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Sketch Comedy Writing

Using the techniques of the Second City Theater Chicago, learn how to write comedy in abundance and have your scenes ready for live performance or easily translate to sitcom television. With a focus on various sketch comedy structures, you’ll practice creating various types of comedic scenes including “parody”, “clothesline”, and “fish out of water” while building and curating a sketch comedy show writing collaboratively with a writers room.


Instructor: Amy Schwabauer is a Cleveland based actor and playwright. In 2017, she was named Cleveland’s Best Actress by ‘Cleveland Scene Magazine’ for her performance in her one-woman show, “This is Not About my Dead Dog”. She performed “This is Not About my Dead Dog” again at the BorderLight International Theatre and Fringe Festival 2019. Currently, she is creating and performing in a children’s web-series for Lake Erie Ink, “Playing with a Purpose” check it out at Other recent work includes performing and collaboratively writing Virgil/Satan in MCA’s production of “The Inferno”, touring "The Events of the Warren County Fair as Observed by a Young Astronaut", a toy theater adventure co-written and co-performed with Mike Geither. She is a member of the Dobama Theatre Playwright’s Gym and has been a member of ‘The Midwives’ artist collective in Chicago since 2018. In 2016, she studied Sketch Comedy Writing at The Second City Theater Chicago. Since the outbreak of Corona Virus she has shifted gears towards creating online content, creating a series of sketch comedy videos featuring her acclaimed comedic character “Coach Mulch”. She is a graduate of Cleveland State University’s Theatre Arts Program with a specialization in performance. Learn more about Amy at 

Details: Sketch Comedy Writing with Amy Schwabauer takes place Mondays 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 from 7-9pm online through Zoom.

Zoom Info
: Register for the class and Lit Cleveland will send you an invitiation and instructions on how to attend via Zoom. All you need is a good internet connection and a computer or smartphone with a camera. Not sure if your system is compatible? Just click here. Have any questions about online classes? Email or call associate director Matt Weinkam at

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