fbpx

COMEDY SCHOOL

IMPROV | STAND-UP
FILM & VIDEO | WORKSHOPS
Class Rules | FAQ | Instructors

Scroll down for available courses, or select a topic, above.

Effective May 2, 2022, all students are very strongly recommended to be vaccinated. Boosters are strongly recommended.

Take classes at the Comedy Spot!

Sacramento Comedy Spot has the largest comedy school in Northern California. We offer courses in improv, stand-up, and sketch, as well as several workshops in all types of skills.

If you have any questions about the Comedy School, please do not hesitate to contact us at classes@saccomedyspot.com.

IMPROV

IMPROV 101: The Basics

CLASSROOM COURSE – $175

8 sessions, 2 hours each | 7:00pm-9:00pm
Prerequisite: None | Students: 14
Minimum Age: 18

This eight-week Improv 101 course is the perfect fit for everyone! We teach you all the basics of improv. Basically, you are going to laugh for two hours each week and play like a kid! You will learn how to create comedy scenes off the top of your head, with no preparation or planning, inspired by students’ true stories. You will learn basic improv skills, like accepting and building on other student ideas, establishing and playing the pattern of the scene, and heightening your pattern from grounded to crazy town. You want to just have fun? You want to perform someday? This class is for everyone! Okay, let’s do this. Register. Stop messing around. Annnd, go!

MARCH 23  •  Wednesdays (7-9pm)
Instructor: Justine Lopez
Meets: March 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11
Grad Show: Thursday, May 19 @ 7pm (subject to change)

APRIL 28  •  Thursdays (7-9pm)
Instructor: Justine Lopez
Meets: April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2. 9. 16
Grad Show: Saturday, June 18 @ 7pm (subject to change)

MAY 25  •  Wednesdays (7-9pm)
Instructor: Justine Lopez
Meets: May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13
Grad Show: Saturday, July 16 @ 7pm (subject to change)

JUNE 13  •  Mondays (7-9pm)
Instructor: Dustin Seidler
Meets: June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8
Notes: No class July 4
Grad Show: Saturday, August 20 @ 7pm (subject to change)

JULY 27  •  Wednesdays (7-9pm)
Instructor: Justine Lopez
Meets: July 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, September 7, 14
Grad Show: Saturday, September 17 @ 7pm (subject to change)

 Location: Comedy Spot Training Center – 915 T Street, Sacramento 95811

Effective May 2, 2022, all students are very strongly recommended to be vaccinated. Boosters are strongly recommended.

IMPROV 201: Scene Work

CLASSROOM COURSE – $195

8 sessions, 2 hours each 7:00pm-9:00pm
Prerequisite: Improv 101 | Students: 16

Improv 201 is all about scene work and giving you the confidence to stop thinking and let it rip! This class will focus on characters, improving your scene initiations, reacting in the moment, finding and playing fun simple patterns, and supporting your scene partner. Round two! Let’s make this happen. Register! Do it!

MARCH 3  •  Thursdays  •  7:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Brian Crall
Meets: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21
Grad Show: Thursday, April 28 @ 7pm (subject to change)

MAY 10  •  Tuesdays  •  7:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Justine Lopez
Meets: May 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28
Grad Show: Thursday, June 30 @ 8pm (subject to change)

JULY 14  •  Thursdays  •  7:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Justine Lopez
Meets: July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18, 29, September 1
Grad Show: Thursday, September 8 @ 7pm (subject to change)

 Location: Comedy Spot Training Center – 915 T Street, Sacramento 95811

 

Effective May 2, 2022, all students are very strongly recommended to be vaccinated. Boosters are strongly recommended.

IMPROV 301: The Helix

CLASSROOM COURSE – $195

8 sessions, 2 hours each 7:00pm-9:00pm
Prerequisite: Improv 201 | Students: 16

Improv 301 will give you some new tools for your improv tool belt. You will learn all the skills needed to perform the Helix improv form. Helix is a long-form improv structure in three beats, featuring characters, physicality, and strongly improvised scene work. Helix provides structure, but also allows for open, creative play, so it is good for performers who are still developing skills and is accessible to audiences. Helix was created by Comedy Spot founder Brian Crall, and 15 years of student and performer feedback and experiences. Students who complete Improv 301 are eligible to audition for a Harold team and the opportunity to perform in our weekly show, Improv Wednesdays.

MAY 12  •  Thursdays  •  7:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Brian Crall
Meets: May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Grad Show: Thursday, July 7 @ 7pm (subject to change)

JULY 12  •  Tuesdays  •  7:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Brian Crall
Meets: July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Grad Show: Saturday, September 3 @ 7pm (subject to change)

 Location: Comedy Spot Training Center – 915 T Street, Sacramento 95811

Effective May 2, 2022, all students are very strongly recommended to be vaccinated. Boosters are strongly recommended.

SPECIAL CLASSES

WORKSHOP: Improv Lab

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2022
WORKSHOP FEE – $20

1 session, 2 hours 7:00pm-9:00pm
Instructor:
Brian Crall
Prerequisite: Improv 201 | Students: 16
Location: Comedy Spot Theater, 1050 20th St. #130, Sacramento 95811

Brian Crall, Founder and Creative Director of the Comedy Spot, recently created new improv games and exercises for our comedy school’s core curriculum, and to strengthen skills used in shows like YOU! The Musical and Anti-Cooperation League. Brian would like to share these new games and exercises with you. This one-session workshop will focus on a variety of improv skills and keep you laughing the entire time. 

 Location: Comedy Spot Main Theater – 1050 20th Street #130, Sacramento 95811

Effective May 2, 2022, all students are very strongly recommended to be vaccinated. Boosters are strongly recommended.

SKETCH

SKETCH 101: Writing Basics

IN PERSON or ONLINE – $175

4 sessions, 2 hours each | 7:00pm-9:00pm PST
Prerequisite: None | Students: 12 (6 in person, 6 online)
Minimum Age: 18

Sketch 101 will teach students the basics of writing sketch comedy scripts and developing characters, as seen in television shows like SNL, MadTV, and Key and Peele. Students will learn Comedy Spot sketch theory and several methods of generating ideas with a clear focus. The class is a mix of video lecture, group discussion, script reading, and feedback. At the completion of this class, students will have finished sketches and characters to use in future. The course is available for either in-person or online instruction, with both group types meeting at the same time.

JUNE 6  •  Mondays  7:00-9:00pm PST
Instructor: Brian Crall
Meets: June 6, 13, 20, 27

 Location: Comedy Spot Training Center – 915 T Street, Sacramento 95811

Online Instruction: This option for class meets online using Zoom. Please download the app to your phone, tablet, or computer ahead of time. We will be sending you a link to join the group prior to the start of the first class.

Effective May 2, 2022, all students are very strongly recommended to be vaccinated. Boosters are strongly recommended.

STAND-UP

STAND-UP 101: The Basics

CLASSROOM COURSE – $175

4 sessions, 2 hours each | 7:00pm-9:00pm
Prerequisite: None | Students: 8
Minimum Age: 18

Have you ever seen a comedian perform and thought, “I can do that!”? Have your friends ever told you that you were hilarious and you should try stand-up comedy? Or do you just love making people laugh and want to give stand-up comedy a try? Our Stand-Up 101 class and instructional environment encourages constructive feedback, sharing, time-tested lessons and tips, and you’ll have a lot of fun in the process. You will gain the skills you need to perform a five-minute comedy set at an actual open mic graduation show at the Comedy Spot, and learn how to continue performing at the various venues in the area once you’re done!

For more information on how to get started, read our article, “Become a Comedian: The First Seven Steps“.

APRIL 4  •  Mondays
Instructor: Jaime Fernandez
Meets: April 4, 11, 18, 25
Grad Show: Saturday, April 30 @ 7pm (subject to change)

MAY 2  •  Mondays
Instructor: Shahera Hyatt
Meets: May 2, 9, 16, 23
Grad Show: Thursday, June 2 @ 7pm (subject to change)

JUNE 6  •  Mondays
Instructor: Jaime Fernandez
Meets: June 6, 13, 30, 27
Grad Show: Thursday, June 30 @ 7pm (subject to change)

JULY 11  •  Mondays
Instructor: Shahera Hyatt
Meets: July 11, 18, 25, August 1
Grad Show: Saturday, August 6 @ 7pm (subject to change)

 Location: Comedy Spot Training Center – 915 T Street, Sacramento 95811

Effective May 2, 2022, all students are very strongly recommended to be vaccinated. Boosters are strongly recommended.

STAND-UP 201: Performance

STAGE PERFORMANCE COURSE – $150

4 sessions, 1.5 hours each | 7:30pm-9:00pm*
Prerequisite: Stand-Up 101 | Students: 5

You have at least five minutes of material and now you want to expand. Or maybe you have way more than five minutes, but you want some feedback and help tagging and punching up your jokes, and developing stage presence. In Stand-Up 201, our instructor watches students perform weekly at Comedy Spot’s Open Mic and then immediately provides feedback and discussion. This class is perfect for comedians who want to move to the next level.

Special notes for this class:

  • Please make sure you have at least five minutes of material ready to perform on the first day of class.
  • This class meets at the following locations:
    Class #1: Comedy Spot Training Center (915 T Street) for introductions and stage preparations
    Classes #2-4: Comedy Spot theater (1050 20th Street), where students will perform each class meeting, during our Open Mic show.
  • Please check in with your instructor upon arrival at the theater on nights #2-4.
  • *End time for this class is tentative, depending on duration of feedback, but no later than 9:30pm.

JULY 5  •  Tuesdays
Instructor: Jaime Fernandez
Meets: July 5, 12, 19, 26

OCTOBER 11  •  Tuesdays
Instructor: Shahera Hyatt 
Meets: October 11, 18, 25, November 1

Class #1 –Comedy Spot Training Center
(915 T Street, Sacramento, 95811)

Classes #2-4 – Comedy Spot Main Theater
(1050 20th St. #130, Sacramento 95811)

 

Effective May 2, 2022, all students are very strongly recommended to be vaccinated. Boosters are strongly recommended.

FILM & VIDEO

VIDEO 101: Comedy Filmmaking Basics

CLASSROOM COURSE – $175

6 sessions, 2 hours each  |  7:00pm-9:00pm
Prerequisite: Familiarity with comedy films
Students: 6  |  Minimum Age: 18

Video 101: Comedy Filmmaking Basics will give the beginning filmmaker a strong foundation in visual comedy techniques and film comedy theory, so they can start making better, funnier videos right away. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on you'll learn the basics of shot composition, camera movement, lighting, pre-production, directing, and editing, all through the lens of comedy. By the end of the class, you'll have completed a group project to show the world!

MAY 10  •  Tuesdays
Instructor: Nick Coleman
Meets: May 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14

 Location: Comedy Spot Training Center – 915 T Street, Sacramento 95811

Effective May 2, 2022, all students are very strongly recommended to be vaccinated. Boosters are strongly recommended.

IMPORTANT STUFF

Class Rules & Info

  • Attend classes. Each class builds on the ones that came before it. Continued attendance is the best way to learn and develop new skills.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to see Comedy Spot shows related to their course of study while enrolled. Students will be given ID cards that give them unlimited admission to shows Tuesday through Thursday at the Comedy Spot, with additional opportunities to see Friday and Saturday shows.
  • Be funny. Be Smart. Don’t be a hack shock-comic.
  • Students should not be drunk or on drugs when performing.
  • Students should approach their education with respect for their fellow performers both on-stage and off, avoiding harassing or abusive conduct targeted toward an individual students. The term “harassment” means unwelcome conduct, whether verbal, physical or visual, that is so severe or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with an individual’s participation in programs, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or working environment. Inappropriate behavior should be reported to Brian Crall at laugh@saccomedyspot.com or (916) 444-3137.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is my class located?

Unless online or noted below, all classes are located at the Comedy Spot Training Center – 915 T Street, Sacramento 95811

Stand-Up 201 is located at the Comedy Spot main theater – 1050 20th Street #130, Sacramento 95811

What do I need to bring and wear?

Wear comfortable clothes, closed-toed shoes, and be prepared to move! Wear clothing that allows you to be physical and move freely while remaining appropriately covered. No skirts, short shorts, or anything too revealing. Bring something to take notes, if desired. Beverages are permitted when held in a sealed container. Please refrain from bringing food, unless necessary.

Can I get a refund? Can I switch start dates?

Please read our comedy school refund/transfer policy prior to registering for a class. Should you need to alter your start date, please contact us. Restock/administrative fees may apply.

How can I get in touch with my instructor?

Refer to the Instructors section of your class, below, for the email address of your session’s teacher.

How old do I have to be to take classes?

The Comedy Spot comedy school is designed for adult students, ages 17 and up.

I've studied comedy elsewhere. Can I start Comedy Spot classes at an advanced level?

All listed prerequisites for advanced-level classes must be completed prior to registration. Every comedy school approaches their curriculum and philosophy differently. We feel it is important, and beneficial, for you and your classmates to have the same level of Comedy Spot training and vocabulary.

INSTRUCTORS

BRIAN CRALL

Improv & Sketch
*EmailBio

JUSTINE LOPEZ

Improv
*EmailBio

DUSTIN SEIDLER

Improv
*EmailBio

JAIME FERNANDEZ

Stand-Up
*EmailBio

SHAHERA HYATT

Stand-Up
*EmailBio

NICK COLEMAN

Film & Video
*EmailBio

Know all the things.

Sign up for our weekly newsletter to keep tabs on upcoming shows, classes, special events, and the latest announcements.

Know all the things.

Sign up for our weekly newsletter to keep tabs on upcoming shows, classes, special events, and the latest announcements.

More than just a comedy club.

Sacramento Comedy Spot is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are Sacramento’s first comedy theater featuring improv, stand-up, sketch comedy, original videos, and short films, and we are Northern California’s largest comedy school. We create unique, comedy-related events, shows, and classes that connect people of all ages and backgrounds through laughter.

Education. Entertainment. Inclusion. Connection.
More than just a comedy club.

Sacramento Comedy Spot

Our Main Theater Location
1050 20th St. #130
Sacramento, CA 95811

Comedy Spot Training Center
915 T Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

laugh@saccomedyspot.com
@saccomedyspot
916-444-3137


Frequently Asked Questions

Comedy Spot Main Location

Shows 6 Nights a Week
1050 20th Street #130
Sacramento, CA 95811

Comedy Spot Training Center

Classes & Rehearsals Only
915 T Street
Sacramento, CA 95811