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Comedy: Writing and Performance

Credential: DiplomaProgram Code: 12211Length: 4 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 4 requirements:

  • Academic

    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

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

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

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

  • Applicants can choose ONE of the following:

    • Theatrical Monologue

    Applicants will perform a short theatrical monologue.

    • Standup Routine

    Applicants will perform two minutes of original standup comedy. There are no restrictions on topics or language.

    • Comic Writing Sample

    Applicants can submit a comic writing sample.  The writing sample may be a sketch (2-5 pages), scene (2-5 pages) or short story (400-1000 words).

     

    Submission Instructions

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees

The 2018-2019 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $6,397.22
  • international: $14,964.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more >

Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,198.61$7,272.00
Tuition$2,588.83$6,662.22
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$150.00$150.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,198.61$7,272.00
Tuition$2,588.83$6,662.22
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$150.00$150.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,198.61$7,272.00
Tuition$2,588.83$6,662.22
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$150.00$150.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,198.61$7,272.00
Tuition$2,588.83$6,662.22
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$150.00$150.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

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

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

TRANSFER OPTIONS

Can't find a pathway? You can still get the credit you deserve from your previous education or your prior work or life experience.

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Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Andrew Clark, Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79031
andrew.clark@humber.ca

Linda Ellis, Program Assistant
416.675.6622 ext. 79035
linda.ellis@humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map >

Apply through Ontario Colleges >

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre >

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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.


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Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
September 2019LakeshoreOpenOpen

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.

Kevin McDonald Mentors Humber Comedy Students

Kevin McDonald

Kids In the Hall's Kevin McDonald spent a week with our 2nd-year Comedy Students, helping them perfect their sketches and writing for the Monday Night Comedy Bar Show. 

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, 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.

  

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 
Director 
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

NameTitle
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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