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23 Best Comedy Creative Writing Classes in 2023

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This directory of creative writing courses will help you find the right class for you. Simply filter by genre, price, and location to find the writing class that best fits your needs.

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Writing Humour

University of Toronto


Find out what it takes to be funny and learn the techniques used by successful literary and popular comic writers. Combining lectures with in-class exercises and workshops, this course will examine the types of comedy suited to the printed page: slapstick, satire, absurdity, and more.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Toronto

Categories: Comedy

Level: Beginner

Course length: 8 sessions (2.5 hours)

Class size: Limited

Price: $649.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://learn.utoronto.ca/programs-courses/courses/2287-w...

Online Sketch 101

Upright Citizens Brigade


This course is an introduction to the UCB philosophy on sketch comedy, specifically using "the game" to write short comedic scenes. No prior sketch writing experience is necessary -- the only requirement for this class is a desire to write and learn.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Online

Categories: Comedy

Level: Beginner

Course length: 8 sessions (3 hours)

Class size: Limited

Price: $525.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://ucbcomedy.com/courses/?eventtemplate=17-online-sk...

Improv 101

Upright Citizens Brigade


Students will learn the fundamentals of improvisation including agreement, active listening, portraying characters, playing to the top of your intelligence, and group mind. In Improv 101, students will learn the fundamentals of improvisation.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: New York

Categories: Comedy

Level: Beginner

Course length: 8 sessions (3 hours)

Class size: Limited

Price: $500.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://ucbcomedy.com/courses/?eventtemplate=42-improv-10...

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Five MInutes to Funny

DC Improv Comedy School


Through hands-on training with instructor Chris Coccia, you'll learn how to prepare, polish and perform a five-minute stand-up comedy set. Lots of people have dreamed about giving stand-up comedy a try. This class gives you the structured environment that will finally get you on stage.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Washington

Categories: Comedy

Level: Any

Course length: 4 sessions (3.5 hours)

Class size: 14

Price: $425.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://www.dcimprov.com/comedy-school/stand-up

Humor Writing

Gotham Writers


Humorous prose writing requires all the hallmarks of good writing plus that X factor: being funny. Here you will learn about the various types of prose humor, as well as comedic techniques and how to market your work.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: New York

Categories: Comedy

Level: Beginner

Course length: 10 sessions (3 hours)

Class size: Limited

Price: $419.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://wp.writingclasses.com/courses/humor-writing/

Online Improv 101

Upright Citizens Brigade


Students will learn the fundamentals of long-form improvisation including: agreement, active listening, playing characters, playing truthfully and to the top of your intelligence and group mind. Understanding the fundamentals will be achieved through exercises and scene work in class.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Online

Categories: Comedy

Level: Beginner

Course length: 8 sessions (2.5 hours)

Class size: Limited

Price: $400.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://ucbcomedy.com/courses/?eventtemplate=3-online-imp...

Write Your TV Series

Jacob Krueger Studio


In this new 4 Week TV Writing Class with Studio founder, Jacob Krueger, you’ll develop an organic approach to developing your pilot, engine, and series bible. Whatever you're working on, you’ll learn the crucial elements that make a series successful, and discover the secrets to creating engaging, complex characters that audiences want to binge.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Online

Categories: Comedy

Level: Any

Course length: 4 sessions (3 hours)

Class size: Unlimited

Price: $375.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://www.writeyourscreenplay.com/write-your-tv-series/


This course is for anyone who wants to learn the crucial basics of writing for film and television or anyone with a great idea of a movie who needs help putting it into (properly formatted) words. It gives you a strong foundation for TV and film writing, demystifies the language and process of writing, and more.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Online

Categories: Comedy

Level: Beginner

Course length: 7 sessions (3 hours)

Class size: Limited

Price: $345.00

Start date: September, 2023

Website: https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/secondcitytraining/...

Level 1: Foundations of Improv

Washington Improv Theater


Improv for all: no matter who you are, you’ve got something to gain from taking Foundations of Improv. Meet people, gain poise, build your confidence and explore your creativity by learning the fundamental concepts of improvisation. It’s the most fun you’ll have all week.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Online

Categories: Comedy

Level: Beginner

Course length: 8 sessions (2.5 hours)

Class size: Limited

Price: $320.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://witdc.org/classes/level-1-foundations-of-improv/


Our 7-week introductory class focuses on improvisational acting. Learn the techniques to improvise dynamic scenes and characters in a fun and supportive environment, in what is Miami's most popular improv class! Improv Acting 1 concludes with a student performance!

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Miami

Categories: Comedy

Level: Beginner

Course length: 7 sessions (2.5 hours)

Class size: Unlimited

Price: $300.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: http://www.justthefunny.com/classes

Sketch Writing

Just the Funny


This 7-week course teaches the skills to write effective and funny sketches, from the commercial parody to full-length scenes. Learn the tricks of the trade, from how to start a sketch, punch lines, and effective endings. Students will write a minimum of 6 sketches, and then watch them come to life as they are acted out in class!

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Miami

Categories: Comedy

Level: Beginner

Course length: 7 sessions (2.5 hours)

Class size: Unlimited

Price: $300.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: http://www.justthefunny.com/classes

Sketch Comedy 101

Lit Comedy School


Have you ever watched Saturday Night Live and thought that you could write something like that? Ever find yourself as the funniest person in the room, but you don’t know how to do more with it? In this 4 week course, you'll learn the basics of sketch writing and some different types of sketches.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Location: Online

Categories: Comedy

Level: Beginner

Course length: 4 sessions (2 hours)

Class size: Limited

Price: $275.00

Start date: Open all year round

Website: https://www.litcomedy.com/comedy-classes

How to choose a comedy writing class

Looking to build your writing skillset, learn more about your genre, or finally finish that comedy article you’ve been working on? You’re in the right place. That’s why we built this directory of the best writing courses.

However, creative writing classes aren’t one size fit all. If you’re planning to join a comedy writing class in particular, you’ll want to make sure that it matches what you’re seeking to learn about comedy writing.

So make sure to consider the following questions when you’re researching comedy writing courses:

  • Who is the instructor? How many years of experience do they have in comedy writing?
  • Is there something in particular you’d like to learn about comedy writing? Does this course include it?
  • How long is the course, and where is it taught?
  • How much does the comedy writing course cost? Does it fit into your budget?

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