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How to Win the Internet: Writing for Sketch Comedy

Marshall Rimmer, Filmmaker

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4 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Idea Generation & Target Audience

    • 2. Script Format

    • 3. Writing the Comedy Sketch

    • 4. 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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Marshall Rimmer


Marshall Rimmer is a video production professional who specializes in camerawork, lighting, and photography. 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.

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Angry Birds Movie Trailer

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