Laugh Lab, now an online course, takes participants through the ins-and-outs of watching, reading, and writing comedic sketches. The class, run by Mark Macey, was originally focused on improv comedy. “We always intended to move into sketch comedy,” Macey said, “and now seemed like the perfect opportunity.” Weekly installments can be found on YouTube with links available every Tuesday through Stage East’s email list, Laugh Lab’s Facebook event page, or by subscribing to Mark’s YouTube Channel here. Macey hopes to coach interested writers and eventually start reading sketches as a group online but says, “It’s not just a class for writers. It’s also a sort of comedy appreciation class. It’s all about having a good laugh.” 

Michael Palin and John Cleese face off in the Monty Python classic, Argument, one of Laugh Lab’s sketches for study.

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