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.

From Saturday Night Live to Kids in the Hall to Key and Peele, sketch has been one of the most vibrant avenues for comedy. Students will learn how to generate ideas from real life and current events, how to structure their sketches for maximum payoff, and how to polish their work. Warning: Weekly homework will be assigned to give you the excuse you’ve been looking for to start writing!

Sundays, Jan 7 – Feb 25, 6:30-9 pm
Classes are eight weeks, 2.5 hours per class, one or two class shows. $205 (+HST)

Early Bird: Sign up before December 11 and save 10%!

Instructor: Deborah Ring

Never tried improv before? This is the perfect introduction! We’ll work on teamwork, listening and presentation skills through fun improv games. It’s a great way to improve your public speaking, have fun and meet new people.

Saturdays, Dec 2 – 23, 1-3 pm (with Miguel Martin)
Sundays, Jan 7 – 28, 12-2 pm (with Krystal Merrells)
This class is four weeks, two hours per session. $100 (+HST)

Early Bird: Sign up before December 11 and save 10%!

Tu n’as jamais fait d’impro? Voici l’introduction parfaite! Nous travaillerons l’entraide, l’écoute active, et les habiletés de présentation à travers une série de jeux d’improvisation amusants. Ce cours est une excellente façon d’améliorer la communication orale, de rencontrer des gens, et de s’amuser!
Samedi, 13h à 15h, du 2 au 23 décembre.
Le cours se donnera en sessions de deux heures pour quatre semaines. $100 (+HST)
Lève-tôt: inscris-toi avant le 11 décembre pour un rabais de 10%!
Instructor: Miguel Martin

This class is all about truth in comedy. You will learn to generate unique characters through status, emotion and mining real life for ideas. You’ll learn the Armando, a format that combines scenework and storytelling.

Saturdays, Jan 6 – Feb 24, 12-2:30 pm.
Eight weeks, 2.5 hours per class, one class show. $205 (+HST)

Early Bird: Sign up before December 11 and save 10%!

Instructor: Chelsea Fahey

This class is all about creating killer improv scenes. We delve deep into the dynamics of a scene, working on building strong relationships between characters, making the most of our stage presence and escalating humour by finding the “game” of the scene.

Sundays, Jan 7 – Feb 25, 3:30-6 pm (with Angus MacDonald)
Tuesdays, Jan 9 – Feb 27, 6:30-9 pm (with Deborah Ring)
Eight weeks, 2.5 hours per class, one class show. $205 (+HST)

Early Bird: Sign up before December 11 and save 10%!

This class is all about the ensemble. You will learn to navigate scenes with multiple characters, work on developing the group mind with your ensemble, and find how your unique comedic voice can best serve your team.

Mondays, Jan 8 – Feb 22, 6:30-9 pm.
Eight weeks, 2.5 hours per class, one class show. $205 (+HST)

Early Bird: Sign up before December 11 and save 10%!

Instructor: Dani Alon

Now it’s time to put everything you’ve learned together to perform the granddaddy of all longform improv formats: The Harold. The ensemble learns to create a rich, comedic world with strong characters in an entertaining half-hour set. This classic format, from which most others are derived, is performed regularly at such institutions as the iO Theatre in Chicago and Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City.

Wednesdays, Jan 10 – Feb 28, 6:30-9:30 pm.
Eight weeks, 3 hours per class, two class shows. $220 (+HST)

Early Bird: Sign up before December 11 and save 10%!

Instructor: Chris Hannay

How about some discounts?

  • Sign up before December 11 to get our 10% Early Bird discount!
  • Sign up for an Intro to Improv class with a friend and save $20! Just purchase more than one at a time and enter the coupon code “FRIENDS” at checkout. Email us if you have any questions.
  • Want to retake a class? You can take a class again and meet a new group of students, all for 50% off the regular class price. Email us for more info.
  • Our Inclusion Scholarship lets students from underrepresented communities and/or those with financial need to apply for subsidized classes. Deadline before the next term is December 18.

And some class policies:

  • In general, we require a minimum of 6 people registered to run a class.
  • 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 days of a class may not be eligible to advance to the next level.
  • Refunds: in fairness to others who couldn’t secure spots, full refunds can only be made before the first class. After the first class and before the second you may get a 50% refund. If you register for a class but find your availability changes, you can defer a class till the next term only.

Improv is the funnest hobby I’ve ever had. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and into a state of laughter-filled free-fall that’s honestly addictive. Best decision I ever made.

Elena P.

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

As a new improvisor I felt the 101 class had a supportive and comfortable teaching environment. I learned new skills and how to apply them and the class was my first step into taking improv as a more serious hobby.

Zainab A.