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: Normal meets abnormal
- Inversion: Opposite behavior than expected
- Displacement: Clash of world’s where somebody is aware
- Anachronism: Clash of world’s where those involved are not aware
- Parody: Use pre-existing model as framework for jokes
- Exaggeration: Take already weird thing and push to extremes
- Escalation: One element is ramped up to absurdity
- Repetition: Singular joke over and over with variations
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’.
D. The writing and rehearsal process begins
HERE ARE THE GROUPS
Writer’s Craft Groups