This is an online class that will meet weekly on Zoom.




6 Weeks Starting April 19th
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm CST

Tom Booker

Sketch Comedy Writing (Online)

Learn To Turn Your Ideas Into Great Comedy Sketches!

Even though we can’t meet in person doesn’t mean that we can’t laugh with each other and make other people laugh as we create fabulous and hilarious sketches together on Zoom!

In this class you learn to take your funny ideas, goofy characters and crazy “what ifs?” and turn them into sketches that are entertaining, thought provoking and funny. Through a series of exercises, demonstrations and weekly homework assignments that Tom Booker developed during the seven years that he taught sketch writing at The Second City Training Center, you will emerge from this class with a knowledge of the different types of sketches used most often in sketch writing, the ability to get your point of view across to the world in a unique and humorous way, and a portfolio of your work.

No previous writing experience is necessary. Students only need to possess a willingness to learn.

– For ages 18 & Over.
– This class is limited to 8 students.

TOM BOOKER is a former college mascot who started studying improvisation in 1986 at The Second City Training Center in Chicago before studying with legendary improv guru Del Close at ImprovOlympic (iO) where he performed with the infamous house troupe, Blue Velveeta. He is also a founding member of Chicago’s Annoyance Theatre where, among other things, he performed in their Off-Broadway production of The Real Live Brady Bunch at the world famous Village Gate Theater and at the Westwood Playhouse in Los Angeles.

After moving to Los Angeles in 1991, Tom formed Theatre-A-Go-Go! with Laura Hall, the musical director from Whose Line Is It Anyway? He eventually started teaching improv and sketch writing at The Second City Training Center in Los Angeles. Tom also co-wrote and co-directed (with producing partner Jon Kean) the feature film Kill The Man starring Luke Wilson, which premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. Tom has appeared in several television shows, a few movies and nearly a hundred commercials.

From 2001 to 2007 Tom taught Improv Classes, Sketch Writing Classes and Commercia Audition Workshops at The Second City Training Center. In 2007, Tom Booker came to Austin to start an improv theater and school and Austin’s Institution Theater was born! 

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