NEW: Looking for classes for teens? Check out our week-long summer class, running Aug. 14 to 18. Info here.

The Improv Embassy runs improv and sketch classes in Ottawa for those wanting to learn comedy in a fun, supportive environment. With improv, walking onstage with nothing written down may seem daunting, but it’s a lot easier than it sounds — plus you’ll spend all class laughing! You’ll learn skills that will make you better at public speaking, get you out of your comfort zone and kick-start your creativity.

Note: Participants should be 18 or older to sign up; interested parties under 18 should have a parent or guardian contact us. Students who miss more than two classes may not be eligible to advance to the next level.

The Improv Embassy has started an Inclusion Scholarship which encourages students from underrepresented communities and/or with financial need to apply for subsidized classes. Click here to apply (deadline for next term is April 30).


  • Sign up for an intro improv or sketch comedy class with a friend and save $20! Email us for more info.
  • Want to retake a class? You can take a class again and meet a new group of students, all for 50 per cent off the regular class price. Email us for more info.

Problems signing up? Sometimes PayPal is buggy. Email us and we’ll save you a spot in the class!


  • Intro to Improv, Wednesdays, 7 to 9 pm, May 10 to 31
  • IE 101, Saturdays, 3 to 5:30 pm, May 13 to July 1
  • IE 201, Sundays, 3 to 5:30 pm, May 14 to July 2
  • IE 401, Mondays, 6:30 to 9:30 pm, May 8 to June 26
  • Sketch 1, Sundays, noon to 2:30 pm, May 14 to July 2

I took this to push myself into having to interact with strangers. I have succeeded in pushing myself out of my box and that’s all that matters. Improv is beautiful and I’m in awe of what people can come up with!

—John M., Radio Host

The staff and the faculty are kind, funny, and clearly love what they do, and it shows in every aspect of the Improv Embassy experience. Not only are the classes affordable, but you get added perks like being able to attend a bunch of their shows and Jams for free, just for being a student. It’s such an awesome way to join a very welcoming and inclusive community in Ottawa.

—Gilbert E., Mental health professional

The Embassy improv classes were incredibly useful and fun. All of the instructors brought positive energy, a spirit of co-operation and support, and invaluable knowledge of the art of improv to the classes.

—Dianne S., Software Engineer