Comedy School

Intro to Sketch Comedy

A beginner's guide to sketch comedy that will take you from a premise to a fully realized sketch in one afternoon. This course will walk you briefly through the history of sketch comedy and how to write good sketches. You'll be invited to brainstorm a few ideas for sketches, "pitch" them to your classmates, set about writing and finessing your final idea, and perform a read-through. You'll walk away with a solid grounding in the foundations of sketch comedy, as well as the knowledge of how to craft and write sketches of your own.

Your instructors for the course come from Bad Medicine, DC's premier sketch comedy troupe. Trained by the Upright Citizens Brigade and Second City, Bad Medicine has performed at North American festivals like Montreal Sketchfest, NYC Sketchfest, Chicago Sketchfest, and Sketchfest Seattle. They also produce award-winning short comedy films, and a podcast about the craft of sketch comedy called Sketch Nerds.

Other Showtimes

This show is SOLD OUT! (And we mean it. We don't have wait lists or anything like that.)

Saturday, February 15, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (includes a one-hour lunch break)

A beginner's guide to sketch comedy that will take you from a premise to a fully realized sketch in one afternoon. This course will walk you briefly through the history of sketch comedy and how to write good sketches. You'll be invited to brainstorm a few ideas for sketches, "pitch" them to your classmates, set about writing and finessing your final idea, and perform a read-through. You'll walk away with a solid grounding in the foundations of sketch comedy, as well as the knowledge of how to craft and write sketches of your own.

Your instructors for the course come from Bad Medicine, DC's premier sketch comedy troupe. Trained by the Upright Citizens Brigade and Second City, Bad Medicine has performed at North American festivals like Montreal Sketchfest, NYC Sketchfest, Chicago Sketchfest, and Sketchfest Seattle. They also produce award-winning short comedy films, and a podcast about the craft of sketch comedy called Sketch Nerds.

SKETCH CLASS COMBO PACKAGE: We're also offering "Sketch Comedy: Page to Stage" on February 29. If you also want to take that class, buy yourself a "COMBO" ticket. We'll automatically register you for the 2/29 class as well, and you save $50.


All sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges.


Admission Policies

  • Patrons must be 18 or older to attend events or classes at the DC Improv. Any exceptions are clearly noted in the event descriptions on dcimprov.com.

A beginner's guide to sketch comedy that will take you from a premise to a fully realized sketch in one afternoon. This course will walk you briefly through the history of sketch comedy and how to write good sketches. You'll be invited to brainstorm a few ideas for sketches, "pitch" them to your classmates, set about writing and finessing your final idea, and perform a read-through. You'll walk away with a solid grounding in the foundations of sketch comedy, as well as the knowledge of how to craft and write sketches of your own.

Your instructors for the course come from Bad Medicine, DC's premier sketch comedy troupe. Trained by the Upright Citizens Brigade and Second City, Bad Medicine has performed at North American festivals like Montreal Sketchfest, NYC Sketchfest, Chicago Sketchfest, and Sketchfest Seattle. They also produce award-winning short comedy films, and a podcast about the craft of sketch comedy called Sketch Nerds.