Sketch Workshop with Kevin McDonald | Writing class

Kevin McDonald

Sketch Workshop with Kevin McDonald

How to create sketch comedy through writing and performing! A two-day class with "The Kids in the Hall" co-founder.

March 2-3register now
  • March 2-3 (Saturday and Sunday)
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day with a one-hour lunch break
  • Tuition: $375 (no refunds or cancellations)
  • Class limited to 16 students

COURSE INFO

Spend two days working and learning with Kevin McDonald, a co-founder of the legendary sketch troupe "The Kids in the Hall." Kevin will help you and your classmates write, rehearse and perform sketch comedy.

CLASS STRUCTURE

Some notes from Kevin:

Each student needs to bring a fully charged laptop to the class. During the first day of the workshop, each student will be writing a sketch in class.

On Saturday, each student arrives with a one-line premise for a comedy sketch, such as "What if a guy was kicked out of the KKK for being an asshole?" I will start the class with a short talk about writing and turning premises into full sketches. Then I will hear everyone's premise. And after each premise, the class and I will give short, happy, loving notes. Then it will probably be lunch time. After lunch, all the students take their notes and premises and write a sketch. They have an hour and a half to do so. Once that's done, we will read all the sketches, and I (and just I, in the interest of time) will give shorter, happy, loving notes.

That night, the homework is to re-write your sketch.

On Sunday, after I talk about writing comedy sketches for a shorter amount of time, we read all the revised sketches, with me giving a couple of notes after each one. Then I choose 3 to 5 sketches and cast them, making sure that everyone is in at least one scene. We rehearse each scene, one at a time. At the end of the day, we will put on a run-through so everyone can see scenes that were just one-line premises the day before. And that's the workshop. Oh ya - there is lunch on Sunday too ... of course.

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Kevin McDonald

Comedian, actor, writer and director Kevin McDonald founded “The Kids in the Hall” with friend Dave Foley, after they met in Toronto at Second City, and the television series ran from 1988-1995. In the troupe's television series and stage shows, he portrays several popular recurring characters, such as the King of Empty Promises, Sir Simon Milligan, and Jerry Sizzler. McDonald went on to appear in a variety of films including Boy Meets Girl, Lilo & Stitch, “Lilo & Stitch: The Series”, and Epic Movie.

On television, he has appeared on “The Martin Short Show,” “Ellen,” “That '70s Show,” “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “NewsRadio,” “MADtv,” “Arrested Development,” and “Corner Gas.” McDonald has also done voice work for various animated series, including Nickelodeon's “Invader Zim,” “The Angry Beavers,” “Catscratch,” and “Clerks: The Animated Series.” He also played an imaginary friend named Ivan in the episode ‘Sight For Sore Eyes’ on “Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends,” appeared in the music video for "Roses" by Outkast, and made an appearance in “Tim and Eric's Awesome Show.”

In 2006 McDonald hosted a CBC Television special, featuring several of Canada's best-known sketch comedy troupes. "Sketch with Kevin McDonald" won a Canadian Comedy Award (Best Taped Live Performance - The Minnesota Wrecking Crew). He was recently at the Just for Laughs Festival with the reunion of Kids in the Hall, and also with his show "Hammy and the Kids" with Craig Northey, based on his two dysfunctional families, his father ("Hammy") and the Kids in the Hall, as well as “Death Comes to Town” on CBC.