Middle School WEEK 1~ Create Your Very Own SNL-Style Sketch Comedy Show (with Dee Ryan)


The Laughing Academy


6th - 8th grade


Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri

Aug 3, 2020 - Aug 7, 2020


9:15am - 11:45am CDT


3230 Glenview Rd, Glenview, IL 60025


9 students

Class Experience

How does SNL come up with all of those big characters, funny locations, and hilarious ideas? It takes an ensemble! We’ll create our own creative team and using improvisation as our base, students will write and perform comedy sketches in a short one week camp. We’ll put a whole show together in JUST ONE WEEK, just like the performers and writers on SNL do! This one is guaranteed to be as funny as your favorite SNL season because it will be you who generates the humor, based on your own experiences and you who stars in our very own SNL special!

We will record our original show on the last day of the session, edit it and provide you with a link to share your very own show with friends and family.

The Director, Dee Ryan, is an alumna of The Second City where she wrote and performed with Adam McKay Tina Fey and Steve Carrell. You can see her on The Office as part of Steve Carrell’s improv class. She taught all levels of improvisation at The Second City in Hollywood, including their children summer camps, for over a decade. She is currently an adjunct professor of improv/comedy in the department of RTVF at Northwestern University. Dee toured nationally and internationally with The Reduced Shakespeare Company and directed this production of Midsummer Night’s Dream in their foreign language exchange camp in Beijing, China. Dee is also a freelance corporate speaking coach and Keynote creative director. She is the President of The North Shore Shakespeare Society (NSSS) and Host/Producer of Louder Than a Mom, a monthly storytelling show.


Health and Safety Precautions Include:

We have lowered enrollments to a maximum of 9 students.

We will provide students and staff with masks and ensure we keep proper social distancing in all of our activities.

To ensure our facilities and equipment are safe we will regularly be disinfecting during the sessions and in the evenings.

We will play games where there is no contact between players.

Participants will not use/share the same equipment.


The Laughing Academy

3230 Glenview Rd, Glenview, IL 60025