Comedy Classes

Welcome in! We are Vancouver’s home for improv and sketch comedy classes led by world-class comedians from many award-winning Canadian groups, including Hip.Bang! and The Sunday Service.

NEW CLASSES ANNOUNCED!

Semester 36 is live and it’s our biggest, juiciest semester yet! All the core classes you can shake a stick at plus these three brand new programs we’re very excited to share with you.

Improv for Autistic Folks –  We’re thrilled to announce that starting in October we will be offering our first ever classes for Autistic folks. There will be (at least!) one Intro 1 class for adults, and another for teens. All the spots in these classes will be available free of charge. These classes are part of an exciting new partnership between Blind Tiger Comedy and Canucks Autism Network (CAN).

Classes For Folks Who Identify as Trans, Non-Binary, and/or Gender Non-Conforming – This fall we are offering Intro 1 and Sketch 1 classes exclusively for folks who identify as trans, non-binary or gender non-conforming. These classes will be led by Blind Tiger Comedy faculty member and known crusher Syd Campbell, and all spots in them (as well as spots in other classes) will be available free of charge.

Improv for Teens – Starting in September, our own Devin Mackenzie will be leading (at least!) one intro to improv class for 14 to 18 year olds. Yes, we are very thrilled but we are even more thrilled for the teen you might know – let em know! This course is offered through an exciting new collaboration between the Jewish Community Centre and Blind Tiger Comedy.

Now that’s a good way to spend your fall!

If you have any questions, you can always grab answers by emailing classes@blindtigercomedy.ca

IMPROV COMEDY CLASSES*

Intro 1

Thursdays, August 18 – September 22, Masks Optional

Tuesdays, September 6 – October 4, Masks Optional

Sundays, October 2 – November 6, Masks Optional

Thursdays, October 6 – November 3, Masks Optional 

Sundays, October 16 – December 18, Masks Optional

Sundays, October 23 – December 11, Masks Optional – exclusively for folks who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or as people of colour

Saturdays, October 29 – December 17, Masks Optional 

Tuesdays, November 8 – December 6, Masks Optional – exclusively for folks who identify as trans, non-binary and/or gender non-conforming

Monday to Friday, November 21 – 25, Masks Optional

Intro 2

Mondays, August 29 – October 3, Masks Optional

Mondays, September 12 – October 10, Masks Optional

Saturdays, September 24 – November 5, Masks Optional 

Sundays, October 2 – November 27, Masks Optional

Tuesdays, October 11 – November 8, Masks Optional 

Mondays, October 17 – November 14, Masks Optional 

Advanced Scenes 1

Mondays, September 19 – November 7, Masks Optional 

Saturdays, September 24 – November 5, Masks Optional 

Advanced Scenes 2 

Sundays, August 7 – September 11, Masks Optional – SOLD OUT

Sundays, August 14 – September 18, Masks Optional

Thursdays, October 6 – November 3, Masks Optional 

Long Form 1

Sundays, October 2 – November 27, Masks Optional 

Long Form 2

Saturdays, October 29 – December 17, Masks Optional 

Long Form 3

Sundays, October 23 – December 18, Masks Optional 

Long Form 4

Sundays, October 23 – December 18, Masks Optional 

IMPROV FOR AUTISTIC FOLKS*

Intro to Improv for Autistic Adults – Tuesdays, October 11 – November 29, Masks Optional

Intro to Improv for Autistic Teens – Mondays, October 24 – December 19, Masks Optional 

IMPROV FOR TEENS*

A Very Good Improv Class for Teens

Thursdays, September 22 – November 10, Masks Optional 

STAND UP COMEDY CLASSES

Stand Up 1

Mondays, August 15 – October 3, Masks Optional SOLD OUT

Mondays, October 17 – December 5, Masks Optional 

Saturdays, October 29 – December 17, Masks Optional 

Stand Up 2

Sundays, September 25 – November 13, Masks Optional 

SKETCH COMEDY CLASSES*

Sketch 1

Tuesdays, October 11 – November 29, Masks Optional 

Sundays, November 6 – December 18, Masks Optional – exclusively for folks who identify as trans, non-binary and/or non-gender conforming

Sketch 2

Sundays, October 2 – November 27, Masks Optional

Sketch 3

Sundays, October 2 – November 27, Masks Optional

ELECTIVES & BLOC TEAMS*

Improv for Sketch Writing with Allie & Kerri – Saturday, August 6, Masks Optional – SOLD OUT

Scene Study with Caitlin Howden – Mondays, November 7-28

LGBTQprov with Syd Campbell – Sundays, November 20 – December 18

Bloc Teams! – Build your own team and start anytime! Organize a bloc team for summer 2022 and be a part of our annual Bloc Tiger Comedy Fest, August 23 and 24, 2022!

*Three more things!

Scholarships are available for every class and level!

Refunds & Cancellations – a 100% refund is available up to two weeks before your class begins. Within two weeks of the class start, registration is non-refundable.

Gift Cards – give the gift of comedy anytime, anywhere, any class!

About Our 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! as well as the rest of our stacked faculty, and find your voice in one or all of our long form, sketch, or stand up streams.

Our classes prioritize performance opportunities, and senior students may be invited to participate in one of our 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. If you have questions, we reply within 48 hours on weekdays. Just email classes@blindtigercomedy.ca.

Ongoing COVID-19 Safety Policy
Our classes will be hosted with COVID protocols in place, and with an equal focus on laughs and safety. 

Repeats Policy

At Blind Tiger, we’re big on making you get the key learning objectives of each level under your fingers before you move on to more challenging levels that may be frustrating if you get to them before you’re comfortable with earlier levels. Each course has explicit goals that our teachers lay out on the first day, and regular feedback including one on one feedback on or shortly after the last day of class. If a student has not consistently demonstrated the skills of that course in the subjective determination of that teacher, a student may be asked to repeat that course.

Here’s the good news: if you are asked to repeat a class, that class is 50% off.  We offer this discount to emphasize something very important to us: we want you to learn! Moving too quickly makes for a frustrated, unhappy improvisor which in turn makes it tough to learn and have fun. Also note – repeats are common and students can reasonably expect to be asked to repeat at least one course if not several as they move through our training from Intro through Long Form. Since implementing this policy several years ago, we have noticed a dramatic improvement in the quality of our students in all of the Intro, Long Form and Sketch streams, so trust us: this policy is truly in your best interest.

Attendance Policy

All students are expected to attend their class times. If students miss classes for any reason, that impedes their learning and teachers may ask a student to repeat a class if they miss more than two classes out of an eight-week course, or more than one class of a five-week intensive. Students asked to repeat on the basis of attendance are not eligible for 50% off when they retake that level. Again, this policy is here to help everyone learn, and to build the best class environments possible!

Refunds / Cancellation Policy

All classes are subject to our two week refunds/cancellation policy. Refunds are available in full until two weeks before class starts, at which time they are non-refundable. This is to make it possible for us to support our teachers and venues and cover the respective cancellation costs passed on to us by the (wonderful!) venues we work with.

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Intro Series
Long Form Improv
Sketch Comedy
Bloc Teams
Drop-Ins & Electives

Intro to Improv Series

INTRO 1 – Welcome to Improv

5-8 weeks. One show. $395.

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

In this course you’ll be guided confidently into the incredible world of improv. You’ll learn what makes it fun to do and fun to watch. You’ll learn how to be funny without trying to be funny. You’ll build the skills to have fun doing improv scenes, even if that feels scary to read. Your teacher will be a professional, working comedian who is also a seasoned, hilarious teacher.

Heck, you’re going to have a great time. By the time you’re finished with Intro 1, your final showcase will be a breezy walk in a wild fun park.

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

FIVE WEEKS

Thursdays, 6:00-9:30pm PST
August 18 – September 22*
*no class September 1

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Kerri Donaldson

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This class will open for registration on Wednesday, May 18th at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Tuesdays, 6:00-9:30pm PST
September 6 – October 4

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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This class will open for registration on Wednesday, May 18th at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Sundays, 2:45-6:15pm PST
October 2 – November 6*
*no class October 9

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Kerri Donaldson

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Thursdays, 6:00-9:30pm PST
October 6 – November 3

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Ronald Dario

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

EIGHT WEEKS

Sundays, 12:45-3:15pm PST
October 16 – December 18*
*no class November 13 or December 11

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

EIGHT WEEKS – Exclusively for people who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or as people of colour

Sundays, 10:00am – 12:30pm PST
October 23 – December 11

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret

Instructor: Ese Atawo

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

EIGHT WEEKS 

Saturdays, 3:30-6:00pm PST
October 29 – December 17

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Ronald Dario

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

FIVE WEEKS – Exclusively for people who identify as trans, non-binary and/or gender non-conforming

Tuesdays, 6:00-9:30pm PST
November 8 – December 6

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Syd Campbell

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

ONE WEEK

Monday to Friday, 1:00-4:30pm PST
November 21 – 25

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Syd Campbell

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

INTRO 2 – Let’s Make This Interesting

5-8 weeks. Two shows. $395.

“I think for anyone 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

FIVE WEEKS

Mondays, 6:00-9:30pm PST
August 29 – October 3*
*no class September 5

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Ronald Dario

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This class will open for registration on Wednesday, May 18th at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Mondays, 6:00-9:30pm PST
September 12 – October 10

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Ronald Dario

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This class will open for registration on Wednesday, May 18th at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Saturdays, 2:30-6:00pm PST
September 24 – November 5*
*no class October 8 and 15

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Devin Mackenzie

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

EIGHT WEEKS

Sundays, 7:15-9:45pm PST
October 2 – November 27*
*no class November 13

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret

Instructor: Amy Shostak

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Tuesdays, 6:30-10:00pm PST
October 11 – November 8

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Tom Hill

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Mondays, 6:30-10:00pm PST
October 17 – November 14

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Taz VanRassel

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

ADVANCED SCENES 1 (formerly Intro 3) – Don’t Let the Game Play You

Five or eight weeks. Two shows. $395.

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

This course pushes your improv into the higher levels of scene work. You will become more comfortable with characters outside yourself, filled with hilarious details and emotion, and begin to work on the wild and delicious world of game. You will learn to host your own shows, tackle all kinds of scenes, and become more confident playing with more improvisors at the same time. In short, this course loads the tool belt and begins to help you wield those tools in a way that will make you feel like you’re good with tools.

Pre-requisite: Intro 2

EIGHT WEEKS

Mondays, 7:00-9:30pm PST
September 19 – November 7

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Saturdays, 10:00am-1:30pm PST
September 24 – November 5*
*no class October 8 and October 15th

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Devin Mackenzie

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

Advanced Scenes 2 (formerly Intro 4) – The Scene

Five or eight weeks. Two shows. $395.

“There’s something really freeing about improv: it’s collective, creative, in-the-moment. ” – TATIANA MASLANY

This course seeks to solidify you as a well-rounded, knowledgeable performer, focusing particularly on your group game and group scene skills. You will become comfortable with any suggestion, character choice, or scene style, and can adapt on the fly to the needs of a particular scene. This class also features a significant diagnostic element, where your instructor will identify the areas of scene work you need to improve and help you get there. 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 or show you commit to.

Pre-requisite: Advanced Scenes 1/ Intro 3

FIVE WEEKS

Sundays, 2:30-6:00pm PST
August 7 – September 11*
*No classes August 28

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Kerri Donaldson

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This class will open for registration on Wednesday, May 18th at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Sundays, 2:30-6:00pm PST
August 14 – September 18*
*No class September 4

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret

Instructor: Ronald Dario

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FIVE WEEKS

Thursdays, 6:00-9:30pm PST
October 6 – November 3

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Dusty Flowerpot

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

LONG FORM 1 – The Basic Harold

Eight weeks. Three shows. $395.

“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: Advanced Scenes 2 / Intro 4

EIGHT WEEKS

Sundays, 3:45-6:15pm PST
October 2 – November 27*
*no class November 13

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

LONG FORM 2 – Harold and his many friends

Eight weeks. Three shows. $395.

“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, Cut To and the Armando.

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

EIGHT WEEKS

Saturdays, 3:30-6:00pm PST
October 29 – December 17

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret

Instructor: Taz VanRassel

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

LONG FORM 3 – The Organic Harold

Eight weeks. Three shows. $395.

“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. Hone your ability to commit to structures, games, and patterns that emerge from the suggestion and the scene work, without any preconceived plan. 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 and a working confidence with the organic Harold.

Pre-requisite: Long Form 2

EIGHT WEEKS

Sundays, 4:15-6:45pm PST
October 23 – December 18*
*no class December 11

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Ronald Dario

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

LONG FORM 4 – Mono Scene

8 weeks. 3 shows. $395.

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

The mono scene is one of the coolest, simplest, and most difficult long forms: one scene that lasts 15, 20, even 60 minutes. In this class you will explore the skills needed to get the best out of this format – patience, detail, strong committed characters and a willingness to continue developing new ideas late in a scene. You will work on connecting closely as an ensemble, and will be directed to challenge yourself as an improvisor in this our last class of the improv program.

Pre-requisite: Long Form 3

EIGHT WEEKS

Sundays, 7:00-9:30pm PST
October 23 – December 18*
*no class December 11

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Tom Hill

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

Improv for Autistic Folks

We are thrilled to offer improv classes for autistic folks! We have been collaborating and training with the wonderful people at Canucks Autism Network are very excited to offer equivalents to our Intro 1 class for autistic teens and adults respectively starting fall 2022!

This is a pilot program we hope to continue with Intro 2 and higher levels in the semesters to come. We welcome feedback on this and all our programming via classes@blindtigercomedy.ca!

INTRO TO IMPROV FOR AUTISTIC ADULTS 

Eight weeks. One show. $0.

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

In this course you will learn the basics skills you need to create improvised comedy. You will learn how to start a scene and the importance of listening to your scene partners. You’ll also get practice playing characters and having fun in the made up worlds they exist in. You’ll also have a great, great time.

After eight weeks of class time, you and your classmates will perform at a Blind Tiger Comedy show! This may sound scary now, but trust us by the time you get there you’ll be ready to rock!

This intro to improv class is designed for Autistic adults. It is best suited to participants who like to learn and engage in a group setting and who can remain on task with limited support. Participants must be able to use the bathroom independently. This class is offered as part of an exciting partnership between Blind Tiger Comedy and Canucks Autism Network (CAN), and CAN support workers will be on hand for each class.

Pre-requisite: none!

EIGHT WEEKS

Tuesdays, 5:00-7:00pm PST
October 11 – November 29

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Carousel Studio B

Instructor: Devin Mackenzie

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

INTRO TO IMPROV FOR AUTISTIC TEENS 

Eight weeks. One show. $0.

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

In this course you will learn the basics skills you need to create improvised comedy. You will learn how to start a scene and the importance of listening to your scene partners. You’ll also get practice playing characters and having fun in the made up worlds they exist in. You’ll also have a great, great time.

After eight weeks of class time, you and your classmates will perform at a Blind Tiger Comedy show! This may sound scary now, but trust us by the time you get there you’ll be ready to rock!

This intro to improv class is designed for Autistic teens ages 13-18. It is best suited to participants who like to learn and engage in a group setting and who can remain on task with limited support. Participants must be able to use the bathroom independently. This class is offered as part of an exciting partnership between Blind Tiger Comedy and Canucks Autism Network (CAN), and CAN support workers will be on hand for each class.

Pre-requisite: none!

EIGHT WEEKS

Mondays, 4:00-6:00pm PST
October 24 – December 19*
*no class November 14

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Carousel Studio B

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

Improv for Teens

Our teen program is back! We have partnered with the fine folks at the Jewish Community Centre to offer an equivalent course to our Intro 1 class just for teens! This is a pilot program we hope to continue in the semesters to come. We welcome feedback on this and all our programming via classes@blindtigercomedy.ca!

INTRO TO IMPROV FOR TEENS

Eight weeks. One show. $400.

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

In this course for students between the ages of 14 and 18, you will learn the basics to dive confidently into the world of improv. You’ll learn what makes it fun to do, and fun to watch. You’ll learn how to be funny without trying to be funny. Your teacher will be a professional comedian who is also a seasoned, hilarious teacher.

Heck you’re going to have a great time. By the time you hit the stage, your final showcase will be a breezy walk in a wild fun park. 

This course is offered through an exciting new collaboration between the Jewish Community Centre (JCC) and Blind Tiger Comedy (BTC). Weekly class time will take place at the Jewish Community Centre and culminate in a glorious comedy show at China Cloud Studios hosted by (and featuring!) Blind Tiger Comedy’s world-class faculty. Students do not need to identify as Jewish to participate, all are welcome!

Registration and administration will be handled by the JCC and students will be subject to the conduct policies upheld by BTC. As part of a commitment to make comedy accessible for as many folks as possible, at least two scholarship spots will be made available through BTC’s Diversity and Inclusion and Financial Aid Scholarships (apply here). 

Pre-requisite: none!

EIGHT WEEKS

Thursdays, 3:45-5:45pm PST
September 22 – November 10
Show: Wednesday, November 9, 6pm

Location: Jewish Community Centre

Instructor: Devin Mackenzie

Registration for this course is through the Jewish Community Centre.

Sketch Comedy

We are extremely proud of sketch comedy curriculums, which were developed by Blind Tiger Comedy founders Devin Mackenzie, Caitlin Howden and Tom Hill. Each class focuses on a distinct set of skills that support your development as a comedy writer, and all centre on the notion of honing your ability to identify, refine and celebrate what you personally find funny.

SKETCH 1 – The Seed

Eight weeks. Two shows. $395.

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

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.

Pre-requisite: Intro 2 or equivalent experience. We know some folks will be joining us from outside of Blind Tiger or Vancouver for this class, so think of this pre-req as “moderate writing or comedy performance experience.” Email classes@blindtigercomedy.ca to tell us more, and try us!

EIGHT WEEKS

Tuesdays, 7:45-10:15pm PST
October 11 – November 29

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Devin Mackenzie

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

Sketch 2 – Full Metal Sketch

Eight weeks. Two shows. $395.

“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. Develop the ability to find the best characters for a given premise, and to highlight distinct voices within your scripts. Become skilled at producing material and not be afraid of the blank page.

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.

EIGHT WEEKS

Sundays, 11:15am – 1:45pm PST
October 2 – November 27*
*no class October 9

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Kerri Donaldson

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

Sketch 3 – Versatility

Eight weeks. Two shows. $395.

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

This course will expand your range as a sketch writer. You and your classmates will study and try a wide range of sketch types including audience manipulation, solo, and patience sketches. Every week you will immerse yourself in a different style, and come out wiser, funnier, and more versatile.

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

EIGHT WEEKS

Sundays, 11:15am – 1:45pm PST
October 2 – November 27*
*no class October 9

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Kerri Donaldson

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

Sketch 4 – Senior Project

Ten weeks. One big show and several trials. $470.

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

In this class, you will lead the creation of a 15-25 minute live 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.

Previous Sketch 4 final showcases have been haunted walking tours, full-scale weddings and restaurants, calamatus one-person shows and barn-burner audience participation experiments. Sketch 4 graduates have gone on to sold out Fringe runs, Second City Touring Co, and several have become Blind Tiger faculty!

Some notes:

  • 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.
  • This class is rarely offered! If you’re on the fence, hop off and have a very cool experience!
  • If you have questions about this class, don’t be a stranger! Email Artistic Director Tom Hill (tom [at] blindtigercomedy.ca), he’ll do his best to offer clarity/hype

Pre-requisite: Sketch 3

10-WEEKS

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

Stand Up Comedy Classes

We are proud to offer stand up comedy classes to all levels of students. Our program approaches stand up comedy focused on what makes you laugh, while also seeking to train comedians who recognize, celebrate and respect the many voices that have been underrepresented on stand up stages for many years.

STAND UP 1 – Welcome to Stand Up

Eight weeks. One show. $395.

This course is an entry level class focused on learning the basics of comedy writing to help you dive confidently into the world of stand up comedy. You will learn the tools to help you crush your first stand up set, learning joke writing structures, comedy writing practices, building that stage confidence, exploring your comedic voice and learning the ins and the outs of the trade. This is the class for you, if you just want to step out of your comfort and try stand up with us!

At the end of Stand Up 1, you will be all geared up for Stand Up 2 where you will learn to develop stronger punchlines, learn how to transition into each joke, honing your comedic voice and give you the tools to help you to do a booked show.

Pre-requisite: none!

EIGHT WEEKS

Mondays, 7:30-10:00pm PST
August 15 – October 3

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Sasha Mark

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This class will open for registration on Wednesday, June 29th at high noon PST.

EIGHT WEEKS

Mondays, 7:30-10:00pm PST
October 17 – December 5

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Sasha Mark

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

EIGHT WEEKS

Saturdays, 12:30-3:00pm PST
October 29 – December 17

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Sasha Mark

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

STAND UP 2 – Game, Set, Match

Eight weeks. One show. $395.

This course is all about punching up your jokes and developing stronger comedic choices to deliver a class act stand up set. You will learn the techniques to take your comedy to the next level, working with more advanced joke writing structures/setups, the importance of body and stage movement, and developing that sweet sweet comedic voice of yours. 

This class will prepare you for Stand Up 3, where you will push your writing and performance capabilities to the maximum. In this class you will explore many different aspects of writing comedy while also exploring the potential of your comedic voice.

Pre-requisite: Stand Up 1 or equivalent experience in another stand up comedy class.

Sundays, 6:30-9:00pm PST
September 25 – November 13

Masks: Optional – see our COVID-19 Safety Plan for full details.

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Sasha Mark

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This class will open for registration on Wednesday, June 29th at high noon PST.

STAND UP 3 – Comedy Workout

Eight weeks. Two shows. $395.

This course is all about pushing your comedic voice and getting into the grind of developing new comedy content every class. The content of this course is designed to challenge and develop your comedic writing chops, exploring and playing with comedic formats and different styles of joke telling. The emphasis of this class is getting students to develop a brand new set every week and pushing the set to its limit.

Pre-requisite: Stand Up 2.

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

Comedy 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.

Improv for Sketch with Brunch Comedy

One class. $55.

At Blind Tiger Comedy, our core curriculums approach sketch comedy as something you create based on your own sense of what you find funny. But that is not the only great way to go about it! Small, struggling companies like Second City get to written comedy by improvising with other comedians and writing it down later.

It so happens we have a world-class sketch duo on faculty (hellllooooo Brunch!) who have all the tools and experience developing sketches this way (and then touring them all over the continent, nbd) to give you a great intro to this approach. Come learn how to generate premises and create sketches out of improv. This 3-hour workshop is ideal for writing groups, duos or individuals looking to expand their writing skills with the power of improv. You’ll look at getting the ideas out through improv, heightening these ideas and exploring them with improv techniques to see if it can be made into a sketch.

Bring a paper, pen and your writing partner (if you have one!)

Pre-requisite: Intro 2

Saturday, August 6
3:00-6:00pm PST

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Allie Entwistle & Kerri Donaldson a.k.a. Brunch Comedy

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This class will open for registration on Wednesday, May 18th at high noon PST.

Scene Study with Caitlin Howden

Four classes. 10 hours. $195.

Scene Study is the ultimate class for improvisers looking to take the next step in their comedy. In this workshop you do scenes and get feedback. We keep it light, we keep it fun, we keep it scenes and we keep it feedback. The goal is to identify a skill, a block, and/or an opportunity for each improviser, and then to create opportunities and approaches to rep it out. Each scene study class has a theme, and this one is showing off your scene partner. 

This class is open to anyone who has completed Intro 1 or higher. Playing with different levels is part of the opportunity we get in a scene study class, let’s enjoy it! 

Mondays, 4:45-7:15pm PST
November 7 – 28

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Caitlin Howden

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

LGBTQ+prov with Syd Campbell

Four classes. 10 hours. $195.

LGBTQ+prov is born of queer and trans instructor Syd Campbell’s desire to teach a class they always wished they could take. Using comedy we will explore performing queer narratives in fun and hilarious ways, opposing the idea that our queerness is an inherently painful part of ourselves. This workshop will play with gender performance, confidence, vulnerability, taking up space, and bringing joy into our queer bodies.

This class is open to anyone who has completed Intro 1 or higher. 

Sundays, 4:00-6:30pm PST
November 20 – December 18*

*no class December 11

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Syd Campbell

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This class will open for registration on Monday, August 8th at 9am PST.

Free Classes

Join us for our FREE improv classes!

The workshop will consist of some easy, fun, accessible intro games and maybe even a few scene-lets that will give you a taste of the joy, confidence, and thrill that improv can offer. Have no fear, this class will make you feel welcome, no experience necessary!

This 75-minute workshop will be led by one of our amazing Blind Tiger Faculty.

*You must be at least 18 years old to attend this class

*1 ticket per person (per evening) please!

This 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 work:

  • 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.
  • Rehearse & Perform– Your coach will build your team a rehearsal schedule customized to your strengths, weaknesses, and goals. Each group will get one or two showcases (depending on if you run four or eight weeks) in the Blind Tiger Comedy show schedule.
  • Cost – Depends on class length and schedule, but you can generally imagine around $750 per four weeks at two hours a week, or $1400 for eight. Includes four custom workshops and one show for every four weeks that you are working. If you provide your own venue, these prices are lower!
  • Submit – Use our Bloc Team application form and give us a sense of your group, your schedule, your preferred coach and what you think you want to do. Notes:
    • Registration for Bloc Teams is ongoing, submit anytime.
    • Note: Bloc Teams are confirmed once we have received payment from you for that group.
    • Once Bloc Team schedules are agreed upon, we are unable to be flexible on changes to your group’s schedule. Measure twice, cut once!
  • Then – we’ll review all your info, and get back to you within a couple business days!

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

Bloc Tiger Comedy Fest

The second annual Bloc Tiger Comedy Fest is returning and we are hyped. This celebration of brilliant independent comedy teams is a huge highlight in our world, and 2022’s festival is going to be bigger and more glamourous than ever. All Bloc Teams that are featured in the festival will enjoy:

  • A festival showcase slot (20-ish minutes)
  • Spots for every member of your team in the jam shows (one per night)
  • Custom feedback for your team from a Blind Tiger Comedy faculty member
  • A simple video recording of your set
  • An after partyyyyyy

BTCF is designed to feed directly into our bloc team program (explained above!). Simply submit a bloc team application by June 1 (for eight weeks of training) or July 1 (for four weeks of training) and you will be a full participants in the festival. For teams wishing to participate in the festival only, with feedback from a coach on their showcase, you may apply by July 15 for Just The Fest and pay $150 per group for full participation in the festival.

Already a team and don’t need a ton of coaching? You are also welcome to apply to be in BTCF without doing a full run of bloc team training – you can simply do the showcase, hit the jams and grab some direct feedback on your set. Sometimes that’s all ya need, you know?

We’re so excited about the return of this festival! 2021’s was a huge highlight, this one will be too. Submit your application now and get at us with questions via classes@blindtigercomedy.ca!

Buy a gift card from us!

Looking to help someone take the plunge into the best decision they’ve ever made? We’ve found gift cards really help with that.
Our gift cards are set up through Gift Up! so that you can easily buy them right here on the site! It’s ridiculous how easy it is, really. Instructions for how to redeem this value are below (spoiler: it’s also really easy). If you or they need any help with gift cards we’re here to help! Get at us via classes@blindtigercomedy.ca


How to Redeem a Blind Tiger Comedy Gift Card
1 – Check out www.blindtigercomedy.ca/classes (that’s this one!) and pick the upcoming class that’s for you
2 – Click the Register Now link or head right to our Eventbrite Page to pick a class
3 – When you get to the Tickets page, click “Enter Promo Code” and enter the code on your card (screenshot of this step below). That will automatically discount off the amount of your card!
4 – If there is a difference remaining to pay, you’ll need to pay by credit card to pay the balance.

A reminder! If you or your recipient have questions, get at us via classes@blindtigercomedy.ca we’re always happy to help.