Comedy Writing


Do you have a comedy concept for film or TV but no clue how to get it to the next level, let alone get it made? Do you want to improve your standup comedy writing skills? Or maybe you just want to learn how to make people laugh?

In this exciting 2 Day course you will learn the skills needed to write stand-up and narrative comedy. Build characters, devise stories and apply time honoured principles of comedy writing to make your own stand-up routine, comedy film or sitcom.

Course content

  • Genre
  • Comic character development
  • The principles of jokes
  • The principles of narrative comedy
  • Comic story structure
  • Conflict
  • Dialogue
  • Bibles and pitching

Ideal for

Writers who would like to build their comic skills. Comics who would like to build their writing skills. People who would like to learn how to make other people laugh.

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You will work on building and developing your own concepts in comedy whilst exploring the course content. Upon finishing this course you will have learned much about the tricks used to build comedy and be able to apply these to your own writing or comedy development.



Materials supplied

All relevant course materials are included.

Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation.

Materials to bring

Notepaper, pen or a laptop.


Completion of this course will not guarantee entry into an RMIT Program.

Additional notes

Please note, the course facilitators alternate so only one facilitator will run each course. 

Andrea Powell will be teaching the May course.



Adam Rozenbachs

Adam Rozenbachs is a stand-up comedian, writer, broadcaster, actor and voice over artist who has steadily risen to become one of Australia's funniest and most consistent performers. Adam has performed nine successful Melbourne International Comedy Festival Shows and as a writer, he is one of the most sought after in the country.He is currently writing for Charlie Pickering's The Weekly and Foxtel's Open Slather. He spent several years writing for Before the Game and Logie winner Spicks & Specks, as well as Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight. He has written for Mick Molloy's The Nation, Skithouse, Comedy Inc., The Big Bite and The Logies, and in print he has written for the Herald Sun, The Sunday Age, Men's Fitness and, among others. Adam is a broadcaster on 774 ABC Radio, co-hosting regularly with Lindy Burns, and is a regular on Triple M’s Hot Breakfast, and Hughesy and Kate on Nova 100.

"Crave some good, solid, entertaining stand-up? Here's Adam Rozenbachs." The Age

Andrea Powell

Andrea Powell is an actor, author and comedian renowned for her characterisations. She has written and performed 13 comedies for theatre, and received three Comedy Awards and one Green Room Awards nomination. Andrea wrote Strain Your Gherkins by Ethel Chop for Penguin Publishers. She has appeared on numerous TV and performed regularly on radio for the past 13 years. She's written for TV, radio and online magazines and directed and script-edited for many performers including comedians Nelly Thomas and Anne Edmonds, cabaret performer Wes Snelling, and sketch artists Girls Uninterrupted.

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Available course dates

Saturday 25 February 2017

  • Code S345253
  • Start date 25.02.17
  • End date 26.02.17
  • Hours 12.00
  • Campus City
  • Fee $460.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 25.02.17 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00
Sun 26.02.17 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00

Saturday 13 May 2017

  • Code S345253
  • Start date 13.05.17
  • End date 14.05.17
  • Hours 12.00
  • Campus City
  • Fee $460.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 13.05.17 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00
Sun 14.05.17 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00

Saturday 26 August 2017

  • Code S345253
  • Start date 26.08.17
  • End date 27.08.17
  • Hours 12.00
  • Campus City
  • Fee $460.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 26.08.17 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00
Sun 27.08.17 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00

Saturday 28 October 2017

  • Code S345253
  • Start date 28.10.17
  • End date 29.10.17
  • Hours 12.00
  • Campus City
  • Fee $460.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 28.10.17 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00
Sun 29.10.17 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00

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