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 "Air Travel").
This week's Sketch War topic was "Snow".
Sketchwar Snow Edition "Snow Day" FADE IN: CLOSE UP on RICH (40s), in the sun, sweating, talking on a cell phone. RICH Magical. Just magical. I envy you. (pause) You had three feet of snow? Wow. (pause) Yeah, shoveling gives you a workout for free! Wow. Just seeing the streets all blanketed in a soft layer of snow, and everything's so quiet -- A WIDER SHOT reveals that Rich is in a chaise-longue. RICH Sure, you have to walk carefully, but you just keep an eye out for ice, and -- (pause) Yeah, the driving's more difficult, but -- (pause) But it changes the whole world! It smooths off the rough edges, and turns the city into something new and magical, and -- A WAITRESS comes by with small tray of bills. WAITRESS Your change. Rich puts a hand over the receiver. RICH Oh, keep it -- they had three feet of snow in Boise! WAITRESS That must be so pretty! Rich mouths the words as he goes back to the phone. RICH I know! A WIDER SHOT reveals that Rich is in a chaise-longue by a pool where all sorts of beautiful people cavort on a perfect, sunny day. RICH But frostbite is easy to recover from! (pause) C'mon! If you don't leave your trash out, you won't *have* any ice weasels! (pause) I know, I know -- everything shuts down from the beautiful silence of nature. I don't care if your power is out, you're still the lucky one. (pause) Hello? Hello? The waitress comes back by with a tray of drinks. RICH He shouted a bunch of profanities and hung up. WAITRESS Well, he must be excited -- Mai Tai? RICH Yes! Hey, did you ever see The Empire Strikes Back? WAITRESS Ah. Hoth. The ice planet. I know it well. FADE TO BLACK.
Mood: amused · Music: none