Friday (12/3/10) 1:03pm - ... wherein Peter writes a sketch for Sketch War.
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 usually the only one holding down the fort, thinking up topics and writing up sketches. (Though Patrick Knisely has been doing some lately. w00t!) If you're curious about participating, drop me a line. This page has my list of upcoming topics (next week's topic is "The Bar").
This week's Sketch War topic was "New Music".
New Music Edition
"Fighting the Good Fight"
EXT. HOTEL - DAY
Sign out front reads, "RadioChannel Demographic Testing".
And we'll program new music across
the country based on what test
groups like you ladies enjoy.
INT. CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY
CHAD (20s, artsy but rich) lectures a half-dozen middle-aged
HOUSEWIVES, including GLADYS.
The housewives hold small consoles with knobs.
Chad stands by a laptop connected to a large set of speakers.
If you like a song, turn the knob
to the right. If you don't, turn
it to the left.
Can we hear some music now?
Eager! I like that!
He types on the laptop, and a seven-second of music plays --
standard innocuous top-forty singer-songwriter fare.
And I'm missing you so much!
The music cuts out. Looks of confusion.
Is that it?
RadioChannel cares about instant
response, Gladys. Now, just turn
the knobs, ladies.
They do so.
But -- I mean, lyrically I can't
really tell where she's going with
It doesn't matter.
I mean, it could be she misses her
dog, or her husband, or maybe some
elf on a quest to --
It's not an elf. Just rate the
song, as you heard it.
And harmonically, is it really
going to keep cycling through that
I:IV:V major progression through
the whole --
Gladys, if you don't like the song,
And will it always be 4:4? I mean,
maybe there's a bridge in some
complex meter, or --
I don't even think you're using
real words, Gladys.
Gladys has a point. There might be
more to the song than what we just
That might be, but I just have a
Could we hear it again, at least?
Yes! Let's listen again! (etc.)
He types on the laptop again.
And I'm missing you so much!
The orchestration really needs an
Chad walks over to Gladys and starts leading her out of the
What? It would add texture!
Gladys, I don't think you're a good
match for the data-gathering we
But I am!
We'll pay you what we said we
would, and you can just go home
right now, and --
I want to contribute!
We'll pay you double.
Let me stay!
Two beefy SECURITY GUYS show up.
SECURITY GUY #1
Is there a problem?
INT. SUBURBAN HOUSE - DAY
Establishing shot of a nice little house in the suburbs.
I'm sorry guys.
INT. KITCHEN - DAY
Gladys stands in a fairly nice kitchen.
She speaks to the front cover of a CD of Moving Pictures by
I tried fighting the good fight for
She puts in the CD, hits play, and dims the lights.
"Tom Sawyer" starts playing as she mixes herself a drink.
Her DAUGHTER walks up to the kitchen door, sees her mother
rocking out to the tune, rolls her eyes, and exits.
FADE TO BLACK.
(I've cross-posted this to the Sketchwar site.)
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