About the class

This class is for anyone who wants to improve their acting chops when it comes to sketch comedy, comedic audition situations, sitcom and film scripts, and other scripted comedy gigs. We will address the fact that great comedy performance doesn't rely on strong writing alone – how it's performed can make or break it. You don't have to be a member of a sketch group to take this class – whether you're interested in sketch comedy yourself, are a member of a team, or you just want to improve your ability to bring scripted comedy to the next level, this class will provide you with a strong base of skills for performing sketch and scripted comedy. Learn how to become a versatile comedic actor by making specific, committed choices based on the joke of the sketch, practice being comfortable and in the moment on stage, identify and play with status, explore and utilize good stage craft, learn some techniques to help make memorizing lines easier, and explore bringing more of yourself and what you find funny to your performance. Most importantly, this class will encourage you to let go and have fun with the roles you play. During the first class, we will discuss the individual goals of each student so that we can tailor the course to everyone's specific needs. Good sketch comedy is well-written. Great sketch comedy is well-written and expertly performed.

Want to take this class? Let us know by filling out the PIT Class Request Form. If the section you wish to request is already running, you do not have to request it in order to enroll! 

Patrick McCartney

Patrick McCartney is an actor and an improviser . He was at The Second City with PIT caretaker Ali Reza Farahnakian. While in Chicago he studied improv with the great Del Close. While not improvising in Chicago he was acting in plays. He was an ensemble member of the Center Theater and did shows at Steppenwolf, Stage Left and just about every other venue Chicago had to offer. While there he studied acting with Mary Ann Thebus. In Los Angeles he studied acting with Ivana Chubbuck in her Thursday night master class. In NYC Patrick was an ensemble member of Shira Piven's Water Ensemble where he starred in Elizabeth Gilbert's adaption of her short stories "Pilgrims ". He was at the first UCB where he taught improv did Asscat and created the shows "Two Irish Jerks" with Miriam Tolan, and "Perverts," with Jackie Clark and "Lennon and McCartney" with Jodi Lennon. Television and film include "SNL digital shorts ", "Elf", and the recently wrapped indie "Baby Frankenstein."  Currently he teaches levels 4, 5 and 6 improv as well as Acting for Sketch. Patrick also does private acting coaching in his 'One on One' through the PIT. He is a member of the improv group Centralia. Former students include Eric Stonestreet, Julie Klausner and Ed Helms.


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