SAC 423 - Practicum for the Screenwriter
Section: 001 Television Sketch Comedy
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Screen Arts & Cultures
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With permission of instructor.
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Advisory Prerequisites:
SAC 290, 310, and 410.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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From television’s earliest history, sketch comedy has been an integral part of the TV landscape. In the 1940s, comedians such as Sid Caesar, Milton Berle, and Ernie Kovacs experimented with the new medium of television. In the 1960s and 1970s, sketch comedy took on an incisive political tone, exemplified by programs such as The Smothers Brothers’ Comedy Hour and Rowen and Martin’s Laugh In. In the 1970s, Saturday Night Live premiered on American Television, The Flip Wilson Show diversified network TV comedy, and the BBC gave the world Monty Python. In the 1980s, Canada gave us Kids In the Hall, and in the 1990s and 2000s In Living Color and Chappelle’s Show, again diversifying American television sketch comedy. Today, SNL is as popular as ever and new shows like Key and Peele on Comedy Central, and the comedy video website Funny or Die continue to reflect and refract their time, revealing much about politics, sexuality, gender, and race. Through screenings, readings, discussion, and creative production, SAC 423: Television Sketch Comedy, will explore this perennial television form. Students will be organized into comedy show “staffs,” including a writing staff, a core group of actors, and a production staff, working collaboratively toward the production of original comedy productions and a final show that will be performed and directed LIVE, in front of a studio audience.

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SAC 423 - Practicum for the Screenwriter
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001 (SEM)
F 11:00AM - 2:00PM
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