Black top comedy brings live comedy and educationBy: Paige Smith
- Where: 3101 Sunset Blvd., Suite 6A, Rocklin
- When: 4-9 p.m. Monday-
- Thursday and 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturdays
- Info: 916-749-3100, blacktopcomedy.com
Sketch 101: Introduction to Sketch Writings, Strong Characters and Premise
Learn to write, pitch and rewrite sketches to achieve their full comedic potential. Write character monologues and collaborate on sketch writing with your classmates.
When:10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturdays June 9-July 14
Performance: 7 p.m. July 21
Cthulhu: The Puppet Musical
Puppeteers for Fears is an Ashland, Oregon based theater company specializing in original puppet horror musical comedy. Shows are R-rated.
When: 8–9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27
Cost: Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door.
If laughter is the best medicine, get ready for a healthy dose of giggles, friendship and community at Rocklin’s comedy club: Blacktop Comedy. Located off Sunset Boulevard this comedy venue offers the community live standup, improv, and sketch comedy shows and classes.
Blacktop Comedy began in 2011 with the mission to bring Rocklin, Roseville and the region live comedy and education. Over the years, Blacktop has created and performed hundreds of shows, bringing thousands in the local community a case of the chuckles.
Paul Burke, owner of Blacktop Comedy, loves teaching and offers classes weekly for people of all ages and experience levels. Burke saw the need for more nightlife in the area and one day he decided to make that happen and opened Blacktop Comedy.
Those new to standup, Burke suggests that a Thursday night class is the best place to begin.
“We call our 7 p.m. drop-in Improv for Everyone because we know everyone can improvise,” Burke said. “I’ve been doing this for 12 years, and so far, everyone can.”
The Thursday class drop-in is for ages 16 and up. Burke expects newcomers to be nervous or feel worried about being judged and looking bad, but he has important information to share for those who may be hesitant.
“Improv is about making your partner look good, treating their ideas as amazing, and saying ‘yes, and,’” Burke explained. “When you do that, everyone wants to play with you and work with you, and you’ll become a great improviser.”
Burke adds that hesitant newcomers are welcome to watch the improv classes. On average, 20 to 25 people come out on Thursday nights. Kid’s classes are offered for up and coming little comedians who would like to learn more.
You don’t have to be a performer to enjoy Blacktop Comedy. There are hundreds who come by on Friday and Saturday night just to watch live comedy.
“We love comedy in all shapes, sizes, and formats,” Burke said. “At Blacktop, you will discover the best improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy.”
Blacktops’ goal is to make audiences and participants laugh. If you’re looking for a unique night out with friends or significant other, Blacktop Comedy may fit that bill.
Local and national acts come out to perform at Blacktop Comedy, visit its website or Facebook page to see who is in town.