Comedy sketches: writing and performing for TV and radio

Course Dates: 11/06/19 - 16/07/19
Time: 18:15 - 21:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Alan Nixon

Create, develop, and write comedy sketches through analysing clips, writing exercises, and some practical TV & Radio production skills. Create your own sketches, monologues, and one-liners. Learn about pitching and submitting your work. Ideal for those who have completed Comedy sketches: writing and performing for TV.


What is the course about?

Learn about creating comedy sketches, writing, pitching your work and entering competitions. This course gives you the chance to write and perform sketches and monologues in Build’s TV & radio studio. The production work in the studio will give you the experience of bringing comedy sketches scripts to life and gain an understanding of the actors point of view. The course is run by Emmy-award winning Producer Alan Nixon who has worked with many top comedians including Victoria Wood, Alexei Sayle, and Bob Monkhouse. He has a wealth of experience on many productions and has worked at every level of the comedy business including Commissioning Editor.

This course is a development from the beginners courses but anyone with some experience of writing and/or performing comedy is welcome. Learn how to create characters, set up the situation, construct a plot, write scenes and dialogue. Learn too how to write a treatment, pitch your ideas and how the main competitions work and what they are looking for. This work will be supported by the exploration and analysis of classic comedies and sketches such as Python, Saturday Night Live, Key & Peele, Dave Allen, The Two Ronnies… and more.

What will we cover?

Defining style and tone.
The demands of writing for radio & television
Writing a treatment
Writing scenes
Topical gags
How to put together the fished script and treatment.
How the industry works.

Please note that acting classes by their very nature can involve exercises and the exploration of material that some students may find challenging.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Create strong sketches and sharp dialogue
Describe and understand structure.
Write fully formed characters.
Perform in a TV & radio studio environment.
Pitch material to the industry.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Some experience of writing and/or performing comedy is expected. This course will help you develop your work and enhance your skills. And you will meet fellow comedy enthusiasts to collaborate with and gain feedback.

In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen and respond to instructions and feedback.
• Communicate clearly in discussion and drama practice.
• Read and respond to a variety of text.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Take notes.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

We will study and discuss TV and radio comedy. Participants will write, devise and improvise in the sessions, in a safe environment with encouragement and support for newcomers. You will be script-edited and directed in writing and performance by your peers and the tutor.
In the session there will be a mix of writing exercises, games, improvisation and devising work. There will be opportunities to work individually, in pairs and small groups. Each week there will be exercises set to respond to in your own comedy writing between sessions. In the class you present the material, either solo or with other performers from the group. The group and tutor give feedback, helping you to develop your comedy work towards a recording of it. You will then reflect on the work to consolidate your learning.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your work for initial and ongoing assessment purposes.
You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your work.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No compulsory purchases. You may like to buy books, scripts, DVDs or CDs to further explore in your own time. Guidance will be given on worthwhile purchases for those interested. You will also be guided to relevant YouTube clips.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
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This course has now started

Course Code: DMP055

Started Tue, eve, 11 Jun - 16 Jul '19

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £121.00

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