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Spotlight Workshop: Professional Comedy Sketch Writing

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Date(s) - 04/13/2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm



Discover the secrets to making ’em laugh…

In this workshop you’ll learn how the pros add humor and unique creativity to whatever comedy script or sketch they’re working on. Have a hilarious idea you want to execute? Learn the structural fuel to make your comedy ideas stand out! By the end of this workshop you will learn how to play to the top of your audience’s intelligence by writing set ups, jokes and characters that are accessible, nuanced, and positive – and best of all, very, very funny.

Sketch comedy structure is all over advertising, online videos, sitcoms, shorts and feature scripts, so even if you’re not an aspiring comedy writer, think of this as another tool in your writing tool box.

Who should attend: Writers, comedians, hosts, speakers, producers, directors, and the comedy-curious!

What to bring: A tool for taking notes. Your comedic script, idea or sketch project that is anemic and requires experienced advice from a script doctor!

By the end of this class, you’ll know:

  • How to write (and end!) a sketch using the comedy sketch structure;
  • The most important improv tools for writing;
  • The industry vocabulary for comedy writing; and
  • How to create a comedy character (think: Debbie Downer, the Spartan Cheerleaders, Stuart, etc.)!

Instructor: Mimi von Schack is a comedian and writer in Los Angeles, California. She has script doctored short films, video game scripts and stand-up sets, written comedic commercials and online videos, even created a line of comedy birthday cards for a greetings company! If you can add jokes to it, she’s done it. She served as head writer on a comedic app in 2017, head writer for Australian late night host Aaron Mac‘s YouTube in 2018, and wrote comedy segment pitches for the social team at The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale on Netflix, executive produced by Paul Feig. She collaborates with businesses to add humor to their brand copy and advertising, and is passionate about helping others uncover their natural comedic voice through her teaching and her work. Additionally, Mimi has performed her stand-up in New York, London, and Los Angeles. While living in Scotland for university, she was one half of the comedy cabaret duo Mimi & Tim and hosted an award-winning radio chat show for four years. Mimi completed the Groundlings comedy program in 2016 and has taught improv and sketch at Rogue Improv in South Pasadena. Mimi’s sketches have been featured in the Edinburgh Fringe Fest, the LA Scripted Comedy Festival and the RAW Hollywood Showcase. Her one-woman sketch show, Julianne: Live from LA! premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2016 and won an Encore! Producers Award. She still performs as Julianne at the legendary Cavern Club at Casita Del Campo and around town. Over the past two years Mimi has produced and hosted the monthly show The Variety Hour in Los Angeles.

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Are there ID requirements to enter the event?

The good folks at the Netflix Security Gate will need to see a government-issued photo ID to match with your name on the list we give them, so make sure you register and bring your driver’s license or passport with you.

How early should I arrive at the event?

You should leave yourself enough time to get through the security gate, park in the parking structure, and walk to the front door of Netflix, where we will have someone waiting to direct you to the workshop room. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before the workshop is scheduled to begin.

What are my parking options getting to the event?

Parking is free if you are on the attendee list – here are the guest parking guidelines:

  • Guest parking is located at 1455 N. Van Ness Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
  • Please enter the Main Entry via the security gate.
  • A current photo ID is required.
  • Security personnel will direct you to complimentary self-parking.
  • The Netflix lobby is located directly across from the parking garage.
  • Immediately after entering the building turn right down the hall and wait in the coffee bar area.

When does regular registration end? When does the early registration discount end?

Registration for this workshop ends at 4 p.m. on April 12th. The early registration discount ends at 4:00 PM on April 5th.