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.
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.
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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.
All of our faculty has substantial industry experience.
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.
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, broadcasting, 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.
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?
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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|
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