Advanced Comedy Writing

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* For any of you San Diego State graduates, this means “what you’ll learn”.

So, you’ve already learned the basics of how to write a sketch. What’s next? Hopefully not being a writer for a Blue Man Group spinoff on a Carnival Cruise line. Now it’s time to up your game so that your work is strong enough to land you a real TV comedy writing gig (or at least writing for an 11-year old Instagram Influencer with her own Youtube channel).

In this course for ADVANCED COMEDY WRITERS only, an Emmy Award-winning Saturday Night Live veteran will take your strengths as a sketch writer and help develop them to your fullest potential. By focusing on specific sketch templates, you will experience the rewriting process used on TV shows that leads to maximum laughs.

There will be readings and screenings of famous (and not-so-famous) sketches to exemplify the craft. As a bonus, a significant part of this course will be giving you the opportunity to work on your individual sketches and get detailed professional feedback, always with the intention of making your sketches stand out from the rest of the submission packets.

Whether your goal is to write for Kimmel, Colbert, HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch ShowSaturday Night Live, or simply to stick it to your law school classmates who said you weren’t funny, this course is the only live interactive advanced class taught by the guy who wrote the sketch for Will Ferrell and Norm MacDonald that pissed off an entire room full of superstars at the ESPY Awards.

Topics Covered

  • Nailing down a solid premise
  • Fake commercials
  • Original sketch characters
  • Movie and TV parodies
  • Building your submission packet

Next Course

Starts 1/4/21

Register early to secure your spot


Jan. 4 – Feb. 1, 2021


Mondays, 6-8pm PST
(9-11pm EST)



Whether it's at Saturday Night Live, The Writers Guild Awards,  or Montreal's Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, I've been working with Hugh Fink for 25 years, and that little prick is hilarious.

aka Todd Packer,
NBC's The Office

David Koechner

American Dad

From the characters he's voiced on American Dad to the packed comedy clubs I've witnessed him slay as a standup, Hugh Fink is hands down one of the funniest humans I know. It's not easy to make Hollywood's most seasoned (read: jaded) writers howl with laughter, yet Mr. Fink has produced the Writers Guild's annual awards ceremony for the last six years in a row. A true master of the form and bona fide living legend.

Co-Creator/Exec Producer,
American Dad