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Comedy Writing

Weekly Class for Adults

Introduction

This course is designed for those who want to make the world laugh by writing comedy for stage and screen. The course will offer information and instruction in the art of comedy writing across three main art forms: Stand Up, Sketch Comedy and Sit-Com.

By examining classic comedy sketch shows and internet sensations, you will develop an understanding of the building blocks of comedy writing and how to translate your ideas from script to stage and screen.

The course will include:

  • the theories of comedy
  • the structural demands of the three different forms
  • discussion of the skills required in the creation of material for these forms
  • Differences between Gags and Jokes and how to write both
  • How to go about creating stand up routines
  • Analysis of the different types of techniques employed in stand up
  • Sketches – idea generation, and creation of a group of sketches.
  • Being able to identify the recurring elements across sitcom, in terms of both premise and archetypes.
  • Creation of 5-10 pages of a sitcom script.

By the end of the course, you will have created a portfolio of comedy material and will have received peer and tutor feedback on your ideas.

Methods would include, lecture, exercises (leading to the creation of material) class discussion, group feedback, video and radio examples. Additional material will be supplied through a dedicated Dropbox.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this course before you book it, please get in touch with us at lifelong@rcs.ac.uk or 0141 270 8213.

Introduction

This course is designed for those who want to make the world laugh by writing comedy for stage and screen. The course will offer information and instruction in the art of comedy writing across three main art forms: Stand Up, Sketch Comedy and Sit-Com.

By examining classic comedy sketch shows and internet sensations, you will develop an understanding of the building blocks of comedy writing and how to translate your ideas from script to stage and screen.

The course will include:

  • the theories of comedy
  • the structural demands of the three different forms
  • discussion of the skills required in the creation of material for these forms
  • Differences between Gags and Jokes and how to write both
  • How to go about creating stand up routines
  • Analysis of the different types of techniques employed in stand up
  • Sketches – idea generation, and creation of a group of sketches.
  • Being able to identify the recurring elements across sitcom, in terms of both premise and archetypes.
  • Creation of 5-10 pages of a sitcom script.

By the end of the course, you will have created a portfolio of comedy material and will have received peer and tutor feedback on your ideas.

Methods would include, lecture, exercises (leading to the creation of material) class discussion, group feedback, video and radio examples. Additional material will be supplied through a dedicated Dropbox.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this course before you book it, please get in touch with us at lifelong@rcs.ac.uk or 0141 270 8213.

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.

 



Entry requirements

This is an open access course with no specific entry requirements. We ask that students are enthusiastic and willing to work together with other students..

Preparing for your course

There is no preparation required before attending the course. Students are advised to bring a folder to collect handouts of scripts and reading material, and should bring a notepad and pen for note taking and writing tasks.

 

At a glance...

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Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers for our Lifelong Learning courses, take a look.

To receive the promotional offer code, contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk before booking a course.

 

Teaching staff

David Cosgrove

As a writer David has worked on over 30 episodes of children’s television, creating two series for Citv, – Butterfingers, Uncle Dad, – the latter winning a Scottish BAFTA. David was Co-Writer on 2 series of King of The Road, starring Bradley Walsh, for Radio 2 and has over 2000 commissioned minutes of sketch comedy for Radio Scotland and Radio 4. His hit musical 3 Steps To Heaven has had over a dozen professional productions including three Number One UK tours (produced by Gateway Theatre, Chester, and Perth Theatre.) Other work includes over 20 commissioned plays (Mull Theatre, Borderline, Peninsula Theatre, Arden Entertainment, Pavilion Glasgow, The Royal Blind School, Govan Initiative, Craigmillar Festival, Scottish Youth Theatre, The Buzz Project, Oran Mor.) His first feature film (Elemental Fear) is in post-production, and he has scripted several short films for Barnardos, and NHS Scotland.100_4170

In addition to his skills as a writer, dramaturg and script editor, he has been engaged by the BBC as a script reader, comedy consultant, stand-up judge, and writing tutor.

Corporate clients have included: Barnardos, British Airways, British Telecom, Cairn Energy, Diageo, N.H.S Scotland, Greater Glasgow Health Board, Scottish Media Group, Scottish Enterprise, and The World Health Organization.

He led the last two Young Writers Courses for Scottish Youth Theatre and in 2013 curated a Festival of New Writing for participants of these courses. He has delivered writing workshops in the U.K. and Australia, and has been a guest lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University and City University, New York.

Since 2014 he has been a Short Course Lecturer in Screen Writing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. As a full voting member of BAFTA he has both chaired and been a member of juries for BAFTA Scotland, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.