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)

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.

Sundays, Jan 7 to 28, 12-2 pm (with Melissa Britney) SOLD OUT
Sundays, Feb 4 to 25, 12-2 pm (with Krystal Merrells)
Wednesdays, Jan 31 to Feb 21, 7-9 pm (with Gilbert El-Dick)
This class is four weeks, two hours per session. $100 (+HST)

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, 15h à 17h, du 6 au 27 janvier.
Le cours se donnera en sessions de deux heures pour quatre semaines. $100 (+HST)
Instructor: Miguel Martin
Longform Improv 101
Not offered next term.

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 (with Dani Alon).
Eight weeks, 2.5 hours per class, one class show. $205 (+HST)

Instructor: Dani Alon

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)

Longform Improv 301
Not offered next term.

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)


Instructor: Dani Alon
Longform Improv 401
Not offered next term.

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


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.

So much fun, energetic, great games, the whole class is down!

Barbara P.

An excellent opportunity to be my authentic self, 2 hours to be larger than life.

Roz W,
Project Manager

The Embassy is a warm and welcoming community. They provide a great space for learning and performing improv.

Jesse H.

Fun and challenging. Will force you out of your comfort zone and make you challenge you to do your best.

Matthew V.

The folks at The Improv Embassy are the reason I was able to finally try stand up comedy. They host great shows and workshops and are super inclusive with a strong belief that comedy should “punch up”.

Jennifer W.
Civil Servant

It was a great experience and a chance to let go of the mundane, and meet new people.

Michelle S.