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.

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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 info@blindtigercomedy.ca

IN-PERSON IMPROV

Intro 1

Saturdays, November 13 – December 11 – sold out!

Sundays, November 14 – December 12 – sold out!

Sundays, November 21 – December 19 – sold out!

Intro 2

Mondays, November 8 – December 6 – sold out!

Sundays, November 21 – December 19

Advanced Scenes 1 

Sundays, November 21 – December 19 – sold out!

Many more classes will be starting January 2022!

DIGITAL IMPROV

All digital classes have started for the semester, more will be starting January 2022!

COMEDY ELECTIVES!

Bloc Teams – Start Anytime!

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 info@blindtigercomedy.ca.

In-Person Comedy Classes
Our in-person classes will be hosted in the NextDoor warehouse space at Slice of Life gallery (1636 Venables St.), China Cloud Studios (524 Main St.), and Little Mountain Gallery (195 E 26th Ave.) with COVID protocols in place, and with an equal focus on laughs and safety.

Read more about our safety planning here.

NOTE: After a successful summer of open air classes in the fall, we are continuing our physically distanced classes in the NextDoor garage space in Fall 2021. After strong reception from students, our COVID-19 Safety Plan is back, with two changes:

  1. The garage door will be fully closed.

  2. 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’s vaccine cards will be accepted as proof. Proof of vaccination will not be required to take digital classes.

*note: we are aware that this is a slightly different deadline than BC Health’s. This is in the interest of the health and safety of our teachers and students.

All Blind Tiger Comedy students, teachers, and contractors will be required to carefully read and sign the Blind Tiger Comedy COVID-19 Safety Plan before attending an in-person session.

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 sure every student really learns what we’re teaching before moving them on to further, more challenging/frustrating levels before they’re ready. Each course has explicit learning objectives that our teachers lay out on the first day, and regular feedback including explicit personal feedback on or shortly after the last day. 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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Intro Series
Long Form Improv
Sketch Comedy
Bloc Teams
Drop-Ins & Electives

Intro to Improv Series

IN-PERSON INTRO 1 – Welcome to Improv

5-8 weeks. One show. $350.

“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 crazy fun park.

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

 

FIVE WEEKS

Saturdays, 12:00 – 3:30pm PST

November 13 – December 11

Instructor: Taz VanRassel

register now – sold out!


FIVE WEEKS

Sundays, 2:30 – 6:00pm PST

November 14 – December 12

China Cloud Studios

Instructor: Allie Entwistle

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FIVE WEEKS

Sundays, 6:00-9:30pm PST

November 21 – December 19

NextDoor

Instructor: Tom Hill

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DIGITAL INTRO 1 – Welcome to Improv

Eight weeks. One show. $300.

“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 crazy fun park.

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

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

IN-PERSON INTRO 2 – Let’s Make This Interesting

5-8 weeks. Two shows. $350.

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

In this course you will explore the keys to making an improv show and improv scene compelling to watch. You will learn how to create dynamic characters, leverage your character’s status, and play with sincerity. You’ll learn the importance of variety and commitment in your offers, and the value of letting a scene breath. No better way to practice being dynamic than in front of an audience with two performances!

You will move onto Intro 3 with the ability to create with your scene partner a full, quality scene, and an ability to commit wholeheartedly to your character.

Pre-requisite: Intro 1

FIVE WEEKS

Mondays, 6:00-9:30pm PST

November 8 – December 6

NextDoor

Instructor: Devin Mackenzie

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This class opens for registration on Wednesday, Sept 15 at high noon.

FIVE WEEKS

Sundays, 1:45-5:15pm PST

November 21 – December 19

NextDoor

Instructor: Tom Hill

register now

This class opens for registration on Wednesday, Sept 15 at high noon.

DIGITAL INTRO 2 – Let’s Make This Interesting

Eight weeks. Two shows. $300.

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

In 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.

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. $350.

“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 and more able to do scenes with characters outside yourself, filled with hilarious details and emotion, and be more and more comfortable addressing any suggestion or situation. You are learning 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.

FIVE WEEKS IN-PERSON

Sundays, 5:30-9:00pm PST

November 21 – December 19

Little Mountain Gallery

Instructor: Devin Mackenzie

register now – sold out!

This class opens for registration on Wednesday, Sept 15 at high noon.

Advanced Scenes 2 (formerly Intro 4) – The Scene

Five or eight weeks. Two shows. $300.

“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

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

LONG FORM 1 – The Basic Harold

Eight weeks. Three shows. $350.

“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. $350.

“When one has no form, one can be all forms; when one has no style, he can fit in with any style.” – BRUCE F’ING LEE

In this class, you will push your long form skills into performance-ready formats. While continuing to work on advanced scene work and your confidence within a large ensemble, you will explore some of the most exciting long forms out there: Tap Out, Domino, Armando, Ghost Jail, The Bat, and beyond.

This digital version of the class will be take place via Zoom. We have carefully adapted the curriculum to support this brave new world and have become experts in achieving the same creative skill building over a different medium!

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

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

DIGITAL LONG FORM 3 – The Organic Harold

Eight weeks. Three shows. $300.

“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, a working confidence with the organic Harold, and by auditioning.

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. $300.

“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

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

Sketch Comedy

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

SKETCH 1 – The Seed

Eight weeks. Two shows. $300.

“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 of Vancouver for this class, so think of this pre-req as “moderate writing or comedy performance experience.” Email info@blindtigercomedy.ca to tell us more, and try us!

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. $350.

“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 blankpage. Study examples of different techniques for combining and transitioning between sketches within a given show.

Blind Tiger sketch classes, like sketch comedy itself, are homework intensive: in Sketch 2 you will be expected to write a sketch a week. This in turn will help you develop your portfolio and give you a greater understanding of what your unique style and voice is.

You will move onto Sketch 3 with a strong portfolio, an ability to write a wide variety of characters and types of sketches, and an understanding of more advanced ways to combine and interweave sketches within a single set.

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

Sketch 3 – Versatility

Eight weeks. Two shows. $350.

“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. 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. 2-5 shows. $375.

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

In this class, you will lead the creation of a 15-20 minute sketch 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.

Note: 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.

Pre-requisite: Sketch 3

10-WEEK

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.

FIRST 5 IN 5 – Welcome to Stand Up

Five Weeks. One Online Show. $225.

This is Blind Tiger Comedy’s inaugural stand-up class for those who are looking to try stand-up for the first time and for those who are just starting out.

Build your first 5 mins in 5 online classes with comedians Sophie Buddle and Amber Harper Young PhD.  Through weekly thematic classes, we’ll explore different types of joke writing, watch curated clips of some of the best stand-up specials while discussing and dissecting them.  Way less scary than high school science dissection but stinkier, we promise! Let’s get you your first set together so we can take the credit after for your fame.

You’ll get access to award-winning, fearless, and generous stand-up headliners who have agreed to share what they know when it comes to successfully finding your comedic voice. And it even comes with a show where you’ll get on stage with the support of the other comedians in your class and tell some jokes. There is no better way to try stand-up!

FIVE WEEKS DIGITALLY

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

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) at Blind Tiger Comedy showcases.
  • Cost – Depends on class length and schedule, but you can generally imagine around $650 per four weeks at two hours a week, or $1200 for eight. Includes four custom workshops and one show per four weeks.
  • 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 info@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 info@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 info@blindtigercomedy.ca we’re always happy to help.