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.

OUR NEWEST NEWS

Summer is coming, friends! We are very excited to announce a very special slate of summer classes that will pair beautifully with your tan, your camping trip, and your zest for making crowds laugh. These classes feature a sweet swath of core classes running June to September as well as three very special programs:

Bloc Team Summer – It’s the Bloc Team Summer, y’all! This June to August, we have set up extra capacity and coaches who are here to help you and your favourite fellow students create your own improv teams, work on your own goals, and have a great time on your way to the glamourous Bloc Tiger Comedy Fest, August 23 and 24 at China Cloud Studios.

Our full long form program (as well as our vaunted House Team program!) will be back this fall and with Vancouver’s independent comedy community bouncing back wonderfully we wanted to make space for as many independent teams as possible to showcase, get notes, and get a festival credit. Read way more about the Bloc Team program!

Stand Up Comedy! – Our first core stand up program is here and dang, it’s great! Led by outstanding stand up comedian Sasha Mark, this program features Stand Up 1, 2 and 3 and has been built with the same careful curriculum design that defines our improv and sketch programs. This program makes space for different voices and focuses (as our sketch program does) on what you find funny.

Why did we wait this long to offer core stand up classes? Because we wanted it to be exceptional. We’re there! Come live your stand up dreams! See all the class level descriptions and hop into our stand up comedy classes.

Electives You Can Level Up With As if that weren’t already a very exciting lineup of classes, we have also returned to a cherished tradition at Blind Tiger: a summer filled with skill-focused electives by our world-class faculty.

Whether it’s a class focused on making your long form characters last (The Isle of Dr. Beil with Ryan), a juicy look at how to crush the endings your scenes (This is the End with Amy), or a diagnostic class focused on addressing the specific challenge you’re having in your improv (Scene Study with Tom), these classes are targeted, precise, and historically? Popular. Meet all of this summer’s electives!

So here we come, summer 2022! Let’s have the best time.

OUR COVID SAFETY PLAN: All students and faculty are required to read and sign off on our updated COVID-19 Safety Plan before their classes begin. Vaccine Passports will still be checked for all classes, even after the provincial requirement expires.

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

COMEDY CLASSES

Intro 1

Mondays, July 4 – August 8, Masks Optional

Sundays, July 10 – August 21, Masks Optional

Tuesdays, July 19 – August 23, DIGITAL

Saturdays, July 23 – August 20, Masks Optional

Saturdays, July 23 – September 17, Masks ON

Sundays, August 14 – September 18, DIGITAL

Monday to Friday, August 15 – 19, Masks Optional

Intro 2

Sundays, July 10 – August 21, Masks Optional

Mondays, July 11 – August 15, Masks Optional

Thursdays, August 11 – September 15, Masks Optional

Advanced Scenes 1 

Thursdays, July 7 – August 4, Masks Optional

Tuesdays, August 2 – September 6, Masks Optional

Advanced Scenes 2 

Sundays, August 7 – September 11, Masks Optional

Long Form 4

Sundays, July 10 – September 11, Masks Optional 

Looking for more long form classes? For summer 2022, we humbly suggest you consider forming a summer Bloc Team with your favourite folks and showcasing at the second annual Bloc Tiger Comedy Fest, August 23 & 24, 2022!

SKETCH COMEDY CLASSES

Sketch 1

Sundays, July 10 – September 11, Masks Optional 

ELECTIVES & BLOC TEAMS

Scene Study with Tom Hill – Sundays, July 3-31, Masks Optional

Get a Handle on Handles with Taz VanRassel – Saturday, July 2, Masks Optional

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

This is the End with Amy Shostak – Sunday, July 24, Masks Optional

Game Nights with Tom Hill – Tuesdays, August 2-9, Masks Optional

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!

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE – LEARN MORE

NEW: Gift Cards 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, shortform, 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 24 hours on weekdays. Just email classes@blindtigercomedy.ca.

In-Person Comedy Classes
Our in-person classes will be hosted with COVID protocols in place, and with an equal focus on laughs and safety. As of September 27, 2021, all in-person students will require proof of two shots* of COVID-19 vaccination to take an in-person class. Only the Government of BC or Government of Canada’s vaccine cards will be accepted as proof. Proof of vaccination will not be required to take digital classes.

Online Comedy Classes
Made-for-the-internet comedy classes hosted on Zoom and accessible from anywhere with a solid internet connection!

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!

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Drop-Ins & Electives

Intro to Improv Series

IN-PERSON 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 in-person course you will learn the basics you’ll need to dive confidently into the world of improv. You will learn the terminology used in improvisation, how to build the basic scene, what makes a good offer, and what an “offer” is. You’ll get to know the value of playing at the height of your intelligence, and understand the importance of joy in live improv. You’ll also have a great, 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 comfortable being on stage.

FIVE WEEKS

Mondays, 6:00-9:30
July 4 – August 8*
*no class August 1

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

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Amy Shostak

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

FIVE WEEKS

Sundays, 6:00-9:30
July 10 – August 21
*no class July 24 or August 14

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 Wednesday, May 18th at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Saturdays, 2:30-6:00
July 23 – August 20

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

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Kevin Vidal

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

EIGHT WEEKS

Saturdays, 3:30-6:00
July 23 – September 17

Masks: ON – 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 Wednesday, May 18th at high noon PST.

ONE WEEK

Monday to Friday, 1:30-5:00
August 15 – 19

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 Wednesday, May 18th at high noon PST.

DIGITAL INTRO 1 – Welcome to Improv

Eight weeks. One show. $345.

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

In the digital version of this course, you will dive into the fundamentals of improv through online video platform Zoom. We made the choice to offer this class online on purpose: the early stages of improv are all about warming into it and working with one partner at a time. Two things that are especially possible online.

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 comfortable being on stage.

SIX WEEKS

Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00
July 19 – August 23

Location: Zoom!

Instructor: Anders Yates

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

SIX WEEKS

Sundays, 5:00-8:00
August 14 – September 18

Location: Zoom

Instructor: Daphney Joseph

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

IN-PERSON 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

Sundays, 1:30-5:00pm PST
July 10 – August 21
*no classes July 24 or August 14

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 Wednesday, May 18th at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Mondays, 6:00-9:30pm PST
July 11 – August 15*
*no classes July 25

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 Wednesday, May 18th at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Thursdays, 6:00-9:30pm PST
August 11 – September 15*
*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.

DIGITAL INTRO 2 – Let’s Make This Interesting

Eight weeks. Two shows. $345.

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

In the digital version of this course, you will expand your knowledge of the fundamentals of improv through online video platform Zoom. We chose to offer this class online on purpose: the early stages of improv are all about warming into it and working with one partner at a time as you get scenes started and find characters. These are all things that are especially possible online.

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

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

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, 6:00-9:30pm PST
July 7 – August 4

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

Tuesdays, 6:00-9:30pm PST
August 2 – September 6*
*No classes August 30

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 Wednesday, May 18th at high noon PST.

DIGITAL ADVANCED SCENES 1 – Don’t Let the Game Play You

Five or eight weeks. Two shows. $345.

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

In the digital version of this course, you will level up your scene skills, understanding of game and group scenes through online video platform Zoom. 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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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
July 10 – September 11
*no class August 14, September 4

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

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Ronald Dario*
*with guest teacher Tom Hill on August 21st!

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

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 in-person 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!

Sundays, 3:30-6:00pm
July 10 – September 11
*no class August 14, September 4

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

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Ronald Dario*
*with guest teacher Tom Hill on August 21st!

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

DIGITAL SKETCH 1 – The Seed

Eight weeks. Two shows. $345.

This digital 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

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

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

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

DIGITAL SKETCH 2 – Full Metal Sketch

Eight weeks. Two shows. $345.

This digital 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.

Pre-requisite: Sketch 1.

EIGHT WEEKS

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

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

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

DIGITAL SKETCH 3 – Versatility

Eight weeks. Two shows. $345.

This digital 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

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

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!

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

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.

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

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.

Scene Study with Tom Hill

Four classes. 10 hours. $200.

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! 

Sundays, 7:00-9:30pm PST
July 3 – 31*
*no class July 24

Location: Carousel Studios

Instructor: Tom Hill

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

Get a Handle on Handles with Taz VanRassel

One Class. One Show. $60.

In this workshop, you’ll dive deep into the glory of short form games like Shoulda Said, Switch-Change, Forward-Reverse and many more. Beyond just learning how to play them, world-class short form specialist Taz VanRassel will introduce you to how to crush them. Short form improv is a beautiful, hilarious art and in your special class showcase you will demonstrate that art with a tight lineup of your favourite games. Come have a great time.

Pre-requisite: Intro 2

July 2 and 6
Class: Saturday, July 2, 3:00-6:00pm PST
Show: Wednesday, July 6

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Taz VanRassel

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

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.

This is the End with Amy Shostak

One class. $50.

We’re often waiting for someone else to end our improv scenes: our teammates, the director, or the lighting technician. Sometimes we “miss” an ending, and it feels like the scene goes on forever. But here’s a secret: you have the power to end your own scenes! While we spend a lot of time working on the first 30 seconds of a scene, this course is all about the last 30 seconds. Join Amy for a deep dive into scenic beats, endings, and empowering yourself to say “I’m done!”?

Pre-requisite: Intro 1

Sunday, July 24
12:00-2:30pm PST

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Amy Shostak

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

Game Nights with Tom Hill

Two classes. One Show. $115.

Game is maybe the best concept in improv. Take anything, make it fun, make it funny, keep making it funny, stop when you’re ready to find some other fun thing. 

In this class, students will dig into more advanced game concepts, like multi-game, sabotage, commenting and game of the form. We will cook up new approaches to game together, and then prep for a very fun, very game show. 

We deserve this topic, and this class. Let’s have some fun.

Pre-requisite: Intro 2

Tuesdays, 7:00-9:30
August 2 & 9
Show: Wednesday, August 10, 7:00pm (6:15pm call time)

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Tom Hill

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

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!

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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
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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.