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Artist-in-Residence at Chez Firth

Wednesday (2/25/09) 7:17pm - ... wherein Peter writes a sketch for Friday Sketch War.

This week's Friday Sketch War theme was "Social Networking":


               Sketch War
               Social Networking Edition
               "'Why Don't You Read My Blog?'"

               FADE IN:



               INT. CAFÉ - DAY

               PETER (30s) sits at a table in a sidewalk café and picks at a
               sandwich.  A backpack sits at his feet.

               Across from him sits his brother HARTWELL (40s).

                                   HARTWELL
                         -- and the kids are good.  Work is
                         good.  Mom's doing better.  She
                         says "Hi."

                                   PETER
                         Cool.

                                   HARTWELL
                         How was your month?

                                   PETER
                         I dunno.  Stuff happened.  Pretty
                         much like I wrote on the blog.

                                   HARTWELL
                         I don't read your blog.

                                   PETER
                         I posted a big summary of how
                         February went.

                                   HARTWELL
                         I don't read your blog.

                                   PETER
                         I emailed you a copy of the blog
                         entry.

                                   HARTWELL
                         I don't -- what did your blog say?

                                   PETER
                         I got a wart lasered off.  I cooked
                         tiramisu for the first time.  There
                         were layoffs at work.

                                   HARTWELL
                         You couldn't just tell me that?

                                   PETER
                         Well, the blog explains it better. 
                         It explains context and
                         significance.

                                   HARTWELL
                         What did your blog say?

                                   PETER
                         I don't want to bore myself
                         repeating exactly what I've already
                         written.

                                   HARTWELL
                         What did it say?

                                   PETER
                         I don't remember.  Oh, wait a sec.

               Peter pulls a printout out of the backpack, puts it in front
               of Hartwell.  Hartwell sets it aside.

                                   HARTWELL
                         No, just summarize.

                                   PETER
                         But it's right there.

                                   HARTWELL
                         Summarize.

                                   PETER
                         Fine, I'll read it to you.

               Peter reaches for the printout.

               They start fighting over it.

                                   HARTWELL
                         I just want to know how your month
                         was.

                                   PETER
                         If you really cared, you'd already
                         know!

               They stop fighting over it.

                                   HARTWELL
                         Now, that's not fair.

                                   PETER
                         Yeah, you've got a point.

                                   HARTWELL
                         I need beer.  Want anything?

               Peter shrugs.

               Hartwell goes into the café.

               MADELINE (20s) happens by.

                                   MADELINE
                         Hey, Peter!

                                   PETER
                         Hi Madeline!

                                   MADELINE
                         I read your blog today!

                                   PETER
                         I read yours, too!

               Long pause.

               Neither of them can think of anything further to say.

                                   MADELINE
                         Okay, see you later!

                                   PETER
                         Yup.

               Madeline exits.

               Peter picks up the printout and reads it over.

                                                         FADE TO BLACK.


(This is also posted on the Sketchwar site.)

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From:deadkytty9
Date:Wednesday (2/25/09) 9:30pm
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This reminds me of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. I think it's the accelerating pattering flow and then the long pauses. And the not quite knowing if things are supposed to be funny or sad.
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From:hujhax
Date:Thursday (2/26/09) 9:26am

thanks!

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Yeah, and most readers seem to be taking it one way ("Ha!") or the other ("I'm confused.  Is this a sketch?").
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From:judovitch
Date:Wednesday (2/25/09) 10:02pm
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Aesome - you had me from the title all the way to the fade. I couldn't stop chuckling. Even though I don't know Hartwell I could totally picture it in my head. I'm assuming this exact sequence didn't happen, but similar exchanges did?
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From:hujhax
Date:Thursday (2/26/09) 9:25am

Thanks!

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Eh, it's kind of a background vibe to some interactions with my family.  I figured I'd foreground it and take it to an extreme.
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From:gregstoll
Date:Thursday (2/26/09) 8:49am
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Excellent! I have Madeline's problem in social situations...
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From:hujhax
Date:Thursday (2/26/09) 9:27am

Thanks!

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Yeah, as I was writing this I was wondering, "Is this just me, or will other people relate?"  Glad to see that people are understanding where it's coming from....
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From:fraeuleinchen
Date:Friday (2/27/09) 6:10am

Re: Thanks!

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Relate? Check! I definitely think many will understand the context here. The skit seems to condense the arguments for and against social networking and throw them at each other. Bonk. I like it. I think lots of folks are thinking about these issues!
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From:hujhax
Date:Friday (2/27/09) 9:13am

~ bonk ~

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w00t!
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