MissImp Sketch Comedy Level 1 - Intro to Sketch Writing

Tuesday 1 February 2022 to Tuesday 8 March 2022

This six week course is a perfect introduction to sketch comedy, whether you have ever tried writing comedy before or not.  As part of a fun supportive group of writers you will explore classic comedy sketches, discover what makes them work and create your own, brand new, scripts.  Each week you will delve into key ideas about sketch comedy through video examples, including hilarious characters, funny comic devices and how to build and ramp up laughs as a sketch goes on. 

The course will help you develop techniques to create ideas easily; develop these ideas into full-blown sketches and how to polish a script through re writing, all from the comfort of your own home. You will get the chance to share your work with other class members and learn from each other. You will also get private feedback from the course leader to help you continue to develop. By the end of this course you will have a collection of scripts you’ve written, that you can take out and share at comedy and theatre events as you choose.

For those of you who have done improv with MissImp, sketch comedy is a perfect stepping stone in pinning down your understanding of how scenes and sketches work. This course uses a lot of the skills of improvisation to create material and by learning some sketch writing basics you can jump to the fun bits of improv a lot faster and enjoy yourself even more. 

You must have access to some kind of word processor for homework assignments.

Your teacher is Ben Macpherson. Ben is a comedy writer and performer with a decade of experience. His writing has been heard on BBC Radio 4, through the Nottingham UNESCO city of literature project and on the Release the Clowns Podcast. His comedy show The Fall of Byron Montrose had a sellout run at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe. He also created the 48 Hour Sketch Show for Paria Theatre and is currently working with Flying Boat Audio to produce a brand new sketch show to be released in 2022.

Class size: 12 maximum

This course takes place online using Zoom


£105 Early Bird, £120 Standard (Early Bird expires 21st January)


This six week course runs on Tuesday evenings 7.00-9.30. 1 February – 8 March 2022



This Session will be held online through Zoom.

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As a student of this class you also qualify for priority booking for the other workshops and teaching opportunities MissImp offers.

Should your course dates include shows managed by MissImp, you will be offered free entry! (Note that this doesn’t include events hosted and managed by other organisations such as Nottingham Playhouse).

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