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 "Reporters").
This week's Sketch War topic was "The Arabian Nights".
Sketchwar The Arabian Nights Edition "The Genie" FADE IN: INT. OFFICE - DAY MARK (30s, executive) sits at his desk in an expensive- and hip-looking office. A battered old lamp sits on the desk. A trash bin sits beside the desk. A blank whiteboard stands nearby. Opposite him stands THE GENIE -- standard-issue magical djinn from Arabian folklore. THE GENIE -- three wishes, for whatever you desire, as your reward for freeing me from this lamp! MARK Anything? THE GENIE Anything you desire! Riches! Concubines! Palaces! MARK Let's go for a palace. THE GENIE Very well. I shall but blink my eyes, and -- MARK But not just any palace. THE GENIE What? MARK I like the palaces out there, but this one has to be different. THE GENIE Different how? MARK Basically, it has to align to my personal vision statement. The genie sighs. TITLE: TWO HOURS LATER INT. OFFICE - DAY Same as before, except the genie now sits in the chair, and the whiteboard has a number of scribbles on it -- sketches of palaces and notes such as "Like the Taj Mahal, but different." MARK Also, I need it to float in the air, but not in a levitating sort of way. THE GENIE But -- how -- MARK It needs to just float. But with weight. The genie twitches. TITLE: 1 HOUR LATER INT. OFFICE - DAY As before, except the genie is disheveled and frustrated. Notations cover the whiteboard, mostly in an erratic scrawl with lots of exclamation points. THE GENIE What does it even mean to 'make it more fruity?!' MARK Basically, it has to have no right angles, and it has to fit on a one acre lot. THE GENIE Why didn't you mention any of this at the start? MARK Also, it has to turn into a car. The genie takes a deep breath. THE GENIE Okay, forget it. MARK But what about the -- The genie dissolves into mist, and the mist starts to flow back into the lamp. THE GENIE Forget it! I'll stay in the lamp! The last of the mist disappears into the lamp. Mark tries rubbing it. Nothing happens. MARK Hmm. SAM (20s) enters. SAM Hi, I'm here about the web-design job? MARK Right, have a seat. SAM Pretty standard web storefront, right? MARK Yeah, I like the web stores out there, but this one has to be different. The lamp wobbles back and forth, on its own, until it falls into the trash bin. MARK Hmm. FADE OUT.
Mood: disappointed · Music: none