written for nationally broadcast comedy shows throughout his career, Rob has become incredibly familiar with quality sketch writing and how to make them work, and he’s ready to work with you directly to show you how it’s done.

Schedule

Session 1: Monday January 25, 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT

Session 2: Wednesday January 27, 1:00-pm - 3:00pm PDT

Session 3: Friday January 29, 1:00pm -2:30pm PDT

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Q: What is the format of a class?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Classes are typically 120-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class.

Q: What are the system requirements?
A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the webinar software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
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Q: What if I cannot attend the live class?
A: If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class. If you cannot attend a live class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A. Plus, your instructor will be available via email throughout the lab.

Q: Will I have access to the lab afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of the lab, you will have on-demand access to the video recording, which you can view after the class is complete.

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