Write Your Comedy Screenplay – April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 2023 from 10 am to 12 noon Pacific


Five-Part Interactive Online Class

  • Ideal for Screenwriters, TV Writers, Directors, Producers, Actors and Creative Executives
  • Create a great comic idea and take it to the next level!
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Attend from anywhere! Comedy expert Steve Kaplan takes you through this five-part class live and in real time on Zoom. Have to miss one? You’ll be able to stream the video on your own time as well.

An interactive workshop that helps you create a great premise, and then develop that premise, by focusing on character and theme, into a winning comic narrative. Class includes a private, one-on-one Zoom consultation on your own treatment.

  • Class 1: The Comic Hero’s Journey
  • Class 2: Comic Premise Workshop
  • Class 3: Developing the Premise, Characters and Theme
  • Class 4: Revisions and Comic Dialogue
  • Class 5: Premise into Treatment

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

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OK, you have a great idea for a comedy. Now what? This is a class that explores narrative and story structure from a comedic point of view. Building on paradigms such as The Hero’s Journey, we find that characters in a comic narrative journey down somewhat similar paths, but they take the trip in their own unique fashion, with several surprising detours. And by the end of our journey, you’ll be able to apply that comic paradigm to your own comic concepts. In this interactive online workshop, we’ll cruise on down that road together, examining the Comic Hero’s Journey through films like Groundhog Day, 40-Year-Old Virgin, This Is The End, and others. Finally, we'll apply that knowledge, culminating in a full treatment of your comic premise.

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:

In this live online five-part workshop, we’ll explore the structure of comedic story and develop fully realized comic treatments.

The Intensive includes interactive exercises, weekly assignments, Q & A time, plus the class includes a private one-on-one consultation with Steve as part of the course.

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

When: Saturdays April 8, 15, 22, 29, and May 6 from 10 am to 12 noon Pacific time. Classes will be recorded and will be available that week in case you can’t be there for the live class.

Course Outline:


  • The comic narrative paradigm
  • The one indispensable comic character
  • The 8 essential story beats.


  • How to create your strongest comic idea
  • Review and analysis of student’s comic premises.


  • Developing your premise into a full narrative
  • Character-centered development
  • Authentic decision points
  • Private one-on-one consultations begin with the submission of your treatment.


  • Comic dialogue
  • Rewrites and revisions
  • One-on-one consultations continue.

Additional information


Saturdays April 8, 15, 22, 29, and May 6 from 10 am to 12 noon 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 $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.