We Add Fun

Blacktop Comedy adds fun to your life, and everyone is welcome! As the leading improv and comedy school in the greater Sacramento region, we know everyone can improvise. Learn how saying, “yes and,” can change your life! Everyone who teaches at Blacktop went through our program, so we understand what you might be feeling. Is there a little voice telling you, “you can’t do this,“ “give up,” “you’re not funny.” Tell the voice to shut up. We got your back at Blacktop Comedy!

Take Time for Yourself

As adults, parents, employees, and even business owners, life can be exhausting. Kids, work, deadlines, and dinner. We stay busy. We are busy! Sometimes, life feels like a race to the next event. A race to the next race!  

  • When was the last time you did something for yourself? 

  • When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?

  • When was the last time you felt excited to be a part of supportive community?

Laugh, Learn, and grow

Blacktop Comedy is your space to laugh, learn, and grow.  Improv at Blacktop Comedy is fun, exhilarating, and empowering. Take time for yourself and discover what an amazing storyteller, comedian, and improviser you are. Together we will create unforgettable comedy. Check out the list of courses, an see what works for you. Or, read our article: I’m New to Improv. This is Overwhelming. Where Should I Begin

IMprov Classes

IMPROV PLAYGROUND: IMPROV FOR EVERYONE

A drop-in improv experience that meets every Thursday. Learn improv games you see on Whose Line is it Anyway! Ideal for beginners and experienced improvisers too. We never force anyone to play (but we will encourage you to join the fun). No previous improv experience necessary. You will

  •  Learn how to play improv games

  •  Learn to Trust 

  •  Let go of fear

  •   Live in the moment


IMPROV GYM: PUT IN THE SCENE WORK

A drop-in focused on long-form improv. Expert instructors help students become the best performers possible through improv scene work and exercises. We suggest you attend Improv 101 before attending the Improv Gym. You will practice

  •    Creating, and editing scenes

  •    Supporting your scene partner

  •     Sustaining characters

  •      Teamwork


Improv 101: Introduction to Improv

Have fun, meet new people and learn to improvise in this popular six-week class at Blacktop Comedy. You will be made more confident, funnier, and more creative in just six weeks. Learn how to actively listen, embrace spontaneity, and learn to take risks on stage and in life. Past students include, improvisers, comedians, arists, therapists, public speakers, sales reps, voice actors, screen actors, married couples and many more! Ages 18+. Six-week course.


Improv 201: Comedy Foundation and Characters

You’re an improviser looking to create better improv scenes and characters. You came to the right place! You need a foundation. We call it your Comedy Foundation, and in Improv 201 you will learn how to make any scene, moment, or interaction funnier. This is a great course of performers, public speakers, and everyone looking to add more comedy to their life. Ages 18+. Six week course.


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Improv 301: Heightening and Patterns

Learn how to recognize patterns in a scene, heighten. Heightening is a technique that helps make any scene funnier. Can help all performers, including improvisers, stand up comedians, and actors. Ages 18+. Six week course.

Stand up Comedy Classes

Stand up 101: how to be a comedian

Do you want to be a comedian? Study with award-winning Keith Lowell Jensen, and you will learn how to be a comedian. You don’t need to have written or performed before. All you need is a pencil and your sense of humor. Learn to:

  • Turn your funny ideas and stories into standup comedy material

  • Avoid common pitfalls

  • Structure your standup comedy writing

  • Advance your abilities as a performer

  • Develop your own unique comedy persona

Sketch Comedy Classes

Sketch Comedy 101: WRITE YOUR FIRST SKETCH

In Sketch 101, you will learn to write, pitch and edit sketches in the style of shows like SNL, Key & Peele and Mr. Show. You will learn to write effective sketch comedy both on your own and in collaboration with your classmates. By the end of this class, you will:

  • Produce a selection of strong, polished sketches

  • Create 3 Characters

  • Learn sketch pacing

  • Learn how format a sketch


HOW IS BLACKTOP COMEDY DIFFERENT?

Blacktop Comedy offers the best in entertainment and education. Our world-class instructors are passionate about improv, stand up comedy, and sketch comedy. We work to create a supportive community for students and performers. Our teachers have studied and performed throughout the country, including Chicago, Austin, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, at Second City, iO Chicago, and BATS (Bay Area Theater Sports) to name a few.

We opened Blacktop in Rocklin, CA because we grew up in this community, and wanted to bring comedy shows and education to Placer and Sacramento. If you want is looking to become a performer, a confident public speaker, or have some fun any try something new come to Blacktop Comedy.

Our theater is located in Rocklin, and we perform throughout Northern California. We have brought of shows and classes to colleges, high schools, corporations, weddings, birthday parties, local community centers and much more. If you would like to hire us please email, paul@blacktopcomedy.com. We serve fine particular individuals of Northern California areas like: Marysville, Yuba City, Sacramento, Roseville, Lincoln, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Natomas, Loomis, Woodland, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove, Davis, Napa, Chico, Oroville, Redding, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Reno, Stockton, Modesto, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose.