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Artist-in-Residence at Chez Firth

Friday (9/25/09) 1:46pm - ... wherein Peter writes a sketch for Sketch War (for the first time in a month).

Whew.  I'm finally resuming Sketchwar after four weeks off.  (Travel, then sick, then more travel, then recovering from travel.)  It looks like I'm the last participant standing, for now (victory is mine!), but I'll keep churning out weekly sketches for the time being.

Also, I'm going to add a boilerplate bit to these posts, just to answer the questions I regularly get about it...

Sketchwar is an online weekly sketch-writing group.  Every week, participants write comedy sketches about that week's topic; at the end of the week, we read each other's sketches, comment, and perhaps bicker about who wrote the best sketch that week.  If you're interested in participating, this page has information about how to throw a sketch into the ring, as well as the schedule of upcoming topics.

This week's Sketch War topic was "Car Repairs".

               Sketch War
               Car Repairs Edition
               "Good Support"

               FADE IN:  


               EXT. REPAIR SHOP - DAY

               A MECHANIC stands out in front of a typical auto shop ("Davis
               Auto"), talking to SUE while AARON looks on.  He holds a
               printout.

                                   MECHANIC
                         So, ma'am, you need to sign off on
                         my estimate, and we'll have your
                         car fixed in a couple of days --

                                   SUE
                         Great!

                                   MECHANIC
                         -- and you and your boyfriend here
                         can drive it on home.

                                   AARON
                         Oh, I'm not her boyfriend.

                                   SUE
                         Aaron!

                                   MECHANIC
                         Oh.  I get it.  Y'all figure I'm
                         one of those mechanics who'll try
                         to swindle a single girl, so you've
                         brought a man here to keep me
                         honest.

                                   SUE
                         So?  Aaron knows about cars.

                                   AARON
                         Kind of.

                                   SUE
                         Aaron!

                                   MECHANIC
                         Well, two can play at this game.

                                   SUE
                         What?

                                   MECHANIC
                         Mr. Davis!

               MR. DAVIS (40s) enters -- he's a bit better-dressed than the
               mechanic, but still clearly blue-collar and a bit smudged
               with motor oil.

                                   MECHANIC
                         He's the boss here.

                                   MR. DAVIS 
                         Built this place myself!  Been
                         fixing import vehicles since 1985. 
                         Know 'em inside and out.

                                   SUE
                         Oh, man!

                                   MR. DAVIS
                             (to Aaron)
                         Son, do you even know what a reflux
                         flange sealant *is*?

                                   AARON
                         Uh...

                                   SUE
                             (shouts)
                         We need backup!

               A prim-looking NEWSCASTER enters and shakes Mr. Davis's hand.

                                   NEWSCASTER
                         Jane Szelnik, from News Eight.

                                   MR. DAVIS
                         You do those "News Eight Helps the
                         Little Guy" segments!

                                   NEWSCASTER
                         Yes indeed -- and Mr. Davis, we
                         take consumer protection *very*
                         seriously.

               The mechanic people exchange worried looks.

                                   MR. DAVIS
                         Jürgen!

               JÜRGEN enters, wearing glasses and a lab coat and carrying a
               clipboard.

                                   MR. DAVIS
                         Jürgen here is one of the chief
                         design engineers at VW's Hamburg
                         design plant.  There's no arguing
                         with *him*, lady.

                                   JÜRGEN
                         Guten Tag.

                                   NEWSCASTER
                         Dammit!

               Sue WHISTLES loudly.

               SENATOR SMITH (50s, suit, briefcase) enters.

                                   SENATOR SMITH
                         Jack Smith, Senator from the great
                         state of Tennessee and chief member
                         of the Congressional Subcommittee
                         for Consumer Protection.  I will
                         make sure that this lady gets a
                         fair deal.

               The mechanic folks exchange another worried look.

               Then the mechanic produces a small box with a red button.

                                   MECHANIC
                         Fine.  Y'all've left me no choice.

               He presses the button.

               A black Pontiac Firebird arrives.  It has an oscillating red
               light in its grille.  Sue and friends immediately recognize
               it as:

                                   SUE & FRIENDS
                         KITT from Knight Rider?!

                                   KITT
                         You're going to need a new
                         carbuerator!

                                   SENATOR SMITH
                         We've got to listen to it.  I mean,
                         it's KITT.

               Sue & friends hang their head in defeat.

               Mechanic & friends cheer (in slow motion) while TRIUMPHANT
               MUSIC plays.

               Finally both sides exchange handshakes and "Good game"s, as
               at the end of a baseball game.

                                                              FADE OUT.


(I've cross-posted this to the Sketchwar site.)

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