Learn from us online!

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

Put on your PJs (we won’t judge), pull up a screen, and take some fun courses with us from home!
All class listings are Pacific Standard Time (PST).

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

Visit our Classes page for more school info and to learn about all of our course offerings, including in-person classes.

We post new sessions as soon as we are able. Follow us on social media (@saccomedyspot) or sign up for our weekly newsletter to keep tabs on new courses and dates!

Diversity scholarship opportunities are available for all tuition-based classes.

COURSES

ONLINE COURSE – $75

4 sessions, 2 hours each
Prerequisite: None | Students: 12

In this 4-week online Improv Games class, students will learn and play a variety of short-form improv games perfectly fitted for you at home! This class is designed for everyone, from the beginner to the advanced. There is absolutely no previous improv experience necessary to take this class. Are you ready to laugh and have fun? Sign up today!

 Things to Know: This 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 class prior to the first day.

FEBRUARY 22  •  Mondays
7:00pm-9:00 pm PST
Instructor: Justine Lopez
Meets on Zoom: February 22, March 1, 8, 15

ONLINE COURSE – $120

5 sessions, 2 hours each
Prerequisite: None | Students: 12

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.

 Things to Know: This 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 class prior to the first day.

FEBRUARY 22 •  Mondays
7:00pm-9:00 pm PST
Instructor: Brian Crall
Meets on Zoom: February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22

ONLINE COURSE – $150

4 sessions, 2 hours each
Prerequisite: None | Students: 10

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, and learn how to continue performing at the Comedy Spot and various venues in the area once you’re done!

 Things to Know: This 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 class prior to the first day.

FEBRUARY 23 •  Tuesdays
Instructor: Melissa McGillicuddy
Meets on Zoom: February 23, March 2, 9, 16

*Please note: Classes begin at 6:30pm PST with a tentative end time of 8:30pm PST.  End time will be dependent on the duration of student feedback, but shall extend no later than 9:00pm PST.

ONLINE COURSE – $99

4 sessions, 2 hours each
Prerequisite: None | Students: 12

This 4-week Comedic Storytelling class trains you in the art of comedic storytelling. In the first week of this class, participants learn the basics to good story structure and then learn how to incorporate comedic strategies into their own true personal narratives. In weeks 2, 3, and 4, participants hone their skills as they tell their own stories in front of the class and get constructive feedback. The class is offered in partnership with Capital Storytelling.

 Things to Know: This 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 class prior to the first day.

MARCH 1  •  Mondays  •  6pm to 8pm PST
Instructor: Lisa Cantrell
Meets on Zoom: March 1, 8, 15, 22

ONLINE COURSE – $80

4 sessions, 1.5 hours each
Prerequisite: None | Students: 10

This 4-week Satire Writing course is for comedy writers of all levels. In this class we will analyze satirical pieces from websites like McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Reductress, and Slackjaw. You will learn the basics of online satire writing (from generating topic ideas to revising your drafts) and get a chance to practice writing in two different genres of satire: the list and the character monologue.

 Things to Know: This 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 class prior to the first day.

FEBRUARY 16  •  Tuesdays
7:00pm to 8:30pm PST
Instructor: Janay Lovering
Meets on Zoom: February 16, 23, March 2, 9

5 Plan Bs for the Childless
By Rebecca Buckley

So, you missed your childbearing years. If you have a uterus you’re not using, remember that throwing away your purpose in life is your choice! Or maybe it wasn’t. If you desperately want a baby but no amount of trying gets you anything but the Oscar for your performances on those fake orgasms, it’s time to face the music–specifically “Thank You, Next.” Mother Nature clearly wants you out of the gene pool. Or, perhaps your crippling debt and meager earning potential are keeping you from fertilizing those quickly expiring eggs of yours–and hey, if you haven’t tried yet, who’s to say you even have any good ones left in there? It might be time to completely forget about having a family and consider some other options for your fruitless loins.

1. Become an international spy. Could you imagine trying to parent while you’re out seducing foreign world leaders for juicy political pillow talk, running from the law across loosely shingled rooftops, and training yourself to develop a broad resistance to a gamut of poisons? The stress of knowing your child is being fed dinner and read bedtime stories by some part-time college nanny angling for an affair with your civilian husband would be enough to distract anyone from their assigned espionage duties. Not you, with your useless organs and unused bedrooms. Your husband will just have to have an affair with his secretary like all the other husbands. Most people with kids can’t even go out to see a movie, but they’ll make one about your life after you’re killed in the line of duty!

2. Develop a drug addiction. If a cocaine dependency is the reason Scarface didn’t want Michelle Pfeifer’s character to have his baby in that movie, (hypocrite much?) it stands to reason that if you can’t have a baby you’re totally in the clear to ride the white stallion! And hey, why limit yourself to the classics? Kids these days are coming up with all kinds of new drugs. Some of them aren’t even drugs, they’re just household poisons. Don’t forget to sign up for clinical drug trials while you’re at it, then you can earn some more drug money and brag about how you tried something before it was cool – er, “approved.”

3. Start a cult. If you’re not ready to give up the dream of having a family but you can’t have your own and you keep getting rejected for adoption, (Single? Poor? Yikes, maybe you shouldn’t be a parent…) there’s still another option! You could adopt a whole following of fellow weak-minded failures. If the prevalence of multi-level marketing has taught us anything, it’s that pyramids are a great shape for a business plan. A great fringe benefit of starting your own cult is that, at some point, everyone in the commune is required to have sex with the leader. Recruit with this in mind!

4. Get (another) degree. They say raising a child to adulthood costs a little more than $200,000, so if you’re childless consider yourself rich! But if you’re still missing out on the rush of giving all your money away to some ungrateful entity, potentially sinking yourself into a hole of insurmountable debt, don’t be afraid to give it the old college try and get a degree. Isn’t having a child all about the vain quest to produce offspring that live out the dead dreams of your own life? Well, this could be a second chance for you to finally get it together and become the French-speaking marine-biologist journalist-activist you’ve always wanted to be.

5. Get a dog. Just remember it’s not a real baby, you’re not a real parent, and under no circumstances is it acceptable to use the term “fur baby.”

10 Reasons Not to Welcome Your New Neighbors to the Neighborhood
By Rebecca Buckley

1. They might be gluten free, vegan, or both – what’s a welcome without a baked good?
2. You moved in last week – shouldn’t THEY be welcoming YOU?
3. You waited too long and now it would be weird.
4. It is winter.
5. The previous tenants were excellent neighbors, but after a tragic accident left the family
without a breadwinner, they were forced to relocate, and the new tenants are a bitter
reminder of the previous, better neighbors.
6. They might be international spies.
7. You might be an international spy.
8. You are a time traveler from the future, and worry your secret might be revealed through
some anachronistic fopaux you accidentally and unknowingly let slip.
9. Social interactions in the age of the internet feel radically intimate, and the vulnerability
of welcoming strangers into a community and creating shared space is a terrifying
experience.
10. They are dog people.

The Ballad of Donald Trump
By Kelly Browne

Narrator:
A long time ago
A whistle did blow . . .

Anderson Cooper:
Quid pro quo?
Ukraine aid would not flow?
unless they found dirt
on the brother of Beau
and his daddy, Joe?

Kellyanne Conway:
Quid pro, so?
I’m just a Trump ho
I come from below
No gutter too low
What was Hunter doing
On the Board of that Co.?

Rachel Maddow:
What did he know?
Follow the dough.
Who did he owe?
Someone in Moscow?

Trump:
Just go with the flow.
You don’t want a foe.
Under the bus I will throw.
E.g., Pence.
What a dildo!

Senate:
The House impeached?
So?
Witnesses won’t show
And you already know
Which way we’ll go

Democrats in 2020:
We’re not merely players
in the Donald Trump Show.
What you reap, you sow.
Narrator:
Will he, though? No.

Trump:
So?
The mail is too slow
If I lose I won’t go

Electorate in 2020:
So?
I’m better off now
Than four years ago

Democrats in 2020:
Justice Ginsburg?
Nooooooooooooo!!!
What will become of Roe?
Mark my words now
It will all end in woe.

The End (literally)

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.
  • Be funny. Be Smart. Don’t be a hack shock-comic.
  • Students should not be drunk or on drugs when attending class or 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

How do I connect with my online class?

Classes meet 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 class prior to the first day. Please note that all class listings are Pacific Standard Time (PST).

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.

ONLINE INSTRUCTORS

BRIAN CRALL

Sketch
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JANAY LOVERING

Writing
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JUSTINE LOPEZ

Improv
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LISA CANTRELL

Storytelling
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MELISSA McGILLICUDDY

Stand-Up
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More than just a comedy club.

Sacramento Comedy Spot (formerly Sacramento Comedy Foundation) 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