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Artist-in-Residence at Chez Firth

Friday (1/15/10) 7:16pm - ... wherein Peter writes a sketch for Sketch War.

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 The Arabian Nights).

This week's Sketch War topic was "The End of an Era".

               Sketchwar
               The End of an Era Edition
               "That Nutty Moose"

               FADE IN:



               INT. TV STUDIO - DAY

               THEME MUSIC PLAYS and a "Showbiz News!" logo briefly appears
               over a slick TV studio.

               LOGAN (30, 'talking hairdo') sits opposite JOE (40s, average
               looking, haunted).

                                   LOGAN
                         Welcome back to Showbiz News!  With
                         me now, Joe Targonski, creator and
                         executive producer of That Nutty
                         Moose, which just finished a ten
                         year network run!

                                   JOE
                         Glad to be here.

                                   LOGAN
                         Joe, how did you keep coming up
                         with the comedy?  

                                   JOE
                         We kind of repeated ourselves. 
                         We've done a dozen episodes where
                         Max and Larissa have a fight, and
                         then Moosey gets them back
                         together.  Eventually you just go
                         with what works.  Over and over and
                         over again.

                                   LOGAN
                         And hey -- the people love it!

                                   JOE
                         Y'know, the only people who talk to
                         me about That Nutty Moose tell me
                         it embodies everything awful about
                         TV.

                                   LOGAN
                         No, we love Moosey!  How'd you come
                         up with that 'talking moose' idea,
                         anyhow?

                                   JOE
                         Not my idea.  The network added the
                         talking moose early in the first
                         season.

                                   LOGAN
                         Wow.  What would That Nutty Moose
                         be without Moosey?

                                   JOE
                         It would be an tender, affectionate
                         look back at the Minnesota town I
                         grew up in.

                                   LOGAN
                         Phaugh!  And then, of course: 
                         upgrade!  Moosey became a *CGI*
                         talking moose!

               Joe shudders.

                                   LOGAN
                         Which opened the door to dance
                         numbers! I just love it when Moosey
                         raps.  It's so fresh!

               Joe pulls out a flask and takes a drink.

                                   LOGAN
                         I gotta ask this:  how about that
                         "Who shot Moosey?" storyline?

                                   JOE
                         Yeah.  That.  The network made us
                         say, "It was all a dream!"

                                   LOGAN
                         Such a twist!  And then season 2,
                         when the whole cast tried to force
                         Moosey into a wood chipper!

                                   JOE
                         We got some network pushback on our
                         original ending to that.

                                   LOGAN
                         It's like you've tried to kill
                         Moosey, over and over again,
                         violently, but the network won't
                         allow it!

                                   JOE
                         Oh, that's ridiculous, Logan.

               Swig.

                                   LOGAN
                         Just joshin' you, there!  But,
                         seriously:  a ten-year run.  That
                         Nutty Moose has practically been
                         your whole life, for a decade!

                                   JOE
                         I even have dreams about it.

                                   LOGAN
                         Wow.

                                   JOE
                         Boring, clichéd dreams.

                                   LOGAN
                         Will you maybe do a spinoff?

                                   JOE
                         NO!

               An INTERN hands Logan a sheet of paper.

               Logan reads it.

                                   JOE
                         I mean, I think we've finished the
                         story of Moose Hollow.

                                   LOGAN
                         Hey, hold the phone!  Looks like
                         the network has opened up five
                         hours of prime-time real estate! 
                         Maybe your show will go another
                         season?

               Joe lays his head on the desk and stares into the distance.

                                   LOGAN
                         Hey, Joe, before we go to
                         commercial, you wanna sing the
                         theme song with me?

                                   JOE
                         I want to die!

               The "Showbiz News!" logo reappears.

               A bit of the THEME SONG TO THAT NUTTY MOOSE PLAYS:

                                   SINGERS (O.S.)
                         He's wacky and Canadian!
                         He's that nutty moose!

                                                              FADE OUT.


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

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From:jefpeanutbutter
Date:Friday (1/15/10) 10:12pm
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Peter, can you make the show sound worse? I think Joe's first line would more believably be something like, "Thank God." And when there's been a minimum of 120 episodes or so, it seems maybe funnier that a much higher number than a dozen episodes had the same plot. Forgive me, I mean everyone's a critic, right? But I enjoyed watching this sketch in my head, I only wanted to see more heightening.
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From:hujhax
Date:Saturday (1/16/10) 4:04pm
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Forgive me, I mean everyone's a critic, right?

Nonono no need for apologizing or anything like that.  Notes are how we make scripts better.

But I enjoyed watching this sketch in my head, I only wanted to see more heightening.

Thanks!
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