All The Wisdom I Can Assemble: Here’s what I learned from being in a sketch comedy group. PT3

All The Wisdom I Can Assemble: Here’s what I learned from being in a sketch comedy group. PT3

By Mac Blake

STAGECRAFT OR NOW THAT YOU HAVE A SHOW

9. DEATH TO FALSE TRANSITIONS

If you're putting up an entire show, then you probably know to keep stage picture in mind, keep props and costumes to a minimum, be downstage as much as possible, project your voices, and keep transition times tight.

All The Wisdom I Can Assemble: Here’s what I learned from being in a sketch comedy group. PT2

All The Wisdom I Can Assemble: Here’s what I learned from being in a sketch comedy group. PT2

By Mac Blake

GROUP DYNAMICS OR HOW TO NOT KILL EACH OTHER

5. BE A FAN OF FEEDBACK

If you don’t want to hear other people’s opinions of your work, then you probably shouldn’t be in a group. Feedback, critique, notes are all necessary steps of creative process. You don’t always have to incorporate the notes, but you’d be dumb not to listen to them.

All The Wisdom I Can Assemble: Here’s what I learned from being in a sketch comedy group. PT1

All The Wisdom I Can Assemble: Here’s what I learned from being in a sketch comedy group. PT1

By Mac Blake

During the summer of 2009, I joined a pre-existing sketch comedy group called STAG Comedy in Austin, Texas. In 2015, that group (featuring none of its original members) performed its last live show. In those six years, I was part of two other sketch projects and also a member of the Austin Sketch Fest producer team, where I reviewed submissions from hundreds of sketch groups.