About the class
This is an intro level sketch class, pure and simple, geared towards the student who has never written sketch before, or even a writer who wants a refresher in the basics. Working off the idea that anyone can start writing sketch comedy, you'll learn the formulas that will let you start writing sketch now. You will not need to have pre-existing work to take this class — it will involve practical assignments in individual and team writing. By the end of class, you'll not only have a truckload of sketches, you'll also be prepared to strike out and write great sketch on your own. The class will culminate in a graduation show at The PIT for friends and family where your work will be read by professional comedians.
Chris Aurilio is a writer/director/producer based in New York City. Chris is the co-creator and director of the original pilot Death Lives. He has written and produced live comedy shows since 2008 at The Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT), where he also teaches sketch comedy writing and acting. Chris founded the sketch group The Foolhardy Manor, regularly performing and producing sketch, including the short film BirdmAnnie. In 2014, Chris began performing his evolving character and sketch show, Aurilishow. He is also a producing member of PulpRiot, a production company responsible for live comedy shows and multimedia projects. Chris has written/produced and directed several short films online, including Haunted Cabin: Die-Fi shot at the Haunted Cabin YouTube Space NY Exclusive Set. He holds a master's degree in theater studies from Montclair State University and has created several original plays and children's theater shows.