Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I'm holding one of these SITCOM ROOM seminars on November 10th & 11th in Los Angeles. And registration is now open.
Some things you should know:
I only do these once a year at the most. Sometimes I do them once every two years.
I only take twenty students.
And I opened registration on Sunday for those on my mailing list and within 48 hours I filled half of the slots. There are now only 10 openings. So if you're interested, please take advantage now. When we're sold out, that's it. I keep it small so that every student gets ample attention and opportunity.
Here's where you go for more information.
And here's where you go to register.
The price is $1500.
Hopefully, I'll see you in November. Trust me, you'll learn more and laugh more in two days than a year's worth of most college writing programs.
Still not convinced? Here is a testimonial by Gina Gold, a former SITCOM ROOM student now on the writing staff of NURSE JACKIE.
Ken Levine has written the television shows that made me want to be a TV writer. M*A*S*H, Cheers, Frasier, The Simpsons, and Everybody Loves Raymond are just some of the series he helped turn into mega-hits. When I was new to L.A., I worked as an assistant and was fortunate enough to meet Ken and his partner David Isaacs at my job. During this time, I remember watching one of their Frasier episodes and being so blown away that I steeled my nerves, picked up the phone, and called them to say how much I loved their work. I felt like a bumbling fan, but I was so excited that I could actually tell them how I felt about their writing. They were gracious and appreciative.
Over the years, I have crossed paths with Ken many times, but when I heard he was teaching his SITCOM ROOM, I leaped over chairs at the chance to learn from someone I consider one of Hollywood’s greatest comedy writers. Ken’s class offered me a rare glimpse into his creative process, as well as invaluable guidance on how to tackle a scene. Most important, he made us create. On the spot. Under pressure. With a team of strangers. Just like the pros do it. He threw us into a room with an assignment then dropped in with notes and other challenges that meant writing, rewriting, and more rewriting. It was fun, frustrating, exhilarating, and infuriating -- just like a real TV job. In the end, we saw our work performed by a group of talented actors, and got to find out whether our material landed or not – the ultimate test.
A new Emmy-related post follows later today.
By Ken Levine at 6:00 AM