The Comedy Intensive Online – Feb. 3, 10, 24, March 2 from 10 am to 12 noon Pacific


Four-Part Interactive Online Class

  • Ideal for Screenwriters, TV Writers, Directors, Producers, Actors and Creative Executives
  • Reveal and understand comedy from the inside out
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Attend from anywhere!  Comedy expert Steve Kaplan takes you through this four-part class live and in real time through the online video service “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 Art, Science, and Philosophy of Comedy
  • Class 2: The Hidden Tools of Comedy
  • Class 3: Comedy Characters and Archetypes
  • Class 4: Comedy Premise and The Comic Hero’s Journey

Classes over 25 people will include a separate one-hour Q&A, Sundays at 11am PST.


Whether you’re writing a comedy screenplay, working on a sitcom script, or producing or directing a comedy film or television series, 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 Feb. 3, 10, 24, March 2 from 10 am to 12 noon Pacific. Classes will be recorded and will be available in case you can't be there for the live class.

Course Outline:


a) Introduction and Overview

b) Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard

c) Comedy Perception Test - Are you seeing 20/20?

d) Funny vs. Comic - The difference

e) The Comedy Equation

f) The Hidden Tools of Comedy

g) Q & A


a) Metaphorical Relationships

b) Positive (and Negative) Actions

c) Active Emotion

d) Straight Line/Wavy Line

e) Q & A


a) The Four Elements of Jokes in Narrative

b) Sitcom Do’s and Don’t’s

c) The Entire History of Comedy  . . . in 15 minutes

d) Comedy Archetypes

e) Q & A


a) Comic Premise—The Lie That Tells the Truth

b) The Comic Hero’s Journey

c) Final Q & A

Additional information


Saturdays Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 from 10 am to 12 noon Pacific.

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 $75 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. NO CHECKS AT THE DOOR except Cashier’s Checks, Certified Checks, Money Orders, and Traveler’s Checks in U.S. funds. U.S. currency also accepted at the door.

Please Also Note:

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