Sketch 101 - Online with Curt Riedy | August 3 - 12

Sketch 101 - Online with Curt Riedy | August 3 - 12

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Date Range: August 3 - 12
Days: Tuesdays (8/3 & 8/10), Thursdays (8/5, 8/12), and Sunday (8/8)
Time:  7:30PM-10:00PM EST / 4:30PM-7:00PM PST

The class will run with a minimum of 5 students.  If the course does not meet minimum student requirement, students will be refunded or allowed to switch to another Helium Academy class of equal value and experience.

Led by instructor and sketch comedian Curt Riedy, you'll learn the foundations of writing and developing SNL-style comedy sketches for both the stage and video! In this course, we’ll teach you the basics of sketch comedy writing and structure, along with how to edit and revise your material in a collaborative “writer’s room” setting. We’ll also offer some tips on creating unique characters and share some tried-and-true methods for creating short-form comedy in the vein of Saturday Night Live, Key & Peele, Kids in the Hall and many more.


Sketch Class Syllabus:

  • Develop original sketches for stage and/or film production
  • Mold topics into creative script concepts using the guidelines of appropriate sketch framework
  • Translate your ideas into funny, engaging scenes and dialogue through proper joke structure and editing techniques

How will this work? This class will be hosted through a Zoom Webinar. All instructions on how to access Zoom, the webinar, and class materials will be emailed to students prior to the session. 
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Curt Riedy is a filmmaker, comedy writer and performer in the Philadelphia area. A long-standing member of the sketch-comedy troupe High Dramma, Curt has performed in comedy festivals across Boston, Baltimore, Montreal and New York City. He’s also one of the co-producers of Philly Sketchfest, the city’s long-running sketch comedy festival. He's mentored 2 comedy teams for the Philly Improv Theater’s Iron Sketch Competition and has produced, directed and edited videos for several local sketch troupes, including The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie, Kathryn & Sarah and Patric Writes Sketches. Recently, he’s produced and edited a variety of comedic online spots for brands such as Land O’Lakes, Toys ‘R’ Us, Campbell’s and the NFL. As an actor/comedian, he’s appeared on television shows such as “The Rotten Tomatoes Show”, “Chain Reaction”, “Flight of the Conchords”, and “Conan”.