This year, comedy enthusiasts can do more than watch stand-up comedians at the New York Comedy Festival, they can also train with The Second City. Carolines and The Second City Training Center have partnered to bring a selection of improvisation, writing, and stand-up workshops to the New York Comedy Festival. ½-day, full-day, and 4-day workshops will be available for the duration of the festival, along with limited access to Second City’s newest creation, the Harold Ramis Film School. Workshops will take place at Ripley-Grier Studios, The Public Hotel, and Carolines on Broadway. Limited availability.

 

Featured Courses at the 2017 New York Comedy Festival

Introduction to Improvisation


This immersion is for anyone and everyone who has ever watched comedy and thought “That looks fun; I’d like to try that.” The basics include giving and taking focus, supporting the choices of your ensemble-mates, and, of course, “Yes, And.”

Tuesday, November 7 – Friday, November 10, 9am-12:30pm • $325 (SAVE $30 through Sept. 30) • Register Here
Tuesday, November 7 – Friday, November 10, 6:30pm-10pm • $325 (SAVE $30 through Sept. 30) • Register Here
Wednesday, November 8, 4pm-7pm • $90 (SAVE $15 through Sept. 30) • Register Here
Saturday, November 11, 1pm-4pm • $90 (SAVE $15 through Sept. 30) • Register Here

 

Improv for Actors


This immersion teaches trained actors the fundamentals of improvisation in a fast-paced accelerated course. Create characters, explore the principles of good scene work, find play, create environment, and build ensemble. Increase your range, skill set, and confidence as you learn to act without a script.

Tuesday, November 7 – Friday, November 10, 9am-12:30pm • $325 (SAVE $30 through Sept. 30) • Register Here
Tuesday, November 7 – Friday, November 10, 6:30pm-10pm • $325 (SAVE $30 through Sept. 30) • Register Here

 

Sketch Writing


Dive into the techniques and philosophy of the Second City style of writing sketch comedy. Learn how to generate a comic premise, mine your experiences for content, and explore the underlying structure of sketch comedy. Unpack the history and anatomy of the scenes you already love. This program also uses improvisation to find characters and create dialogue. No experience required.

Tuesday, November 7 – Friday, November 10, 1:30pm-5pm • $325 (SAVE $30 through Sept. 30) • Register Here
Tuesday, November 7 – Friday, November 10, 6:30pm-10pm • $325 (SAVE $30 through Sept. 30) • Register Here

 

Stand-Up


Jay Leno, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld: where did these unique, culture-defining voices come from? How did they develop? What were they doing before they stood on the Carolines stage? Develop yourself as a solo comedic performer by writing and work-shopping your own material. By studying how stand-up comics discover voice, you’ll refine your own, and experiment while discovering your own unique style.

Tuesday, November 7 – Friday, November 10, 1:30pm-5pm • $325 (SAVE $30 through Sept. 30) • Register Here
Tuesday, November 7 – Friday, November 10, 6:30pm-10pm • $325 (SAVE $30 through Sept. 30) • Register Here

 

Creating and Writing an Original Sketch Comedy Script for Television


A five-day immersive writing course in which the entire class works together to achieve one goal—creating and writing an original thirty-minute sketch comedy show to be performed at the end of the five days by alumni of The Second City as a staged reading.

The course will take the students through every phase of the creative process—developing the show premise, pitching sketch ideas, writing the sketches, the table read where sketches are picked over others, note taking, the process of rewriting in the writers room, as well as producing and shooting a few pre-produced location sketch pieces.

The workshop will also examine the different types of sketches from observational, character, pop culture, political, musical and remote scenes while viewing and analyzing classic sketch pieces.

Tuesday, November 7 – Friday, November 10, 9am-5pm • $645 (SAVE $70 through Sept. 30) • Register Here