Comedy: Writing and Performance (2015/16 Program)

Program Code: 
Program Length: 

Four semesters, beginning in September

Contact Information: 

Andrew Clark
Program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79031

Linda Ellis
Program assistant
416.675.6622 ext. 79035

Admission Requirements

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


Mature student status


College or university transfer status

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

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program. Applicants will receive further instructions for the submission of secondary requirements following application. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Secondary Admission Requirements: 

The 2015/2016 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $6,030.82
– international $14,200.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2015/2016 academic year. Fees are subject to change. Refer to our detailed fee information.

Our Program

Humber’s Comedy: Writing and Performance program helps you hone your 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. Our graduates are ready to embark on an exciting career in one of North America’s fastest growing industries – arts and entertainment.

You’ll 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. 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 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 Industry Partnerships

We have a longstanding partnership with Yuk Yuk’s comedy club.

Our Facilities

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

Your Future Study Options

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

List of Courses
Semester 1
Course Code Course Name
HCCC 111 Stand-up Comedy 1
HCCC 112 Improvisation 1
HCCC 113 Sketch 1
HCCC 114 Physical Comedy 1 (Shtick)
HCCC 115 Acting and Voice 1
HCCC 116 History of Comedy
WRIT 107 College Reading and Writing Skills: Comedy
Semester 2
Course Code Course Name
GNED 101 An Introduction to Arts and Sciences
HCCC 150 Physical Comedy 2 (Shtick)
HCCC 151 Stand-up Comedy 2
HCCC 152 Improvisation 2
HCCC 153 Sketch 2
HCCC 154 Acting and Voice 2
WRIT 207 Professional Writing Skills: Comedy
Semester 3
Course Code Course Name
HCCC 211 Physical Comedy 3 (Shtick)
HCCC 212 Comedy Script Writing 1
HCCC 213 Acting and Voice 3
HCCC 214 Sketch and Writing 1
HCCC 215 Stand-up Comedy 3
HCCC 216 Comedy Video Production 1
HCCC 217 Improvisation 3
Select 1 of the following courses
GNED General Elective
Semester 4
Course Code Course Name
HCCC 250 Comedy Script Writing 2
HCCC 251 Acting and Voice 4
HCCC 252 Stand-up Comedy 4
HCCC 253 Sketch and Writing 2
HCCC 254 Comedy Video Production 2
HCCC 255 Improvisation 4