Delray Beach’s Improv, Stand Up, & Sketch Writing School

Our instructors are working performers who have toured the country, published writers, and incredible teachers. SPC create a fun, welcoming, safe environment for anyone trying something new.

Student Benefits
  • Free Shows: Come see any Sick Puppies Comedy Show for free with the exception of special events

  • Discounts on Workshops and Special Events

  • Complimentary admission to other improv shows in South Florida

Improv Acting Classes

In this five level series we take you from beginner to expert. Some people associate improv with the TV show Whose Line is It Anyway and we will be playing some of the games you see in that show, while also incorporating influences from Second CityIO (formerly Improv Olympic)UCBThe Groundlings and many other improv programs around the country.

Test Drive Class

Beginners Drop-in Improv Class

One night only. Have you always wanted to try improv classes, but aren't sure if you will enjoy it? Will it be a good fit for your personality? (The answers to all of these are yes, by the way, because the fundamentals of improv are beneficial to almost everyone). Try our test drive class! We open the doors to our classroom and let you play around and learn some basic improv games while meeting our instructors and other students.

Level 1

Beginners Improv: Permission to Play 

Learn the basics of improv, how to think quicker on your feet, trust and act on impulse, become more comfortable with the unknown react in a true and honest way and build self confidence.  This level is for everyone.  We believe that everyone should learn how to improvise to be more flexible, work on group collaboration, and have mindfulness.

Level 2

Developing Characters in Scenes

Learn how to create interesting and robust characters in scenes that operate from the top of your intelligence while recognizing patterns in scenes, collecting information and clues on how to heighten scenes and throw away unnecessary details as well.  Continue to be introduced to new short form games to help your characters develop.

Level 3

Intro to Long Form

Learn how to improvise for an infinite amount of time.  Never run out of ideas, characters or “what’s next”.  You will be introduced to longer structure and forms.  We will also identify “Group Mind”.

Level 4

Advanced Long Form

This level deepens your skill set by finding truthfulness, creating strong base realities, authentic relationship, and intros.  This class should give you the confidence to improvise with anyone in the country.

Level 5

The Harold

This is the Holy Grail of Improvisation.  Developed in the 80’s by Charna Halpern and Del Close, this is the universal format that all advanced improvisers are familiar with.  However, it is the most involved of any format.  You essentially learn how to improvise a play from start to finish.

Introduction to Stand Up Class

Learn how to write and perform stand up comedy. The goal is for you to have a funny 5 minute set that you can perform at any open mic or stand up event with confidence. Learn some of the business of stand up comedy and what it takes to make it. (Open to all. No prerequisite required)

Private Stand Up Comedy Coaching

Sometimes you need special attention and a schedule that's more catered to you.  We offer a 5 session private workshop that helps you write and perform stand-up comedy.  We use a shared document so you can write and we can leave comments.  If you do the work, we'll put you on our stage. Please contact us at admin@sickpuppiescomedy.com for more information.

Sketch Writing Classes

Learn to write short and funny sketches similar to those you might find on SNL, Second City, or the web!

Tao of Improv Class

You can only find this class here, at Sick Puppies Comedy. Author of the book, The Tao of Improv, Tom Neile takes any improviser at any skill level and transforms them into improv powerhouses. You have to be thick-skinned and take criticism. It’s coached more like a contact sport than an acting class.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

Due to the collaborative nature of our classes, all sales are final. We are unable to offer refunds or returns. You may qualify for a credit or transfer to another class with a written request. We require a minimum number of registered students per class to assure the best experience for all involved.