JULY 8-21, 2018
Inside each one of us is a budding humorist
We know the feeling. You’re watching Saturday Night Live or Studio C and it hits you. The perfect idea for a sketch! You immediately tell your friends and family but, wouldn’t you know it, they just don’t seem to understand how funny your idea could be!
No more. At the Sketch Comedy Summer Workshop, you will equip yourself with the tools you need to turn a blank piece of paper into a load of laughs. You’ll work with seasoned comedians from BYU’s Divine Comedy, learn from amazing humorists from some of your favorite comedy groups, write your own content, and perform brilliantly in front of a live audience.
Comedy can, and must, be learned and refined. Join us this summer and start your journey as a comedian.
What’s the workshop like?
The workshop is two weeks long. In the first week, we spend a lot of time on teaching you how to come up with comedy-rich topics and then develop them into full sketches. We will teach you how to write a sketch, what a good sketch script looks like, and how to revise your material into top notch funny. In the second week, we’ll select sketches from the material produced during the first week to be featured in our end of workshop show: the Sketch Comedy Spectaculum. We’ll spend most of the second week rehearsing for the show so that come that final performance, you’ll perform your best.
In the evenings, we’ll have special activities that let you see a wide range of comedic styles and performances or build skills that will come in handy when you’re in front of a crowd that wants to laugh.
What kind of skills will I learn?
Among other things, you can expect to learn a lot more about the following areas of comedy:
- Recognizing funny ideas
- Improv skills
- Secrets of good dialogue
- Taking advantage of sketch structure
- Comedic timing and performance
- Making lame ideas into awesome ideas
- Character work
- The power of being topical
- Knowing your audience
- And much much more
Why would I want my kids to learn comedy? They’re already too smart-alecky for my taste.
Fair point. But fortunately, smart-alecky behavior isn’t what we teach. Our curriculum focuses on learning a wide variety of comedic techniques and when to use each one. A lot of amateur comedians suffer from poor delivery or poor timing. You may just find that after attending the workshop your kids will be better at one of the comedy’s most important skills: when not to tell a joke.
But what if they just want to be comedians? How will they support a family? Who will take care of me when I’m old? I won’t go to a nursing home. I won’t do it!
Another fair point. But don’t worry! Learning more about comedy writing means developing a whole group of skills that are essentially important for any life path. Some of those skills include:
- Not taking themselves too seriously
- Working well with others and in groups
- Critical/analytical thinking
- Problem Solving
- Fighting procrastination
- Rolling with the punches
- Thinking on their feet
- Developing a humble confidence
- Writing skills
But what if I do want my kid to become a comedian?
Oh. Then just sign up. It’s that easy.
I’d like to learn more details about the camp, like when it is, where do they go, what they should bring, what they will eat, how to deal with paparazzi after they’re done, etc...
Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions and our Registration pages. They should have everything you need to know. If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to us by email and we’ll get back to you right away.