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  • Comedy Writingand PerformanceFull-time Diploma | COMEDY_D

     Type: 2-Year Diploma      

     Start Date: September      

     Location: Lakeshore Campus      

Program Overview

Humber’s Comedy Writing and Performance program helps talented students hone their craft while gaining an understanding of the commercial side of the industry.

Humber’s comedy faculty is comprised of seasoned, award-winning professionals who are still active in the comedy industry. Graduates are ready to embark on an exciting career in one of North America’s fastest growing industries – arts and entertainment.

The comedy program features many mainstage class shows, a weekly Humber student show at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club and an organized showcase at Second City, Toronto, for scouts, directors and agents with students included on the basis of merit. 

Students learn stand-up, 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.

Careers

Humber comedy graduates have found work on stage at Yuk Yuk’s and Second City, major television networks such as Comedy Central, CBC, CTV, and at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival, and can be seen in many major television commercials. Other grads have branched into advertising, public relations and related fields.

Our Industry Partners

We are proud to partner with two of Toronto's premier comedy venues, Yuk Yuk's and Comedy Club. 

Your Future Study Options 

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. View transfer guide.

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Humber Print Humor Workshop

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Humber's fully equipped Comedy Cabaret seats up to 80 people, has lighting and sound systems, and a 12' x 20' stage. 

Success Stories

Kurtis Conner

Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson was runner-up at the 2016 Homegrown competition at Just for Laughs.

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Anthony Q Farrell

Anthony Q. Farrell

Anthony is the creator/executive producer/head writer of BBC's Secret Life of Boys.

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Stephanie Tolev

Steph Tolev

Steph Tolev is a stand up and sketch comic born and raised in Toronto. 

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Podcasts

Maria Bamford (audio/x-m4a)

Duration: 00:49:50

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 (audio/mpeg)

Duration: 00:41:19

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 (audio/mpeg)

Duration: 01:28:09

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 (audio/mpeg)

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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.

Don Ferguson (audio/mpeg)

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Don Ferguson is a Canadian actor, writer, and producer and is one of the stars of the Royal Canadian Air Farce. Don spoke to Humber's Comedy Writing & Performance students.

Faculty

Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark

Program Director, Comedy Writing & Performance
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Robin Duke

Robin Duke

Full-time Faculty, Comedy Writing & Performance
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Allan Guttman

Allan Guttman

Full-time Faculty, Comedy Writing & Performance
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Larry Horowitz

Larry Horowitz

Full-time Faculty, Comedy Writing & Performance
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Christel Bartelse

Christel Bartelse

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Shawn Campbell

Shawn Campbell

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Linda Ellis

Linda Ellis

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Anne Fenn

Anne Fenn

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Deb Filler

Deb Filler

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Melody A Johnson

Melody A Johnson

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Bruce McCulloch

Bruce McCulloch

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Bruce Pirrie

Bruce Pirrie

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Mike Sacks

Mike Sacks

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