Sketch Comedy workshop @ George Brown in January!


Sketch Comedy Writing and Performance
THEA 9012
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Come show the world just how funny you can be! Learn how to write and perform sketch comedy with Paul Bellini (The Kids in the Hall,This Hour has 22 Minutes). Although it looks at classic sketch comedy as a starting point, the class functions as a comedy troupe, giving participants the chance to write and rehearse sketch material and, ultimately, put on a show in front of a live audience.
Fee: $281.00
Hours: 36
CRN Date Day Time Location Status
W53627 18Jan14 – 12Apr14 Sa 1-4pm SJC REGISTER NOW
Questions about this course?
416-415-5000, ext. 2013
or e-mail: cedesign@georgebrown.ca

FIRST EVER LGBT COMEDY COURSE TO BE OFFERED AT HUMBER COLLEGE!!!

FIRST EVER LGBT COMEDY COURSE TO BE OFFERED AT HUMBER COLLEGE!!!

Beginning January 23, 2014, the first LGBT Comedy course offered by a post-secondary institution will take place at Humber College Lakeshore Campus in Toronto. (http://calendardb.humber.ca/LIS/WebCalendar/CE/CourseOffering.do?name=CRWR_003) “There are comedy courses, and there are LGBT courses, both widely available, but to my knowledge, there is no other comedy course aimed at LGBT students in Canada, and probably not in the United States, either. And yet, why not?” asks course creator and instructor Paul Bellini, who initially developed the program at the Second City Training Centre in Toronto. (An earlier version, created by Second City Chicago Training Center Department Head Andy Eninger, was held in Chicago last August.) Bellini is holding another 2-day intensive at the Second City Toronto Training Center on Dec. 14 and 15, 2013.

The Humber College course would be a much longer and deeper study, lasting eight weeks. “LGBT students love comedy as much if not more than other students. A program like this would play to their strengths and allow for the greatest possible inclusivity. And, it will be fun to take.” Bellini, who just finished a run as his signature character The Towel Guy in the Kids in the Hall’s recent live show Rusty and Ready (Dec. 4, 5, 6, 7 at The Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto), should know gay comedy. As a writer for Kids, he co-created Scott Thompson’s most popular character Buddy Cole, leading to a major book deal in 1998. He then went on to produce two LGBT comedy series, Locker Room (2003, PrideVision) and The Gayest Show Ever (2010, Out TV). “I know a lot of great gay comedians, but I’ll bet that number would double if there was an academic program that could foster those talents. There are still way too many occasions when one’s gayness is the brunt of the joke. We can change that.” The course, a combination of academic research and practical assignments, culminates in a live presentation. “No one who takes my class will be bored,” promises Bellini. Not only that – they will be pioneers. For more information or to book Bellini for an interview, please contact pbellini@istar.ca or call 416 913 3131.

Check out – http://calendardb.humber.ca/LIS/WebCalendar/CE/CourseOffering.doname=CRWR_003

CHECK OUT THIS ARTICLE ABOUT MY COURSE:  http://unvailed.com/2013/12/paul-bellini-is-going-to-school-you-in-lgbt-comedy/

 

PAST WORKSHOPS I HAVE OFFERED!!!

PAST CLASSES I HAVE OFFERED….

Sketch comedy is the art of making fun of people. And what fun it is. Whether you’ve already performed dozens of skits in front of an audience, or merely dreamed about it, you can always learn how to do it better. And who better to teach you than a guy who’s so cutting edge he starts every second sentence with “and”?Paul Bellini was a writer, and the fat guy in the towel, on HBO/CBC’s legendary television series The Kids in the Hall. Then he did This Hour Has 22 Minutes and a bunch of other shows you probably never heard of. Throughout it all, he has written and performed many sketches and developed lots of characters. He learned from the best, and now he is willing to pass on his knowledge to you.The workshop lasts four weeks and requires performance participation. The sessions are:

Session One (Sunday Jan. 20 12-3PM)
Choosing a topic, or a premise for your sketch. • Using your own life and the people in your life for inspiration. • Figuring out what you want to say. • How to go horrifically wrong, and make it work. • Differences in writing for the screen and for the stage. • Learning to work in teams or groups.

Session Two (Sunday Jan. 27 12-3PM)
Character building – what your character likes and hates. • How they see themselves versus how they are seen by the rest of the world. • Using accents, funny walks, real people, wigs and wardrobe for inspiration. • Developing the character’s backstory. • Casting the character in multiple situations.

Session Three (Sunday Feb 3, 12-3PM)
Adding the funny – witty dialogue, jokes, visual humour, running gags, cut-to’s, juxtapositions, puns, insults, surprises and reversals.

Session Four (Sunday Feb 10, 12-3PM)
Doing it live. • How to get the most out of your performance. • Clever use of props and junk, but also how and when to mime. • Working towards a successful ending. • This session will end with a show in which registrants will perform their sketches for the class. They may cast this sketch with other registrants (and with the instructor as well, if they wish to suck up for a higher mark).

All lectures are augmented with clips from Bellini’s various shows: The Kids in the Hall, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Locker Room, The Bette Show, The Gayest Show Ever. Sessions are three hours with a fifteen minute break for smokers, cell phone addicts, and the elderly. This spectacular four week workshop is only $200. Space is limited and class size is restricted to 12.

And hey, even if you don’t learn anything, you get to poke Bellini’s belly.

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PAUL BELLINI’S SKETCH COMEDY WORKSHOP

Have you ever wanted to be part of a sketch comedy troupe? Ever wanted to write funny stuff that you would then perform with like-minded individuals? Ever wonder what it’s like to make an audience laugh, applaud, and wet their pants?

Well, now you too can become a sketch comedian! How? By signing up for Paul Bellini’s Sketch Comedy Workshop!

Paul Bellini was a writer, and the Towel Guy, on HBO/CBC’s legendary television series The Kids in the Hall. He learned from the best, and now he is willing to pass on his knowledge to you.

The workshop lasts five weeks and culminates with a live sketch comedy show in front of a real audience. In those few weeks, we will write, rehearse, produce and perform a complete sketch comedy show.

Why let other people get all the laughs? You too can put on a wig and an accent and perform the types of characters you love. And all of it under the tutelage of Mr. Paul Bellini, a three-time Emmy nominee and three-time Gemini Award winner. What are you waiting for? Sign up now and show the world just how funny you can be.

Here are some testimonials!

“When I treated myself to a comedy workshop with Paul Bellini at the Comedy Bar it was a gift that kept on giving. I never worked on a comedy skit with other people before. We started from scratch, wrote the lines and learned them, rehearsed and collectively supplied the costumes, props and makeup.  When we presented our show in front of a live studio audience and video camera I overcame opening night jitters. Now I can watch the event burned on my graduation DVD anytime. I still chuckle. The process warmed my heart. Paul and my classmates are My Facebook Friends Forever.” – Patricia Aldridge

“I thoroughly enjoyed Paul Bellini’s sketch writing workshop. Paul was supportive in developing all ideas which gave me freedom to explore any topic I wanted – nothing was off limits! He helped guide the development of my writing, but also let me find my own voice. I came away with more confidence in my writing and had a really fun experience.” – Nicole Dunn

“The atmosphere was very accepting and supportive. Regardless of level, or background or personal obstacles, we were all in it together and that felt empowering. The setup of being a writing team from the beginning was also a great way to explore comedy and the ability to perform the sketches with an audience really helped to get a sense of the funny. Paul is an inspiring teacher who looks at each student as an individual and helps them tap into their creativity.” – Billie Akman

Paul’s class helped me flesh the funny out of a kernel of character I’d thinking about for a long time. Paul let us be ourselves and play with ourselves. It was messy and fun. I want more. He geniunely laughed when no one else was. He has a way of envisioning the hilarity in kernels. – Brock Hessel

The next session takes place on September 15, 22, 29, October 6 and 20, 2013 at Baltic Avenue. Sessions are three hours with a fifteen minute break for smokers, cell phone addicts, and the elderly. This spectacular five week workshop is only $250. Space is limited and class size is restricted to 12. No refunds after the start date.

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MY NEW SKETCH WRITING WORKSHOP IS COMING!!

PAUL BELLINI’S SKETCH COMEDY WORKSHOP

Paul Bellini

When: Sun. April 14, 21 & May 5, 12, 19 (12-3PM)
Cost: $250
Registration: jen@comedybar.ca

Last February, a very privileged group of people got together to learn about sketch comedy from someone who knows. They wrote material, rehearsed it, got their wigs and props together, and put on a show. Then they talked about it for months.

Now, you too can be one of those people with Paul Bellini’s Sketch Comedy Workshop!

Paul Bellini was a writer, and the fat guy in the towel, on HBO/CBC’s legendary television series The Kids in the Hall. He learned from the best, and now he is willing to pass on his knowledge to you.

The workshop lasts five weeks and culminates with a live sketch comedy show in front of a real audience. The sessions are:

Session One (Sun. April 14)
We get together, chat, kvetch, bitch, moan and groan, and start to put it all down on paper. We discuss such comedy writing tools as witty dialogue, jokes, visual humour, running gags, cut-to’s, juxtapositions, puns, insults, surprises and reversals. We learn how to use elements of your own life for satire. Bellini will also show a clip reel of sketches that he thinks will blow your mind.

Session Two (Sun. April 21)
We have a read-through, give notes on each other’s pieces, and figure out which pieces to put into the show. We start to build characters as well as costumes.

Session Three (Sun. May 5)
We read the rewrites and start rehearsing the good skits.

Session Four (Sun. May 12)
More rehearsal, more rewriting, and an orgy (optional).

Session Five (Sun. May 19)
Full dress and tech rehearsal. Notes. Tears. Coffee afterwards.

Session Six (Sun. May 12)
Doing the show live at The Comedy Bar to an audience of invited guests and others. This will be an evening performance.

Sessions are three hours with a fifteen minute break for smokers, cell phone addicts, and the elderly. This spectacular five week workshop is only $250. Space is limited and class size is restricted to 12.

REGISTER NOW!