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Introducing TV Squad Live! The TVS Comedy Sketch Project

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 14th 2006 11:12AM
Seinfeld script page - don't use one of their ideas for the
TVS sketch contest!One of things we love about doing a TV blog is that we can utilize technology to do some interesting projects, like our chats and podcasts. We also happen to think that we have some of the funniest readers out there. So what we've decided to do is put both to the test.

We'd like to see what happens if our witty and wonderful readers help us collaborate on an SNL-style comedy sketch. Our plan is to utilize the wiki technology at The TV IV (www.tviv.org) to allow everybody to write and refine the sketch, while giving us some control over the content.

But first we need some ideas.  The TVS staff has been batting around some ideas in private, but we're curious as to what you can come up with as well.  Please leave your sketch ideas in the comments; the ideas should be no more than a couple of sentences, and you really don't have to go into details about characters, settings, etc.  Just the concept is fine, thanks. No topic is off-limits, but try to keep the concept within the limits of network late-night broadcast standards, please.

We'll be discussing the ideas we gather in about a week or so and narrowing them down. If we choose your idea, we will notify you by e-mail and give you a writing credit.

Keep in mind that the script will be placed under a Creative Commons license, with TV Squad and The TV IV being the licensees. We don't intend on selling the script or the idea, and placing these items under this license will help us protect that right. More information about a CC license is here.

Ok, it's time channel your inner comedian and send us your best. Good Luck!

(NOTE: Sorry for the repost -- we meant for this post to run this morning, not last night)

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Have a sketch that focuses on a detective that investigates questions that most people never seem to ask nor even care about, but really don't know the answer to.

One example could be his in depth investigation to find out if squirrels poop. I mean you never see their droppings anywhere while birds paint the town off white.

February 17 2006 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How about a skit about a guy who's convinced he's on a hidden camera reality show - but, of course he isn't. For the sake of this post, we'll call him Bob. He lives with three roomates who start to think he's insane (which...I guess he would be).

Bob could do things like "testimonials" in the bathroom while his roomates outside wonder why he's talking to himself about them. Another example could have someone announcing that their crazy brother is coming in town for the week. Bob, of course, would assume this to be a "sweeps week" ratings stunt. I think it would be good to have for Bob occassionally mug to objects where he believes the camera is hidden.

February 17 2006 at 7:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In a board meeting of a corporation, the CEO and his executives are going through some agenda items, and one of the executives brings up that the employees are VERY dissatisfied with their current health plan. But the CEO thinks it's fine. The executives try to convince him otherwise, saying that the current plan only "allows employees to visit free clinics" or "the closest to prescription drug payout is free samples of Advil in the breakroom" and etc, etc. The CEO responds to each of these claims with ill-advised ideas to boost morale and take the employee's minds off of it. "Ok I hear what you're saying about the plan, and I think there's definitely some oppotunity for morale improvement there. So let's take action. We're going to organize a day out at the park"...the executives can answer those with items such as "Well, that would be an option however half of accounting is battling something called the bird flu" or something less obvious.

That's the idea.

February 17 2006 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Keller

Two guys meet in hell. One is a mass murderer who killed hundreds of people over a long stretch of time. The other stole cable (or satellite) service. Hilarity ensues.

If we are going topical, then there is always the 'Britney Spears School of Fine Driving'. Make sure your 4-month-old is strapped close to the steering wheel.

February 14 2006 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What about having a tech support guy come to a persons house only to find some, shall we say, interesting things going on in the house. While trying to figure out what is going on in the network the tech guy goes from room to room and each one is more and more crazy - think starting off with a woman in a bathing suit answering a door, the first room just has mirrors all over the place, the next has two people making out, next is a dungeon, etc... The beauty is that the tech guy has only seen some of this on the internet and believed it all to be fake.

February 14 2006 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A TV freak fades in and out of reality, and reality TV. At inopportune times, his/her life becomes a reality show, or game show, or even sitcom. She's/He's totally aware of this and engages fully. In improvisational comedy there's a game called Obstacle Course that would fit this concept perfectly. Comedians are performing one game and the game suddenly changes. Hard to explain that game without jumping up and down and showing you how it's done. (Maybe my idea is a Nevermind!)

February 14 2006 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joshua Stein

I always liked jokes based on "pitch meetings" and similar Hollywood industry speak. You could have TV execs who are being pitched original and creative ideas, and find all sorts of excuses why those kids of shows don't fly in the sticks. But scantily clad women eating the testicles of farm animals? Pure TV gold.

You could have these execs greenlight the exact same show over and over again, even when the pitch is verbatim what they greenlighted just minutes before.

The problem is, it could be considered funny or unfunny because it is a situation that we all envision is all to real.

I know that making fun of industry execs is sort of fish-in-a-barrel type humor, but given the animosity that seems to exist on this blog for Fox and other network honchos, I think the potential for humor to be mined from this is limitless.

February 14 2006 at 11:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

An idea I figure I'd post here:

The feds pay a visit to a home where they believe illegal music and movie downloads are happening. One after another, the feds are shown reasons why there's NO way this person could have done these crimes. Examples: elderly woman/man; doesn't own a computer; has no electricity at all (lives in a shack in the woods); has no fingers (for typing) -- the evidence gets more and more ridiculous. It could end a couple of ways: The feds finally give up and leave, and the suspect calls out that the coast is clear, pulls up a hatch in the floor and we see a room full of nerds on computers. Or: The feds, desperate to pin something on this guy, find an old audio cassette dated from 1978 with a recording of a local banjo troupe.

February 14 2006 at 11:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I second doc's idea.

That is an endless reservoir of gold right there.

February 13 2006 at 10:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How about two people catching up after having not seen each other for a while. One persons side of the conversation is made up completely of obscure television references. All of their friends are tv characters and all of the things they have done are straight out of episodes of tv shows. Starting with the more obscure references, as it goes on they become more and more obvious.

February 13 2006 at 9:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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