Learn to write comedy with fun and energizing improv games, as taught by Emmy-award-winning comedy writer, Joe Guppy. Students will learn basic improv skills, and how to build a comedy premise. We will gather around a supportive and encouraging writer’s table to rewrite using story structure, and study scenes from Saturday Night Live
, Key & Peele
, and comedy films. Perfect for aspiring or experienced improvisers, actors, comedy writers, screenwriters, playwrights. The class culminates with a writers’ showcase at Unexpected Productions' Market Theater (performance optional).
Skills offered in class:
fundamentals of comedy writing, basic scene improvisation, story structure, rewriting, how to create a comedy premise.
: Joe Guppy, M.A., won 8 Emmys and a Writers Guild award for comedy writing and performing. He’s a former head writer/cast member for the Seattle comedy show Almost Live
, which ran for 15 seasons on KING-TV5, with two runs on Comedy Central. Joe is a founding member of Seattle Theatre Sports and has written television scripts in Los Angeles for directors John Landis (Blues Brothers
, Animal House
) and Blake Edwards (Pink Panther
). He’s taught fiction and scriptwriting at Seattle University and is an experienced group leader.