- Let's Write Sketch Comedy!
Saturday01/04/201710:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sketch writing, the punch up
Sunday02/04/201710:00 am - 5:00 pm
course 1: sketch writing
Let’s write sketch comedy! In this course, we’ll cover all the tools you need to write sketches, solo or with an ensemble. The workshop focuses on using improvisational theater to discover and create quality sketch comedy.
By the end of the course, participants will have several workable premises and at least one sketch outlined.
course 2: sketch writing, the punch up
So you wrote a sketch but it’s not working? Or maybe you’ve written a lot of sketches and they don’t turn out exactly how you want them? So let’s punch them up! In this course, participants will learn the tools to refine and edit those drafts into finished gems of comedy greatness! Students should bring an existing sketch to workshop.
the tim&micah project bio:
Seasoned sketch comedians Tim Soszko and Micah Philbrook have worked side by side for many years and at many different places. Out of their desire to bring inventive and distinct work to the sketch comedy scene, they created the tim & micah project. Now they work together to transcend expectations and warp minds.
the tim&micah project is a turtlenecked, sketch comedy duo created by Tim Soszko and Micah Philbrook, aiming to do something different in the world of sketch comedy. Since 2006, we’ve toured around the USA (LA, New Orleans, Austin, Utah, New York, etc) teaching and performing improv and sketch comedy together. we’ve worked with The Second City, iO, The Annoyance, pH productions, The Cupid Players, The New Movement, Barrel of Monkeys, and The Playground, among many others.
As the tim&micah project, we have written and performed 8 original sketch comedy revues, produced a full length sketch comedy pilot episode, and become a fixture in the Chicago sketch comedy scene.
We love sketch comedy because it allows us to use any aspect of theater, performance or art in each scene. In fact, we pride ourselves on combining different styles and forms to create something the audience has never seen. On stage, the tim&micah project attempts to engage our audiences with absolute absurdity, playful eloquence, and a ridiculousness that focuses on the shared experience. we utilize many methods of performance, with every choice being purposeful and meticulously scripted to achieve our goal of eliciting an audience reaction.
Tim Soszko performs with the tim&micah project, Bri-Ko (an all silent sketch comedy group) and The Deltones (a musical improv group). He teaches all sorts of classes with Second City, IO Chicago, The Actors Training Center, Loyola University and Columbia College to name a few. Tim is also a voiceover artist, writer of sketch comedy, director of many sketch and improv groups, and a producer of the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. He has been all over the United States, Canada and Europe, teaching and performing. Many people find Tim funny….his wife and children do not.
Micah Philbrook is an improvisor, actor, writer, director, and teacher based in Chicago. He is half of the tim&micah project, an avant garde
sketch comedy troupe; a founding member of pH Productions, an award winning theater ensemble known for original comedic works; the executive producer of That Sunday Show, a modern comedic variety show; and he’s a regular performer with Those Who Can’t, an improv showcase featuring teachers of improvisational theater. Micah has toured the atlantic ocean and the caribbean sea on cruise ships, performing with The Second City, toured the United States and Canada with the tim&micah project and pH productions. Since 2008, Micah has been a faculty member of the Second City Training Center in Chicago where he has taught over 100 classes in the comedic arts.
Venue: The Bill Murray
Our new venue, opened November 2016. A permanent dedicated venue for London's loveliest comedy night.