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 (next week's topic is "Road Trip").
This week's Sketch War topic was "Power Outage".
Friday Sketch War Power Outage Edition "Meet the Neighbors" FADE IN: EXT. BARBECUE - NIGHT TOM cooks up steaks on a grill at an impromptu barbecue in the backyard of an apartment complex. It's early evening, but all the lights in the apartment are out. A large crowd of GUESTS carry lanterns and such to light the event. GARY (20s, business suit, briefcase) approaches the gathering. GARY Tom? It's Tom, right? In 26G? Tom shakes Gary's hand. TOM Yup, the apartment across the hall from you. GARY Any word on the power? TOM Out for the next two days. I'm cooking these steaks for the neighbors before they go bad. GARY Oh, these are the people who live here? A PETER-LORRE TYPE emerges from the crowd. GARY It's weird, I've been here a month but I never run into anybody. A MAN IN CAMO wanders by. PETER-LORRE TYPE I keep my apartment completely soundproofed. You never hear a peep from me! The Peter-Lorre type drifts back into the crowd. MAN IN CAMO Probably doesn't want people pryin' into his business! The man in camo wanders off. A PASSERBY stops briefly, sizes up Gary. PASSERBY Oh, right -- the guy with the Klimt poster. Gary nods absently as the passerby moves on. Gary approaches a LADY WITH A CAT. GARY You live next door to me, right? LADY WITH A CAT (to the cat) We live in 24G, don't we Fluffums? GARY I'm Gary. LADY WITH A CAT (to the cat) We don't like talking to strangers, right, Fluffums? That's right. GARY Oh. The man in camo returns. MAN IN CAMO You know there are now recorded cases of cats catching H1N1 swine flu? GARY Right. MAN IN CAMO It is not a coincidence. GARY What? MAN IN CAMO The government has massive cat farms that they use to generate species-jumping viruses that they then release to eliminate undesirables. GARY Um... sure. (to himself) Wait, how did that guy know about my Klimt poster? MAN IN CAMO Have you checked your apartment for X10 cameras? Suddenly a LOUD HUM rings out, and a few lights turn on in the apartment building. The crowd CHEERS. TOM That's the main generator kicking on. Then a LOUD CLICK sounds, and the lights turn back off. The crowd AWWWS. A HIPPIE approaches Gary. GARY Why does it keep shutting off like that? HIPPIE Might be all my grow lamps. GRAY Oh, you have a little 'hydroponic operation?' MAN IN CAMO What, are you some kind of narc? HIPPIE Yeah! They get in Gary's face, and push him around a bit. The lady with a cat approaches. LADY WITH A CAT Yes, Gary must have done something bad, Fluffums. GARY Okay, fine! That's it! He starts to leave. TOM Don't you want your steak? GARY No, I'm just going to go sit in my dark little apartment and maybe call a realtor. As Gary leaves: TOM Nice to finally meet you! And he's gone. MAN IN CAMO Hmm. New guy's kind of creepy. Everyone MURMURS AGREEMENT. FADE OUT.
Mood: amused · Music: none