Rob MacDonald & Graham Putnam

Be funnier, do it better

Learn how from two Island comedy veterans

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Sketch Academy

Sketch Academy, a new 10-week workshop at The Guild in Charlottetown with instructors Rob MacDonald and Graham Putnam, will take place weekly on Wednesdays from 7–9 pm beginning in September.

Sketch Academy is for those who want to write comedy sketches or perhaps already dabble and would like to dive a bit deeper into how it all works.

The Academy will guide participants through all aspects of creating and developing original comedy sketches, whether it’s for fun, for the stage, or for videos on Tik Tok and other social media platforms. Sketch Academy participants will learn how to create memorable characters, write and edit sketch ideas, work in a writer’s room group dynamic, and get tips on how to best produce their sketches.

Sketch comedy instructors Rob MacDonald and Graham Putnam have a wealth of knowledge and experience in writing, producing and performing comedy sketches. With long-running and popular sketch revues Annekenstein and Sketch-22 under their belts, as well as other too-numerous-to-mention comedy-creating endeavours, MacDonald and Putnam have spent decades contemplating what it takes to create funny and successful sketch comedy.

Improv classes

With decades of improv experience between them, instructors Rob MacDonald and Graham Putnam are back for another semester of improv workshops at The Guild in Charlottetown. Based on the success of their previous workshops and the ever-growing interest in learning improv, two different improv classes will be on offer this fall.

Beginner Improv is a 10-week class designed for those who have very little to no experience with improv, but who want to learn and just have fun. In a safe and comforting environment, participants will learn the very basics of improvisation, and explore fundamentals like advancing the scene, character development, creating an environment, and of course, always having fun. Beginner Improv classes will take place weekly on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm from September 21 to November 23.

Intermediate Improv is for those who are familiar and comfortable with the basics of improv. This 10-week class dives a bit deeper into the concepts and ideas behind what makes good improv scenes successful. While continuing to build on a strong foundation of good improv habits, participants will discover tips and techniques on how to better perform short-form improv games, and learn what long-form improv is all about. Above all, the goal of this class is for everyone to have fun. Intermediate Improv Classes take place weekly on Tuesdays at 8 pm from September 21 to November 23.

Space is limited for both offerings. Register online at theguildpei.com.

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