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How to Win the Internet: Writing for Sketch Comedy

Marshall Rimmer, Filmmaker

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4 Videos (25m)
    • Idea Generation & Target Audience

    • Script Format

    • Writing the Comedy Sketch

    • Feedback & Rewrites

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About This Class

In 2007, YouTube consumed as much bandwidth as the entire internet in 2000.  With all the noise out there, it's difficult to make something that rises to the top.  That's where I come in.

Hi, my name is Marshall Rimmer and I've written dozens of YouTube videos that have aggregated over 32 million views.  My sketches have been featured by CNN, The New York Times, and CBS News.

View my most popular YouTube video here.

Intended for everyone from aspiring filmmakers to hobbyists to marketing professionals, my class will teach you how to effectively write sketch comedy that will reach a widespread audience.

The class is divided into four units:

  1. Idea Generation & Target Audience
  2. Script Format
  3. Writing the Comedy Sketch
  4. Understanding Feedback & Rewrites

Idea Generation & Target Audience will cover different methods to develop concepts into full sketches, providing you with a multitude of professional sketch comedy examples.  We will discuss the purpose of the final project and how to utilize your network to your advantage.

Script Format will not only cover the basics of how a script looks and feels, but this unit will provide you with a scriptwriting software.

Writing the Comedy Sketch covers sketch structure, character dynamics, scripting methods, and other helpful tips.

Understanding Feedback & Rewrites addresses the proper way in which to receive criticism and expands on the notion that there is a nugget of truth in everyone's option.

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The teacher, was VERY clear, and did a great job going over in detail the ingredients for a good script. He also gave some very vital resource, like sketches to check out on youtube. and Free programs you can downlowd for writing. DIG IT!
The course was concise, but very informative. Great course!
Great class! I have been writing sketch comedy for a little while, but still learned a great deal. Marshall Rimmer, the instructor, was extremely well-organized and offers easy–to-follow, concise steps to create solid sketches. I also enjoyed his tips, tricks and examples. You can definitely tell he knows what he is talking about. If you are new to sketch writing and follow his steps (and do the assignments), I have no doubt you will be able to write a successful sketch. If you have experience, I think you will still benefit. It never hurts to be reminded of things you forgot along the way. On a final note, Marshall is a great presenter. He speaks with confidence and humbleness at the same time. He is an engaging instructor and you can tell he is passionate about sketch writing and helping others learn the craft. For the cost of a couple cups of coffee, I definitely recommend taking this course.





Marshall Rimmer


Marshall Rimmer is a video production professional who specializes in camerawork and lighting. His work has been shown on CNN, WIRED, G4TV, and IGN. Additionally, his short films have played at Academy Award qualifying festivals including South by Southwest, Palm Springs, Austin Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, and Chicago International Children's.

Sample Projects:

Cinematography Sample

Angry Birds Movie Trailer

Facebook vs. Google+ Sketch

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