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Comedy: Writing and Performance

Credential: Diploma Program Code: 12211 Length: 4 semesters

Programs Starting Between:

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
    • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above



All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection Includes Additional Requirements:

Admission is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional requirements which may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, reference, etc. These vary by program. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2018LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters was:

  • domestic: $6,227.76
  • international: $14,671.00

Fees are subject to change.

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Humber has a number of transfer agreements with other postsecondary institutions (within Canada and around the world) that enables students and graduates to use their Humber credential to gain advanced standing in another program.

Bachelor of Applied Management 

Credential Opportunity: Diploma to Degree
Location: Saint John, NB
Institution(s): University of New Brunswick

Graduates of any two-year diploma program at Humber who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 70% or greater will be eligible to enter year three of the 4-yr Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) at the University of New Brunswick. Depending on the diploma program, students may be exempted from study in certain courses and therefore, requested to take alternate courses offered by the Faculty of Business.

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Anne Marie Stephen

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

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Program Contact(s)

Andrew Clark, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79031

Linda Ellis, program assistant
416.675.6622 ext. 79035



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Phone 1-416-675-5067

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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 additional requirements. This contains all information to prepare and submit additional requirements for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Additional Requirements

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. Standup 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 the audition.

Registration Instructions

Applicants must register to attend this admissions event. Log-in to MyHumber to register:

  1. Log-in to MyHumber
  2. Select the Applicant tab
  3. Select the Applied Programs tab
  4. Select your Year and Applicant Number from the drop-down menu, then click Submit
  5. Click on “Do I Have Any Missing Requirements”
  6. Click on “Go to Events” (located under the “Link” section, near the bottom right of the page)
  7. Choose from a list of available assessment dates and follow the prompts

Applicants must meet both academic and additional requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission.

All additional 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.

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Our Program

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 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.

Courses Learning Outcomes

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.


The Humber Advantage

Student Success

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.

Chris Robinson Stephanie Tolev Anthony Farrell 

Kurtis Conner Rebecca Addelman Kenny Trevor Wilson

Our Faculty

All of our faculty has substantial industry experience.

Andrew Clark Robin Duke Christel Bartelse

Our Industry Partners

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

Students also get access to top level comedians from across Canada and the US in our PrimeTime speaker series, featuring guests such as Bruce McCulloch and Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall, Maria Bamford and Tom Green.

Your Career

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.


Director's Message

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.

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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?

Andrew Clark 
Comedy Writing & Performance

Advisory Committee

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.

Advisory Committee

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

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