Sketch Writing Weekend Intensive with Kevin McDonald September 15th and 16th


Sketch Writing Weekend Intensive with Kevin McDonald September 15th and 16th


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Sketch Writing Weekend Intensive with Kevin McDonald

Kevin will spend the weekend teaching students the Kids in the Hall method of writing sketches through improv. On Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, students will discuss the basics of sketch comedy and comedy writing. They will then spend the day playing improv games and doing improv exercises while learning to think naturally about writing and performing at the same time. After improv scenes they will discuss and dissect them, and Kevin will give notes and figure out how the scenes could develop into a fully developed comedy sketch. By the end of the day, the class will have 4 to 7 completely new sketches. The cost to spend Saturday with Kevin learning the basics of turning improv into sketch and walking away with a fully developed sketch idea will be $180.

Students are also able to extend their experience into a two-day workshop. For those students who want to do a full weekend workshop, they will return on Sunday at 10 am having completed homework- they will pitch premises to Kevin McDonald and he will pick 4-5 of them. The students will then spend the day in groups turning his chosen premises into sketches. All the students will be in at least one scene.

On Sunday evening, the two-day students will perform their sketches in the show featuring Kevin McDonald.

Workshop Cost-
Saturday, Sunday, & Show (10 am-6 pm both days, show at 8 pm): $250

Kevin McDonald Biography

Comedian, actor, writer and director Kevin McDonald founded “The Kids in the Hall” with friend Dave Foley, after they met in Toronto at Second City, and the television series ran from 1988-1995. In the troupe’s television series and stage shows, he portrays several popular recurring characters, such as the King of Empty Promises, Sir Simon Milligan, and Jerry Sizzler. McDonald went on to appear in a variety of films including Boy Meets Girl, Lilo & Stitch, “Lilo & Stitch: The Series”, and Epic Movie. On television, he has appeared on “The Martin Short Show,” “Ellen,” “That ’70s Show,” “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “NewsRadio,” “MADtv,” “Arrested Development,” and “Corner Gas.” McDonald has also done voice work for various animated series, including Nickelodeon’s “Invader Zim,” “The Angry Beavers,” “Catscratch,” and “Clerks: The Animated Series.” He also played an imaginary friend named Ivan in the episode ‘Sight For Sore Eyes’ on “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends,” appeared in the music video for “Roses” by Outkast, and made an appearance in “Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show.”

In 2006 McDonald hosted a CBC Television special, featuring several of Canada’s best-known sketch comedy troupes. “Sketch with Kevin McDonald” won a Canadian Comedy Award (Best Taped Live Performance – The Minnesota Wrecking Crew). He was recently at the Just for Laughs Festival with the reunion of Kids in the Hall, and also with his show “Hammy and the Kids” with Craig Northey, based on his two dysfunctional families, his father (“Hammy”) and the Kids in the Hall, as well as “Death Comes to Town” on CBC.

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