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!
The culmination of our core improv track. Students will utilize the skills learned from our previous levels such as, playing truthfully, to the top of your intelligence, while practicing agreement and support.
Physicality in Characters with John Milhiser is here to help you create, develop, pitch and perform funny original characters by elevating the physicality.
An introduction to the UCB philosophy on sketch comedy, specifically using "the game" to write short comedic scenes. Each week students will engage in writing exercises that will explore different sketch formats
Take your idea from a pitch all the way to a polished draft of your very own half hour pilot, getting feedback at each step. Students will discuss elements of a pilot concept, character creation, outline structure, and how to write dialogue
Comedy Improv Manual