Everyone wants to be funny online. So why are some people a cut above when it comes to doing sketch comedy on the Internet? In this workshop, writer-performer Alex Schmidt (Cracked.com, The Pack Theater) will dig into what makes a sketch take off online. Whether your focus is on writing, character work, topical jokes, or just figuring this whole Internet thing out, you’ll walk away with a better sense of how your humor can reach the world. We’ll also cover how to turn your existing live sketch comedy team into a digital production dynamo, with a little bit of organizing and a lot of valuing each other.
Alex Schmidt is the Head Of Podcasting at Cracked.com, one of the Internet’s most popular comedy brands. He hosts Earwolf’s, The Cracked Podcast, a 2016 Webby Awards Honoree with a monthly live run at UCB Sunset. He also hosts Kurt Vonneguys (featured in The AV Club, Splitsider, LA Weekly), and frequently guests on podcasts like Who Charted, Fake The Nation, Unpopular Opinion, and more.
When off air, Alex Schmidt is a writer-performer with years of digital & live sketch experience. He’s a founding member of house sketch team Gunslinger, performing monthly at LA’s The Pack Theater. He’s staffed at Cracked.com, where he’s written dozens of original comedy sketches and found zero-budget ways to reach millions of viewers. Before that, Alex’s digital team Dollar Pizza was a Funny Or Die Community Partner. His sketch writing also appeared on My Damn Channel, CollegeHumor, and Channel 101. And outside sketch, Alex wrote digital comedy for BBC America, contributed headlines to The Onion and is pleasant to be around.