Classes

UPCOMING COMEDY CLASSES

Blind Tiger Comedy runs four full semesters a year, interspersed with electives, intensives, and other delights.

We are proud to announce our biggest-ever elective semester, SUMMER THUNDER, June 24 – July 3, 2017, and our 15th semester, July 8 – September 10! Registration opens Friday, June 2nd at noon so make your plans now!

Read on for more on our terrific improv comedy classes and dive into the one that’s right for you! If you have any questions, you can always grab answers by emailing directors@blindtigercomedy.ca

SEMESTER 15 COMEDY CLASSES

SUMMER THUNDER

Electives to enrich your funny, featuring special guest instructors from around the world!

Getting to the Game with Aaron Read, June 24
Slow Down with Caitlin Howden, June 24
Short Form Shortcuts with Taz VanRassel, June 25
Be Bold with Nicole Passmore, June 25
Disrupt and Delight: Audience Manipulation in Sketch Comedy with Tom Hill and Devin Mackenzie, June 26
Women Centre Stage with Amy Shostak, June 28
Listen to Silence with Keng-Sam Chane Chick Té and Amy Moule
Help! Characters Please with Amy Moule
Gibberish! with Keng-Sam Chane Chick Té
Risk Your Writing: Experimental Sketch Comedy
with Tom Hill four weeks, Saturdays, July 8 – 29
Acting for Improvisers with Tess Degenstein, July 15 & 16
Becoming Your Characters with Aaron Read – four weeks, Saturdays, July 22 – August 12
Build Your Own with Caitlin Howden – four weeks, Mondays, July 24 – August 14

IMPROV COMEDY CLASSES – SEMESTER 15

20-hour classes featuring our signature curriculums

Intro 1 intensive, June 3 – 14

Intro 1 – Sundays, July 9 – August 27
Intro 1 intensive, Saturdays, August 12 – September 9
Intro 2 – Saturdays, July 8 – September 9
Intro 2 intensive, Sundays, July 9 – August 6
Intro 3 – Sundays, July 9 – September 10
Intro 3 intensive, September 10 – September 23

Long Form 3 – Sundays, July 9 – September 3

Sketch 1 – Sundays, July 9 – September 3
Sketch 2 – Sundays, July 9 – September 3
Sketch 3 – Sundays, July 9 – September 3

Notes! Some teacher-class assignments may still be adjusted pre-semester but fear not: all our teachers are the bomb. Also: registration is refundable up to 50% after the first class. After two weeks (whether you attend or not), registration is non-refundable.

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Blind Tiger Comedy Classes

At Blind Tiger Comedy, you’ll learn how to create scenes and shows that audiences love. You’ll study and perform with members of Canadian Comedy Award nominees and winners The Sunday Service and Hip.Bang!, and find your voice in one or all of our long form, short form, sketch, or stand-up streams.

Our classes prioritize performance opportunities, and senior students may be invited to audition for our touring and house teams. While each teacher brings a unique voice and approach to a class’ particular content, the core curriculum of each class will be consistent.

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Intro to Improv Series

INTRO 1 – Welcome to Improv

Eight weeks. One show. $250.

“With improv, it’s a combination of listening and not trying to be funny. “- KRISTEN WIIG

In this course you will learn the basics you’ll need to dive confidently into the world of improv. You will learn the terminology used in improvisation, how to build the basic scene, what makes a good offer, and what an “offer” is. You’ll get to know the value of playing at the height of your intelligence, and understand the importance of joy in live improv.

By the time you’re finished with Intro 1, your final showcase will be a breezy walk in a crazy fun park.

You will move onto Intro 2 confident making offers, supporting your scene partner, and comfortable being on stage.

There are multiple classes available for this course.

INTENSIVE

June 3 – 14
Class times:
Saturday, June 3, 11:00 – 3:00
Sunday, June 4, 11:00 – 3:00
Saturday, June 10, 11:00 – 3:00
Sunday, June 11, 11:00 – 3:00
Monday, June 12, 7:00-9:30
Show: June 14

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Registration for this class closes June 2.

WEEKLY

Sundays, 11:30 – 2:00
July 9 – August 27

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Registration for this class opens June 2 at NOON PST.

INTENSIVE

Saturdays, 11:30-3:30
August 12 – September 9

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Registration for this class opens June 2 at NOON PST.

INTRO 2 – Let’s Make This Interesting

Eight weeks. Two shows. $250.

“I think for anyone – male or female – in improv, the biggest thing to get over is the fear. I think every improviser has that.” RACHEL DRATCH

In this course you will explore the keys to making an improv show and improv scene compelling to watch. You will learn how to create dynamic characters, leverage your character’s status, and play with sincerity. You’ll learn the importance of variety and commitment in your offers, and the value of letting a scene breath. No better way to practice being dynamic than in front of an audience with two performances!

You will move onto Intro 3 with the ability to create with your scene partner a full, quality scene, and an ability to commit wholeheartedly to your character.

Pre-requisite: Intro 1

There are multiple classes available for this course.

WEEKLY

Saturdays, 3:45-6:15
July 8 – September 9
Note: no class August 5, August 19

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Registration for this class opens June 2 at NOON PST.

INTENSIVE

Sundays, 6:00-10:00
July 9 – August 6

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Registration for this class opens June 2 at NOON PST.

 

INTRO 3 – Don’t Let the Game Play You

Eight weeks. Two shows. $250.

“Fail. Then figure out what to do on the way down.” – DEL CLOSE

This course seeks to solidify you as a well-rounded, knowledgeable performer. You will begin to explore long form, try your hand at sketch, and push your improv skills into more independent, rewarding areas. The focus of this class is you and suiting you up with the the skills and techniques that will best prepare you for the areas of comedy that excite you the most.

You will move onto the advanced streams with the ability to be successful in any scene, familiar with the essential qualities of each major field of comedy, and able to understand and master any show you commit to.

Pre-requisite: Intro 2

There are multiple classes available for this course.

WEEKLY

Sundays, 2:30 – 5:00
July 9 – September 10
Note: no class August 6, August 20, and September 10 special class time: 6:00-8:30

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Registration for this class opens June 2 at NOON PST.

INTENSIVE

September 10 – 23
Class times:
Sunday, September 10 – 12:00-4:00
Saturday Sept 16 – 12:00-4:00
Sunday, September 17 – 12:00-4:00
Monday, September 18 – 7:30-10:00
Saturday, Sept 23 – 12:00-4:00

Shows:
Wednesday, September 13
Wednesday, September 20

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Registration for this class opens June 2 at NOON PST.

Long Form Improv

LONG FORM 1 – The Basic Harold

Eight weeks. Three shows. $250.

“A Harold is like building a 747 mid-flight.” – DEL CLOSE

In this class you will study the basic concepts and techniques that make exceptional long form improvisation possible. You will hone the techniques of scene starts, edits, beats, narration, and monologues, while putting them into practice in the service of variety, pacing, and game. The class will study the Structured Harold, and focus on individual performers finding their voice within the ensemble.

You will move onto Long Form 2 with a working grasp of Harold and the basic techniques and concepts of long form improvisation.

Pre-requisite: Intro 3

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LONG FORM 2 – Harold and his many friends

Eight weeks. Three shows. $250.

“When one has no form, one can be all forms; when one has no style, he can fit in with any style.” – BRUCE F’ING LEE

In this class, you will push your long form skills into performance-ready formats. While continuing to work on advanced scene work and your confidence within a large ensemble, you will explore some of the most exciting long forms out there: Tap Out, Domino, Armando, Ghost Jail, The Bat, and beyond.

You will move onto Long Form 3 with a confident understanding of the forms listed above and a demonstrated comfort working within an ensemble.

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LONG FORM 3 – Your Story, Any Way

Eight weeks. Three shows. $250.

“Each of us is full of shit in our own special way. We are all shitty little snowflakes dancing in the universe.” – LEWIS BLACK

In this class, you will tear into the advanced techniques of long forms: transformations, advanced edits, and meta games. You will hone your ability to commit to structures, games, and patterns that emerge from the suggestion and the scene work, without any preconceived plan. You will follow one of Blind Tigers major beliefs that stories can be told in many different ways.

You will move onto Long Form 4 with a demonstrated mastery of long form techniques, a working confidence with the organic Harold, and by auditioning.

Pre-requisite: Long Form 2

WEEKLY

Sundays, 12:45-3:15
July 9 – September 3

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Registration for this class opens June 2 at NOON PST.

LONG FORM 4 – Senior Project

8 weeks. 3 shows.

“The only safe thing, is to take a chance.” -ELAINE MAY

In this workshop, you will work with an ensemble of senior students and your Blind Tiger teacher on projects unique to your group. The class, its lessons, and your shows will be tailored to the opportunities best suited to the particular comedic minds amongst you.

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Scene Study

Improv Scene Study

Four weeks. $125.

“The more things you do, the more you can do.” – LUCILLE BALL

This class is an opportunity to practice the core techniques of great improv, with direct feedback. Each week, you will get up on stage to create improv scenes in front of the class and your instructors, with the goal of working your comedic muscles and augmenting the technical training you’ll find in our core curriculums.

Each scene study session will focus on a particular set of skills of the instructor’s selection. That said, the focus will always be: let’s look at your scenes, and give you direct, honest feedback on how to improve.

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Harold Work

Eight weeks. Two shows.

“Improv taught me I could be anyone.” -AMY POEHLER

In this workshop, students will dive into expanding the advanced skills and versatility that is necessary to make a Harold successful. Using the Harold as the primary working point, the class–a sort of advanced scene work class for long form enthusiasts–will focus on improving the skills that make good improvisers great.

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Sketch Comedy

SKETCH 1 – The Seed

Eight weeks. Two shows. $250.

“Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die”- MEL BROOKS

This course focuses on developing both your voice as a sketch comedian and good writing habits. By examining existing sketches from the past and present, you will be introduced to a well of resources. You will learn the importance of positive brainstorming, discovering premise ideas from everyday life, and the value of a structured development process from page to stage.

You will move onto Sketch 2 with the ability to lay the groundwork of a sketch, and a strong understanding of the relationship between the page and stage.

Note: Blind Tiger sketch classes, like sketch comedy itself, are homework intensive: there will be work assigned outside class time every week.

Pre-requisite: Intro 3 or equivalent writing experience. Email directors@blindtigercomedy.ca if you are unsure.

WEEKLY

Sundays, 6:45-9:15
July 9 – September 3
Note: no class August 20

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Registration for this class opens June 2 at NOON PST.

Sketch 2 – Versatility

Eight weeks. Two shows. $250.

“Some people have a way with words, and other people…oh, uh, not have way.” -STEVE MARTIN

This class is focused on your ability to turn a good idea into a great sketch, and begins to develop techniques for presenting a cohesive sketch set. You will develop the ability to find the best characters for a given premise, and to highlight distinct voices within your scripts. You will become skilled at producing material and not be afraid of the blankpage. You will study examples of different techniques for combining and transitioning between sketches within a given show.

Blind Tiger sketch classes, like sketch comedy itself, are homework intensive: in Sketch 2 you will be expected to write a sketch a week. This in turn will help you develop your portfolio and give you a greater understanding of what your unique style and voice is.

You will move onto Sketch 3 with a strong portfolio, an ability to write a wide variety of characters and types of sketches, and an understanding of more advanced ways to combine and interweave sketches within a single set.

Pre-requisite: Sketch 1

WEEKLY

Sundays, 3:45-6:15
July 9 – September 3
Note: no class August 20

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Registration for this class opens June 2 at NOON PST.

Sketch 3 – Up the Ante

Eight weeks. Two shows. $250.

“Gags die. Humour doesn’t” – JACK BENNY

This course will give you the chance to explore multiple mediums in which sketch lives, whether it is for TV, stage, radio or the internet. You and your classmates will replicate a traditional comedy writing room, including reading and editing each others’ work. The class will explore writing based on current events, personal history and other sources.

We will be filming our shows and rewriting based on what works and what doesn’t. Blind Tiger sketch classes, like sketch comedy itself, are homework intensive: in Sketch 3 you will be writing extensively in each week, only some of which will be presented in class shows.

Pre-requisite: Sketch 2

WEEKLY

Sundays, 3:45-6:15
July 9 – September 3
Note: no class August 20

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Registration for this class opens June 2 at NOON PST.

Sketch 4 – Senior Project

Eight weeks. 2-5 shows.

“You can’t just yell jokes at people.” -DAVID CROSS

In this class, you will lead the creation of a 15-20 minute sketch comedy project. The project is yours to define: a 15-minute solo show, a 20-person comedy play featuring everyone you’ve ever met, a short, tight sketch show on a theme, a part-video, part-dance show, or just a single epic patience sketch. You may use some, all, or none of your classmates, but the class will remain a valuable bounce board, rehearsal opportunity, and development outlet throughout.

From an early stage, you will be honing and pitching your project in class in a pitch style that will work the muscles similar to those in professional comedy development. Shows mid-semester will provide a chance to stage test the work you are developing, before final performances at the end of the semester in a special show or shows.

Note: As with all sketch classes, Sketch 4 students will be expected to put in substantial time in outside class time. Only polished final shows will be performed.

Students who complete this class may be selected to be a part of a Blind Tiger Comedy sketch comedy house team.

Pre-requisite: Sketch 3

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Short Form Improv

Blind Tiger Comedy is looking forward to offering an innovative Short Form Improv program focused on performing short form improv games and scenes at a professional, show-calibre level.

Short Form 1 – Circus Training

Two months. Eight weeks. Three shows. $250.

“There is nothing funny about a well-adjusted, intelligent person making the right choices.” – TIM HEIDECKER

This course focuses on the basic concepts and techniques needed to be an outstanding short for improviser. You will learn many of the classic short form games and handles, and be introduced to the importance of strong scene work even within games. You will practice playing for comedy at the height of your intelligence, and how to use the rules of any game to up the stakes in your scenes.

You will move onto Short form 2 with the ability to play a variety of games confidently, and with at least an intermediate understanding of what makes short form improv successful.

Class is not currently open for registration. To be alerted when it is, sign up for our mailing list.

Short Form 2 and Beyond

As students progress through this training stream, they will continue to add to the techniques and approaches that are needed to be a successful improviser in short form environment. Midform shows like Micetro, Catch 23, 10 SPEED and Tapout will be attacked and mastered. Hosting and show shape will be practiced in class and in shows.

Because these later classes will be developed in part in response to the work of our first Short Form 1 class in the fall of 2014, outlines for Short Form 2, 3 and 4 will be released towards the end of the year.

Drop-Ins & Electives

Blind Tiger Comedy offers a rotating list of electives, drop-ins and other specialty classes that will enable students to focus on hyper-specific skills, and or focus on new creative philosophies.

Current Electives

Getting to the Game – with Aaron Read

Four hours. $50.

Game of the scene is such an elusive sought after ideal within improvisation but how do you even get to it? It’s not something inherent within the scene. It’s built through mistakes and discovery.

This workshop will break down different ways to get to the game of the scene, through discovery, play, and shifting your attitudes towards improv scenes from “nervous worry” to “confident and easy going.” You gain practical tools on how to get into a playful, low-stakes mindset that will allow you to make bold choices and make strong offers that will get you into the game.

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed at least Intro 2 or have equivalent experience.

Saturday, June 24, 11:00-3:00
Instructor: Aaron Read

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Registration for this class opens June 2nd at NOON PST.

Slow Down – with Caitlin Howden

Three hours. $40.

The audience saw it, your scene mates said it, so how did you miss it? This class has the goal of making you slow down so you can see every part of the scene, and essentially make your comedy effortless so you feel in control of every element. NOTE: THIS CLASS IS NOT ABOUT IMPROVISING IN SLOW MOTION

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed at least Intro 2 or have equivalent experience.

Saturday, June 24, 3:30-6:30
Instructor: Caitlin Howden

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Registration for this class opens June 2nd at NOON PST.

Short Form Can Be Great – with Taz VanRassel

Three hours. $40.

Taz is, simply put, one of the best short form improvisers in the country. Play short form more confidently than ever after this power-packed workshop, in which you will be introduced to lesser known and challenging games, as well as approaches and angles for tackling the classics. Whether you want to work towards performing TheatreSports® internationally, or just want to attack short scenes with a stronger understanding of game, this is the workshop for you.

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed at least Intro 2 or have equivalent experience..

Sunday June 25, 12:00-3:00
Instructor: Taz VanRassel

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Registration for this class opens June 2nd at NOON PST.

Be Bold – with Nicole Passmore

Three hours. $40.

The boldest improvisers know how to own the stage by bringing confidence to every choice they make. Taught by Nicole Passmore (Bad Dog Theatre Company; Second City HouseCo), this workshop will push you to be a bolder player who makes stronger moves on stage. With a focus on status, creating strong offers, and turning mistakes into intentional choices, this class will help get you to the next level of confidence in your scene work.

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed at least Intro 2 or have equivalent experience.

Sunday June 25, 5:00-8:00
Instructor: Nicole Passmore

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Registration for this class opens June 2nd at NOON PST.

Disrupt & Delight: Audience Manipulation in Sketch Comedy – with Tom Hill and Devin Mackenzie

Three hours. $40.

When performers twist an audience’s mood or expectations, opportunities for sweet comedic release abound. In this workshop, you will dive into the non-traditional approaches sketch comedians can take to their audiences, and the ways disrupting, infiltrating, and impersonating them can create big wins on stage.

Participants will be asked to submit a script they are working on (or, if not available, that they have seen and can describe) that involves performers interacting directly with audience members.

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed at least Intro 3 or have equivalent experience.

Monday, June 26, 7:00-10:00
Instructors: Tom Hill and Devin Mackenzie

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Registration for this class opens June 2nd at NOON PST.

Women Centre Stage – with Amy Shostak

Three hours. $40.

Back by popular demand, this is a specialty class for the femmes of improv. This workshop welcomes all people who identify as women, or identify with the experiences/struggles/strengths of womanhood. Our voices are in the minority on most improv stages, and this class will serve to create a supportive space for all participants to be bold and play fearlessly. Together, we will explore making strong offers, embracing our unique voices, and taking agency on any stage. Join us for an awesome opportunity to collaborate with other dynamic femme performers from around the city!

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed Intro 1 class, or explain your equivalent experience by emailing directors@blindtigercomedy.ca.

Wednesday, June 28, 7:00-10:00
Instructor: Amy Shostak

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Registration for this class opens June 2nd at NOON PST.

Listen to Silence – with Keng-Sam Chane Chick Té and Amy Moule

Three hours. $40.

Led by two of the finest instructors in international improv, Keng-Sam (Reunion Island) and Amy Moule (Impro Melbourne) this is one of three that will push our students minds and comedy July 1-3. Check out all three!

In this class, you will focus on the little moments in a scene. For example: body language, mime, space work, silences. You will work on how these aspects can add to a scene; to the narrative; to the tension and to the space between words.

You will learn to question: How can we best use the silent moments? And tackle the moments of what to do when you feel you don’t know what to do! (eg. move, change position, change emotion, perform an activity, etc). We will work on awareness of when players are just standing and talking in a scene. Let’s get out of our head to get into our body!

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed Intro 1 class, or explain your equivalent experience by emailing directors@blindtigercomedy.ca.

Saturday, July 1, 3:30-6:30
Instructors: Keng-Sam and Amy Moule

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Registration for this class opens June 2nd at NOON PST.

Help! Characters Please – with Amy Moule

Three hours. $40.

Led by the character improviser extraordinaire Amy Moule (Impro Melbourne) this class is one of three that will push our students minds and comedy this summer! Check out all three July 1-3.

With a passion for and a strength in characters, Amy Moule will help you find ways of unlocking new and unique characters. It is easy to fall into the habit of playing the same or similar character over and over again. There is nothing wrong with this but it can feel old and stale. Reignite your scenes by finding quick ways to step into a character and also how to support and help to build on or endow others into a character.

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed Intro 1 class, or explain your equivalent experience by emailing directors@blindtigercomedy.ca.

Sunday, July 2, 12:00-3:00
Instructor: Amy Moule

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Registration for this class opens June 2nd at NOON PST.

Gibberish! – with Keng-Sam Chane Chick Té

Four hours. $50.

Led by the amazing Keng-Sam (Reunion Island) this class is one of three that will push our students minds and comedy this summer! Check out all three July 1-3.

In this workshop, participants dive into the core principles of commedia dell’arte and how, through your body language and the use of gibberish, you can actually tell a story. We’ll look at areas like: How can I perform without talking my native language? How can a movement or a facial expression can transform your story? How do we elaborate a scene without talking, but only with your body expression? Find your non-verbal voice in this mind-bending class.

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed Intro 1 class, or explain your equivalent experience by emailing directors@blindtigercomedy.ca.

Monday, July 3, 11:00-3:00
Instructor: Keng-Sam

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Registration for this class opens June 2nd at NOON PST.

Risk Your Writing: Experimental Sketch Comedy – with Tom Hill

Four classes. One show. $125.

In this workshop, you will take some big, nasty risks with your sketch comedy. You will be introduced to some of the more experimental sketch comedy out there, and the principles and approaches that make it work. You will be encouraged to bring your wildest, most outside-the-box premises and you, along with Tom and your classmates will learn how to hone and develop them into a form that audiences can understand and approach, if not love. And then, to celebrate, we’ll do one of the weirdest shows Vancouver has ever seen.

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed Sketch 1, or explain your equivalent experience by emailing directors@blindtigercomedy.ca.

Saturdays, July 8 – 29, 12:30-3:15
Show: August 2

Instructor: Tom Hill

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Registration for this class opens June 2nd at NOON PST.

Acting for Improvisers – with Tess Degenstein

Two classes. Six hours. $80.

Deepen your character work and enrich your storytelling in this two-day workshop. Through exercises, scene work and coaching, students will learn to fine-tune character impulses and deepen emotional offers within their improv, touching on theatrical and dynamic staging in the process. We’ll work not only on pushing ourselves to create stronger characters and bolder choices, but inspiring our scene partners to do the same, creating scenes with impact.  Emphasis here is not on cleverness, but on playfulness, connection, commitment. Challenge yourself to go deeper, fly higher, be bolder.

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed at least Intro 1, or explain your equivalent experience by emailing directors@blindtigercomedy.ca.

Saturday, July 15, 9:30-12:30
Sunday, July 16, 9:30-12:30
Instructor: Tess Degenstein

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Registration for this class opens June 2nd at NOON PST.

Becoming Your Characters – with Aaron Read

Four classes. One show. $125.

The focus of this four week intensive will be how to get into a character’s head while getting out of your own. Exercises will help you create rich, detailed, dynamic characters that drive strong scenes. You’ll practice exploring the physical and emotional space your character is in, without overthinking or breaking out of character. You’ll also hone your ability to play characters with built-in games, and playing into your scene partner’s game while you are a neutral character.

The class comes with a personalized diagnostic of particular character range, and some tools to help you attack those tendencies.

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed at least Intro 1, or explain your equivalent experience by emailing directors@blindtigercomedy.ca.

Saturdays, July 22 – August 12, 3:45-6:15
Instructor: Aaron Read

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Registration for this class opens June 2nd at NOON PST.

Build Your Own – with Caitlin Howden

Four custom workshops. One show. $400 (per group).

The easy part was knowing you liked working together and you found each other funny, the hard part is finding your unique style and form. You’ve heard of Uncalled For, Ghost Jail Theatre, The Second City and The Sunday Service, and your personal coach, Caitlin Howden, knows groups.

For this special class, submit your existing (or soon to be existing) group, along with a breakdown of what you’re working on and what your goals are. All participants must have completed Intro 2 or have equivalent experience outside of Blind Tiger Comedy. Submit groups of 2-8 by emailing directors@blindtigercomedy.ca.

Mondays, July 22 – August 12, 7:00-8:00, 8:15-9:15, OR 9:30-10:30
Instructor: Caitlin Howden

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Registration for this class opens June 2nd at NOON PST.

Past Electives

We have offered a variety of one-off electives in the past, and been lucky to have an amazing cast of talented guest teachers drop by while doing shows in town. Below is a list of some former workshops we may or may not be able to offer in the future.

Build Your Own Show Through Characters You Create, a Workshop with the Pajama Men

Six hours.

Blind Tiger Comedy is thrilled to have world-class comedians The Pajama Men offering a one-time workshop designed to unlock the writer in you by following your instincts as an actor/performer/improvisor.

We will dive deep into character development and improvisation and learn to use our characters and skills as improvisors as tools to write and perform sketches and full shows.

We will start by learning to create rich, imaginary environments, complex situations and memorable personalities. We will work as a group to discover how sometimes our best ideas come when we take the focus off ourselves and support our fellow performers. Through this give-and-take method, we can all chip in to keep the funny ball in the air and free ourselves from the feeling of being put on the spot.

As the course continues we will zero in on the characters you’ll create; their idiosyncrasies, voices, postures, and world view. By immersing ourselves completely into these personas we can use them as powerful writing tools, learn to surprise ourselves and come up with fresh ideas that we probably would not if we were sitting in front of a laptop in a cafe.

Along the way we will keep a log of strong moments, great lines, themes and theatrical devices and build an arsenal of creative elements and look at how to craft them into sketches and shows.

Pre-requisite: to register for this class, you must have completed Intro 2 or higher, or get the “ole go-ahead” by emailing us with a summary of your performance experience at directors@blindtigercomedy.ca

Instructors: The Pajama Men

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From Page to Stage – A Sketch Writing Tune-Up with Chris Wilson

Three hours. $40.

So you’ve written a sketch…but now, how do you stage it and rehearse it to make it funnier than before?  How do you put together a sketch show that flows seamlessly and impressively from one to the next?  And after that, where can you put perform these sketches and how? Join three-time Canadian comedy award winning comedian Chris Wilson of Peter N’ Chris (Just For Laughs, College Humour) for a course on punching up, rehearsing and staging a sketch show.  Take your sketches from page to stage in a unique way.

This course is great for people or groups with pre-written sketches that want to add some flare and a professional feel to their sketches.

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed Intro 3 or have previous writing experience. Email directors@blindtigercomedy.ca to tell us about it, if the latter is true of you.

Instructor: Chris Wilson

Class is not currently open for registration. To be alerted when it is, sign up for our mailing list.

Improv as Cultural Exchange, with Folk Lordz

Three hours. $40.

Our outstanding, internationally-recognized friends Folk Lordz stop in for this one of a kind workshop, which offers an investigation into the cultural backgrounds and personal storytelling traditions of the workshop participants, through improvisation. A look at where we come from, and how that informs the stories we tell. Sharing personal narratives, looking at cultural genres, and detailing techniques for respectful, non-appropriative ways of integrating family tradition into your comedic voice.

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed Intro 1 or higher.

Instructor: Folk Lordz

Class is not currently open for registration. To be alerted when it is, sign up for our mailing list.

Being in the Moment with Caitlin Howden

Two days. Six hours.

Where is this scene going? What is this scene even about? Who are we? Who am I?? Have I been funny yet? Probably not, if you’re this in your own head.

Take this workshop and work with Caitlin Howden, a comedian who practices being in the moment with The Sunday Service every week. Joining such a fast paced show, she has learned how to be present, and to not miss a single moment of magic her team sends her way.

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed Intro 1 or higher.

Instructor: Caitlin Howden

Class is not currently open for registration. To be alerted when it is, sign up for our mailing list.

The Night Shift

Three weeks. One sweet director. One show. $80.

In this class, you will join other senior students and a director from the BTC faculty in a one-time-only long form ensemble. Over three intensive sessions, you and your peers will prepare a form of the director’s choosing. While the particular work of the Night Shift will vary from cohort to cohort, you can expect to hone your ability to perform with an ensemble, to connect with some of the funniest minds at Blind Tiger, and to receive direct feedback on your work as a long form improviser.

Pre-requisite: to register for this class, you must have completed Intro 3 or higher, or get the “ole go-ahead” by emailing us with a summary of your performance experience at directors@blindtigercomedy.ca

Class is not currently open for registration. To be alerted when it is, sign up for our mailing list.

Impulse Overdrive with Paul Blinov

One day. Three hours.

“Following your impulse” is a keystone in improv theory. But how often to we really just strap in and let our impulses take the wheel, leading us into new, unexpected places as they go? Learn to push quickly and confidently into the unknown in a workshop dedicated to big choices made fast—before you know where they’re going.

Paul Blinov is an improviser, writer and comedian based in Edmonton. He’s a senior player with Rapid Fire Theatre, and has toured improv and sketch comedy to places like Seattle, Toronto and Winnipeg. Alongside Amy Shostak, he is one-half of acclaimed sketch duo Gossamer Obsessions.

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed Intro 1 or higher.

Instructor: Paul Blinov

Class is not currently open for registration. To be alerted when it is, sign up for our mailing list.

Emotional Presence with Amy Shostak

Two days. Seven hours.

Do you often play emotion by stating how you feel rather than showing it? Do you crave more emotional commitment on stage? Have you received the note that you need to emote more? Whether you’re interested in playing more grounded, dramatic scenes, or you want to bring more truth to your huge characters, this workshop will focus on getting you in touch with your emotional impulses, and allowing your vulnerability to shine through, like a wacky beacon.

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed Intro 1 or higher.

Instructor: Amy Shostak

Class is not currently open for registration. To be alerted when it is, sign up for our mailing list.

Game² with Aaron and Tom

Two days. Eight hours. One show.

In this class, you will take on one of the concepts most near and dear to Blind Tiger Comedy founding groups Hip.Bang! and The Sunday Service: multi-game. You will train your conception of what game can include, and then look to double, triple, and quadruple your games and others’ within a single scene.

To cap it off, you and your wild-eyed classmates will attempt to put it all together in a form known for making audience’s laugh harder than they’re used to. Buckle up.

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed Intro 3 or higher.

Instructor: Tom Hill and Aaron Read

Class is not currently open for registration. To be alerted when it is, sign up for our mailing list.

Sketch for the People with Chris Wilson

Two days. Six hours.

Join Chris Wilson (Just For Laughs, CollegeHumor, Peter N’ Chris) for a two day sketch comedy workshop where you’ll learn tips and tricks on writing hilarious sketches of all kinds.  Ever wonder  “But, how do I think of sketch ideas” ? Well come find out!  The answer on how to generate great sketch premises, write great sketches, and perform the GREATEST SKETCHES OF ALL TIME lies within.  Bring a pen and paper (or computer…computer is fine) and be prepared to write (it’s a writing class).

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed Intro 3 or have previous writing experience. Email directors@blindtigercomedy.ca to tell us about it, if the latter is true of you.

Instructor: Chris Wilson

Class is not currently open for registration. To be alerted when it is, sign up for our mailing list.

Breaking the Mould with Taz VanRassel

One day. Three hours.

In this class, you’ll tackle your classic issue, whether it’s playing the same three characters, always asking questions, always saying the weirdest thing, or whatever other challenge you might be contending with. Break the habits that get in your way and you’ll find yourself cruising sooner than later.

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed Intro 1 or higher.

Instructor: Taz VanRassel

Class is not currently open for registration. To be alerted when it is, sign up for our mailing list.

Proximity and Pulsing with Amy Shostak

One day. Six hours.

How do our bodies in space tell a story? How can we challenge traditional approaches to scenework by using tools like pulse editing, mirroring, and overlapping scenes to take us somewhere we never expected?

In this workshop, Amy Shostak will challenge you to find the stories in the images that are already there, working with long form improv exercises and ideas that will refine your eye for the show and your understanding of form.

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed Intro 3 or higher.

Instructor: Amy Shostak

Class is not currently open for registration. To be alerted when it is, sign up for our mailing list.

Some Jokes Are Meant for the Net with Caitlin Howden

Two days. Six hours.

Let’s make something for the internet! It’s just a like a writers room, where Caitlin serves as your head writer and producer. You bring the idea, she helps you write it, you shoot it and we release it. Caitlin shares her unique experience from working at The Second City (this sketch went viral!), White Ninja (Vine) and YouTube.

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed Intro 3 or have previous writing experience. Email directors@blindtigercomedy.ca to tell us about it, if the latter is true of you.

Instructor: Caitlin Howden

Class is not currently open for registration. To be alerted when it is, sign up for our mailing list.

The Hustle with Tom Hill

One day. Three hours.

Comedy is an art and it’s a business.

In this class, we dive into the little-discussed side of comedy that every successful comedian has in common: hustle. Together, we’ll discuss the tricks, principles, and ideas that make good producers great. Wondering how to go from class to having your own show? Struggling with the challenge of working with bad (and good) collaborators? Trying to go get paid to do comedy? Curious about which festivals are worth doing at what point in your career, or about strategies for applying? Nervous about how to approach heavy hitters you admire? Come get some answers.

Whether you’re an experienced producer looking for representation or someone just looking to start their first monthly show, this class will sharpen your tool kit and take your hustle to the next level.

Pre-requisite: to register for this elective, you must have completed Intro 1 or higher.

Instructor: Tom Hill

Class is not currently open for registration. To be alerted when it is, sign up for our mailing list.

Stand Up Comedy

Stand Up 1 – Taste the Fire

Six weeks. Two shows. $250.

“Stand up is hard.” – JERRY SEINFELD

In this course, designed for students who have never tried stand up before, you will plunge mouth-first into the joy of doing live stand up comedy. You will explore everything from how to mine material from the world around you, how to craft a basic punch line, and how to write comedy at the height of your intelligence. You will also explore the core theories and techniques that define good stand up.

This class has a unique structure: for much of the semester, your “text book” will be one of the best stand up rooms in town: the Kino Café. Thanks to Blind Tiger Comedy’s partnership with Kino, you and your classmates will both attend and semi-regularly perform as part of the shows there. In addition to learning from your own stage time, the class will review and discuss the other comedians on a given show, using their strengths and weaknesses as additional learning opportunities. Students will be encouraged and expected to bring friends to these shows.

This class is, in short, the perfect introduction to stand up and the community of shows and comedians doing it in Vancouver.

You will move onto Stand Up 2 with a basic understanding of how to write a deliver a joke, notions of how to construct a successful set, and able to comfortably get through a three-minute stand up set.

Class is not currently open for registration. To be alerted when it is, sign up for our mailing list.

Stand Up 2 – Finding your Voice

Six Week. Three Shows. $250.

“I did stand up comedy for 18 years. Ten of those were spent learning, four years were spent refining, and four years were spent in wild success.” – STEVE MARTIN

In this class, intended for students with anywhere from six months to ten years of stand up comedy experience, you will hone and craft your voice as a comedian, and isolate what can and/or does work for you on stage. You will work with your teacher, a professional stand up comedian, on what makes a joke successful for you, and be given repeated opportunities to work on your strengths and weaknesses in front of a live audience, with direct feedback from your instructor.

This class has a unique structure: for much of the semester, your “text book” will be one of the best stand up rooms in town: the Kino Café. Each class will take place at the Kino, around the Tuesday night show. Classes will start with an hour of focused discussion before the show begins, and end with a notes. Each student will perform three times for one of the best stand up crowds in the city, and will participate in notes on their sets as well as dissection of the rest of the show’s performers. Students will be encouraged and expected to bring friends to these shows.

This class is designed such that students are encouraged to take it more than once as they hone in on their own challenges and continue to improve with regular stage time and exposure.

Class is not currently open for registration. To be alerted when it is, sign up for our mailing list.