Classes

UPCOMING COMEDY CLASSES

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

Semester 17 runs January 13 to March 11, 2018, and features some very cool new classes! Looking ahead? Semester 18 will run April 7 – June 6, 2018. Stay tuned here or via our email list for the latest on our class schedules.

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 17 IMPROV COMEDY CLASSES

Intro 1 – Sundays, January 14 – February 11
Intro 1 – Tuesdays, January 16 – March 6
Intro 1 – Sundays, February 18 – March 25
Intro 1 – Thursdays, March 1 – 29
Intro 2 – Sundays, January 14 – March 11
Intro 2 – Sundays, January 14 – February 11
Intro 2 – Sundays, February 18 – March 25
Intro 3 – Saturdays, January 13 – March 3
Intro 3 – Sundays, January 14 – February 18

Long Form 1 – Sundays, January 14 – March 4
Long Form 2 – Saturdays, January 13 – March 3
Long Form 4 – Mondays, January 15 – March 5

Sketch 1 – Sundays, January 14 – March 4
Sketch 2 – Mondays, January 15 – March 12
Sketch 3 – Mondays, January 15 – March 12

Electives & Specialty Classes

Scene Study – Sundays, February 11 – March 4
Our classic scene study class is designed to improve your weaknesses, plain and simple. Do scene work and get direct, personal feedback every week. This semester’s focus: get out of your head!

Bloc Teams
– Saturdays, Mondays, or Tuesdays – 4 or 8 weeks
Our brand new Bloc Program is here for you to take the next step. Build your own ensemble and get customized coaching & directing from one of BTC’s world-class faculty. Read more and apply below.

Women Centre Stage – Sundays, February 4 – March 4
Back by popular demand, Women Centre Stage welcomes all people who identify as women, or identify with the experiences/struggles/strengths of womanhood. Along with teacher Amy Shostak, you will will explore making strong offers, embracing your unique voices, and taking agency on any stage. 

*Notes! Registration is refundable up to 50% after the first class, after two weeks (whether you attend or not) class is non-refundable. Got questions? Email us at directors@blindtigercomedy.ca.

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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.

Want to take a class but can’t make the time listed? Join our mailing list at the bottom of this page and you’ll be updated every time we announce new classes.

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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.

Note: there are four classes available for this course

8-WEEK

Tuesdays, 7:30-10:00
January 16 – March 6

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Registration for this class opens Tuesday, December 12 at 11am PST.

5-WEEK

Sundays, 6:30-10:00
January 14 – February 11

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Registration for this class opens Tuesday, December 12 at 11am PST.

5-WEEK

Sundays, 6:30-10:00
February 18 – March 25*

*No class March 11

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Registration for this class opens Tuesday, December 12 at 11am PST.

INTENSIVE

Thursdays, 6:30-10:00
March 1-29

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Registration for this class opens Tuesday, December 12 at 11am 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

Note: there are three classes available for this course

8-WEEK

Sundays, 12:30-3:00
January 14 – March 11

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Registration for this class opens Tuesday, December 12 at 11am PST.

5-WEEK

Sundays, 6:30-10:00
January 14 – February 11

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Registration for this class opens Tuesday, December 12 at 11am PST.

5-WEEK

Sundays, 6:30-10:00
February 18 – March 25*
*no class March 11

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Registration for this class opens Tuesday, December 12 at 11am 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

Note: there are two classes available for this course

8-WEEK

Saturdays, 3:15 – 5:45
January 13 – March 3

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Registration for this class opens Tuesday, December 12 at 11am PST.

5-WEEK

Sundays, 6:30-10:00
January 14 – February 11

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Registration for this class opens Tuesday, December 12 at 11am 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

8-WEEK

Sundays, 3:15 – 5:45
January 14 – March 4

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Registration for this class opens Tuesday, December 12 at 11am PST.

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.

Pre-requisite: Long Form 1

8-WEEK

Saturdays, 3:15 – 5:45
January 13 – March 3

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Registration for this class opens Tuesday, December 12 at 11am PST.

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

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

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.

Pre-requisite: Long Form 3

8-WEEK

Mondays, 5:00-7:30
January 15 – March 5

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Registration for this class opens Tuesday, December 12 at 11am PST.

Scene Study

Improv Scene Study: Get Out of Your Head

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. This semester’s focus is on how to get out of your head and play impulsively, boldly, and freely. That said, even themed as it is, the primary mode of this class will be assess your scene work and give you direct, honest feedback on how to improve.

4-WEEK

Sundays, 12:15 – 2:45
February 11 – March 4

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Registration for this class opens Tuesday, December 12 at 11am PST.

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 the first and most important step in writing comedy: identifying what you find funny. Ideal for anyone looking to write comedy in any setting, this course will help you work from a great idea to a great premise, assessing every possible way to present a joke on a stage. You will also discuss the core elements that make a great joke, in all their many forms.

As you work your way towards two of the most thrilling shows of any Blind Tiger class, you will learn to work with other writers, the pain and pleasure of rewriting, and the importance of contributing to laugh-heavy, joke-a-minute writing room.

You will move onto Sketch 2 with the ability to hone a premise and make yourself laugh (hard), and a strong understanding of our process for getting from idea to inspiration to hilarious on stage product.

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.

8-WEEK

Sundays, 3:15-5:45
January 14 – March 4

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Registration for this class opens Tuesday, December 12 at 11am 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 offers techniques for structuring, writing and presenting a cohesive sketch. You will develop the ability to find the best characters for a given premise, and to highlight distinct voices within your scripts. You will work on beats, tuning your sketches towards their strongest parts, and heightening.

You will also dive more deeply into the challenges and rewards of committed rewriting, that valuable and tricky devil. As you work towards not-one-but-two full sketch sets at Blind Tiger Comedy showcases, you’ll find yourself well and truly doing hilarious, polished sketches under the supportive eye of a professional comedian.

You will move onto Sketch 3 with a burgeoning sketch portfolio, an ability to write a wide variety of characters, and an understanding of how to get from inspiration to full, multi-beat, funny sketch using a process you can take with you for life.

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

Pre-requisite: Sketch 1

Mondays, 7:45-10:15
January 15 – March 12

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Registration for this class opens Tuesday, December 12 at 11am PST.

Sketch 3 – Up the Ante

Eight weeks. Two shows. $250.

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

Sketch 3 is all about expanding your mind, your tools, and your comedy. You and your classmates will be introduced to a new style of sketch comedy each week, and will be challenged to produce an example of each one, from solo sketches to patience sketches to sketches that actively manipulate the performers’ relationship with the audience. The class will explore writing based on current events, personal history and other sources.

While you will continue to work on the core skills of sketch development, rewriting, and contributing to a strong writing room, you will find this class offers you a sampler platter for styles that will help you understand your own voice as a writer.

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

Pre-requisite: Sketch 2

Mondays, 7:45-10:15
January 15 – March 12

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Registration for this class opens Tuesday, December 12 at 11am 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 20-25 minute sketch comedy project. The project is yours to define: a 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 comes with homework. But note that Sketch 4 is on another level: students will be expected to put in substantial time in outside class time, and 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

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

Bloc Teams

There’s nothing quite like choosing the group you’re with and collaborating towards a collective comedic goal. With this in mind, we created the Bloc program. Bloc Teams are a great chance for you and your people to find your voices together, with help from a professional comedian/coach, and the next big step for us and our rad community. Here’s how they works:

  • Assemble – Find your people. It could be a duo, a trio, a group of eight…so long as you’re thrilled about every name on the list. They can be at the same point as you in the core classes series (we recommend this) or not, though all performers must have completed Intro 2 or have equivalent experience.Performers with no Blind Tiger training are welcome to apply though teams with BTC experience will be given priority.
  • Submit – Use our Bloc Team application form and give us a sense of your group and what you think you want to do. Registration for Bloc Teams opens Tuesday, December 12 at 11am PST. Forms submitted before then will be evaluated equally in terms of scheduling.

  • Schedules – On the form, rank the slots you are available for.All slots are 1.25 hours a week.For Semester 17, the Bloc Team schedule is:
    • Saturdays 10:45-3:00 with Devin Mackenzie
    • Mondays 7:30-10:15 with Amy Shostak
    • Tuesdays 4:45-7:30 with Aaron ReadNote: after registration opens, Bloc schedules are first come, first serve. Slots are not reserved until we have received payment from you for that slot.
  • Rehearse & Perform – Your coach will build your team a rehearsal schedule customized to your strengths, weaknesses, and goals. Each group will get a showcase at Bloc Night, our new show that will run likely twice a semester, pending registration. After two semesters of trying these out, we can say these shows quite simply rule.
  • Cost – $500 per four weeks or $1,000 for eight. Includes four custom workshops and one show per four weeks.
  • Payment – Your application will be reviewed and you’ll get an email from us assigning your group a slot (if one of your choices is available). Once we receive your payment, your slot will be reserved.

So buckle up, gather your people, and build your bloc. Let us know if you have questions, we’re at directors@blindtigercomedy.ca

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

Women Centre Stage – with Amy Shostak

Five classes. One show. $160.

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.

Instructor: Amy Shostak

5-WEEK

Sundays, 3:15 – 5:45
February 4 – March 4

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Registration for this class opens Tuesday, December 12 at 11am 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.

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.

Instructor: Aaron Read

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

Acting for Improvisers – with Tess Degenstein

Two classes. Six hours.

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.

Instructor: Tess Degenstein

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

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

Three hours.

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.

Instructors: Keng-Sam and Amy Moule

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

Risk Your Writing: Experimental Sketch Comedy – with Tom Hill

Four classes. One show.

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.

Instructor: Tom Hill

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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