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 "April Fool's").
This week's Sketch War topic was "Blind".
Sketchwar Blind Edition "Narration for the Blind" FADE IN: INT. RECORDING STUDIO - DAY A plain recording space with a big vocal mic and a large television monitor (though we can't see the screen). A PRODUCER sits at a console behind a large window. An ACTOR enters the studio, carrying a script. PRODUCER Ready for the next scene? ACTOR Yeah, just needed some water. PRODUCER Great. Make sure you sync up to the images right. As the actor puts on a pair of headphones -- ACTOR Got it. PRODUCER Okay, "David Lynch project, commentary track for the visually impaired, scene six, take one." The actor watches the screen, then reads from his script. ACTOR A beautiful 1965 Cadillac approaches the drugstore. Pause. ACTOR John enters the drugstore. Short pause. ACTOR Everything is bright and cheery in a way that is deeply, deeply unsettling. Pause. ACTOR He approaches the woman at the checkout counter, who looks, not model-hot, but still way too attractive to work at a drugstore. Pause. ACTOR That voice was disembodied. Pause. ACTOR So was that one. Pause. ACTOR She dances slowly to inaudible music. Pause. ACTOR Now the screen's gone all red and wobbly. Pause. ACTOR We hear her maniacal laughter while her face stays still. Pause. ACTOR I think his mouth has begun eating itself. Pause. The actor watches the screen for the right moment, then reads from the script: ACTOR I don't even know. Pause. ACTOR The drugstore explodes in a giant fireball. Pause. ACTOR And suddenly returns to normal. PRODUCER And that's a take. ACTOR Next scene? PRODUCER Sure. ACTOR Oh, and are we pronouncing it 'cephal-uh-pod' or 'cephal-oh-pod'? A sudden PUFF OF SMOKE and a smarmy GAME SHOW HOST appears. GAME SHOW HOST Congratulations! You've just delivered the most interesting sentence in the universe for March 28th! ACTOR What? I did? PRODUCER Who are you talking to? The smoke expands to fill the screen, and the actor and game show host emerges from it to -- INT. CHEAP GAME SHOW STUDIO - DAY The accoutrements of a low-budget 80s game show occupy what looks like an infinity cave. A large sign overhead says "The Universe". A set of curtains wall off a nearby area. CHEESY PRODUCTION MUSIC plays. The game show host leads the actor to a seat. GAME SHOW HOST And for speaking the most interesting sentence in the universe, you receive a free lifetime supply of Malt-o-Meal, and this 1989 Chevy Corsica! He waves his arms, and the curtains part to reveal the car as TRIUMPHANT MUSIC plays. LOUD AUDIENCE APPLAUSE, obviously canned. GAME SHOW HOST What do we say, Mr. Winner? ACTOR Thanks, universe! As the host leads the actor over to the car, we cut to -- STILL IMAGE Text at the top: "The Universe: brought to you by..." And there is a logo for "Quickie Lube". VOICEOVER Promotional consideration for The Universe by Quickie Lube Oil Change. Remember: the only thing vaguely-sexual about Quickie Lube is our prices! FADE OUT.
Mood: okay · Music: none