Improv to Sketch: Intro to Sketch Comedy for Improvisers

with Erick Acuña

Erick Acuña

Erick is a Peruvian comedian and writer based in Washington DC.

He studied at Ketó Improv Theater in Peru, and after moving to the US he completed Washington Improv Theater’s (WIT) and New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade’s programs, as well as the Comedy Writing program at The Second City.

Erick performs at WIT with The Broken Bones (2019 FIST’s winners), Poetic Resistance, The Interview, Improv Actually, and Bring Back the 90s. He directs WIT’s rock musical Heavy Rotation.

In addition, he performs with indie teams Press Play, Captain PhD, Couch Money, Sábado Picante, and Latinx States of America. His one-person show ‘Acuña Acuna’ was voted ‘Best Performance’ at the Capital Show, and it was a finalist at the Yes, And… Laughter Lab in partnership with Comedy Central. He’s also the founding member and contributing writer of ‘The Cherry Swamp’, a Washington DC based satire site.

04/23/2024 7:00 PM

Door Time: 6:50 PM

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Workshop Description

Imagine: you do an improv scene and have a blast. Maybe it was because you played a silly character, took part in a fun relationship dynamic, or something else. Once that scene is edited, it’s over. But what if it wasn’t? What if you could bring that character, that world, or that premise to life again? Or what if you thought of an even funnier line to say? That’s where scripted - or sketch - comedy comes in. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use the concept of “game” to hone comedic premises into sketch format and experience how their improv is a natural complement to the world of sketch comedy.

Topics covered in this workshop:

  • A quick primer on different forms of scripted comedy
  • Using improv skills to develop ideas for scripted comedy pieces, such as:
    • Solo characters
    • Sketches (either on stage or video)
    • Musical comedy

This workshop is helpful for any improviser interested in exploring how their improv skills can inform (and enhance) scripted comedic pieces - or any improviser who has thought about dabbling in sketch and hasn’t figured out where/how to start!


  • Completion of two or more long-form improv classes from an organization’s core curriculum.
  • No prior sketch experience required
  • Students should bring at least one comedic premise/idea to share (even one sentence is fine) with the group.

Instructor Bio

Erick Acuña is a Peruvian improviser based in Washington DC. He teaches and performs improv comedy at Washington Improv Theater, Will Hines’ World’s Greatest Improv School, and Rails Comedy. He has been featured in several comedy podcasts including Earwolf’s improv4humans with Matt Besser, and Improv Nerd with Jimmy Carrane. He has also taught workshops and performed in comedy festivals in over 20 cities around the US, Latin-America and Europe. More about Erick can be found at his website, erickacuna.com.

Class Details & Schedule

This is a 2.5 hour-long in-person workshop.

Location: The DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Registration Fee: $60

Class Policies

  • Must be 18 years of age or older to enroll.
  • All sales are final: classes are non-refundable. Classes are only refundable to students if there are not enough students for the class. Classes are nonrefundable under all other circumstances.
  • Masks are optional but not required.
  • See Rails Comedy's Student Handbook for full course policies.


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