Sketch Writing 1-5

Writing original comedy has always been a huge part of what we do at Planet Ant. Over more than two decades, we have created many award-winning plays, short films, and even a few feature length movies. Now, we want to teach you how to translate the ideas in your head to the written page.  

Our Sketch Writing program consists of five six-week sessions. You'll start with the basics of comedy writing and slowly hone your skills through many in-class exercises and required homework assignments. Each class builds on the information learned in the previous one, and by the end of Sketch Writing 4, each student will have amassed a writing portfolio with a minimum of 20 sketches and 3 comedic monologues. Sketch 5 will see the students working with a director to put together a complete sketch show based on their work so far.

Students are required to bring an internet capable device (phones are okay), paper and writing implements. Students must also have simple writing assignments completed as a requirement for the beginning of each class level, as noted below. Performance experience is not required.


Contact us if you have any questions about our training center.


Sketch 1 - Intro to Comedy Writing

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, September 16.

The next 6-week session:

Thursdays | September 22 - October 27 | 7pm - 10pm
Instructor: Mike McGettigan

This series of classes will focus on writing comedic characters based on strong points of view. Students will learn how to use beats, how to edit, finding the game of the scene and will be exposed to multiple styles. Classes will begin with students writing single characters monologues and end by writing sketches with multiple characters.  By the end of the six-week session, students will have finished a minimum of 3 comedic monologues and 2 sketches.

*Please note that the price includes an online processing fee.

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Sketch 2 - The Mechanics of Sketch Writing

NOT OFFERED THIS TERM

In order to qualify for Sketch Writing 2, you must have completed our Sketch Writing 1 class within the last six months.

The next 6-week session TBD

In The Mechanics of Sketch Writing, students will learn to deepen their understanding of the tools that can be utilized to create well-written sketch comedy. Students will employ multiple sources for inspiration, from real world events to personal stories, and learn how to turn any idea into a fully realized comedy sketch. By the end of the course, students will have finished a minimum of 5 sketches.

Students should have one 3-5 page sketch written specifically for week 1 of the course.

*Please note that the price includes an online processing fee.

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Sketch 3 - Further Exploration of Sketch

NOT OFFERED THIS TERM

In order to qualify for Sketch Writing 3, you must have completed our Sketch Writing 2 class within the last six months. Email classes@planetant.com with any questions you may have.

Next 6-week session TBD

The class will use scripts and videos from famous comedy shows as examples on how to write comedy in multiple styles, focusing on comedy for the stage. Students will learn to write in and identify styles such as farce, parody, screwball, dark humor, satire, blue, surreal and more. By the end of the course, students will have finished a minimum of 6 sketches.

Students should have one 3-5 page sketch written specifically for week 1 of the course.

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Sketch 4 - Advanced Sketch Writing

NOT OFFERED THIS TERM

In order to qualify for Sketch Writing 4, you must have completed our Sketch Writing 3 class within the last six months.

Next 6-week session TBD

This session takes students further into comedy writing by finding and fostering each student's personal style.  The class will also teach writing cooperatively and how to generate and coauthor material using the techniques of improv.  By the end of the course, students will have coauthored or authored a minimum of 10 sketches.

Students should have one 3-5 page sketch written specifically for week 1 of the course.

*Please note that the price includes an online processing fee.

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Sketch 5 - Putting Up the Show

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, September 16.

In order to qualify for Sketch Writing 5, you must have completed our Sketch Writing 4 class within the last six months.

Next 6-week session:

Saturdays | September 24 - October 29 | 11am - 2pm
Instructor: Shawn Handlon

Our entire sketch program culminates in this exciting series of classes were students will work with their instructor/director to further refine their sketches into a complete show that will be cast and performed on the Planet Ant stage. 

Participants will not only receive additional writing experience as they refine and rewrite their sketches in preparation for their final show, but they will also gain insight into many of the factors that come into putting up a successful sketch review, like the casting and directing process. 

Final show dates are TBD.

*Please note that the price includes an online processing fee.

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