Sketch Comedy Writing Workshop
November 30, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sketch comedy is simply defined as short comedic scenes, intended for performance – live, or on camera – by an ensemble cast. Sketch comedy challenges the writer to be economical, focused, satirical, and to imagine their text as a collaboration between writer and performer. Canada has a deep and storied history of excellence in this theatrical tradition including famed ensembles and shows like Wayne and Shuster, Royal Canadian Air Farce, The Kids in the Hall and Baroness Von Sketch Show.
In this 3 hour workshop, Paul and Julianne Snepsts will introduce the basics of writing sketch comedy. Topics will include defining sketch comedy’s component parts, identifying a couple well-known sketch comedy styles and formats, as well as screening and analyzing some examples of these classic sketch comedy styles. The workshop will include group and individual writing exercises and will culminate in a reading of brand-new sketches written on the day.
Julianne and Paul Snepsts are the founders and producers of the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival – Canada’s premier festival for live, scripted comedy. The festival will celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2020, having hosted internationally acclaimed acts such as The Kids in the Hall, Baroness von Sketch Show, SNL alumnae Kate McKinnon and Sasheer Zamata, and celebrated Canadian comedy acts like The Beaverton, CBC’s This is That, The Irrelevant Show, and countless Second City alumni.
As comedians, Julianne and Paul have been active improvisers and sketch comedy writer/performers for over 15 years. They both trained at The Second City and The Bad Dog Theatre, and were cast members and writers in the troupe Boiled Wieners (which toured internationally in the early 2000s). Paul also toured with sketch comedy troupe The Majors, and is a Gemini Award-winning actor, earned for his role in Three Chords from the Truth. Independently, they have been jurors for Canada’s major comedy prizes including the Canadian Comedy Awards, The Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award, and The Sketch Comedy Project Fund. Julianne and Paul are accomplished producers, having worked on the producing team of high-profile comedy projects with The Kids in the Hall, SCTV reunion shows, and The Second City’s 50th Anniversary celebration in Chicago.
Paul and Julianne teach improvisation and sketch comedy writing for performers, corporate training, and for educational institutions such as Loyalist College Radio and Television Broadcast Journalism, Prince Edward Learning Centre, and Prince Edward Collegiate Institute. They are founding members of Taste That! The County’s Artisanal Comedy Troupe, with whom they have written four comedy revues, performed in comedy festivals in Toronto, Kingston and Montreal, and produced dozens of comedy shows in The County.
Baxter members $35, non-members $40. Get tickets here