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COMEDY SCHOOL

Sacramento Comedy Spot has the largest comedy school in Northern California. We offer courses in improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy, 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.

Want to know how to get free classes? Click here for information about the Comedy Spot volunteer program!

IMPROV

Improv 101: The Basics

$140 | 8 sessions, 2 hours each
7:00pm-9:00pm | Students: 16
Prerequisite: None

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! At the end of the class students will perform in front of a live audience in a class performance.

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

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OCTOBER 8  •  Mondays  •  Instructor: Corky McDonnell
Meets: October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 26, December 3
Performance: Saturday, December 15 @ 7pm
Notes: No class November 19

OCTOBER 30  •  Tuesdays  •  Instructor: Chris Emery
Meets: October 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11, 18
Performance: Saturday, December 29 @ 7pm

DECEMBER 10  •  Mondays  •  Instructor: Corky McDonnell
Meets: December 10, 17, January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11
Performance: Saturday, February 16 @ 7pm
Notes: No class December 24, 31

JANUARY 8  •  Tuesdays  •  Instructor: Chris Emery
Meets: January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26
Performance: Saturday, March 2 @ 7pm

JANUARY 10  •  Thursdays  •  Instructor: Justine Lopez
Meets: January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 21, 28, March 7
Performance: Saturday, March 16 @ 7pm
Notes: No class February 14

Improv 201: Scene Work

$175 | 8 sessions, 2 hours each 7:00pm-9:00pm | Students: 16 Prerequisite: Improv 101

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! At the end of the session, students will perform in front of a live audience in a class performance.

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

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Instructor: Brian Crall

NOVEMBER 28  •  Wednesdays
Meets: November 28, December 5, 12, 19, January 2, 9, 16, 23
Performance: Saturday, January 26 @ 7pm
Notes: No class December 26

JANUARY 8  •  Tuesdays
Meets: January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26
Performance: Saturday, March 2 @ 6pm

Improv 301: The Harold

$175 | 8 sessions, 2 hours each 7:00pm-9:00pm | Students: 16 Prerequisite: Improv 201

Improv 301 will give you some new tools for your improv tool belt. You will learn all the skills needed to perform The Harold improv form, from start to finish, including creating 2nd and 3rd beats and group scenes. The Harold is one of the most difficult forms to learn, but will give you a TON of new improv skills you can use in any improv show. At the end of this session, students will perform in front of a live audience in a class performance. Students who complete Improv 301 are eligible to audition for a Harold team and the opportunity to perform in our weekly Harold Night show. Look at you with all your skills. Damn!Students who complete Improv 301 are eligible to audition for a Harold team and the opportunity to perform in our weekly Harold Night show.

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

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Instructor: Brian Crall

SEPTEMBER 19  •  Wednesdays
Meets: September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14
Performance: Saturday, November 17 @ 7pm
Notes: No class October 31

OCTOBER 30  •  Tuesdays
Meets: October 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11, 18
Performance: December 29 @ 6pm

JANUARY 30  •  Wednesdays
Meets: January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 8, 13, 20
Performance: Saturday, March 23 @ 7pm

Improv 401: Improv Forms

$175 | 8 sessions, 2 hours each
7:00pm-9:00pm | Students: 14
Prerequisite: Improv 301

Oh, look at you! You can perform a Harold, and now you want more. Well, here we go! Improv 401 will teach you forms such as Armando, Living Room, BAT, JTS Brown, and more. Each form has a different vibe and structure, and you will learn a bunch of new improv skills that you will need to be successful in each. This session ends with a class performance of JTS Brown, or a form of the group’s choosing!

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

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Instructor: Brian Crall

MARCH 21  •  Thursdays
Meets: March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 9, 16
Performance: Saturday, May 18 @ 7pm
Notes: No class May 2

Improv Games: Short Form

$135 | 8 sessions, 2 hours each
7:00pm-9:00pm | Students: 16
Prerequisite: None

In Improv Games class, students will be given an introduction to the short-form style and basic character work, and will learn a variety of improv games, allowing them to expend their improv repertoire. This style of improv is similar to that seen on the television show Whose Line is It, Anyway? and in the Comedy Spot show, Short Cuts.

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

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Instructor: Mel Gelbart

NOVEMBER 1  • Thursdays
Meets: November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, 13
Notes: No class November 22

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Improv Taste Test

$6 | Every Wednesday
7:00pm-8:30pm
Prerequisite: None
Instructor: Michelle Petro

Want to have some fun? Laugh your ass off? Maybe even meet new people? WHAT?! Want to learn some basic improv skills and play a bunch of fun improv games? Then you need Taste Test, Sacramento Comedy Spot’s weekly drop-in improv class. We focus on beginning-level skills, so ANYONE can drop in! Drop into Taste Test for a while, and then go big and take our 8-week Improv 101 class, offered monthly. With each session, you also get to see the remainder of Harold Night for FREE!

The fee for Improv Taste Test is $6 per session. Payment can be made in person with cash or card, or you can pre-register online using the button, below. Online pre-registration ends at 6pm on the day of each class. Bonus: Get six Taste Test sessions for the price of FIVE! Purchase in advance using the button below, and you will receive a punch card on your first visit.

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

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POC Improv Space

FREE | First Sundays
5:00pm-7:00pm
Prerequisite: None
Instructors: Justine Lopez & Betsaida LeBron

People of Color Improv Space offers a unique opportunity for students who identify as POC to explore the comedic arts in a safe and nurturing environment. The Comedy Spot believes that a more diverse community is a stronger community. We are committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion, at all levels of our organization. We want all of our patrons to see themselves represented on our stage.

This monthly workshop is FREE to participants. No prior experience necessary! Each month will focus on a new theme with relevant exercises, co-lead by local improv instructors Justine Lopez and Betsaida LeBron. In addition to education, the workshop is a great way to have fun and interact with others in the community, and to learn more about applying for the diversity scholarships offered by the Sacramento Comedy Foundation.

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

SKETCH

Sketch 101: Writing Basics

$135 | 8 sessions, 2 hours each
7:00pm-9:00pm | Students: 10
Prerequisite: None

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. At the completion of this class, students will have several finished sketches and characters to use in future.

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

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Instructor: Brian Crall

JANUARY 17  •  Thursdays
Meets: January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 21, 28, March 7, 14
Notes: No class February 14

STAND-UP

Stand-Up 101: The Basics

$170 | 4 sessions, 2 hours each
7:00pm-9:00pm | Students: 10
Prerequisite: None

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 will give you the skills, practice, feedback, and motivation to perform a five-minute comedy set. This 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!

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

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Instructor: Robert Berry

NOVEMBER 5  •  Mondays
Meets: November 5, 12, 19, 26
Performance: Sunday, December 2 @ 7pm

JANUARY 7  •  Mondays
Meets: January 7, 14, 21, 28
Performance: Sunday, February 10 @ 7pm

Stand-Up 201: Performance

$135 | 4 sessions, 1 hour each 
7:00pm-9:00pm | Students: 5
Prerequisite: Stand-Up 101

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. In Stand-Up 201, instructor Jaime Fernandez watches students perform weekly at the Comedy Spot’s Open Mic and then immediately sits with them to give feedback and punch-up their material. This class is perfect for comedians who want to move to the next level.

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

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Instructor: Jaime Fernandez

JANUARY 7  •  Mondays
Meets: January 7, 14, 21, 28

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 will be required to see a select number of shows specific to their course of study while enrolled. Refer to the Notes section of your desired class description for more information.
  • 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 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 stage at the main theater – 1050 20th Street #130, Sacramento 95811
What do I need to bring and wear?
For improv and sketch classes, 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. For all classes, 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?
Class space is limited and reservations are final. No refunds. Should you need to transfer to another start date, please contact us.
How can I get in touch with my instructor?
Refer to the Instructors section of your class, above, 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. Students under 17 who are interested in improv classes may participate in Sacramento Comedy Foundation‘s Youth Improv Program. Learn more at theimprovkids.com.
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. It is important, and beneficial, for you and your classmates to have the same level of Comedy Spot training and vocabulary.

INSTRUCTORS

Brian Crall

Brian Crall

Improv & Sketch

Robert Berry

Robert Berry

Stand-Up

Corky McDonnell

Corky McDonnell

Improv

Jaime Fernandez

Jaime Fernandez

Stand-Up

Chris Emery

Chris Emery

Improv

Michelle Petro

Michelle Petro

Improv

Justine Lopez

Justine Lopez

Improv

Betsaida LeBron

Betsaida LeBron

Improv

Mel Gelbart

Mel Gelbart

Improv

Sacramento Comedy Spot

Sacramento Comedy Spot is operated by Sacramento Comedy Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation (47-3441374). We are Sacramento’s first and only comedy club to feature improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy shows, with performances six nights a week. We are also Northern California’s largest comedy school

Our mission is to make Sacramento laugh. Every day.

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

Comedy Spot Training Center
915 T St., Sacramento, CA 95811

laugh@saccomedyspot.com
Voicemail:
916-444-3137 | @saccomedyspot

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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