Sketch Elective ONLINE Mondays 7-9pm EDT

Sketch Elective: Special Sketch Class

Prerequisites May require previous UCB class experience. See course description below for details.
Scheduled ONLINE Mondays 7-9pm EDT
Start Date Apr 6, 2020, 7:00pm
Price $70
Class Size 8 students
Sessions 2 sessions, 2 hours each

MAD PROPS: Using Fewer Props More Effectively

What actually needs to be on stage? Will people know you are in a restaurant if you don’t have silverware? Lots of sketch groups overload themselves with props that can slow down transition times and weigh down your show. 

This workshop will focus on how write sketches that need minimal props, and how to stage your existing sketches without a ton of props slowing you down. Use props sparingly but more effectively.  What is the most important thing needed for the sketch? How can you use one prop to create a single moment of stage magic?  How crafty can we be with cardboard?

For the first session, bring a sketch you've written that seems to need a lot of props. Students will write a new sketch for the second session.


Students should have access to a computer and stable, robust internet access, webcam & microphone. 

This online course uses Google Classroom and Google Meet programs to conduct live sessions with your instructor and fellow students.

Please check to see if you have the compatibility requirements for utilizing these programs before registering: 

Note: Meets 7-9pm EDT. Your local time may vary.

Niccolo Aeed, teacher

Niccolo Aeed Niccolo Aeed is a black/palestinian comedian, writer and director based in New York. He is half the comedy duo Marina & Nicco. Their recent plays include Room 4 (The PIT) Unpacking: A Ghost Story Told in the Dark (HERE Arts Center) and If You Do This Right You'll Probably Break Their Chest (Ars Nova). Their pilot Smuchr won best comedy at the 2018 New York Television Festival. His work has been featured on The New Yorker, Comedy Central, Funny or Die and The Moth Podcast. He is a resident writer of The Flea Theater’s Serials. He teaches sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and has directed the Maude teams Foundation, House of Birds and Pretty Boys. He also teaches storytelling with The Moth. For more check out

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