In Sketch Writing Level 1: The Basics of Sketch, students will develop the fundamental skills they need to start writing original comedy sketches. Build your sketch toolkit with the essentials - how to come up with a sketch idea, how to employ classic sketch structure, how to create memorable characters, how to clearly communicate your ideas to your audience.
Students will write multiple sketches during the course of this class, with PIT Teacher will guide them through every step of the process with positive, hands-on instruction.
Feedback and collaboration are central to this class that is appropriate for brand new sketch writers, writers who have already completed "Joy of Sketch," or writers with some sketch experience who want to get back to basics.
In level 2 you will continue to focus on strong listening and reacting without interrupting your scene partner. Making sure “the beginning of your sentence doesn’t get in the way of the middle of theirs”. You will reinforce saying “Yes, and...!” Until you have to say “no thank you”. The goal will be to be able to do a first and second beat of a 2 person scene using the tool of a “time-dash” either going forward or backward in time. Personal, truthful, monologues will also be part of the tool box that will benefit all aspects of life and performance. Editing will be introduced so performers know when it’s time to enter a scene and edit a scene with walk on’s and sweep edits.
This course is designed to give women+ the opportunity to securely develop their comedy chops in a safe, engaging & supportive environment. Classes will serve as a laboratory for creating original stand-up material while discovering your truth and voice. Students will learn how to translate their ideas into a crafted 5 minute set through proper joke structure, writing & editing techniques, all while developing a commitment to their own, unique sense of humor! Students are encouraged to experiment outside their comfort zone and take risks by being specific, vulnerable and having a strong point of view. This class is NOT anti-male nor should it be used to surpass months of open mics. But it will give you the tools you need to both build confidence in the choices you make & in your creative ideas on and off the stage. Course is open to all levels & beginners are welcome!
No pressure storytelling. Enter the wondrous world of words. This is perfect for the absolute beginner to get acquainted with the art of storytelling. Every week you will mine your memory and share a story in a safe space. Whether you want to make the audience giggle or gasp, this is the class for you. Please note that there is no graduation show for this class, but feel free to practice telling your story to your friends and family on zoom or at the dinner table.
Bull/Matador (created by former Pitizen Matt Donnelly) is a signature improv scene technique that gets performers out of their heads by reacting to body language rather than over thinking about the dialogue. We’re also going to explore game of the improv scene and how to use it in scene-work. We’ll cover heightening, finding it, playing multiple games at once. Great workshop for those new to playing game and improvisers wanting to brush up their skills.
First timers and those new to stand-up welcome! Wanna write your first joke or work on those jokes you have? In this drop-in, we focus on joke structure, editing, and polishing. Laughter is healing and let’s make this time productive as well.
You will bring moments from your past to life. Jump right into storytelling! Clearly creating the arc of a story and learning how to emote, you will keep the audience completely captivated. If you have fun, they will have fun listening to you. In a nurturing environment, receive feedback that boosts your confidence and skills as a storyteller. You will share one story at a final, remote, graduation performance at The PIT for your friends, family, and others. Great preparation for future life in school interviews and jobs. Plant the seeds now.
Now that you’ve done your first three minutes in front of a live audience it’s time to build on that towards your 5 minutes. If you look up first time appearances of all your favorite stand ups on late night tv from Carson to now, it will generally be around 5 minutes. A tight 5 minutes can take you a long way!
We all find ourselves using the same couple of voices and characters in every show!Well, character is more than a weird voice or a wacky catchphrase. By using speech, movement & attitude, this workshop will build up your creative character-building muscles and help you expand on your instincts. Change the way you view character work and become uniquely wonderful the moment you hit the stage. Our hope is to help you find at least one new character in our time.
There’s nothing more exhilarating than performing stand up comedy, it can be intimidating. More of a guide than a conventional class, this goal-oriented program will get you up there doing stand up for the first time. You will come out of this class with disciplined writing tools, informative personal feedback and important advice, as you begin your stand up comedy journey. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced in other walks of comedy life, this class is for you. Class culminates in an online stand-up show, where students present their first 3 minutes of material.
In this class you will use scene work and group exercises to explore the joy of improvisation, be more confident, trusting and graceful on stage. Learn “Yes, and…!” until you have to say “No, thank you”. Focus on positive choices to initiate scenes, real-life and character monologues grounded in TRUTH!
The PIT’s Intro to Improv class creates a rich and nurturing environment that will benefit your physical, emotional and mental health. A final, remote, graduation performance at the PIT for friends, family, and others.” Spread the Word!
No pressure Improv. Dip your toe into the joyous pool of improv- 0% fear, 100% fun. This is the perfect place for absolute beginners to get acquainted with the art of longform improvisation. Every week you will play in a safe and positive class environment with group exercises and scenework. It’s the perfect spoonful of improv, come have a taste! Please note that there is no graduation show for this class.
IMPROV YOUR PUBLIC SPEAKING
We’ll take your characters, premises and totally discovered moments in an improvised set and turn them into written sketch. We’ll pay close attention to game, how to give and take as a reasonable and unreasonable person and flesh out any and all ideas you have, no matter how off the wall. We will improvise until we turn it into a written tightly wound sketch. The most fun ever. Taught by Patrick McCartney.
Have you ever wondered how late night shows put together a funny and topical monologue night after night? This session will pull back the stage curtain and show you how it's done, exploring how topics are chosen and monologue jokes are constructed. We'll also look at how to write in the host's voice, what it's like in the writer's room and how to prepare a writing packet for submission. Session will include an in-class writing and performing exercise.
Ready to kill it on stage? Let's use quarantine time to become the best improvisers we can be. This class is for experienced improvisers only who want to perfect their craft. Focus will be on scene work, monologues, and duologues as well as copious side-coaching to make you the best improviser you can be.
In level 3 you will continue to focus on strong listening and reacting without interrupting your scene partner. Making sure “the beginning of your sentence doesn’t get in the way of the middle of theirs”. You will reinforce saying “Yes, and...!” Until you have to say “no thank you”. Work on the first-second and third beats of two person scenes as well as continuing to focus on editing by following your foot connected to your gut and heart to edit scenes at the height. Learn how to “heighten and tighten” a scene organically glued in reality to create “win-win” fun scenes to play to entertain yourself and others while “treating your partner like a genius”.
You will go through the basic forms of improv. Harold without games, Pure Harold,The Deconstruction, The Mono scene. Two weeks will be dedicated to each form and will culminate in doing two class shows.
Stephanie Holmes hosts all across New York City and is currently a regular emcee at Gotham Comedy Club. In addition, Stephanie has experience with hosting trivia privately and for company Trivial Dispute. Her long list of credits also include:
Stand Up NY,
New York Comedy Club,
Broadway Comedy Club,
Greenwich Village Comedy Club,
& Banana's Comedy Club.
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