Sketch Classes at Drafthouse Comedy in DC

Sketch Comedy have been the cornerstone for comedy creativity for many years, including Late Night talk shows, SNL, Monty Python, MadTV, and more. Join us for our Sketch Writing course with veteran Stephen Hale. Students will get stage time to perform in front of a live audience at Drafthouse Comedy in DC and/or the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. Additionally, willing students can form in house groups and get a timeslot at DC Drafthouse.

Sketch Comedy LEVEL 1 - Sketch Writing with 1 Performance


This course in an introduction to sketch comedy, writing short comedic scenes, rehearsing and working towards building a show that the students will perform in.  Each week students will explore different sketch formats and be asked, each week, to bring in a new sketch based on a specific format.


The goal of Drafthouse Comedy Level 1 Sketch Writing is to push students to not be afraid to fail in their writing, make big choices and take risks. Finding your own voice through the guidance and support of your teacher is what we strive to have you achieve.


The course will run for 8 total weeks.  5 weeks of writing, discussing and collaborating on new material.  2  weeks of rehearsing and exploring chosen sketches for the show and the final show, which will be held on the last day (8th week) of class.  


No prior sketch writing experience is necessary - the only requirement for this class is a desire to write, perform and learn.  Students should be prepared to work outside of class, writing new sketches, for the first 5 weeks of class.


For more information please contact Stephen Hale:


Class Size: Max of 12 Students. Monday or Tuesdays 7pm - 9:30pm:  

2020 Dates

Session 1: Mondays - January 27, February 3rd, 10, 17, 24, March 2nd, 9, 16
Session 2: Tuesdays - March 10, 17, 24, 31 April 7, 14, 21, 28
Session 3: Mondays - April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18 (No class 25) June 1, 8, 15
Session 4: Mondays - July 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (No class Sept. 7) September 14, 21 
Session 5: Tuesdays - September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3

Sketch Comedy LEVEL 2 - Sketch Writing with 2 Performances


Prerequisite - Completion of Level 1 Sketch Writing.


This course is geared towards writing for and putting up shows with a shorter deadline.  Assignments will be given out weekly but the assignments given will allow students to really explore their own voice and find their own writing style. Each class students will critique, collaborate and give ideas on how to improve scenes with guidance from their teacher.  


Over the course of 8 weeks students will put up 2 separate shows.  2 weeks of writing, 1 week of rehearsal and 1 week for the show.  The students will then repeat the process of 2 weeks of writing, 1 week of rehearsal and 1 week for the show.


Drafthouse Comedy wants students to find their own voice, take risks and make big choices in writing and a faster timeline forces students to not overthink their writing.


Students that pass this level will be allowed to form a sketch group that is given a timeslot at DC Drafthouse.

Class Size: Max of 12 Students. Monday or Tuesdays 7pm - 9:30pm:

2020 Dates 
Session 1:  Tuesdays - June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28 August 4 


For more information please contact Stephen Hale:



Stephen Hale lived, learned and worked in Los Angeles for 15 years before following his much smarter, Dr. Wife to DC.  Stephen trained and performed with the Groundlings (Sunday Company), UCB (The Midnight Show) and iOWest (Winchester Prep Sketch Academy), while learning from and performing with some amazing writers and improvisers.  Stephen's sketch comedy group "The Midnight Show" performed at the UCB theater in LA every month for 10 years straight, played festivals and sold a show to TBS (which never got made!)


Stephen co-wrote and starred in the Sundance Feature Film "One Too Many Mornings", Hosted the Yahoo Sports Show "Behind Enemy Lines" and contributed his writing and acting to other shows.


He's excited to teach, perform and work with others in DC and turn Drafthouse Theaters into a Sketch Comedy Home for all DMV Comedians.

For more information please contact Stephen Hale:




We ask that all students be able to attend all eight scheduled classes and, if you cannot, recommend you wait until a course you can fully commit to is available.


We understand that emergencies happen so absences are allowed, but we do not allow more than two absences over the course of one eight week session.  If you miss more than two classes then you will be removed from the class and asked to repeat it.




No refunds will be given a week prior to class starting.

A full refund will be given if requested more than a week out from the first class.