Sketch Guild is a weekly workshop designed for Los Angeles writers who want to hone their sketch comedy writing skills with some of L.A.'s best comedic brains.
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Hey Sketch Guild Friends!

Who would YOU like to see coach Sketch Guild?

SKETCH GUILD is ON! Saturday, September 29, 4-6pm: We’ve got SERGIO CILLI coaching our workshop! Sergio’s a busy, busy man: he’s written and directed web content for Comedy Central's Key & Peele, written several exclusives for Funny Or Die, and won an Emmy for his writing on PBS’s WordGirl. At The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Los Angeles he teaches writing and can be seen as a member of the sketch groups Cream and Hip Hop Penguin. He also directs the iO WEST House Sketch Team The Mutiny!

Email sketchguild@gmail.com for your spot!

EXAMPLES OF THINGS YOU SHOULD BRING:

That covers pretty much everything.

SKETCH GUILD is on THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th with TRICIA McALPIN! Tricia’s been a writer performer at both the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre - Los Angeles and New York, writing for the Maude Team Bonafide and improvising with The Smokes. She’s also written exclusive videos for Funny Or Die with her sketch duo Tricia & Johanna! Email sketchguild@gmail.com to reserve your spot!

EXAMPLES OF THINGS YOU SHOULD BRING:

That covers pretty much everything.

Our session with Hal Rudnick of The Midnight Show, Tournament of Nerds, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre - Los Angeles has moved to THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 4:30-6:30PM! Email sketchguild@gmail.com to get a spot!

REPEAT: The session has moved to THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 4:30-6:30PM!

That is all.

THIS SATURDAY! 4PM-6PM! The Midnight Show's Hal Rudnick is our coach! Hal’s a longtime teacher, writer, and performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre - Los Angeles, an alum of The Groundlings Theater's Sunday Company, and co-host of Tournament of Nerds, as seen on The Nerdist!! Email sketchguild@gmail.com to get cho spot!

EXAMPLES OF THINGS YOU SHOULD BRING:

  • Sketches and/or pitches you are working on for your sketch group.
  • Sketches and/or pitches you are working on for NaSkeWriMo.
  • Sketches and/or pitches you are working on for shows like Top Story! Weekly or Second City This Week.
  • Sketches and/or pitches you are working on to submit to Not Too Shabby, Sketch Cagematch, Sketchbar, or Where Eagles Dare.
  • Sketches and/or pitches you are working on just to work on sketches and/or pitches.

That covers pretty much everything.

naskewrimo:

Some lucky people stumble onto opportunities. Most people work hard to make opportunities for themselves. And then there are a few rare, generous people who work hard to make opportunities for others.
I wish I could say I knew Michelle Dobrawsky better. I knew her from around the New York comedy/improv scene. I knew she co-organized SuperEgo Comedy, which was not just open-mic comedy show, but a supportive environment where a lot of comedians first attempted stand-up. She was a contributor to I Can Bring Home The Bacon, a blog offering advice to and promoting women operating their own businesses. I knew her from the Improv Resource Center message board, where she seemed to appear in nearly every thread where somebody needed help, be it comedy-related or not.
It was on such a thread, about finding motivation to write, where Michelle posted:

I say we declare September NationalSketchWritingMonth - one sketch per day, thirty days, thirty sketches. Boom! Who’s in?

The funny thing is, this discussion took place in the last week of July, with August right around the corner. I don’t know why she picked September. Maybe it was for the alliteration. Maybe it was because September offered a nice round 30 days, compared with August’s 31. Maybe she realized people needed more than a few days to ramp up to the idea of writing one sketch a day for a month.
I never thought to ask her. And now we’ll never know.
For over a year, she had been fighting rectal cancer. Michelle was tough, reliable, and generous, and it honestly never occurred to me that she might not win.
Earlier today, Michelle passed away.
Goodbye, Michelle. We’ll miss you.
— Ben

naskewrimo:

Some lucky people stumble onto opportunities. Most people work hard to make opportunities for themselves. And then there are a few rare, generous people who work hard to make opportunities for others.

I wish I could say I knew Michelle Dobrawsky better. I knew her from around the New York comedy/improv scene. I knew she co-organized SuperEgo Comedy, which was not just open-mic comedy show, but a supportive environment where a lot of comedians first attempted stand-up. She was a contributor to I Can Bring Home The Bacon, a blog offering advice to and promoting women operating their own businesses. I knew her from the Improv Resource Center message board, where she seemed to appear in nearly every thread where somebody needed help, be it comedy-related or not.

It was on such a thread, about finding motivation to write, where Michelle posted:

I say we declare September NationalSketchWritingMonth - one sketch per day, thirty days, thirty sketches. Boom! Who’s in?

The funny thing is, this discussion took place in the last week of July, with August right around the corner. I don’t know why she picked September. Maybe it was for the alliteration. Maybe it was because September offered a nice round 30 days, compared with August’s 31. Maybe she realized people needed more than a few days to ramp up to the idea of writing one sketch a day for a month.

I never thought to ask her. And now we’ll never know.

For over a year, she had been fighting rectal cancer. Michelle was tough, reliable, and generous, and it honestly never occurred to me that she might not win.

Earlier today, Michelle passed away.

Goodbye, Michelle. We’ll miss you.

— Ben

mullaney:

chamberlain:

Losing Michelle Dobrawsky this afternoon is just too horrible.
Saturday would be a good day to start writing.
LATER IS NEVER

I’m in.

mullaney:

chamberlain:

Losing Michelle Dobrawsky this afternoon is just too horrible.

Saturday would be a good day to start writing.

LATER IS NEVER

I’m in.

September is National Sketch Writing Month: It's almost September

naskewrimo:

…and that means it’s almost NaSkeWriMo! Want to participate? You can log your sketches (and share them if you like) at our website. You can also join our facebook group for updates or, of course, follow our blog here.

What do you have to do? Write a sketch every day for the month of…

ryanjameshitchcock:

DON’T PANIC! There has been a change of plans. Sketch Guild this Saturday will be coached by our friend ADAM McCABE! Adam writes for Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre - Los Angeles Maude team Oh, Brother and improvises with Harold Night powerhouse team Bangarang!. He’s also directed some Spanks, written and performed in UCB variety shows, and his shows Terror Times Infinity and Conversations With Sad Idiots both had runs at UCB. THIS SATURDAY 4-6PM! Email sketchguild@gmail.com to reserve a spot! Here’s a video Adam wrote!

I accidentally posted this on my personal Tumblr, so I’m just going to reblog it here instead. Same net effect.