[Welcome] TV Comedy Rewrite Class

Welcome to your TV Comedy Rewrite Class! 

**Note: Class will be structured similarly to a writers' room. As such, students will read each others' material in order to participate in the discussion and get the most out of the experience. 

Assignment One - Your Script & Material

Due Date / Time
Submission Format

PDF

Additional Instructions

Please email the below directly to your instructor: 

  1. Your script 
  2. Any supplementary materials/bibles/series layout (optional)
  3. A list of 1-3 of your favorite half-hour TV comedies (optional, but highly recommended)  

Week One - Introduction / First Draft / After the Table Read

Date / Time
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Summary
  • Instructor will lecture on the importance of rewriting
  • Instructor will discuss common reasons to rewrite and the rewrite process
  • Reasons to re-write: flaws in story, structure, characters, dialogue
  • Instructor will give each student feedback on their pages 
  • Live Q&A

Host:
Jack Herrguth - Independent Producer, Former Exec @ Comedy Central

Jack Herrguth is a writer (SISTER, SISTER), executive producer (GALAXY QUEST: IT’S ALL REAL), and entertainment executive (Comedy Central’s NATHAN FOR YOU). He has been successful in digital arenas as well, heading up development for Chris Hardwick's multi-media empire, Nerdist. Jack recently developed the half-hour comedy KILLING IT with Paul Feig.

Week Two - Story and Structure

Date / Time
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Summary
  • Instructor will lecture on the importance of solid structure
  • Instructor will discuss the three-act format
  • Instructor will give each student feedback on their pages
  • Live Q&A

Host:
Jack Herrguth - Independent Producer, Former Exec @ Comedy Central

Jack Herrguth is a writer (SISTER, SISTER), executive producer (GALAXY QUEST: IT’S ALL REAL), and entertainment executive (Comedy Central’s NATHAN FOR YOU). He has been successful in digital arenas as well, heading up development for Chris Hardwick's multi-media empire, Nerdist. Jack recently developed the half-hour comedy KILLING IT with Paul Feig.

Week Three - Characters

Date / Time
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Summary
  • Instructor will lecture on the keys to creating compelling characters
  • Instructor will discuss character backstory, flaws, and motivations, passive characters vs active characters – are your characters driving the action or not
  • Instructor will give each student feedback on their pages
  • Live Q&A

Host:
Jack Herrguth - Independent Producer, Former Exec @ Comedy Central

Jack Herrguth is a writer (SISTER, SISTER), executive producer (GALAXY QUEST: IT’S ALL REAL), and entertainment executive (Comedy Central’s NATHAN FOR YOU). He has been successful in digital arenas as well, heading up development for Chris Hardwick's multi-media empire, Nerdist. Jack recently developed the half-hour comedy KILLING IT with Paul Feig.

Week Four - Humor and Dialogue

Date / Time
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Summary
  • Instructor will lecture on the importance of unique character voices
  • Instructor will discuss joke formats and rhythm / comedy theory?
  • Organic jokes vs inorganic jokes
  • Instructor will give each student feedback on their pages
  • Live Q&A

Host:
Jack Herrguth - Independent Producer, Former Exec @ Comedy Central

Jack Herrguth is a writer (SISTER, SISTER), executive producer (GALAXY QUEST: IT’S ALL REAL), and entertainment executive (Comedy Central’s NATHAN FOR YOU). He has been successful in digital arenas as well, heading up development for Chris Hardwick's multi-media empire, Nerdist. Jack recently developed the half-hour comedy KILLING IT with Paul Feig.

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Roadmap Writers prides itself on the quality of executives we bring to our programs and we work hard to get you the best feedback possible.

Our vetted executives are chosen by the legitimacy of the companies they work for and their ability to evaluate pitches and pages.

Only the executives you sign up for will be provided with your materials.