Comedy Classes

Hi! 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. We are committed to delivering outstanding comedy training and making comedy as accessible as possible to folks who are under represented in the Vancouver comedy community. Welcome in!

Behold, our Winter 2023 Comedy Class schedule!

We are thrilled to announce a very exciting slate of classes coming January to March 2023! Registration opens for these classes on Monday, November 21st at high noon PST and all of them are extremely fun. Here are some headlines about them!

All your faves and some new friends – almost every one of our core classes is on this schedule plus some very sweet electives including Improv for Actors with Kevin Vidal, Scene Study with Caitlin Howden and our brand new character tune up class with Syd Campbell, Characters for Days!

Richmond, Surrey, here we come! – dang we are very excited to say starting in 2023 we will be offering classes in Richmond and Surrey. Please introduce us to your friends there, we can’t wait to meet them.

Improv for ADHDThe amazing Kevin Vidal is leading a brand new class for folks living with ADHD this coming semester. Kevin brought this class forward because improv has been such a helpful tool in his life! We are also excited to continue offering classes respectively for autistic folks, folks who identify as trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming, and folks who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or as People of Colour.

The Teen Comedy Creator Camp – we built a spring break comedy program for teens that is literally what we all dreamed of when we were younger. Led by a seasoned teen instructor Allie Entwistle, this will be–and we’re not exaggerating–the best week in history.

All this in addition to our awesome house teams, some amazing Bloc Teams and more. What a winter it will be, come get your laugh on! If you have any questions, you can always grab answers by emailing classes@blindtigercomedy.ca. Otherwise, read on for (a lot of) information about all of our upcoming classes!

IMPROV COMEDY CLASSES*

Intro 1

Mondays in January and February in Richmond!

Sundays in February and March in Surrey!

Sundays, January 8 – February 5

Saturdays, January 14 – March 11

Sundays, January 15 – February 12

Sundays, January 15 – March 12, for students who identify as BIPOC

Mondays, January 16 – February 13

Thursdays, February 16 – March 16 for students who identify as Trans, Non-Binary, and/or Gender Non-Conforming

Weekdays, February 20 – February 24

Intro 2

Thursdays, January 12 – February 9 for students who identify as Trans, Non-Binary, and/or Gender Non-Conforming

Sundays, January 15 – February 12

Mondays, January 16 – February 13

Weekdays, February 27 – March 3

Sundays, March 19 – May 4 for students who identify as BIPOC

Advanced Scenes 1

Thursdays, January 5 – February 2

Sundays, January 15 – February 12

Advanced Scenes 2 

Sundays, January 15 – March 12

Thursdays, February 23 – March 23

Long Form 1

Tuesdays, January 17 – March 7

Long Form 2

Sundays, January 15 – March 12

Long Form 3

Long Form 4

Sundays, January 15 – March 19

IMPROV FOR AUTISTIC FOLKS*

Intro to Improv for Autistic Adults

Tuesdays, January 17 – March 7

Intro to Improv for Autistic Teens

Mondays, January 16 – March 6

IMPROV FOR TEENS*

Teen Comedy Creator Camp

Weekdays, March 13 – 17

STAND UP COMEDY CLASSES

Stand Up 1

Saturdays, January 14 – March 11

Mondays, January 16 – March 13

Stand Up 2

Mondays, January 16 – March 13

SKETCH COMEDY CLASSES*

Sketch 1

Tuesdays, January 17 – March 7

Sketch 2

Thursdays, January 19 – March 16

Sketch 3

Thursdays, January 19 – March 16

ELECTIVES & BLOC TEAMS*

Characters for Days with Syd Campbell – Saturdays, January 14 – February 4

Improv for ADHD with Kevin Vidal – Sundays, January 15 – March 12

Improv for Actors with Kevin Vidal – Tuesdays, January 17 – March 7

LGBTQ+prov with Syd Campbell – Saturdays, February 11 – March 11

Scene Study with Caitlin Howden – Thursdays, March 2 – March 23

Bloc Teams – Build your own team and start anytime! 

Free Classes – Check out our free monthly improv and sketch classes!

*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.

Please note the deadline for registration for our weekend classes is on the Friday, before the class begins, at 4:00pm.

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 & Free Classes

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

Monday Nights in Richmond!

We are excited to announce we will be launching a new Intro 1 class in Richmond on Monday nights in January and February! Final details on the location and timing will be announced by December 1st but in the meantime we wanted to get the word out: Blind Tiger-style make ’em ups will be coming to Richmond Monday nights in January and February!

Mondays, 6:00-9:30pm PST
Exact dates TBD (five weeks)

Instructor: Tom Hill

All details for this class will be announced by Thursday, December 1 at high noon PST!

FIVE WEEKS

Sunday Afternoons in Surrey!

We are excited to announce we will be launching a new Intro 1 class in Surrey on Sunday afternoons in February and March! Final details on the location and timing will be announced by December 1st but in the meantime we wanted to get the word out: Blind Tiger-style make ’em ups will be coming to Surrey Sunday afternoons in February and March!

Sundays, 12:00-3:30pm PST
Exact dates TBD (five weeks)

Instructor: Syd Campbell

All details for this class will be announced by Thursday, December 1 at high noon PST!

FIVE WEEKS

Sundays, 6:00-9:30pm PST
January 8 – February 5

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Amy Shostak

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon PST.

EIGHT WEEKS

Saturdays, 3:00-5:30pm PST
January 14 – March 11*

*No class Feb. 18

Location: Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret

Instructor:  Taz VanRassel

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Sundays, 11:00am-2:30pm PST
January 15 – February 12

Location: Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon PST.

EIGHT WEEKS – for students who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or as People of Colour

Sundays, 11:00am-1:30pm PST
January 15 – March 12*

*No class Feb. 19

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Ese Atawo

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A note about the cost of this class! While the majority of spots in this class are paid, we have made extra scholarship spots available in this class. Please let us know if finances are a barrier to your participation or consider filling out our simple scholarship form.

This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Mondays, 6:30-10:00pm PST
January 16 – February 13

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Syd Campbell

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS – for students who identify as Trans, Non-Binary, and/or Gender Non-Conforming

Thursdays, 6:00-9:30pm PST
February 16 – March 16

Location: Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret

Instructor: Syd Campbell

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A note about the cost of this class! While the majority of spots in this class are paid, we have made extra scholarship spots available in this class. Please let us know if finances are a barrier to your participation or consider filling out our simple scholarship form.

This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon PST.

ONE WEEK

Weekdays, 1:00-4:30pm PST
February 20 – 24

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Devin Mackenzie

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon 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 – for students who identify as Trans, Non-Binary, and/or Gender Non-Conforming

Thursdays, 6:00-9:30pm PST
January 12 – February 9

Location: Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret

Instructor: Syd Campbell

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A note about the cost of this class! While the majority of spots in this class are paid, we have made extra scholarship spots available in this class. Please let us know if finances are a barrier to your participation or consider filling out our simple scholarship form.

This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Sundays, 2:30-6:00pm PST
January 15 – February 12

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Devin Mackenzie

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Mondays, 6:15-9:45pm PST
January 16 – February 13

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Devin Mackenzie

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon PST.

ONE WEEK

Weekdays, 1:00-4:30pm PST
February 27 – March 3

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Syd Campbell

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon PST.

EIGHT WEEKS – for students who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or as People of Colour

Sundays, 11:00am-1:30pm PST
March 19 – May 14*

*No class April 9th

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Ese Atawo

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A note about the cost of this class! While the majority of spots in this class are paid, we have made extra scholarship spots available in this class. Please let us know if finances are a barrier to your participation or consider filling out our simple scholarship form.

This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon 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

FIVE WEEKS

Thursdays, 6:15-9:45pm PST
January 5 – February 2

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Ronald Dario

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Sundays, 6:00-9:30pm PST
January 15 – February 12

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Syd Campbell

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon 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

Mondays, 6:30-10:00pm PST
November 21 – December 19

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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This class is open for registration!

EIGHT WEEKS

Sundays, 3:30-6:00pm PST
January 15 – March 12*

*No class Feb. 19

Location: Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Thursdays, 6:15-9:45pm PST
February 23 – March 23

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Kerri Donaldson

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon 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

EIGHT WEEKS

Tuesdays, 7:30-10:00pm PST
January 17 – March 7

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Syd Campbell

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon 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

Sundays, 6:30-9:00pm PST
January 15 – March 12*

*No class Feb. 19

Location: Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret

Instructor: Ronald Dario

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon 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

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

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
January 15 – March 19*

*No class Feb. 19 and Mar. 5

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Devin Mackenzie

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon 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. $395.

“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.

A note on registering for this class! We know getting signed up for a program like this can be tricky, so here’s what we suggest:

  • Send us an email at classes@blindtigercomedy.ca to let us know you’re interested.
  • We will email you a link to pay for the class, and some forms to fill out.
  • It may be good to have a caregiver support this process.

We are still learning about how best to support folks signing up for classes with us, so we’d be happy to hear about your particular needs when doing registration or in the class itself. Thanks for taking the time to consider joining us!

Pre-requisite: none!

EIGHT WEEKS

Tuesdays, 5:00-7:00pm PST
January 17 – March 7

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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A note about the cost of this class! While the majority of spots in this class are paid, we have made extra scholarship spots available in this class. Please let us know if finances are a barrier to your participation or consider filling out our simple scholarship form.

This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon PST.

INTRO TO IMPROV FOR AUTISTIC TEENS 

Seven weeks. One show. $345.

“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 seven 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.

A note on registering for this class! We know getting signed up for a program like this can be tricky, so here’s what we suggest:

  • Send us an email at classes@blindtigercomedy.ca to let us know you’re interested.
  • We will email you a link to pay for the class, and some forms to fill out.
  • It may be good to have a caregiver support this process.

We are still learning about how best to support folks signing up for classes with us, so we’d be happy to hear about your particular needs when doing registration or in the class itself. Thanks for taking the time to consider joining us!

Pre-requisite: none!

SEVEN WEEKS

Mondays, 4:00-6:00pm PST
January 16 – March 6*
*no class February 20

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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A note about the cost of this class! While the majority of spots in this class are paid, we have made extra scholarship spots available in this class. Please let us know if finances are a barrier to your participation or consider filling out our simple scholarship form.

This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon PST.

Improv for Teens

Our teen program is back! We welcome feedback on this and all our programming via classes@blindtigercomedy.ca!

TEEN COMEDY CREATOR CAMP

One week. One show. $325 for either mornings or afternoons, or $650 for both.

This course, for 13 to 17 year olds, is the comedy boot camp we all wish we’d had when we were growing up. Led by experienced comedian and teen educator Allie Entwistle (Co-Director of Improv Camp, former Brain Boost teacher), this course will offer deep dives into the skills and delights of writing and improvising comedy.

Each morning, the group will learn the skills and techniques of comedy-first improv, moving from the fundamentals to more advanced concepts as the week progresses. After lunch, the group will shift into focusing on comedy writing, building towards a written showcase (think SNL, but funnier) on the camp’s final day. 

Students can participate in either half of this camp (just improv in the mornings, or just comedy writing in the afternoon) if they prefer! 

Students do not need to have comedy experience to take this class, and if those that do have experience will have plenty to enjoy as well. If you have questions or comments about this (or any!) class feel free to reach out to classes@blindtigercomedy.ca – we’ll get right back to you.

ONE WEEK

Monday March 13 – Friday March 17, 2023

Improv Mornings – 9:00am-12pm PST

Comedy Writing Afternoons – 1:00-4:00pm PST

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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A note about the cost of this class! While the majority of spots in this class are paid, we have made extra scholarship spots available in this class. Please let us know if finances are a barrier to your participation or consider filling out our simple scholarship form.

This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon PST.

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

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, 7:30-10:00pm PST
January 17 – March 7*

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Devin Mackenzie

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon 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.

This class is a elementary school-style split grade class, meaning the Sketch 2s and Sketch 3s work with the same teacher and perform together in their showcases. The two classes have distinct learning objectives and topics each week, and your teacher will approach noting each group’s sketches distinctly. Meanwhile, the whole class will operate as one cohesive writing room. Plus, everyone takes recess at the same time.

Pre-requisite: Sketch 1

EIGHT WEEKS

Thursdays, 7:30-10:00pm PST
January 19 – March 16*

*No class February 16

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon 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.

This class is a elementary school-style split grade class, meaning the Sketch 2s and Sketch 3s work with the same teacher and perform together in their showcases. The two classes have distinct learning objectives and topics each week, and your teacher will approach noting each group’s sketches distinctly. Meanwhile, the whole class will operate as one cohesive writing room. Plus, everyone takes recess at the same time.

Pre-requisite: Sketch 2

EIGHT WEEKS

Thursdays, 7:30-10:00pm PST
January 19 – March 16*

*No class February 16

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon 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

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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

Saturdays, 12:30-3:00pm PST
January 14 – March 11*

*No class February 18

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Sasha Mark

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon PST.

EIGHT WEEKS

Mondays, 4:30-7:00pm PST
January 16 – March 13*

*No class Feb. 20

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Sasha Mark

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon 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.

EIGHT WEEKS

Mondays, 7:30-10:00pm PST
January 16 – March 13*

*No class Feb. 20

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Sasha Mark

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 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.

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. 

Saturdays, 3:30-6:00pm PST
February 11 – March 11*
*no class February 18

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Syd Campbell

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon PST.

Characters for Days with Syd Campbell

Four classes. 10 hours. $195.

Characters are a big deal. They ignite great scenes, they kick off games, and above all they are fun as hell to play. In this workshop, known character Syd Campbell will lead you into the coolest ways to approach characters and practice embodied presence on stage. 

Syd will offer a diagnostic of your go-to character choices and you’ll leave this workshop having expanded your character Rolodex to the point that it is no longer feasible to house your characters in a Rolodex. Plus, you and your classmates will rock an awesome show at the end. 

Pre-requisites: Intro 2 or equivalent experience.

Saturdays, 3:30-6:00pm PST
January 14 – February 4

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Syd Campbell

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon PST.

Improv for ADHD with Kevin Vidal

Eight classes. 20 hours. $345.

This class is a place where folks with ADHD can dive into improv with teacher and comedian Kevin Vidal (who also happens to live with ADHD). Students will learn all the joyous fundamentals of doing improv and have a great time doing it. You will explore improv exercises that foster creativity, focus and laughs while trying digging into the most fun parts of the Blind Tiger Comedy improv curriculums.

This is our first time running Improv for ADHD and so in this class you can expect some experimentation and to have some extra input in how the class is run. The class may make more space to slow things down, or reflect on what’s working for folks, and everyone will decide for themselves whether they want to do an end-of-class show. 

This class is for students who identify as living with ADHD with any amount of experience (including brand new beginners!). As always, we welcome your feedback on this or any other programming before, during, and after this class!

Sundays, 7:30-10:00pm PST
January 15 – March 12*

*no class February 19

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Kevin Vidal

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon PST.

Improv for Actors with Kevin Vidal

Eight classes. 20 hours. $395.

Improv is an essential spice in the recipe that is acting. In this intro to improv class designed explicitly for actors, Blind Tiger Comedy faculty member Kevin Vidal (Strays, Working Moms) will lead you and other like-minded actors into the skills and techniques that make improv great. 

You will work on the particular concepts and approaches that make improv work on stage, and discuss the application of those skills to scripted work of all kinds (though you won’t be working with scripts in this class). You will learn to be comfortable with the unexpected, to thrive in the discovered moments in a scene, and to listen and play with your scene partner with ease and joy.

After eight weeks of very fun work you and your fellow thespians will take the stage in a glorious, hilarious show, and the course will conclude with one-on-one feedback from Kevin. 

Pre-reqs: this class is explicitly for actors who have trained outside of Blind Tiger, but no improv experience is required.

Tuesdays, 4:45-7:15pm PST
January 17 – March 7

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Kevin Vidal

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 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! 

Thursdays, 4:45-7:15pm PST
March 2 – March 23

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Caitlin Howden

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This class will open for registration on Monday November 21 at high noon PST.

Free Classes

Join us for our FREE comedy classes!

The Free Improv Class with Tom Hill

One class. 75 minutes. FREE.

This workshop will consist of some easy, fun, accessible intro games and maybe even a few scenes that will give you a taste of the joy, confidence, and thrill that improv can offer. Maybe you’re interested in trying a full class and just want to “taste a sip” first – this is that! Have no fear, this class will make you feel welcome.

No experience necessary! Must be at least 18 years old.

This workshop will be led by the amazing improviser and comedian, Tom Hill!

Monday, January 9, 6:15 – 7:30pm PST
AND
Monday, January 9, 8:00-9:15pm PST

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Tom Hill

This class will open for registration on Wednesday, December 28 at high noon PST.

Trans and Non-Binary Jam

One Jam. 2 hours. FREE.

Blind Tiger is hosting a free improv jam for students who identify as Trans and Nonbinary led by the wonderfully talented Syd Campbell. It’ll be two hours of sweet loose scenes, games, and meeting some very cool people. 

Everyone is welcome: Blind Tiger students, non-Blind Tiger students, and people who have improvised a lot or a little or not at all. We’ll be improvising, getting to know one another, chatting about comedy, and just generally connecting and having a great time in a safe and fun environment. Snacks provided, come on down!

Please note this drop-in improv jam is reserved for Trans and Non-binary folks. If you plan to join, please reserve a ticket through Eventbrite, but even if you don’t have a ticket, feel free to drop in. All in attendance will be required to show proof of vaccination and this jam will be subject to our Masks Optional COVID-19 Safety Plan. 

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

The Free Sketch Class with Devin Mackenzie

One class. 2.5 hours. FREE.

Have you always been curious about sketch comedy but never had an opportunity to try it? Well this is the approachable one-class crash course for you. It will include easy, fun, introductory sketch writing exercises, a look at some of the concepts that we think make great sketch writers hilarious, and a chance to try some writing of your own. Beginners welcome, this class is a perfect place to start in the amazing world of sketch!

This workshop will be led by the amazing improviser and comedian, Devin Mackenzie!

Must be at least 18 years old.

Tuesday, 7:00 – 9:30pm PST
January 10

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Devin Mackenzie

This class will open for registration on Wednesday, December 28 at high noon PST.

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 $1500 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

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.