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LifeRaft Event Notice - Comedy Writing Workshop with The Peoples Improv Theater!

Writing The Screen Actors Guild Foundation invites New York City union members to a two-hour Comedy Writing Workshop with The Peoples Improv Theater.

When:  Saturday, August 13th

Time:  12:00 - 2:00 PM

The Peoples Improv Theater
123 East 24th Street
(Between Park & Lexington)
New York City

Interested in writing for comedy?  Want to have your work seen by a larger audience?  Need to pitch a script to industry professionals?  Learn from the best at the Peoples Improv Theater!  This two hour seminar will cover the basics of comedy writing, from structure and discipline to gathering and pitching ideas, to exploring ways to get your work seen today. Folks from the PIT’s Professional Writing Program have gone on to write for The Daily Show, SNL, MTV and more. Bring a paper and pen and get ready to dive in!

Panel Includes: Ethan T. Berlin & Joe Schiappa

This event will be moderated by Chris Aurilio, Director of Classes at The PIT


ETHAN T. BERLIN is an Emmy Award nominated comedy writer and performer who has written for scores of today’s top comedy stars, including Sacha Baron Cohen, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman, Dave Attell, Will Arnett, and George Lopez. His credits include, Da’ Ali G Show (HBO), Lopez Tonight (TBS), Crank Yankers (Comedy Central), and Talk Show With Spike Feresten (Fox). He has sold pilots to IFC, Cartoon Network, and MTV. Ethan has performed on most of the shows he's written for and is a graduate of the Peoples Improv Theater.

PIT Instructor JOE SCHIAPPA is a writer and improvisationalist in New York City. He is a recent winner of the Sierra Mist Melrose 63 Creative Lab. His work has appeared at the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, Joe's Pub, The People's Improv Theater and Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He recently wrote a screenplay with Ken Jeong (The Hangover, Knocked Up). Back Stage has called Joe's work "hilarious." Joe is an alumni of The Second City Training Center and has studied with Shira Piven of the Piven Theater. You can easily direct your web browser to www.joeschiappa.com

About The Peoples Improv Theater -

The Peoples Improv Theater is dedicated to the instruction, performance, and development of original comedy. The PIT strives to entertain and educate the community about the comedic arts in a safe and nurturing environment. The PIT is composed of three elements: a school that focuses on the craft of improvisation, an eclectic variety of electives, and an unparalleled professional writing program; a theater that presents original comedic shows seven nights a week; and a corporate and educational workshop program that offers team building, leadership, and business training. The PIT’s 3-level Sketch Writing Program covers everything from from writing your first sketches all the way to becoming a producing sketch comedy writer- performer. In the Professional Writing Program, working television and comedy writers offer specialized classes so you can hone your industry-standard stills. Independent comedy groups are formed within the programs and perform regularly at The PIT.  More information at www.thepit-nyc.com

Seating in limited.  RSVP Required.  Union members (SAG/AFTRA/Equity) can register to attend and bring a guest HERE.  This is a no-cost event.

Funded by grants and donations, the non-profit Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s free programs assist, educate and inspire actors toward their fullest potential in career, life and community. Celebrate the actor – support the SAG Foundation! www.sagfoundation.org

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