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Physical Sketch Comedy

Finding the writing gold through physical movement.

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Objectives

This class will explore the theories, practices, and aesthetic components found in physical comedy and comic scenes, to teach them how to play the A and B characters in a sketch, to instruct them how to write and rewrite comedy sketches by utilizing various methods of accepting critique, and to train them to knowledgeably critique the art form themselves.

Identify and comprehend what “Physical comedy” is in all its forms while identifying comic scene styles, characters, and structure in sketch comedy.

Write sketches that contain a strong comic premise, vivid and highly playable characters, comic struggle, dramatic action, and a clear beginning, middle, and end.
Learn to express and execute ideas clearly and effectively with your body.

Perform comic sketches that communicate the presence of moment, emotion, and understanding of the character’s function in sketches.

Learning Outcomes:

To create and develop sketches from an inspired movement. To understand the formats of physical sketch, the structure behind comedy basics, and art of physical sketch and comedy writing.

Paul Valenti

Paul is a seasoned performer, writer, and improviser in New York City. He has had the opportunity to perform throughout the US and in the UK. Paul also has directed numerous short plays and sketches and is an Improv coach as well. Winner of Best Actor at the NYTV Festival for the pilot of “The Chris and Paul Show” and Best Newcomer at The Montreal Sketch Festival. Nominated for Best Newcomer at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and proud alumnus of Second City NYC.www.paulievalenti.com/

Class Schedule
Physical Sketch Comedy   Mon 05/14/18   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001 Register
Physical Sketch Comedy   Mon 05/21/18   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
Physical Sketch Comedy   Mon 06/04/18   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
Physical Sketch Comedy   Mon 06/11/18   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
Physical Sketch Comedy   Mon 06/18/18   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
Physical Sketch Comedy   Mon 06/25/18   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
Grad Show: Physical Sketch Comedy   Tue 06/26/18   8:00pm   The Striker Stage 123 E 24th St (b/t Park & Lex) New York, NY 10010 Register