Arcade Academy

Arcade welcomes guest instructor Kevin McDonald

Arcade Academy is excited to welcome back Kevin McDonald, one of the founding members of “Kids in the Hall” and genuinely amazing Canadian. He’ll be leading two brand new workshops on Saturday and Sunday. Each workshop is 3 hours and offers you a chance to learn the improv and sketch-writing techniques used by the Kids in the Hall.

Saturday, December 10 – Squeezing Comedy from Improv
Sunday, December 11 – One-Line Premise

Sign up for either workshop and also receive a free ticket to see Kevin’s performance that weekend.

Register for both and save $50!

Want to take both workshops? Register for our double workshop bundle and you can get six hours of sketch comedy workshops for just $250 (that’s $50 off if you registered for them separately).

The bundle is only available online. 

Squeezing Comedy from Improv

Saturday’s “Squeezing Comedy from Improv” guides students through the early process of developing sketches from improvised scenes. Groups of students will improvise a scene, and then the class will work with Kevin to identify and explore the greatest comedic potential of the scene ahead of a second go at the scene exploring that freshly-squeezed comedy. The workshop culminates with the full class working together on a large group scene that will be massaged into an “epic sketch.”

Saturday December 10

12:00PM – 3:00PM

Instructor: Kevin McDonald

$150 / person, ages 18+

Space is limited to 14 participants 

One Line Premise

Sunday’s “One Line Premise” shows students how they can take their simple idea like “what if a guy were ten dollars short of being a billionaire?” and turn it into a complete sketch. Every student will come to the workshop with their own one-line premise, and work with Kevin and their fellow students to break that out into a fully-realized scene. After the workshop, students can send their completed draft of the sketch to Kevin McDonald and he’ll email his expert notes on improving it further.

Sunday December 11

12:00PM – 3:00PM

Instructor: Kevin McDonald

$150 / person, ages 18+

Space is limited to 14 participants 

About our Workshops

Arcade Comedy Theater offers workshops for beginner and advanced improvisers on a variety of subjects, inspiring performers to continue their education and approach the art of improv from different directions. Workshops have been taught by nationally-known improvisers and instructors, including Kevin McDonald, Laura Hall, Rick Hall, Jimmy Carrane, Paul Grondy, Maribeth Monroe, Jaime Moyer, Rob Belushi, Tim Stoltenberg, Susan Messing, Rachel Mason and more.