The final performances from the Year 2, 2014-2015 Comedy Showcase are available for your viewing on vimeo.com under Comedy Showcase. We thank all these students and their teachers who took a risk and tickled our funny bones!
In the second year of our Happiness-at-School Project, at North Kipling JMS in Toronto, we encouraged students to perform alone or they could form groups of two or three in what is called sketch comedy vs. stand-up comedy. In the photo you can see Alyssa, Emily and Kathleen near the end of their sketch!
Comedian Kyle Woolven, helped the kids with this description:
What is a sketch? A sketch is a short, funny, scene that consists of two or more characters.
When writing a sketch, these are the words you need to know:
Premise – what the sketch is about
Characters - the people in the sketch
Beginning - the characters encounter a problem
Middle - the characters try to solve the problem
End – the characters either solve the problem or don’t
Beats – repeating jokes that escalate each time
These are the performers names alphabetically:
Alyssa, Kathleen and Emily, in Mall Madness
Avanie, Julissa and Julysa
Dhruv, in The Truth
Harie and Abilash - The Gas Guys
Mati and Vikrent
Nikens, Bruce and Pavithran
Rachelle and Corina
Raksha, in Sticky Situations, and
Sirius and Surya, in The Quirks of Chindia
Some students thought it would be easier to work in a small sketch comedy group but in fact it may make it a little more difficult because they have to trust the other person/people to rehearse and learn their lines. When it works, it’s a masterpiece of teamwork!