Basics of Writing Sketch Comedy | April 18th | Keith Horvath
About the class
The Basics of Sketch Comedy Writing class will introduce students to the core tenets of sketch comedy writing. The class will focus on basic sketch forms and concepts, including juxtapostion, heightening, linguistics, absurdism, parody, developing personal voice and revision. The class will end with a class show in one of The PIT’s theaters and will leave students with all the skills they will need to begin their sketch comedy careers with a strong foundation.
Keith is an international teacher and director currently serving as the Director of Classes for The PIT Comedy School. He has twelve years of experience teaching, directing, and performing improvisation and sketch comedy with over twenty years of theatre experience.
Keith comes from Chicago where he served as Adjunct Faculty at Columbia College Chicago in the Comedy Writing and Performance major, Faculty Advisor to Sketch Club, and a director for multiple improvised and scripted shows. In addition to these credits, Keith is an alumni of The Second City Directing, Conservatory, and Comedy Studies programs, and iO Chicago’s improv program. He has worked all over Chicago, including a teacher/director in The Second City Training Center and Assistant Director for BlueCo, a Second City National Touring Company; Director of Youth and Outreach, teacher, and director at The Playground Theater; and was the Class/Internship Administrator, director, and creator of College Night at The Annoyance Theatre and Bar. Keith has devised and directed nearly four dozen original scripted shows, and has a passion for character creation, writing sketch through improvisation, and directing.
When Keith isn’t at The PIT you can either find him eating, or at home wishing he could order more food off GrubHub because why leave home when food can come to you?