Comedy | Master Class

Humor Writing Bootcamp

Is it your dream to write and publish humor? Is it your more realistic dream to make some money doing it? Do you have no idea how to do either?

In this one-day, four-hour workshop, students will learn to conceive, draft, polish, and learn how to submit humor pieces from two writers and editors of v. popular humor sites.

Students will split into groups and spend 90 minutes with Elissa Bassist (founder and editor of Funny Women on The Rumpus), then 90 minutes with Caitlin Kunkel (co-founder and co-editor of The Belladonna).

Both will teach you every tip and trick they know about the practicalities of forming a comedic premise, pitching, and acquiring clips and publishing credits.

The final hour will be a mixer/problem-solving session with Elissa and Caitlin who will share secrets about venues, freelancing, and the rule of three.

Good news: Students will walk out the door with early drafts of two publishable pieces that will pay for this class, if all goes well. BYOB.

Caitlin Kunkel

Caitlin Kunkel is a comedy writer and satirist based in Brooklyn. Her work has been featured on The New Yorker's Daily Shouts, McSweeney's, Reductress, The Second City Network, Public Radio International and other places across the vast internet. She created the online satire writing program for The Second City and teaches monthly classes for them. She's also the co-founder and editor of the comedy and satire site for female writers, The Belladonna. Caitlin's first book, NEW EROTICA FOR FEMINISTS, will be released in November of 2018. Visit her at

Elissa Bassist

Elissa Bassist edits the column “Funny Women” on Her award-deserving humor has been published on’s Daily Shouts, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, National Lampoon, Jezebel, The Hairpin,, this bio, and more. Formerly the producer/host of Literary Death Match and managing editor of The Best American Nonrequired Reading, currently she’s the writers’ assistant for The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (past honorees include Will Ferrell, Ellen DeGeneres, Carol Burnett, Eddie Murphy, and Bill Murray).


"Had a lot of fun with the class, and for the first time, I feel like I can write funny things (though I've always believed I'm extremely funny, and my friends think so too). Elissa's enthusiasm and laughter are infectious, would definitely take a class with her again."

Elissa's former student

"Besides the valuable advice, I found Elissa's words about the business aspect of the writing and submissions helpful. I’ve got a funny novel I’m finishing, and I’ll put her advice to use soon."

Elissa's former student

"Caitlin Kunkel was the teacher I needed to take my humor writing to the next level. She's a gifted writer, a knowledgeable instructor, and the most insightful editor I've ever worked with. Her feedback on my work was invaluable. I published nearly every piece I wrote in her classes and ended up recouping my tuition and then some."

Caitlin's former student

"Caitlin is pretty great, you guys. She teaches with insight, offers notes with purpose and respect and pushes you farther than you think you can go - over and over again. Her enthusiasm for her students and their work puts Walmart Greeters to shame. And her sense of humor is as twisted as they come. For the record: that is a compliment."

Caitlin's former student