Acting to Sketch | January 2 | Patrick McCartney

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!

(Please note, all instructors are subject to change without notice)

Patrick McCartney

Patrick McCartney is an actor and Improviser. He got his start in Chicago in the late 1990’s where he studied with Del Close and Mick Napier. He spent two years in Chicago’s Second City Touring Company Blue Co where he toured the country with Ali Farahnakian, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. His love of the theater kept him working steadily in plays outside of the world of improv. He was a member of Chicago’s Center Theater Ensemble and did plays at Stage Left, Steppenwolf and The Bailiwick. He moved to LA briefly where he studied with Ivana Chubbuck. In NYC he became a regular at ASSSSCAT and a teacher at the first UCB space. He was a member of Shira Piven’s Water Ensemble where he starred in Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Pilgrims” at the Tribeca Playhouse. He was an original member of the improv groups “Centralia” and “Beer. Shark. Mice.” He’s done television and film including “Elf”, “Conan O’Brien”, “Wake Up, Ron Burgundy” and “Law and Order”. He has recently returned to the world of improv and has been teaching at the PIT. Patrick is a member of Centralia who perform Saturday nights at the PIT Loft. Patrick’s solo show about addiction and recovery “Sinister Kid” is currently playing at the Pit loft on Friday nights.

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Listen below to hear more about Patrick’s teaching style and improv philosophy, and to learn more about The PIT in his discussion with PIT Founder Ali Farahnakian.

Class Schedule
  Thu 01/02/20   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Thu 01/09/20   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Thu 01/16/20   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Thu 01/23/20   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Thu 01/30/20   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Thu 02/06/20   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Sat 02/08/20   4:30pm   The Striker Stage 123 E 24th St (b/t Park & Lex) New York, NY 10010