Tag Archives: 13 August 2012

ComedySportz 303 with Kat Gotsick

Another fun lesson with Kat. She is always a very bouncy and happy lady! I also found out that she wrote much of the ComedySportz curriculum…
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Comedy Songs. Filth.

The songs we came up with for the class were not particularly well scanned, because one of the key things we tried to do was to write them at high speed, the aim being to write a song in about 20 minutes, to refine later if we so chose.

Funny is more important than the craft…

The first song was one we came up with together. As with all songs, the key was to base it on an opinion. The opinion for this was that people are filthy.

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Comedy Songwriting with Jeff Bouthiette, Second City

As well as Writing 1, this week I also had comedy songwriting. I am not sure when I will get a chance to use this skill, however, lots of the things we worked on in this course were useful for other things I am doing, and things from the other things I ma doing proved useful for this course too. A fun week, even if doing two writing courses (3 if you count “Telling your story” which I have on Tuesdays) was certainly challenging regarding the amount of work I had to do!
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Writing 1 with Joe Janes, 2nd City, 2 monologues

This has been a crazy week in terms of how much I’ve had going on. I’ve had the same, excessive, number of hours of classes, but 33 hours of them were writing classes, which required substantially more to be done outside of class. As such, by Thursday I ended up going to bed at 8pm. Which was fine, I got the work required done. It is interesting setting the alarm for 1am to do a couple of hours work and then get a few more hours sleep. Interesting, but also effective. And the biggest outcome of this week has been that I’ve learnt how to write dialogue, and also that the dialogue hat I wrote sounds quite natural when performed. Nice!

I’ll start at the start though, with Writing 1, a 3 hour a day course at Second City. This course was designed to teach us how to write a script for a comedy sketch. What you will see here is my works in progress and exercises for specific purposes. I hope that I will write several more dialogues that I will post here for your amusement (or for my own amusement, if we are being honest with each other. I mean, of course I want you to enjoy it, but hey, even if you weren’t reading this, I’d still be writing, how self indulgent I am!)

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ComedySportz, Level 303, first class, with Kat Gotsick

Well it is becoming clear that I am biting off some quite substantial chunks in this game. This week I have a mere 40 hours of improv, and I am nearly on top of my notes (yeah, right), and over the next 10 weeks I will have a total of more than 300 hours of improv. Thankfully, some weeks I will have less than others. However, this does mean that one week it is looking like I will have a phenomenal 55 hours of improv training. Methinks that week my bed will be my best friend.
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