Not only do we have veteran guest performers from across the country in the festival, some are also teaching workshops Friday, Saturday, and Sunday both weekends! All improv, sketch, and stand-up workshops are $50 and run from 2-2.5 hours. As an early bird offer, you can use the promo code “threefer” to get 10% off if you register for 3 or more workshops and you also get a free t-shirt! Last year we sold out almost every seat for workshops so be sure to register in advance. The full schedule is below.


Friday, November 4th

4:00pm STAND-UP WORKSHOP with William Kean: Intro to Stand-up Comedy

Wondering if you can do Stand-up? You can! From performers all the way to bankers, this workshop will teach you classic joke structure to turn any ole story into a hilarious piece of stand-up. All you need to get started are your own life experiences. Dare you to try!


Saturday, November 5th

10:00am SKETCH WORKSHOP with AJ Schraeder: Solo Sketch Comedy

Character Monologues are great but a one-man sketch show doesn’t necessarily mean each segment needs to be comprised of these singular character pieces. In this advance workshop we look at the other options solo sketch can present such as non traditional additional characters and incorporation of other artistic disciplines to flesh out one person scenes. The workshop is taught by A.J. Schraeder who’s is a regular sketch comedy instructor at the Idiot Box Comedy Club in Greensboro and Charlie Goodnight’s in Raleigh.

12:30pm IMPROV WORKSHOP with Mark Kendall: Solo Improv

Come and learn how to improvise…by yourself! Using fun character and narrative-based exercises, you will learn how to strengthen your own point of view and yes-and yourself. Mark is currently touring with his one man show “The Magic Negro and Other Blackness” a sketch show that examines the depiction of black men in the media. For his work with the show, he was recently awarded “Best Professional Funny Man” by Creative Loafing Atlanta.

3:00pm SKETCH WORKSHOP with AJ Schraeder: Shut up and Show it

This writing intensive workshop leads students through a series of exercises that focus on getting people to focus on the possible visual elements of a sketch rather treating them than as an after thought to dialogue. Examples of topics covered include writing silent sketches and making setting a character. The workshop is taught by A.J. Schraeder who’s is a regular sketch comedy instructor at the Idiot Box Comedy Club in Greensboro and Charlie Goodnight’s in Raleigh, he performs professionally on the college circuit with the critically acclaimed group the Don’t We Boys as well as regularly at festivals with both the Don’t We Boys and Unstoppable Failure.


Sunday, November 6th

12:30pm IMPROV WORKSHOP with William Kean: Games within the Game

Take your Short Form to the next level by finding your own games within the predefined game. Learn to juggle all the nuisance and freedom of a Long Form scene while maintaining the structure of Short-Form. If you liked Inception, you’ll like going deeper into the layers of fun. Note: Also a good workshop for those who didn’t like Inception


Friday, November 11th

4:00pm IMPROV WORKSHOP with Matt Horgan: Narrative Short-form Intensive

Matt Horgan has been performing and teaching Johnstone style narrative short form for 18 years now, and finally he can try and do something productive with it! In this workshop you’ll run the gauntlet of platforms, tilts, delaying the chaos, simple story structure, group mind, giving the audience what you’ve promised them and how change is necessary to move things forward. The goal of the workshop is to give you the tools you need to consistently tell solid, effective stories in 3-5 minutes!


Saturday, November 12th

10:00am: IMPROV WORKSHOP with Brian O’Connell: Position Play

In this workshop you will learn that all scenes can be seen as one of four basic scene types. You will learn that each scene type has a built in set of rules that makes them work. You will learn all four scene types as well as how to listen for scene type and your position/character in that scene all in the first lines of a scene. Knowing what type of scene you are in and what your position is in that scene makes scene play relatively easy.

12:30pm IMPROV WORKSHOP with Brian O’Connell: Improv Forms Intensive

You’ve learned how to play the scene; now learn how to play the piece. In improv, form is simply an agreement amongst the players so that the message of the piece can be delivered clearly and efficiently. In this level, the improviser will learn multiple, exciting improv forms, the techniques necessary to execute those forms and the ability to add those techniques to the improvisers’ tool belt.

3:00pm IMPROV WORKSHOP with Boris Khaykin: Intro to Hip-Hop Improv

Think you’ve got what it takes to freestyle? Are you an improviser who knows how to rhyme but can’t rap? At the core, improv and free-styling go hand-in-hand. Whether you’re going in for 8-bars, dropping a beat into a mic, or initiating an improv scene, the same principles apply. Join Boris Khaykin from NYC hip-hop improv team North Coast as he guides you through the tricks to turn your Dad Raps into Biggie quality rhymes. Learn how to set yourself up, find your flow, and weave your rapped verses in and out of your scenework.


Sunday, November 13th

12:30pm IMPROV WORKSHOP with Brian O’Connell: The Art of Mimicry & How It Leads To Nuclear War

The Number One hurdle to becoming a better and more interesting improviser is the necessity of another person to run scenes. This workshop relieves you of that burden. In this workshop, Brian O’Connell gives you a mathematically based way to run “drills” and form a “workout regimen” in regards to your long form improvisation. You will learn the 10 Questions To Every Scene, The 4 Basic Scene Types, Instant Character Composition, The 3 Points of Character Work, and, of course, Nuclear War. You can go to the gym and work out alone to make yourself a better, stronger basketball player. The Art Of Mimicry and How It Leads To Nuclear War gives you the tools to make you a better, stronger improviser. All from the comfort of your own home.