The Comedy Intensive Online for Australia and New Zealand

Saturdays June 8, 15, 22, & 29 at 9:30am Sydney time (Fridays at 4:30pm Pacific)


Four-Part Interactive Online Class

  • An online screenwriting workshop with convenient hours for Australia New Zealand and East Asia
  • Live Zoom starts on Fridays at 4:30 pm Pacific (Saturday 9:30am in Sydney)  
  • Reveal and understand comedy from the inside out
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Comedy expert Steve Kaplan takes you through this four-part class live and in real time through Zoom. Have to miss one? You’ll be able to stream the video on your own time as well.

An interactive workshop that explains comedy and comedy writing from the inside out: how it works, why it works, what’s going on when it doesn’t work, and most importantly, what can you do to fix it in your feature, sitcom, directing, or performance. 

  • Class 1: The Hidden Tools of Comedy
  • Class 2: Comic Premise
  • Class 3: The Comic Hero’s Journey
  • Class 4: The Comic Hero’s Journey, Continued

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Whether you’re writing a comedy screenplay or working on a sitcom script, Steve Kaplan’s Comedy Intensive is a must for any serious professional. Find out why the top writers, producers and directors from companies such as ABC, Disney, BBC, Dreamworks, Aardman Animation, NBC, Touchstone Television and others regularly attend his famed class.

Course Overview:

The Comedy Intensive Online is a four-part interactive course that explores the hidden tools and principles of comedy: what it is, how it works, why it works, what’s happening when it’s not working and what you can do to fix it, and offers proven and practical methods and techniques.

The Intensive includes interactive exercises, weekly assignments, Q & A time, as well as a liberal use of clips from current and classic comedies to illustrate our points and principles.

Where: On Zoom - We'll send you weekly links.

When: Saturdays June 8, 15, 23, & 239 at 9:30am Sydney time (Fridays at 4:30pm Pacific). Classes will be recorded and will be available in case you can't be there for the live class.

Course Outline:


a) The Art, Science, and Philosophy of Comedy

b) The Comedy Equation

c) Winning, Non-Hero, Straight-Line Wavy-Line

d) Q & A


a) The Entire History of Comedy . . . in 10 minutes

b) Comedy Archetypes

c) The Lie That Tells the Truth

d) Q & A


a) Developing the Comic Premise

b) The Normal World

c) Impossible or Implausible

d) Reaction

e) Q & A


a) Connections, New Directions and Disconnections

b) Race to the Finish

c) Final Q & A

Additional information


Saturdays June 8, 15, 22, & 29 from 9:30 am to 11:30am Sydney time.
(Fridays at 4:30pm Pacific time)

If you can't make a session, you'll be able to stream a recording.


On Zoom – We’ll send you weekly links.

Registration Fee: Payment in full is required to secure a seat at the seminar, with exception of discounts listed below.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel 10 days or less from the event date your full fee will be forfeited, but you may apply it to future seminars within one year of your first scheduled seminar. If you cancel more than 10 days prior to the event date then a $15 fee will be retained to cover administrative costs.  

Online Registration: Please use the Secure Online Registration to reserve a seat. Space is limited. Early response is necessary to guarantee a seat. Sorry, no refunds.

Check Policy: Business or personal checks and Money Orders in U.S. funds are accepted for the Full Registration Fee but must be RECEIVED AT LEAST ten days prior to the class. 

Please Also Note:

Classes will be recorded, and will be available in case you can’t be there for the live class.