This two hour workshop gives you a chance to learn the basics of writing for sketch comedy. Through watching and critiquing video sketches and collectively reading and workshopping a script with classmates you’ll learn how much fun taking a comedy class at PHIT can be. You’ll meet some new people who are also sketch comedy fans while you’re at it! If you have ever thought about taking a sketch writing class, but would prefer to “try before you buy” this is the place for you!
This class is perfect for people of all experience levels. You do not need to have prior experience or be an writer / comedian. PHIT has students from all walks of life and all ages. We have people that are looking to make a go of sketch writing, but we have also had students that were just looking to meet new people, flex their creative writing skills, try something new, or simply have fun for two hours each week. There is no commitment here to register for a full class, only come in ready to have a good time.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT JACK
“Joe is both incredibly enthusiastic and deeply knowledgeable about sketch comedy. His feedback on each of our sketches was very helpful.” – “Joe was very approachable, easy to understand and followed through in between classes with extremely useful notes.” – “He was positive and had the ability to diagnose your script in a way that made it easy to edit and improve your work.”
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Jack O’Keeffe is an actor, writer, producer, and comedian based in Philadelphia. Jack graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Jack currently performs at the Philly Improv Theater alongside Improv House Team Swan Year, and hosts the bi-monthly ‘MUSIC SHOW’ at PHIT. Jack works as Sketch Producer at PHIT and has worked with independent sketch projects ‘it’s the new’ and ‘Wretched Hive’. Jack directs monthly PHIT sketch showcase Brought To You By and helps produce PHIT’s monthly sketch programming including Theme Show and Up All Night.
In addition to his work with Philly Improv Theater, Jack has worked with Philly Sketchfest, Good Good Comedy, and has independently produced experimental comedy projects – including his “Charlie Harley” series of character monologues and “Jack O’Keeffe Talks About Radiohead”, the latter being a part of the 2016 SoLow Festival.
When not performing, Jack works as a staff writer for the entertainment editorial wing of Bustle.com and is a contributing writer to ScreenRant.com.