The UCB Training Center is the premier destination for honing your comedic craft, offering a wide range of classes and workshops in improv, sketch comedy, TV writing and more, all led by top-notch instructors in a supportive, creative environment.
Whether you’re looking to learn the craft of improv or just want to get started in comedy, our improv program is a great place to start! Students will be introduced to the UCB concept of “game” in comedy and develop their scenework/
Through the concept of “game” and with feedback from instructors and classmates, students will craft their very own written comedic scenes. The program culminates with students writing and producing their own sketch show.
Led by instructors working in the industry, UCB offers a variety of different long-form writing courses ranging from creating original pilots, writing for animation, creating pitch documents, and more!
These electives offer the chance to dive deeper into a more specialized form of performance. Students can take workshops focusing on comedic acting, character work, storytelling, and even advanced improv workshops!
Centered in East Hollywood, UCB has Training Center space in Silver Lake and around our Franklin Theater.
Classroom spaces available at our SoHo location and soon to be near our new theater space on E 14th street.
Take a class from anywhere in the world! UCB offers online comedy classes in Improv, Sketch, TV Writing, and more!
Students will be taught different strategies for coming up with their characters and given tools to help breathe life into them. By the end of class, students will have developed multiple characters culminating in a class show where they will perform one 3-5 minute character monologue.
This class will help you foster your individual voice as a writer as you are held to weekly writing deadlines. This class will offer you opportunities to pitch ideas to others and collaborate with other students on assignments in class. You will also get to hone individual pieces through rewriting.
This workshop will teach you how to think beyond the wigs by focusing on developing the game of each character as well as the physical movement and voice of each sketch character -- even if they don't have a literal voice. Then we can start thinking about wigs!
Take an idea from a pitch all the way to a polished draft of your very own half hour pilot, getting feedback at each step. We'll talk about elements of a strong pilot concept, character creation, outline structure, and how to write dialogue that sounds like it comes from a human.
Comedy Improv Manual