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  • Comedy Writingand PerformanceFull-time Diploma | COMEDY_D

     Type: 2-Year Diploma      

     Start Date: September      

     Location: Lakeshore Campus      

Program Overview

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

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.

Careers

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 Partners

We are proud to partner with two of Toronto's premeire comedy venues, Yuk Yuk's and Comedy Club. 

Your Future Study Options 

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

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Humber Print Humor Workshop

An event dedicated to exploring the practical side of writing humor for the page. 

Humber's fully equipped Comedy Cabaret seats up to 80 people, has lighting and sound systems, and a 12' x 20' stage. 

Success Stories

Rebecca Addelman

Rebecca Addelman

Rebecca Addelman graduated from Humber’s Comedy Writing & Performance program in 2005 and now spends most of her waking hours working as a writer for the Fox sitcom, New Girl. “Ironically, being paid to be funny involves a lot of serious work…”

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Josh Saltzman

In 2003, Josh Saltzman entered  Humber’s comedy program planning to do improv, but he emerged  a comedy writer.

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Nick Beaton

From a blue collar background, Nick Beaton cuts through the garbage of an overly bureaucratic society that takes itself way too seriously.

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Podcasts

Tom Green (audio/mpeg)

Duration: 01:18:54

Comedian Tom Green came to speak to Humber's Comedy Writing & Performance students.

Print Humor Workshop Session 1 - Writing Magazine/Newspaper Humour (audio/mpeg)

Duration: 00:50:42

Print Humor Workshop Session 1 - Writing Magazine/Newspaper Humor

  • Teddy Wayne – The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine?
  • Larry Doyle – The New Yorker, The Simpsons, I Love You Beth Cooper, Deliriously Happy (and Other Thoughts)

Moderator Andrew Clark

Print Humor Workshop Session 2 - Humor Book Editors and Agents (audio/mpeg)

Duration: 00:50:42

Print Humor Workshop Session 2 - Humor Book Editors and Agents

  • Byrd Leavell – Co-head of Waxman Leavell, represents Justin Halpern (Shit My Dad Says), Tucker Max, and Mike Sacks?
  • Jeremie Ruby Strauss – Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster, edits Tucker Max and Cedric the Entertainer

Moderator Joe Kertes

Print Humor Workshop Session 3 - Writing with Humor About Humor (audio/mpeg)

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Print Humor Workshop Session 3 - Writing with Humor About Humor?

  • Brian Raftery – Contributor to GQ and Wired, and author of 2013’s High-Status Characters: How the Upright Citizens Brigade Stormed a City, Started a Scene, and Changed Comedy Forever?
  • Adam Frucci – Editor-in-chief of Splitsider
  • Jesse David Fox – Associate Editor at Vulture.com

Moderator Mike Sacks

Print Humor Workshop Session 4 - Author Q & A with Sloane Crosley (audio/mpeg)

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Print Humor Workshop Session 4 - Author Q and A?

  • Sloane Crosley – Author of the best-selling I Was Told There’d Be Cake: Essays and How Did You Get This Number? Adjunct professor at Columbia University

Moderator Andrew Clark

Faculty

Christel Bartelse

Christel Bartelse

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Shawn Campbell

Shawn Campbell

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Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark

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Robin Duke

Robin Duke

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Linda Ellis

Linda Ellis

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Anne Fenn

Anne Fenn

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Deb Filler

Deb Filler

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Allan Guttman

Allan Guttman

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Larry Horowitz

Larry Horowitz

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Melody A Johnson

Melody A Johnson

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Bruce McCulloch

Bruce McCulloch

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Bruce Pirrie

Bruce Pirrie

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Mike Sacks

Mike Sacks

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