Comedic Storytelling: Finding the Funny in the World and in You (Fall 2020)

10/27/2020 - 12/15/2020




  • $299.00  -  General
  • $249.00  -  New Student




Sessions: 7 Tuesdays
Session Dates: Oct 27, Nov 03, 10, 17, Dec 01, 08, 15
Session Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm Central Time


Comedic Storytelling: Finding the Funny in the World and in You

Oct 27 - Dec 15
6:00pm - 9:00pm Central Time

Instructor: Kurt Jolly

This class, taught by guest artist Kurt Jolly, is one that may be needed now more than ever.  Comedy can be a true tonic to the toxicities and confusions of our modern world — as well, the art of humor can be used as a unique and diagnostic mirror into it. In this class, you will learn how to "find the funny" with special writing exercises, unique brainstorming tricks, and methods of tapping into your own comedic voice.  No matter what genre or style you work in (play, screenplay, musical, solo performance), you will learn the necessary structure and the tools to create a truly comedic script — or learn how to add some humor to something you already have — all the while having a great time doing it!

Kurt Jolly (he/him) is a Queer Chicago-based writer, director, and interactive artist.  He has a diverse experience in many artistic avenues:  art education, on the stage, behind the writing desk, and behind the camera.  Like his name, he looks to find the joy and happiness in the world while also acknowledging its darkness.  He has a Masters in Education and Leadership, and has studied at the Harold Ramis Film School at The Second City Chicago.  One of his comedic pilot screenplays was selected as a semi-finalist in the Teen Movie Contest from Powederkeg (Paul Fieg) and ColorCreative (Issa Rae/Deniese Davis), and his latest short film “GlitterLand” was accepted into various film festivals around the country.  

This course is ideal for writers of all genres, and all kinds.

Classes will be held via Zoom. Instructors will send out Zoom invites one day before class begins. We encourage students to setup a Zoom account for themselves before class if they have not already to ensure when class begins you are able to jump straight into the art!

Sessions/Weekday 7 Tuesdays
Session Dates

Oct 27
Nov 03, 10, 17
Dec 01, 18, 15

Time 6:00pm - 9:00pm Central Time

This class is ideal for writers of all kinds and genres.  This course is best suited to students with experience ranging from beginner to advanced.

No class Nov 24.