Sketchwar started out as an online weekly sketch-writing group. Every week, participants would write comedy sketches about that week's topic; at the end of the week, we'd read each other's sketches, comment, and perhaps bicker about who wrote the best sketch that week.
These days, though, I'm the only one holding down the fort, thinking up topics and writing up sketches. If you're curious about participating, drop me a line. This page has my list of upcoming topics (next week's topic is "Sleep Deprivation").
This week's Sketch War topic was "Internet Dating".
Sketchwar Internet Dating Edition "FunDates Inc." FADE IN: INT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT In a trendy restaurant, GENE (20s) sits alone at a table set for two. The table has two half-eaten meals on it. Gene checks his watch and looks around. Then MADISON (20s, female) and HUNTER (20s, male) -- perfect looking, irritatingly cheerful -- approach the table. Madison sits. GENE Um -- excuse me, I'm sort of on a date here? MADISON You *were* on a date, Gene. HUNTER Yeah, we extracted Clarissa from this one. She's not coming back. GENE "Extracted?" Madison extends a hand. MADISON Hi. We're from FunDates, Inc., the site that arranged this get together -- GENE You've come along on my date? MADISON -- and our monitoring detected that this date of yours hasn't been "fun". GENE Well, yeah, it's a first date, so -- HUNTER Not the problem, big guy. The problem? You. GENE What? MADISON You know the FunDates slogan, right? GENE No. HUNTER It's "We make dating fun." Try to keep up, buddy. GENE Sorry? MADISON The problem is that only 3% of the population -- HUNTER -- people like us -- MADISON -- actually has fun with dating. The rest of the population -- HUNTER -- people like you -- MADISON -- just stumble through it awkwardly. The only reason conventional dating even still exists is because people like us, well, we kind of run society, and we like it. HUNTER FunDates exists because, frankly, we're tired of dealing with the chaff. GENE "Chaff?" HUNTER We have matching algorithms that try to filter out non-fun people like you, champ. MADISON What can I say, Gene? You seemed fun on paper. GENE Why are you telling me this in person? In the middle of my -- Hunter leaves the table. MADISON But don't worry, Gene! You're in luck! We had another extraction here at this same restaurant. Hunter returns with AMY (20s, attractive, confused). MADISON Amy is another FunDates reject, so maybe you two will hit it off in your artless, developmentally stunted way. Madison gets up to go. HUNTER Enjoy your night! Madison and Hunter leave. Amy sits. Silence. GENE Hey. AMY Hey. Silence. GENE Want to go burn down the FunDates building? Silence. AMY Yeah, sounds good. They exit. FADE TO BLACK.
Mood: amused · Music: none