Sunday, January 24, 2010

Second City - Hollywood

I've been told that a good way to perfect comedy writing is to take improv classes. While I'm sure this is true, I've never had the disposable income to take said classes.

If you've never heard of groupons, go here. If you have, Jesse got me one for a two hour improv basics class with the Hollywood Second City Training Center. Yesterday I cashed it in for a class that ended up a lot of fun. I'm also fairly certain I saw our instructor, Ithamar Enriquez, in a FedEx commercial during the Vikings/Saints game today. I may go back for future improv classes, but what caught my eye while I was there, other than posters of Bill Murray and Tina Fey all over the place, was a comedy writing class they offer.

For $325-375 they offer a 3.5-hour class once a week for seven weeks. There are six levels to the writing program totaling 42 weeks of instruction. More information on the Second City writing program can be found on their website. I'll probably be signing up for the next available level 1 Saturday course, assuming I mug enough people between now and then to pay for it. I'll probably mention it again when they post new classes so you guys can take it with me if you want!

1 comment:

Dedalus1947 said...

The daughter of a friend of mine (who worked for Fox TV until they let her go a year ago) took an Improv class. She loved it. I think it made her a better actress, writer, and editor - it didn't help her career. I think it's a good idea. The one lesson she learned was "listen, listen, listen". It's amazing how much talking we do, and dialogue WE THINK we hear. Just listen to what is actually being said and respond. That was the lesson she learned. Take the class, you will learn something valuable (and it will probably be different than my friend's daugther).