Late Night Talk Show and Sketch Comedy

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Learn the fine art of writing comedy sketches and late night talk show bits 

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Remote Instruction
Starting at $695.00
As few as 10 weeks
3.0

What you can learn.

  • Breakdown what makes a sketch, a bit, and desk pieces by analyzing established examples
  • Learn about different comedic tones, perspectives, and specific TV personalities
  • Write segments and sketches in class for reading or performance by classmates
  • Give and receive feedback on draft assignments in class

About this course:

From the beginning of network and cable television sketch comedy and its first cousin, the Late-Night Talk Show scripted desk piece have given us some of television's greatest comedic moments. In this class students learn the art and the craft of creating solid, funny and functional comedy sketches and late-night bits. Students are taught how to breakdown what makes a sketch, a bit and desk pieces work by watching and analyzing the great sketch and talk shows past and presence. We close watch and analyze late night talk and sketch shows in order to dissect the different comedic tones, overall perspectives, and specific TV personalities as well as the challenges of shooting live verses pre-taped sketches. For example, determining how desk pieces and remote segments differ from Kimmel to Conan to Fallon. We also study the evolution and history of sketch comedy from SNL, SCTV, and Monty Python to Living Color, The Ben Stiller Show, Mr. Show, the Dave Chappell Show, Key and Peele, as well as I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson and Portlandia. Each class is devoted to watching segments and sketches, discussions and working on in class writing exercises to be reading/performed for group and professor feedback.

Fall 2021 Schedule

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Monday 6:00PM - 9:00PM PT
Canceled
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Instructor: Jeffrey Kahn
382705
Fee:
$695.00
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Location: Online
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.

Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 11, 2021
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retreive course materials.
Schedule
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Discussion
Mon Sep 27, 2021
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Mon Oct 4, 2021
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Mon Oct 11, 2021
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Mon Oct 18, 2021
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Mon Oct 25, 2021
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Mon Nov 1, 2021
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Mon Nov 8, 2021
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Mon Nov 15, 2021
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Mon Nov 22, 2021
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Online
Discussion
Mon Nov 29, 2021
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Online

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