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Credential Opportunity: Diploma to Degree
Location: Saint John, NB
Institution(s): University of New Brunswick
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In order to continue with your application for Comedy: Writing and Performance, you must complete this step in the application process. Applicant selection is based on academic criteria and results of these secondary requirements. This contains all information to prepare and submit secondary requirements for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.
Applicants are required to attend an audition where they perform two minutes of original stand-up, participate in a group improvisation exercise, perform a cold reading of a scene provided by Humber, and submit a comic writing sample. Applicants must submit a $50 assessment fee upon registration for this admissions event. Please see “Registration Instructions” below to book your audition.
i. Cold Reading
Applicants will perform a short sketch provided by the Comedy Program.
ii. Improvisation Exercise
Applicants will improvise in a group as well as work on a short comedic sketch. Please wear comfortable clothing to allow you to move easily.
iii. Stand-Up Routine
Applicants will perform two minutes of original standup comedy. There are no restrictions on topics or language.
iv. Comic Writing Sample
Applicants will complete a comic writing sample. The writing sample may be a sketch, scene, or short story. Please bring the comic writing sample to audition.
Applicants must register to attend this admissions event. Log-in to MyHumber to register:
Applicants must meet both academic and secondary requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission.
All secondary requirements will be evaluated and a score will be calculated by the academic school.
Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.
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*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $375 Winter start - $250 Summer start - $125
Humber’s Comedy: Writing and Performance diploma program helps you hone your craft while gaining an understanding of the commercial side of the industry. Our faculty is comprised of seasoned, award-winning professionals who are active in the comedy industry. You’ll learn standup, improvisation, scriptwriting, sketch comedy and all other aspects of the craft. In addition, the program’s strong alumni network supports graduates through reunion shows, business opportunities and continued coaching.The program features many mainstage class shows, weekly Humber student shows at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club and The Comedy Bar, and an organized showcase at Second City Toronto for scouts, directors and agents with students included on the basis of merit. Our graduates are ready to embark on an exciting career in one of North America’s fastest growing industries – arts and entertainment.
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Produce a variety of comedic materials including sketches, screenplays, sitcoms and variety shows.
Prepare and perform stand-up comedy routines.
Discover their comedic voices and create materials that stem from these voices.
Study both dramatic and comedic performance techniques, and apply those techniques to their own work.
Prepare written humorous materials for magazines and newspapers as well as for radio broadcasts.
Practice individual and ensemble comedic performances both in the classroom and in comedy centres.
Apply the technical requirements of all genres of comedic writing.
Respond to improvisation demands and create characters quickly on stage.
Evaluate the business of comedy and develop career strategies and contacts.
Learn from well-known North American comedic writers and performers and network with those individuals.
Develop team-building and communication skills and engage in exercises that encourage self-understanding, peer respect and professional behaviours.
Humour is serious business to growing numbers of researchers worldwide who are discovering that laughter is good for you. Comedy is an art and a business, one at which many Canadians excel. You’ll join their illustrious ranks with opportunities to work in stand-up comedy, sitcom/ film performance, production and writing, broadcasting and production, advertising and voiceovers, sketch comedy and writing. Humber comedy graduates have found work on stage at Yuk Yuk’s, Second City and Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival; on major television networks such as Comedy Central, CBC and CTV; and in many major television commercials. Other grads have branched into advertising, public relations and related fields.
Humber Comedy Writing and Performance graduates have gone on to have successful careers in comedy, film and television worldwide. Alumni have worked on television shows including The Secret Life of Boys and New Girl. Many grads have gone on to have successful stand-up comedy careers performing across Canada, the United States and internationally.
We are proud to partner with two of Toronto's premier comedy venues, Yuk Yuk's and Comedy Club.
Our Advisory Committee helps keep the program up-to-date ensuring our students are learning the most current skills needed to be successful in the comedy industry.
|Mark Breslin||Committee Chair; CEO, Yuk Yuk's|
|David Goodman||Former CEO, Dundee Wealth Inc.|
|David Himelfarb||Entertainment Lawyer; Manager for Kids in the Hall|
|Jae Gold||Independent Promoter/Producer|
|Jake Labow||Producer at Brillstein Entertainment Partners|
|Michael Hirsh||CEO, Cookie Jar Entertainment; Founder, Nelvana|
|Marlene Smith||Independent Theatre Producer|
|Martin Waxman||Publicist and PR Specialist, Palette PR|
|Louise Parent||Agent, Parent Group|
|Don Ferguson||Comedian, Royal Canadian Air Farce|
|Lindsay Leese||Chairperson, Tim Sims Encouragement Fund|
Hopefully, this will be the least funny thing you read while studying at the Humber College Comedy Program. Why? Because we’re about helping funny people become funnier. And that’s a lot of fun.
Our students come from across the country and around the globe. For two years they are immersed in every aspect of the comedy business: stand up, improv, sketch comedy, script writing, acting, physical comedy, videos, you name it. Humber grads are working at every level of the comedy business as stand-up comics, writers on television shows, actors, and newspaper columnists. Our alumni include Debra Di Giovanni, Nikki Payne, Nathan Fielder, Jason Rouse, Jeff McEnery, Ryan Belleville, just to name a few. Our faculty are all working comedians and writers, among them SCTV, Second City, Yuk Yuk’s and SNL alumni.
It is an intense, demanding program that pushes students to their creative limits. Our students are serious about being funny. Laughing matters. For most, it is a life-changing experience. Once the comedy bug bites you you’re never the same.
Did I mention it was a lot of fun?
Comedy Writing & Performance
James Woodward "Jim" Downey is best known as a long-time writer for Saturday Night Live. Jim spoke to Humber's Comedy Writing & Performance students.
Maria Bamford is a comedian, actress, and voice actress best known for her portrayal of her dysfunctional family. Bamford came to speak to Humber's Comedy Writing & Performance students.
Robin Duke is best known for her work on SCTV and Saturday Night Live. She co-founded Women Fully Clothed, a sketch comedy troupe and plays Wendy Kurtz on Schitt's Creek.
Andy Nulman is best known for co-founding the Just For Laughs comedy festival. Nulman came to speak to Humber's Comedy Writing & Performance students.
Kurtis Conner graduated from Humber Comedy in 2015 but, with over 300,000 followers on Vine, it's clear he's already made a name for himself in online comedy. Kurtis spoke to Humber's Comedy Writing & Performance students.
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