2014/15 Program

Comedy: Writing and Performance

Our Program

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. The 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. Graduates are ready to embark on an exciting career in one of North America’s fastest growing industries – arts and entertainment.

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.

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. Join their illustrious ranks, working in stand-up comedy, sitcom/film performance, production and writing, broadcasting and production, advertising and voice-overs, sketch comedy and writing.

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 Facilities

Our fully equipped comedy cabaret seats up to 80 people, has lighting and sound systems, and a 12’x 20’ stage.

Our Industry Partnerships

Comedy Club, Yuk Yuk’s.

Your Future Study Options

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

For detailed information, visit humber.ca/transferguide.

Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). If English is not your first language visit the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12C, U or M courses in addition to those listed above
  • Applicants who do not possess the required courses may complete admission testing to determine equivalencies. Invitation and booking of admission testing is done using the email address provided on the online application
  • Attendance at an audition/interview (fee $35), which includes:
    • presentation of two minutes of standup comedy
    • a small sample of comic writing (script, essay or story form)
    • a great sense of humour

Note: For more information visit Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Fees/Scholarships

The 2013/2014 fee for two semesters was

  • domestic $5,725.84
  • international $12,950.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2013/2014 academic year. Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Curriculum

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
COMM 215 College Reading and Writing Skills: Comedy
HCCC 102 Stand-up Comedy 1
HCCC 103 Improvisation 1
HCCC 104 Sketch 1
HCCC 107 Physical Comedy 1 (Shtick)
HCCC 110 Acting And Voice 1
HCCC 416 History of Comedy

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
COMM 315 Professional Writing Skills: Comedy
HCCC 201 Physical Comedy 2 (shtick)
HCCC 202 Stand-up Comedy 2
HCCC 203 Improvisation 2
HCCC 204 Sketch 2
HCCC 210 Acting And Voice 2
HUMA 024 An Introduction to Arts and Sciences

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
GNEDG000 General Education Electives
HCCC 301 Physical Comedy 3 (shtick)
HCCC 304 Comedy Script Writing 1
HCCC 310 Acting And Voice 3
HCCC 313 Sketch and Writing 1
HCCC 314 Stand-up Comedy 3
HCCC 315 Comedy Video Production 1
HCCC 415 Improvisation 3

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
HCCC 404 Comedy Script Writing 2
HCCC 410 Acting And Voice 4
HCCC 417 Stand-up Comedy 4
HCCC 418 Sketch and Writing 2
HCCC 419 Comedy Video Production 2
HCCC 420 Improvisation 4