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 | 6:00pm-8:00 pm PST
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.

AUGUST 10  •  Mondays
Instructor: Justine Lopez
Meets on Zoom: August 10, 17, 24, 31

ONLINE COURSE – $99

5 sessions, 2 hours each | 7:00pm-9:00pm
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.

AUGUST 10  •  Mondays
Instructor: Brian Crall
Meets on Zoom: August 10, 17, 24, 31, September 14
Notes: No class September 7

ONLINE COURSE – $150

4 sessions, 2 hours each | 6:30pm-8:30pm* PST
Prerequisite: None | Students: 10

*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.

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.

AUGUST 18  •  Tuesdays
Instructor: Melissa McGillicuddy
Meets on Zoom: August 18, 25, September 1, 8

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.

AUGUST 19  •  Wednesdays  •  6pm to 8pm PST
Instructor: Lisa Cantrell
Meets on Zoom: August 19, 26, September 2, 9

ONLINE COURSE – $80

4 sessions, 2 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.

SEPTEMBER 9  •  Wednesdays  •  7pm to 9pm PST
Instructor: Janay Lovering
Meets on Zoom: September 9, 16, 23, 30

ONLINE COURSE – $150

6 sessions, 2 hours each | 5:00pm-7:00pm PST
Prerequisite: None | Students: 15

Screenwriting 101 is all about writing the short comedy film. Students will learn storytelling principles, screenwriting mechanics, and comedy theory by watching short films, reading short scripts, and writing their own short screenplay. Students will also learn to give and to receive constructive feedback. By the end of class, students can expect to have completed a first draft, along with notes from their teacher and peers to help them with their next draft, because writing is rewriting.

 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.

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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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NICK COLEMAN

Screenwriting
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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