How Does Sketchpad Work?

So, you want to write comedy with us, huh?


Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Sketchpad Comedy:

Question: Do I need a fully written sketch to participate?

Answer: No, in fact, about half of the people who write with us come with just an IDEA for a sketch. We then brainstorm that idea with them, while they take notes and then they can use those notes to actually write the sketch.

Q: What do you do each week you meet?

A: The first meeting is always the pitch meeting. This is where we hear sketch ideas, read any written first drafts and talk about the details of that month’s show. The 2nd meeting is when drafts are due. This is hopefully close to the final draft, but again, it doesn’t have to be. You can still be in the rewriting phase of your piece. Some would argue, you are ALWAYS in the rewriting phase of your sketch. Also, in this 2nd meeting we are beginning to cast, block and start rehearsals. The 3rd meeting is all about rehearsing and finalizing the pieces for the sketch and the show. By the 4th Tuesday, it’s time for the show.

Q: What happens on the day of the show?

A: Call time is between 530 and 6 PM. The show begins at 8. As soon as we have enough people at the theater we begin walkthroughs, tech rehearsal and just organize ourselves for our show. Doors open around 730. The show goes very quickly, once we get started and is a whole lot of fun.


Q: Do I need my own actors?

A: No, unless you want to. We usually cast with who we have on board that month and since we are all apart of the improv/stand up community, we can usually help you find people. If you do have someone in mind, ask them. They will be expected to make week 2, week 3 and call time for show day.

Q: I’ve never written comedy before.

A: That’s not a question. But, it’s okay. We gotchu.

Q: I’ve never performed comedy before.

A: Again, not a question and again, it’s okay we gotchu. If you prefer to be a writer and not a performer that’s okay too. We always have people hanging around that would love to get more stage time.

Q: I’ve never seen comedy before.

A: Wow – We should’ve actually written out some of these as questions.  Anyways, you should probably watch some comedy before signing up. How did you even find this site?


Q: Is there anyone that Sketchpad is NOT for?

A: The Sketchpad process is all about openness, collaboration and creative feedback. If you like to shit on someone while they pour out their heart and soul (aka their sketch idea) to a group of people then this process probably wouldn’t be for you.

If you get mad anxiety being around people, it may be tough for you. But, with that said, I get it. I don’t like big rooms full of people either. We try to cater to everyone and we’ve certainly had some introverted people write with us over the last couple of years.

Other than that, you would probably be just fine in our room. Our producers are super nice people who have all been in your shoes. We all began somewhere and in some areas we still very much don’t know what we’re doing – just like you. We are all learning aDSC_7538nd improving at the same time.

Q: So, if I sign up and don’t get selected, does that mean you think I suck?

A: Absolutely not. Unfortunately, we can’t deliver a quality 4 hour sketchpad show or else we’d let everyone on every month. We keep the show to under an hour and a half, because we don’t want to wear out our welcome with the audience. So, if you don’t get the month you asked for, Jason will ask if there’s another month you’d be available for. We’ll work together, don’t worry.

Q: Alright, how do I sign up?

A: Cool. Right here:

Email and let him know a few things about you:

  1. Have you ever written or performed comedy before? If so, when?
  2. What are a few of your biggest comedic influences?
  3. What upcoming month do you think you’d be available to participate?

Hope to talk to you soon!

Have other questions? Email Jason. He’d love to talk to you. Just click below and he’ll get back to you shortly.

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