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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.

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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

AUGUST 12  •  Mondays  •  Instructor: Corky McDonnell
Meets: August 12, 19, 26, September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7
Performance: Friday, October 11 @ 7pm
Notes: No class September 2

SEPTEMBER 3  •  Tuesdays  •  Instructor: Chris Emery
Meets: September 3, 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22
Performance: Friday, October 25 @ 7pm

SEPTEMBER 5   •  Thursdays  •  Instructor: Justine Lopez
Meets: September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24
Performance: Saturday, November 2 @ 7pm

OCTOBER 14  •  Mondays  •  Instructor: Corky McDonnell
Meets: October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2
Performance: Saturday, December 7 @ 7pm

OCTOBER 29 •  Tuesdays  •  Instructor: Chris Emery
Meets: October 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17
Performance: Friday, December 20 @ 7pm

NOVEMBER 7   •  Thursdays  •  Instructor: Justine Lopez
Meets: November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 12, 19, January 2, 9
Performance: Saturday, January 11 @ 7pm
Notes: No class November 28, December 26

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

SEPTEMBER 11  •  Wednesdays  •  Instructor: Justine Lopez
Meets: September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Performance: Saturday, November 2 @ 6pm

OCTOBER 15  •  Tuesdays  •  Instructor: Brian Crall
Meets: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 29, 26, December 3
Performance: Saturday, December 7 @ 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

Instructor: Brian Crall

AUGUST 20  •  Tuesdays
Meets: August 20, 27, September 3, 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8
Performance: Saturday, October 19 @ 7pm

NOVEMBER 6  •  Wednesdays
Meets: November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18, January 8, 15
Performance: Saturday, January 18 @ 7pm

IMPROV GAMES: Short Form

$135 | 6 sessions, 2 hours each
7:00pm-9:00pm | Students: 14 
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 expand 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.

A & B Sessions: Each session is designated by a letter. A different set of games will be taught in each, with each session being held twice before switching. Take both A and B to double-up on your skills!

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

Instructor: Mel Gelbart

OCTOBER 15  •  Tuesdays  (Session B)
Meets: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19

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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

POC IMPROV SPACE

FREE | First Sundays (Check the calendar for exceptions)
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

OTHER IMPROV PROGRAMS

THE IMPROV KIDS

$10 | Every Tuesday
5:00pm-6:45pm
Instructor: Michelle Petro

Kids and teens need every opportunity to be themselves and have fun in a safe environment. They also need a creative place to build confidence, sharpen their minds, and learn to work as a team. The Improv Kids weekly drop-in class has it all! The Improv Kids is Sacramento Comedy Foundation’s program to bring improv classes and shows to children throughout Sacramento.

Not only will your children learn improv, they’ll grow. They will learn the rules of improv, performance techniques, and short-form improv games (like Whose Line is it Anyway?) in a fun, supportive environment. Give the kids in your life an early start at developing a sharp mind and a quick wit while allowing them to have a blast. 

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

IMPROV FOR LIVING: BOOMER EDITION

$125 | 4 sessions | Sundays, beginning August 25
1:00pm-3:00pm
Instructor: Liz Merry

Improv for Living (IFL) is a program of Applied Improvisation, a form of comedy that uses improv skills for personal application. Many improv courses advertise these benefits, but few offer content specifically for personal development. Improv for Living is a program of Sacramento Comedy Foundation.

Our first IFL course, Boomer Edition, will introduce students to key improvisation skills and practice applying these lessons in daily life. The sessions include mental and physical warm-ups, core exercises, stage work, and group discussions. While it is in no way considered psychological therapy, the class will be a safe space to apply improv games and exercises to real life challenges. This course is a way to play and laugh while practicing techniques that enhance your experience of life.

 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

 

Instructor: Brian Crall

SEPTEMBER 19  •  Thursdays
Meets: September 19, 26, October 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, 21
Notes: No class October 3, October 31

SKETCH 201: Stage Production

$175 | 8 sessions, 2 hours each
7:00pm-9:00pm | Students: 10
Prerequisite: Sketch 101

In Sketch 201, students will explore the basics of stage production for sketchcomedy, including blocking, props, costumes, tech needs, and run lists. Using scripts and characters developed in Sketch101 class, you will collaborate with fellow students to produce your very own live sketch show.

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

 

Instructor: Marco Cabodi

TBA  •  Tuesdays
Meets: TBA
Performance: TBA

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

SEPTEMBER 9  • Mondays  •  Instructor: Melissa McGillicuddy
Meets: September 9, 16, 23, 30
Performance: Sunday, October 13 @ 7pm

OCTOBER 7  • Mondays  •  Instructor: Jaime Fernandez
Meets: October 7, 14, 21, 28
Performance: Sunday, November 3 @ 7pm

NOVEMBER 4  • Mondays  •  Instructor: Melissa McGillicuddy
Meets: November 4, 11, 18, 25
Performance: Sunday, December 8 @ 7pm

DECEMBER 2  • Mondays  •  Instructor: Jaime Fernandez
Meets: December 2, 9, 16, 30
Performance: Sunday, January 5 @ 7pm
Notes: No class December 23

STAND-UP 201: Performance

$135 | 4 sessions, 1.5 hours each  7:30pm-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, our instructor watches students perform weekly at Comedy Spot’s Open Mic and then immediately provides feedback and help punching-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    

OCTOBER 7  • Mondays  •  Instructor: Melissa McGillicuddy
Meets: October 7, 14, 21, 28

NOVEMBER 4  • Mondays  •  Instructor: Jaime Fernandez
Meets: November 4, 11, 18, 25

DECEMBER 2  • Mondays  •  Instructor: Melissa McGillicuddy
Meets: December 2, 9, 16, 30
Notes: No class December 23

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 Sunday through Thursday at the Comedy Spot.
  • 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. 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
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Corky McDonnell

Improv
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Chris Emery

Improv
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Justine Lopez

Improv
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Mel Gelbart

Improv
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Marco Cabodi

Sketch
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Jaime Fernandez

Stand-Up
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Melissa McGillicuddy

Stand-Up
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Michelle Petro

Improv
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Betsaida LeBron

Improv
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Liz Merry

Improv
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The Comedy Spot is a program of Sacramento Comedy Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Since 2005, our goals have been to support comedians, support our community, and make people laugh by producing the best-quality shows in Sacramento. We are Sacramento’s first comedy club to feature improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy shows, with performances six nights a week, and we are Northern California’s largest comedy school. 

Help us create a better community through laughter!

Sacramento Comedy Spot

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

Comedy Spot Training Center
915 T Street, Sacramento, CA 95811

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

Comedy Spot Training Center

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915 T Street
Sacramento, CA 95811