Intro to Sketch Comedy: This is the place to start if you have never written sketch comedy before, or have dabbled in the past. Over eight weeks, students will watch and discuss a variety of sketches, break down scripts to see what makes them work, then write and revise some of your own material. You will begin to develop an individual voice and comic sensibility. The class will conclude with established comedians performing a staged reading of students’ favorite sketches.
Dates: 8/19, 8/26, 9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, and 10/7
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sketch Student Jam: Saturday, October 15th, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m. (2nd Stage). This is a chance for you to bring a script you've written in class and see it performed live by members of the PHIT company.
Theater Location: 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Class Location: Rehearsal Room D (through the lobby in the basement)
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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.”
JACK O'KEEFFE BIO
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.