Writing for Late Night Comedy

WRITING FOR LATE NIGHT COMEDY

Do you want to write for SNL? The Daily Show? Samantha Bee? Stephen Colbert? Amy Shumer? John Oliver? Fallon? Corden? Conan? Kimmel?

Join Emmy-nominated instructor Holly Wortell as she examines the successful writing elements of late night TV talk shows and sketch comedy shows. 

Learn joke and sketch writing format and structure, satire, content creation, how to identify trends in current shows, and how to create the POV or edge to make a writer stand out.

Master the ability to create new material daily, to take headlines or news stories and turn them into marketable material, and to pull from personal life and observations.

By the end of this workshop, writers will have created a complete talk show packet and sketch portfolio with elements specific to each writer’s goal, and leave with a plan to move forward with that material. 

This workshop is limited to 16 students.

This workshop is only available on campus.

Students must be 21 or over to participate in this workshop.

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Deadline Dates

Application Deadline:
September 16, 2018

Tuition: $1100

Enrollment is now CLOSED for the Fall 2018 Writing for Late Night Comedy workshop.

FACULTY

HOLLY WORTELL

Holly Wortell is an actress, producer, director and Emmy-nominated writer. Ms. Wortell started her career at Chicago’s renowned Second City Theater, writing and performing for seven years.  She served as a writer/producer on Warner Brothers/NBC talk show, The Bonnie Hunt Show for which she was Emmy nominated.  Holly also served as producer and editor on the ABC/Worldwide Pants sit-com Bonnie.  Holly has starred in three network primetime series, can be seen in HBO’s, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, and in many films, including, MGM’s Return To Me.  She directs and produces Couch Candy, a critically acclaimed talk show, and is on faculty for comedy writing and improvisation for The Harold Ramis Film School, The Second City Theater, Chicago/Hollywood, and Cal Poly, Pomona.  She has guest lectured for the UCLA Screenwriting department, Loyola Marymount University, among many other colleges and universities.  

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Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2018 Professional Program's Writing for Late Night Comedy workshop.

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