Improvising Comics: Techniques to Generate Funny Ideas

John McNamee, Cartoonist and Comedy Writer

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7 Videos (22m)
    • Introduction

      1:29
    • Your Project Assignment

      1:38
    • Drawing Simply

      2:40
    • Generating Ideas

      2:58
    • Expanding Your Ideas

      3:18
    • Ending Your Comic

      6:47
    • Conclusion

      3:24

About This Class

Ever wanted to make comics, but didn't know what to draw? Join John McNamee (Pie Comic, the Onion News Network, Clickhole) as he shows you how to use ideas from the world of improv comedy to help you make comics. In this class you'll learn to draw faster and more simply, generate funny ideas, explore what's funny about those ideas, and come up with the punchiest punch lines. This is the perfect class for beginners, or veteran comic makers who just want to inject a little more fun into their work.

146 of 148 students recommendSee All

Splendid impro-techniques brought over to comic-land! Thank you, John, for doing so.
AMAZING
Rose M.

Product designer at Shutterstock, sometimes artist

Unique and informative method on how to come up with ideas. I really enjoyed it! I will put them into practice on my next project. Thansk for taking theitme to make this course!

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John McNamee

Cartoonist and Comedy Writer

John McNamee is a comedy writer and cartoonist living in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the New Yorker, Mad Magazine, the Onion News Network, and Clickhole. John's comedy has been featured on CNN, IFC, McSweeny's, TV Guide, the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Gawker, and numerous other sites. He has studied and performed improv and sketch at the UCB theater in Los Angeles, where one of the founders once made fun of his pants on stage for like 2 minutes. John had it coming.

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