Now that we’ve spent a few days on sketch comedy, I want to give you a chance at writing some yourself.
We’re going to use the method used by all sketch comedy shows: Success through attrition. i.e. Develop many ideas, write a few and perform one. Here’s the breakdown:
A. I break you into writing groups. We’ll draw names from a hat..or box..or something.
B. Rough out 3 comedy sketches. I want you to experiment with at least 2 differnt comedy styles. Just a reminder of the styles we talked about last class.
- I’m with Stupid
C. Run your three ideas by Mr. Patterson. Together, you’ll reach a consensus of which 2 out of the three sketches has the best ‘legs’.
A. Start writing your 2 best sketches. Try out different jokes and ideas.
B. By the end of the day you should have 2 working scripts.
C. Homework: Get these typed up all nice. They will be handed into Mr. Patterson
A. Make a decision which of your two sketches you will perform.
C. More rehearsal
D. Lots of rehearsal
A. Performance Day.
B. Hand in both scripts to Mr. Patterson and perform one of them for the class.