SKETCH 101 - Sep 13, 2014 - Pazderka & Skarbez

SKETCH 101: Fundamentals of Sketch Comedy

Regular Fee:$150.00
Availibilty:Class is limited to 10 students. Only 2 spots left.
Registration:Registration for this class is closed.
Start Date:Saturday, September 13, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

Sketch 101 covers writing exercises that explore different structures and sketch formats, while introducing students to the DSI philosophy on sketch comedy. Students develop an understanding of how-to approach and write sketch comedy and can expect to leave class with a portfolio of writing samples.

SKETCH 101 runs for 6 weeks for 2 hours per week.

Your class works towards a staged reading of sketches.

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Students are expected to write outside of class, preparing sketches for presentation. You must have the ability to print your sketches and bring copies for the class on a weekly basis.

Students should have access to a computer and screenwriting software. We recommend Final Draft. You may also choose to use a free program such as celtx or a free online software like Zhura.

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Class Dates and Times*

Sat, Sep 13, 2014 2:00 pm DSI Comedy Theater
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 2:00 pm DSI Comedy Theater
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 2:00 pm DSI Comedy Theater
Sat, Oct 04, 2014 2:00 pm DSI Comedy Theater
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 2:00 pm DSI Comedy Theater
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 2:00 pm DSI Comedy Theater

* All classes are 3 hours long unless otherwise noted above.

Instructor: Paula Pazderka

Paula Pazderka

Paula has been performing improv and sketch comedy for over a decade. Paula trained in Chicago, studying the art of improvisation with Mick Napier, Charna Halpern, Noah Gregoropoulos, Susan Messing, and Joe Bill.

A former COMEDYSPORTZ CHICAGO ensemble member, Paula dazzled audiences improvising with THE PLACEBO EFFECT, The SPEAKEASY PLAYERS, and CHEETARAH, performing at some of Chicago’s finest improv theaters (IMPROV OLYMPIC, THE PLAYGROUND THEATER, SPEAKEASY TAVERN, and DONNY’S SKYBOX). A writer as well as performer of sketch comedy, Paula is one third of the sketch troupe ASTERISKS which appeared in THE CHICAGO SKETCHFEST from 2004 to 2006. In 2007, she performed her solo show BACKFIRE at Chicago’s PROP THEATER’S RHINOFEST and BEST SHOW EVER at DSI COMEDY THEATER.

Since moving to North Carolina in June of 2007, after receiving her MFA in Creative Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Paula has continued to study comedy at DSI with Zach Ward. She currently teaches and coaches at DSI, as well as performing with MISTER DIPLOMAT.

Instructor: Rick Skarbez

Rick Skarbez

Rick began playing with DSI in January 2009 and has studied sketch and improv comedy with Zach Ward, Paula Pazderka, and Dan Sipp. He currently performs with GROUP HUG, ARMAGEDDON IT, and the 5-time Cagematch winning rap improv PUBLIC FRENEMY. In the past, he's had the great pleasure of performing in other improv shows including THE BEATBOX, CHOOSE YOUR OWN MUSICAL and DSI HIGH. He has written and performed sketch comedy with 3-time Sketch Cagematch champion BAT FANCY and DSI sketch revues DUCK WAX and BEES SMELL FEAR. He was also head writer and director of DSI's holiday sketch revue LOVE IN THE TIME OF SANTA CLAUS, and is a writer/performer for the DSI sketch revue LOCAL BUZZ.

While now a graduate student at UNC, Rick grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Penn State University, where he was (among other things) editor-in-chief of PHROTH, Penn State's 105-year-old humor magazine.

What Our Students Think About This Course:

Rajeev Rajendran at 7:44am, October 13, 2009
Improv 101 is neither particle nor wave but has qualities of both.