Judd Apatow Teaches the Craft of Comedy: A New Online Course from MasterClass

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School just got fun. And funny. Days after announcing that New Yorker author Malcolm Gladwell will teach his first online course on writing, MasterClass revealed that Judd Apatow, the director of umpteen funny films (The 40-Year-Old VirginKnocked Up, This Is 40, etc.), will present his own course on comedy, offerings lessons on how to “create hilarious storylines, write great stand-up, and direct comedies that leave audiences laughing.”

In 32 video lessons, students will learn how to: find comedic inspiration; mine your life for material; outline and structure stories for film and TV; write stand-up material; write comic dialogue; pitch projects to studios and networks; work with actors; and navigate the entertainment industry. Now open for enrollment, the course will officially get started this spring. Anyone looking to study comedy can also immediately get started with an existing comedy course taught by Steve Martin.

Each MasterClass course costs $90. But, for $180, you can get an annual pass to every course in the MasterClass catalogue.

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