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!

JULY TO SEPTEMBER COMEDY CLASSES!

Our summer class schedule is so good. We have Semester 43 comedy classes starting throughout July, August and September and the list is packed with options for folks who are new to comedy, returning to the stage, or taking the next step with our fourth annual Bloc Fest!

All our programs open for registration on Thursday, June 6 at high noon PST! Some highlights include:

  • – Over 20 electives created by our world-class faculty! Electives come in every size and for every level so that you can hop into a few classes that fit your schedule and feed your interests.
  • – Electives include character work for games in Fun Fuel with Tom Hill, relationship-based improv in From Us to You with Kevin Vidal, Sketch Show in a Day with Allie Entwistle, and much much more!
  • Bloc Fest returns in 2024! This fest invites you to assemble a team of pals or join a group to work towards a show of your choice that debuts at a full-on comedy festival in late September!
  • – Classes for Teens and Youth (ages 9-13) this summer and fall!
  • – And of course a big mix of our core classes from Intro 1 to Stand Up 3 to Long Form 4!

This summer truly has it all. Email your buds, send up a flare, become one with your funniest self and let’s have the most fun we possibly can together. As always, questions and feedback welcome to classes@blindtigercomedy.ca!

IMPROV COMEDY CLASSES*

Intro 1

Mondays, July 29 – August 26

Thursdays, August 15 – September 19

Weekdays, August 26 – August 30

Tuesdays, September 3 – October 8

Mondays, September 23 – October 21

Intro 2

Tuesdays, July 16 – August 13

Thursdays, August 22 – September 19

Mondays, September 16 – October 14

Advanced Scenes 1

Advanced Scenes 2 

Thursdays, September 5 – October 3

Long Form 2

Sundays, August 18 – October 6

Long Form 4

Thursdays, July 18 – September 5

IMPROV FOR YOUTH AND TEENS*

Comedy Camp for Ages 9-13

Weekdays, August 6-9

Improv School for Ages 9-13

Thursdays, September 19 – October 24

A Very Good Improv Class for Teens

Tuesdays September 24 – October 29

STAND UP COMEDY CLASSES*

Stand Up 1

Mondays, July 22 – September 16

Sundays, September 8 – October 6

Stand Up 2

Mondays, July 22 – September 16

Saturdays, September 7 – October 5

Stand Up 3

Sundays, August 11 – October 6

SKETCH COMEDY CLASSES*

Sketch 1

Tuesdays, August 6 – September 24

Sketch 2

Sketch 3

Sketch 4

ELECTIVES & BLOC TEAMS*

Intro to Sketch Taster with Ronald Dario – Tuesday, July 16

License to Justify with Kerri Donaldson – Sunday, July 21

From us to you: improvise from relationships with Kevin Vidal – Mondays, August 5 – August 19

The Improviser’s Improviser with Devin Mackenzie – Tuesday, August 6

Intro to Voice Work with Racquel Belmonte – Thursday, August 8

Teen Intro to Voice Work with Racquel Belmonte – Sunday, August 11

Short, Fun, Improv with Taz VanRassel – Tuesdays, August 13 – August 20

Improv for ADHD with Kevin Vidal – Sundays, August 18 – September 15

Solo Sketch with Allie Entwistle – Thursdays, August 29 – September 19

The Long Form Maker Show – Sundays, September 8 – September 22

The Town with Allie Entwistle – Sundays, September 8 – September 22

Fun Fuel with Tom Hill – Tuesdays, September 10 – September 24

Sketch Show in a Day! with Allie Entwistle – Saturday, September 21

The Hustle with Tom Hill – Sunday, September 22

Short, Fun, Improv with Taz VanRassel – Sunday, September 22

Get Out of Your Head: Improvising from Impulse with Amy Shostak – Saturday, September 28

Bloc Teams –  we strongly encourage all students to consider forming their own team and working directly with a coach! Click the link to find out more.

*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 and non-transferrable.

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. 

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 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

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:30pm PST
July 29 – August 26

Location: China Cloud Studios

Show:
This class has one show! While we can’t guarantee show schedules before your class begins, typical Intro 1 shows are on the Wednesday night before their final class.

Instructor: Ronald Dario

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:30pm PST
August 15 – September 19*

*No class on September 12

Location: Carousel Theatre Studios

Show:
This class has one show! While we can’t guarantee show schedules before your class begins, typical Intro 1 shows are on the Wednesday night before their final class.

Instructor: Kerri Donaldson

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

ONE WEEK

Weekdays, 1:00 – 4:30pm PST
August 26 – August 30

Location: 120 Princess

Show:
This class has one show! While we can’t guarantee show schedules before your class begins, typical Intro 1 shows are on the Wednesday night before their final class.

Instructor: Amy Shostak

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:30pm PST
September 3 – October 8*

*No class on October 1

Location: China Cloud Studios

Show:
This class has one show! While we can’t guarantee show schedules before your class begins, typical Intro 1 shows are on the Wednesday night before their final class.

Instructor: Devin Mackenzie

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:30pm PST
September 23 – October 21

Location: 120 Princess

Show:
This class has one show! While we can’t guarantee show schedules before your class begins, typical Intro 1 shows are on the Wednesday night before their final class.

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

INTRO 1 – in Richmond!

5 Weeks. One show. $395.

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

We are excited to announce we will be launching a new Intro 1 class in Richmond on Monday nights in January and February! Hosted at the glorious Ukranian Community Society of Ivan Franko (aka a lovely community hall!) this class will be led by Artistic Director Tom Hill and will feature the Intro 1 introduction to improv curriculum that has been tried and tested in Vancouver classes for years.

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.

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

INTRO 1 – in Surrey!

5 Weeks. One show. $395.

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

We are super excited for the return of our Intro 1 class in Surrey on Sunday nights in January and February! Hosted at the glorious Inspire Arts Academy (aka a very cool arts studio!) this class will be led by the one and only Syd Campbell and will feature the Intro 1 introduction to improv curriculum that has been tried and tested in Vancouver classes for years.

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.

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

IMPROV FOR BEGINNERS

1 Week. One show. $395.

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

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.

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

IMPROV FOR BEGINNERS – West Vancouver with Syd Campbell!

8 Weeks. One show. $400.

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

In this class, you will dive into the core skills of improv and the joy and discovery that improv offers. Led by Blind Tiger Comedy and world-class improviser Syd Campbell (Gender I Hardly Know Them, Treat Show Comedy), this class will touch on techniques like offers, saying yes, playing characters, and following fun.

This class is suitable for folks who are both brand new to improv and those returning to it with some experience under their belts. Your teacher will focus on your particular needs in class, and offer supportive, individualized feedback so that each performer continues to grow and have fun.

Your class will culminate in a glorious comedy showcase at China Cloud Studios which will be very fun even if it doesn’t sound fun now. Laughs guaranteed!

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

IMPROV FOR BEGINNERS IN SURREY!

5 Weeks. One show. $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

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

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

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:30pm PST
July 16 – August 13

Location: China Cloud Studios

Show:
This class has two shows, wow! While we can’t guarantee show schedules before your class starts, typical Intro 2’s have one show on a Wednesday night at the midpoint of their classes and another on the Wednesday night before their final class.

Instructor: Amy Shostak

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:30pm PST
August 22 – September 19

Location: 120 Princess

Show:
This class has two shows, wow! While we can’t guarantee show schedules before your class starts, typical Intro 2’s have one show on a Wednesday night at the midpoint of their classes and another on the Wednesday night before their final class.

Instructor: Ese Atawo

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Mondays, 6:00 – 9:30pm PST
September 16 – October 14

Location: China Cloud Studios

Show:
This class has two shows, wow! While we can’t guarantee show schedules before your class starts, typical Intro 2’s have one show on a Wednesday night at the midpoint of their classes and another on the Wednesday night before their final class.

Instructor: Amy Shostak

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

ADVANCED SCENES 1 – 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

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

Advanced Scenes 2 – 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

Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:30pm PST
September 5 – October 3

Location: Carousel Theatre Studios

Show:
This class has two shows, wow! While we can’t guarantee show schedules before your class starts, typical Advanced Scenes 2’s have one show on a Wednesday night at the midpoint of their classes and another on the Wednesday night before their final class.

Instructor: Devin Mackenzie

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

LONG FORM 1 – The Harold

Five to 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

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

LONG FORM 2 – Wild Wild Long Form

Eight weeks. Three shows. $395.

“When one has no form, one can be all forms; when one has no style, they 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
August 18 – October 6

Location: China Cloud Studios

Show:
This class has three shows!? While we can’t guarantee show schedules before your class starts, typical Long Form 2’s have two shows on Wednesday nights at the midpoint of their classes and another on the Wednesday night before their final class.

Instructor: Ese Atawo

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 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

Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:30pm PST
July 18 – September 5

Location: China Cloud Studios and Carousel Theatre Studios

Show:
This class has three shows!? While we can’t guarantee show schedules before your class starts, typical Long Form 4’s have two shows on Wednesday nights at the midpoint of their classes and another on the Wednesday night before their final class.

Instructor: Taz VanRassel

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 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!

Improv for Autistic Folks with Allie Entwistle

Four Weeks. 8 Hours. One Show. $160.

This class will focus on exploring the joy of improv with games and exercises that focus on fun, collaboration and comedy.

Each week, your teacher will pick a different topic to focus on from the world of improv and lead you through a very fun session that is appropriate for folks who have no improv training AND those who have tried it before.

This intro to improv class is designed for Autistic folks who are 16 years or older. 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!

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.

FOUR WEEKS

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

Improv for Youth and Teens

Comedy Camp for Ages 9-13

One week. One show. $295.

This four-day camp is the perfect place to start for kids aged 9-13 who are interested in improv, comedy, and having fun on stage. Each day, the group will learn how to play fun characters, listen to each other’s offers and create fun scenes together. Students will practice their performance skills and be encouraged to riff, laugh and be silly throughout.

This course is the comedy spring break camp the entire faculty wishes we’d had when we were growing up. Led by pro comedian and teen educator Allie Entwistle (Co-Director of Improv Camp, former Brain Boost teacher), this course is a great fit for students who are comfortable on stage or still getting used to expressing themselves.

The course will primarily focus on improv and theatre games, but participants will dip their toes into sketch comedy and writing. The course will wrap up with a short, fun improv show supported by Allie. Fun guaranteed!

Students do not need to have comedy experience to take this class, and 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.

FOUR DAYS

Weekdays, 12:30-4:00pm PST
August 6-9

Location: China Cloud Studios

Show:
This class showcase would be one of the final moments of class, on Friday August 9 around 3pm!

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

Improv School for Ages 9 – 13

Six Classes. 12 Hours. $245.

This weekly course is the perfect place to start for kids aged 9-13 who are interested in improv, comedy, and having fun on stage! Each week, the group will learn how to play fun characters, listen to each other’s offers and create fun scenes together. Students will practice their performance skills and be encouraged to riff, laugh and be silly throughout. 

This is a great class for students who are comfortable on stage or still getting used to expressing themselves. Everyone will feel very welcomed and supported in this course by one of Blind Tiger’s most experienced youth teachers, Allie Entwistle.

The course will primarily focus on improv and theatre games, but participants will dip their toes into sketch comedy and writing. The course will wrap up with a short, fun improv show supported by Allie. Fun guaranteed!

SIX WEEKS

Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:00pm PST
September 19 – October 24

Location: Carousel Theatre Studios

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

A Very Good Improv Class for Teens

Six Weeks. One Show. $245.

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 is a professional comedian who is also a seasoned, hilarious teacher.

The skills you’ll get into in this class are skills that make you a better communicator, a more versatile performer and artist, and funny. 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.

In this course 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, Allie Entwistle, is a professional comedian who is also a seasoned, hilarious educator!

SIX WEEKS

Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:00pm PST
September 24 – October 29

Location: Carousel Theatre Studios

Show:
This class has one show! While we can’t guarantee show schedules before your class begins, typical Improv for Teens shows are on the Wednesday night before their final class.

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 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. One show. $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, 7:00 – 9:30pm PST
August 6 – September 24

Location: 120 Princess

Show:
This class has one show! While we can’t guarantee show schedules before your class begins, typical Sketch 1 shows are on the Wednesday night before their final class.

Instructor: Ronald Dario

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

Sketch 2 – Full Metal Sketch

Eight weeks. One show. $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.

Pre-requisite: Sketch 1

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. One show. $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.

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

Five or eight weeks. One show. $395.

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

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

Pre-requisite: none!

EIGHT WEEKS

Mondays, 4:30 – 7:00pm PST
July 22 – September 16*

*No class August 5

Location: 120 Princess

Show:
This class has one show! While we can’t guarantee show schedules before your class begins, typical Stand Up 1 shows are on the Wednesday night before their final class.

Instructor: Sasha Mark

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Sundays, 6:30 – 10:00pm PST
September 8 – October 6

Location: 120 Princess

Show:
This class has one show! While we can’t guarantee show schedules before your class begins, typical Stand Up 1 shows are on the Wednesday night before their final class.

Instructor: Sasha Mark

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

STAND UP 2 – Game, Set, Match

Five or 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
July 22 – September 16*

*No class August 5

Location: 120 Princess

Show:
This class has one show! While we can’t guarantee show schedules before your class begins, typical Stand Up 2 shows are on the Wednesday night before their final class.

Instructor: Sasha Mark

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

FIVE WEEKS

Saturdays, 1:15 – 4:45pm PST
September 7 – October 5

Location: 120 Princess

Show:
This class has one show! While we can’t guarantee show schedules before your class begins, typical Stand Up 2 shows are on the Wednesday night before their final class.

Instructor: Sasha Mark

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

STAND UP 3 – The Showcase

Eight weeks. One show. One tape (!). $425.

Stand Up 3 is a special class, with students working towards a statement showcase set that is filmed for you as part of the class. The goal of these sets will be to prepare and capture festival-calibre material that can be submitted to bookers.

You can expect to work on the next-level skills that make outstanding stand up videos pop. Short, effective openers. Call backs. Closers. The detailed rewriting and reps that it takes to get sets polished and pearly. You will also dig into the world of producing your own shows and all the skills that support that beautiful side of comedy.

Final sets will be filmed with nice sound and provided to each student. You will move on from this class with the quality video of your work that you need to make moves in the comedy scene as well as leveled up skills and learning. 

Pre-requisite: Stand Up 2.

EIGHT WEEKS

Sundays, 3:30 – 6:00pm PST
August 11 – October 6*

*No class September 1

Location: 120 Princess

Show:
This class has one show! While we can’t guarantee show schedules before your class begins, typical Stand Up 2 shows are on the Wednesday night before their final class.

Instructor: Sasha Mark

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

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.

License to Justify with Kerri Donaldson

One class. 3 hours. $55.

In this workshop, you’ll dive into the art of justification as a tool for comedy. This class is a perfect fit for those who thrive as grounded characters or aspire to finesse their performance chops with exercises focused on justifying unexpected offers on the fly. You’ll learn and practice techniques to turn any offer into an opportunity for comedy, whether it’s you or your scene partner doing the justifying.

By the end, you’ll have a new perspective on improv, grab a better understanding of game, and bring out the quirky best in you and your scene partners. What more justification could you need?!

Pre-reqs: This class is open to anyone who has completed Intro 1 or higher, or who has equivalent experience (email us if you’re unsure!).

Sunday, 6:00 – 9:00pm PST
July 21

Location: 120 Princess

Instructor: Kerri Donaldson

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

From Us to You with Kevin Vidal

Three classes. 7.5 hours. One Show. $145.

In this class you’ll explore how bringing the power and dynamics of your personal relationships can level up your improv in a major way. 

Led by improviser and decorated actor Kevin Vidal (Culprits, Second City) you’ll mine the nuances of various types of relationships, including friendships, romantic partnerships, familial bonds, and professional connections so that you can authentically portray different perspectives and emotions on stage.

One key element in this course will be inhabiting rich, multi-dimensional characters that reflect the complexity of real-life relationships. You’ll enhance your ability to listen and respond genuinely, fostering deeper connections and more realistic interactions in scenes. And then you will bring all that power and depth to the stage with a show directed by Kevin.

So ya, this will be a great time. 

Pre-reqs: This class is open to anyone who has completed Intro 2 or higher, or who has equivalent experience (email us if you’re unsure!).

THREE WEEKS

Mondays, 7:00 – 9:30pm PST
August 5 – August 19

Location: Carousel Theatre Studios

Instructor: Kevin Vidal

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

The Improviser’s Improviser with Devin Mackenzie

One class. Three hours. $55.

In this workshop, Devin Mackenzie will teach you to become the best improviser you can for yourself and for your partner. It’s one thing to lead a scene, it’s another entirely to help someone else’s ideas, characters and bits flourish. You’ll work to empower your listening skills, find joy in support, and discover the balance of when to give and when to take. There’s no better satisfaction in improv than making your teammate look great, and your scenes will thank you for it too.

Pre-reqs: This class is open to anyone who has completed Intro 2 or higher, or who has equivalent experience (email us if you’re unsure!).

Tuesday, 6:00 – 9:00pm PST
August 6

Location: Carousel Theatre Studios

Instructor: Devin Mackenzie

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

Intro to Voice Work with Racquel Belmonte

One Class. 3 hours. $45.

In this class for adults, you’ll dive into the basics of voice work with one of the hottest names in the industry (and a Blind Tiger Comedy alumni!) Racquel Belmonte (Dragon Prince, Monster Loving Maniacs).

As you go, you’ll learn how to use your voice to its fullest potential while receiving unique, one-on-one tips and tricks to help you nail your auditions, land an agent, or to simply explore the world of voice over. You’ll try different types of commercials and animation sides, and explore three-dimensional character voices by adjusting aspects of your voice to create new characters you never knew existed.

All experiences welcome and no equipment necessary (having a mic and headphones is a bonus but not a requirement because you will be primarily focused on your acting!).

Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30pm PST
August 8

Location: Zoom

Instructor: Racquel Belmonte

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

Teen Intro to Voice Work with Racquel Belmonte

One Class. 2 hours. $35.

In this class you’ll dive into the basics of voice work with one of the hottest names in the industry (and a Blind Tiger Comedy alumni!) Racquel Belmonte (Dragon Prince, Monster Loving Maniacs). You’ll touch on cold-reads and short commercials which will then lead into all-play group commercials and light walla.

The second half (or more) of class will be focussed on animation, learning how to create characters by exploring different vocal resonators and sounds

All experiences welcome and no equipment necessary (having a mic and headphones is a bonus but not a requirement because you will be primarily focused on your acting!). Ages 13-17 only, please!

Sunday, 4:00 – 6:00pm PST
August 11

Location: Zoom

Instructor: Racquel Belmonte

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

Short, Fun Improv with Taz VanRassel

One class or Two classes. 3 hours or 6 hours. One Show. $55.

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-reqs: This class is open to anyone who has completed Intro 2 or higher, or who has equivalent experience (email us if you’re unsure!).

Tuesday, 6:00 – 9:00pm PST
August 13 – August 20

Location: Carousel Theatre Studios

Instructor: Taz VanRassel

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

Sunday, 2:30 – 5:00pm PST
September 22

Location: Carousel Theatre Studios

Instructor: Taz VanRassel

This class is exclusively for folks participating in Bloc Fest. To find out all the ways you can get involved, check out Bloc Fest 2024.

Improv for ADHD with Kevin Vidal

Four classes. 10 hours. $195.

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.

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. As always, we welcome your feedback on this or any other programming before, during and after this class!

FOUR WEEKS

Sundays, 7:00 – 9:30pm PST
August 18 – September 15*

*No class September 1

Location: Carousel Theatre Studios

Instructor: Kevin Vidal

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

Solo Sketch with Allie Entwistle

Four classes. 10 hours. $195.

Solo sketch comedy is a) amazing and b) a vital skill for those looking to expand the range of their comedy writing. Having your own solo sketches gives you fuel to audition for funny things, to appear on a bunch of different shows than you can with group scenes, and empowers you to focus on the strengths of your own comedic voice. 

In this class, you will focus on creating solo pieces, generating both premise and character-based sketches. You and your classmates will throw down an amazing showcase of solo characters. This is a great place to start if you’re curious to explore sketch comedy, or refine one of the most important skills within it!

This class is open to anyone who has completed Intro 2 or higher, or who has equivalent experience (email us if you’re unsure!).

Pre reqs: This class is open to anyone who has completed Intro 2 or higher, or who has equivalent experience (email us if you’re unsure!).

FOUR WEEKS

Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:30pm PST
August 29 – September 19

Location: Carousel Theatre Studios

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

The Long Form Maker Show with Devin Mackenzie

Four classes. 10 hours. One Bloc Fest Show. $195.

Sure, we love classic long form structures like Harold, tap out, cut to and the Armando. But creating your own forms is its own kind of joyful and that’s exactly what you and your classmates will do in this one-time-only workshop with Devin Mackenzie (Hip.Bang!, House Teams Director, creator of too many forms).

In this process you will spend time experimenting with different long form directions offered by Devin, you, and your classmates. In time, you’ll discover a form that is uniquely yours and refine it in rehearsal while also grabbing reps as a player contributing to a newly forming piece. The best part is you and your group will then debut this new form as part of the fourth annual Bloc Fest! 

This slot is one way individuals can participate in our extremely fun festival Bloc Fest, but if you have a pre-set group of pals you’d like to do this course with, get in touch.

Pre reqs: This class is open to anyone who has completed Long Form 1 or higher, or who has equivalent long form experience (email us if you’re unsure!).

FOUR WEEKS

Sundays, 6:00 – 9:00pm PST
September 8 – September 22

Location: Carousel Theatre Studios

Instructor: Devin Mackenzie

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

The Town with Allie Entwistle

Three classes. 7.5 hours. One Bloc Fest Show. $145.

In this three-workshop sequence you and your new ensemble will develop a form Allie is calling The Town. The town is a 20-minute long form based on a town that is known for something suggested by the audience. Perhaps it’s the town where Eggo waffles were invented, perhaps it hosts a prestigious dog show, perhaps everyone in this town has a mustache. 

You and your crew will explore this town and the web of characters within it while following the fun, playing the game of the scene and adding just enough narrative to make it satisfying. Come experience the thrill of developing new work with Allie then debut this glorious form at Bloc Fest 2024! 

This slot is one way individuals can participate in our extremely fun festival Bloc Fest, but if you have a pre-set group of pals you’d like to do this course with, get in touch.

Pre reqs: This class is open to anyone who has completed Long Form 1 or higher, or who has equivalent experience (email us if you’re unsure!).

THREE WEEKS

Sundays, 12:00 – 2:30pm PST
September 8 – September 22

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

Fun Fuel with Tom Hill

Three classes. 7.5 hours. One Show. $145.

In all Tom’s many grizzled years of doing improv shows, he’s found that one key skill fuels great scenes: fun characters. From there, great games and hilarious scenes follow.

In this focused trio of workshops, you will hone this skill and explore how explosively fun it can be to take big character risks. Once those wild characters are in the room, you will practice getting the most out of them, both as the one playing the lead characters and as secondary swings in scenes. Together, you’ll gas each other up towards a blaster of a showcase that will double as a chance to show off maybe the most important skill in improv.  

This is a great workshop for those who have trouble playing characters or those who are already great character players but who lose the plot of the larger scene and can’t find game (and anyone in between).

Pre reqs: This class is open to anyone who has completed Intro 1 or higher, or who has equivalent experience (email us if you’re unsure!).

THREE WEEKS

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:30pm PST
September 10 – September 24

Location: Carousel Theatre Studios

Instructor: Tom Hill

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

Sketch Show in a Day! with Allie Entwistle

One Day. Six hours with a lunch break. One Show. $95.

In this workshop, Allie Entwistle of Brunch Comedy (arguably the co-queen of creating great sketch shows on a time budget) will lead you and your classmates in a fast, glamorous process in which you create a full set in a single day! Then, you and your new troupe will debut this creation as part of Bloc Fest 2024! 

How will it happen? Allie will lead your crew in a sweet, fun process that uses improv, riffs and a hell-ya-let’s-do-it attitude to finalize and lightly rehearse your comedy impulses into fun, shareable sketches. Come for the adventure, stay for the laughs! 

This slot is one way individuals can participate in our extremely fun festival Bloc Fest, but if you have a pre-set group of pals you’d like to do this course with, get in touch.

Pre reqs: This class is open to anyone who has completed Advanced Scenes 1 or higher, or who has equivalent long form experience (email us if you’re unsure!).

Saturday, 12:00 – 6:00pm PST
September 21

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

The Hustle with Tom Hill

One Class. 2.5 Hours. $45.

Comedy is art and it’s also a business. In this workshop, we’re going to set the comedy craft aside for a moment and focus on the hustle side of things. You will learn about ways to level up your comedy career planning, goals, and networking, as well as specific suggestions for how to develop and produce an independent show, create a group, approach collaborators and pursue festivals and/or development deals. The workshop will also touch on the wide world of budgets, grant writing and getting that bag, however small or scummy. 

This workshop has a seminar feel – Tom will talk a bunch, but you’ll also have space to ask questions and try out some exercises. This workshop is appropriate for folks just planning their first show or 100th, and in fact it benefits from a wide mix of experience levels. If money is a barrier to your participation in this workshop, reach out, let’s not let money get in the way of money talk.

Sunday, 5:15 – 7:45pm PST
September 22

Location: Carousel Theatre Studios

Instructor: Tom Hill

This class is exclusively for folks participating in Bloc Fest. To find out all the ways you can get involved, check out Bloc Fest 2024.

Get Out of Your Head: Improvising from Impulse with Amy Shostak

One Day. Six hours with a lunch break. One Show. $95.

Ever feel blank or stifled on stage? Ever find yourself on the backline hesitating? Or thinking about what is supposed to happen? In this workshop, you will focus on removing self-judgment, getting in touch with your impulses, and improvising from a place of honesty. Exercises will give you the tools to get out of your head, get into your body, and to identify patterns in your improvisation.

And then the ultimate test of headiness: you’ll do a show. Take your newly honed skills to a single showcase where you can put them into practice.

Pre reqs: This class is open to anyone who has completed Intro 2 or higher, or who has equivalent long form experience (email us if you’re unsure!).

Saturday, 12:00 – 6:00pm PST
September 28

Location: China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Amy Shostak

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

Untitled Advanced Sketch Group (Continued)

10 weeks. As many as four shows. $495.

The Untitled Advanced Sketch Project is designed to take some great sketch comedians in some cool new directions in 2024.

This group (ensemble? Force?) of eight-ish will meet weekly to riff, write and attack the edges of what’s possible in sketch comedy shows. Led by Tom Hill, who will direct and provide creation direction, this…mirth collective (?) will first seek to find a vision, then to deliver on it over at least four shows, which may or may not include:

  • Four nights in a row of Really-New News shows performed each night for four nights;
  • Boat Night – Just sketches about boats, no other kinds of sketches
  • “Audience Portrait Night” – where audience members do portraits of each other then hang them in a “gallery” on stage which is then “roundly panned” by a posse of “comedians”
  • Mini Minis – Eight 3-minute sketch shows on different themes
  • [insert your ideas here]

(Continued) Futures

This is the second session of a group that has already been making some very cool work in February and March. It is possible that a couple folks may decide they need to step away, in which case we may have some new spots available in this May onwards term, but the first priority will be to keep the existing group together. This group could also participate in 2024 Vancouver Fringe, supported by Blind Tiger Comedy. 

Pre-reqs/Applications:

If we are exploring adding new members, there will be an email to folks who have completed Sketch 1 encouraging them to apply in April.

Questions and/or feedback about this programming are/is very welcome via tom@blindtigercomedy.ca.

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

Characters for Days with Syd Campbell

Four classes. One show. $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-reqs: Intro 2 or equivalent experience

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

Improv for Newcomer Teens with Blind Tiger Comedy

One day. 90 minutes. Free!

Improv is one of the best things a person can do. This free session will involve easy and fun intro to improv games that are suited for everyone, including folks who may not speak English fluently. In it, you will get a sense of the hilarious joy improv offers. No experience necessary, and partial English skills welcome!
This class is reserved for folks who are new to Canada (moved here in the last five years) and are between the ages of 13 and 18. Please register in advance to save your spot, or drop in on the day if that’s a better fit for you.

This workshop will be led by one of the glorious professional comedians who make up the Blind Tiger Comedy faculty. Registration is through Collingwood Neighbourhood House, and Blind Tiger Comedy’s in-class policies will apply.

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

Comedy Writing Elective in Theory & Practice with Charlie Demers

Four Weeks. 10 HOURS. $195.

What makes a joke? In this class, we’ll sharpen our cross-genre comedy writing skills by exploring not only the form and content of humour composition, but also the philosophy, history, and psychology behind what makes us laugh. This course offers an overview of the craft of comedy writing, from the relationship between premise and punchline all the way to the comic dynamics of stand-up, sketch, theatre, radio, screen, and more. By helping you understand what makes comedy work, you’ll develop skills adaptable to writing for audiences of all ages, across any number of media. 

All welcome, no prerequisites necessary!

Please bring writing implements to class.

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

Improv for Auditions with Tess Degenstein

Three hours. $69.

Tess Degenstein isn’t just the newest member of Blind Tiger Comedy’s faculty, she’s also a working TV, film and theatre actor who has done countless auditions of every style. In this workshop, you will work on using improv to unlock your characters and make yourself–and your characters–more bookable.

This class is for actors who have audition experience, but is not part of the typical improv class structure. Feel free to be in touch to clarify if you are a fit for this class.

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

Crowd Work in Stand Up with Toddy

Four weeks. One show. $195.

Ah, crowd work. One of the great glories of stand up comedy that only some comedians feel comfortable with, and everyone could improve at.

In this workshop (which ends with one very fun show) your stand up / improviser teacher Toddy will teach you the skills you need to integrate crowd work into your set, the confidence to handle hecklers, and the practice of how to turn unexpected moments into comedy gold!

Pre req: Stand Up 1

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

Deep Dive Domino with Allie Entwistle

Four weeks. One show. $169.

In this glamorous elective you will dig into one of the most exciting long form shows we rarely do at Blind Tiger: the Domino. This is a fast-paced crowd-pleaser of a show, sure. But it also doubles as a great work to work on character, game and the skills of crushing a great comedy show. 

Brunch Comedy’s Allie Entwistle is the perfect shepherd for this experience, which will culminate in a sweet final showcase with you and your fellow domin-ah nevermind.

Pre req: Intro 2

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

Advanced Scene Study with Caitlin Howden

Four Weeks. $195.

No pressure. Just scenes. Every week you’ll get some stage time, productive and helpful notes, and the chance to work on your personal goals. 

This space is exclusively for experienced improvisers, or AS 2 as a prerequisite.

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

Embrace the Mistake with Caitlin Howden

Three Weeks. Nine Hours. $179.

Every improv scene is filled with gifts, so how do we find them and play them with ease? Instead of working too hard or quickly losing steam, we will eliminate the panic and get curious. You’ll have a feeling of joy towards your characters and the confidence to be playful and in the moment. Hopefully every scene feels uniquely funny!

Pre req: Intro 2

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

Sketch Gym with Devin Mackenzie

Four weeks. One show. $195.

In this class you’ll bring written sketches (both new and previously written/performed!) and receive notes, challenges and punch ups to bring those sketches to the next level. Culminating in a performance of at least one of those sketches from each student. 

This is a great opportunity to work on whatever you are most keen on in sketch, whether that’s a project you created outside of Blind Tiger or some sizzling hot new comedy direction. It’s like scene study but for sketch!

Pre reqs: Sketch 1 or equivalent experience

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

Party Improv aka Short Form Bonanza with Devin Mackenzie

Four weeks. One show. $195.

You see them all over town, at Treat Show Comedy and The Sunday Service: short form improv games that are super fun to play, get big laughs, and audiences love. Devin Mackenzie has over 15 years of short form experience and will give you a crash course on all the most fun games, how to play them, and how to set them up so you can knock them down at your own shows. Whether you want to learn fun approaches to classics like Ding or Correspondence or more tricky structures like Forward-Reverse or Cross Dub, this is the workshop for you!

This class culminates in a show hosted by Devin where you will play in your favourite games as chosen by you! Truly what could be more fun?

Pre-req: Intro 2

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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. 

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

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.

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

Deepen Your Characters with Tess Degenstein

Four Weeks. 10 hours. $195.

In this class with world-class improviser Tess Degenstein (Blind Date, Noises Off), you will explore how to create characters in scenes, and the combination of specificity, spontaneity, and technique that makes our characters rich and sustainable! Through exercises and scenework, we will investigate a variety of methods to deepen our characters, aiming at practical application, and expanding your comedic toolset.  

Note from Tom: Tess is an incredible character actor and brings that to her hilarious, bold improv in all situations. Taking your characters to the next level is perhaps the best thing you can do for your improv, and there’s no one better to practice with than Tess!

Pre-req: Intro 2

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Get Out of Your Head with Tess Degenstein

One class. 3 hours. $55.

This workshop with world-class improviser Tess Degenstein (Blind Date, Noises Off) aims to further connect the improvisor with their impulses. Through exercises, scene work, and coaching, students will learn to play with less hesitancy and more fearlessness. Emphasis here is not on cleverness, but on playfulness, and joy. We will investigate how to inspire our scene partners and, in doing, surprise ourselves. When was the last time you surprised yourself…?

A little note from Tom: Tess is one of the funniest, wildest, kindest improvisers you will ever meet. Hop into this workshop! You will thank yourself later!

Pre req: Intro 1

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

Taster Classes

Join us for our taster comedy classes!

Intro to Improv Taster

One class. 90 minutes. $35.

Want to try improv but not sure if you’re up for a full five or eight-week course? This class is for you! 

This workshop will consist of easy and fun games that will give you a taste of the joy, confidence, and discovery that improv can offer. No experience necessary! Whether you’re comfortable performing or have never taken a stage, this class will make you feel welcome.

Must be at least 18 years old.

This workshop will be led by one of the working professional comedians who make up our amazing faculty.

The Improv Taster is $25 plus tax, and comes with a ticket to one of Blind Tiger’s flagship improv shows: Treat Show Comedy! Every Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30.

The show ticket must be used within one month of your taster class, which should be easy: Treat Show performs every Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30 (except long weekends!)!

Sunday, 7:00 – 8:30pm PST
July 7

Location: Carousel Theatre Studios

Instructor: Devin Mackenzie

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

Intro to Sketch Taster

One class. 90 minutes. $25.

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!

The Sketch Taster comes with a ticket to one of Blind Tiger’s flagship improv shows: Treat Show Comedy! Every Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30. The show ticket must be used within one month of your taster class, which should be easy: Treat Show performs every Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30 (except long weekends!)!

This workshop will be led by one of the working professional comedians who make up our amazing faculty!

Tuesday, 7:00 – 8:30pm PST
July 16

Location: Princess Studios

Instructor: Ronald Dario

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This class will open for registration on Thursday June 6 at high noon PST.

Bloc Fest 2024!

Once a year, a collection of very cool Bloc Teams get together and throw down as part of a slick, fun comedy festival called Bloc Fest. (Not sure what a Bloc Team is? Skip down a few paragraphs). Bloc Fest 2024 will run September 24-25, 2024!

With Bloc Fest, the teams get all the usual bells and whistles of a Bloc Team (picking who they play with, their own schedule, coach and content) plus the experience of doing a professional comedy festival. Each team will get:

– A showcase slot in the main festival program;

– Spots for each player on the team in one of the festival jams;

– Entered in the Bloc Fest Awards (who doesn’t love an AWARD?);

– A video of their showcase set;

– A workshop of your choice as part of the festival registration, exclusively for Bloc Fest participants;

– Invites to the always-fun Bloc Fest after parties; and

– More surprises for the fourth-annual festival in 2024!

To register for Bloc Fest, complete the steps listed below. Applications for Bloc Fest are first-come, first-served and teams that get signed up first will have a better selection of time slots (and coaches!). For a four-week rehearsal process leading to the festival showcase, we’d suggest getting your application in by July 31, 2024. If you’re prefer more or less rehearsal time, get in touch and we’ll work it out.

NEW FOR 2024: You can now register for Bloc Fest as an individual! Simply register for Sketch Show in a Day, The Town or The Long Form Maker Show and you’ll be added to an ad hoc group that has a pre-booked slot in the festival.

We can’t wait to see what you and your teams create! Get registered by following the steps below and we’ll see you in rehearsal and at Bloc Fest!

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 Team 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.
  • OR

  • Join! (new for 2024) – This year, we’ve added a way to get involved in the Bloc Fest fun without having to coordinate the schedules of a bunch of pals. There are several classes on offer on our summer Electives schedule that invite you to join as an individual and work towards a final showcase with a newly formed, one-time-only ensemble!
  • 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 $1025 per four weeks at two hours a week, or $1950 for eight. Includes four custom workshops and one show for every four weeks that you are working.
  • 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!

Want more information, check out this Bloc Team Information Doc for answers!

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.