In this course we will work as a writer's room to punch up sketches from Level 1, work on new sketch formats, and build a show, which will be performed at the end of the 8 week course. We will cover every step of producing a live sketch show.

Through my experiences working with various groups and shows at The Upright Citizens Brigade, running writers rooms, and pitching shows and ideas to networks and companies such as Maker Studios and Comedy Central, I'll bring you tips and skills to help you succeed whether you're in New York, Los Angeles, or right here in Cleveland.


$200 (Payment plans available) 

8-week course + tech rehearsal and live show

Pre-requisite: Sketch Level 1

To sign up or for any questions please email michaelbuschclasses at 



Michael Busch is a Cleveland native who has spent over ten years working in the Los Angeles comedy scene.

He is a graduate of IO West’s improv program and studied at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre with UCB founders Matt Besser and Matt Walsh, among others. He was a member of House Improv (Harold) Teams at both IO West and UCBTLA, as well as various independent improv groups.

When in Los Angeles he continues to be a regular at The Upright Citizens Brigade and has performed at the grand openings of both the Sunset and Franklin stages. Other UCB credits include creator of The Midnight Show and producer for 4.5 years, writer/producer on Nick’s Big Talk Show, a monthly live talk show hosted by Nick Thune, and his solo shows such as Busch On Bridges, Beards, & Board Games and The Very Important Show.

As an actor, Michael has appeared in dozens of national commercials, including a series of spots for Alltel as the Sprint Guy. His television credits include The Goldbergs, The Middle, Pretty Little Liars, Human Giant, Community, and recurring sketches on Conan.

He has also written and produced original and branded content for companies such as FunnyorDie, Comedy Central Studios, CollegeHumor, AwesomenessTV, and

Backstage at Conan
BTS Alltel
Human Giant
Nick's Big Talk Show
Busch On Bridges, Beards, & Board Games UCB
Michael Busch Sam Brown at Superserious Show
Bank of America Commercial
Fresh Fish - UCB
Michael Busch Brandon Johnson - Hollywood Improv Lab