Poem of the Week: If You Want to Bring Back Sketch Comedy…

How’s it going, readers!

The inspiration for this week’s poem comes from what I personally consider to be a rather unique source, all things considering–namely, an old interest that I used to have in sketch comedy during my younger years. You see, not too long ago, when I decided on a whim to look up some odd bits and pieces of some of my favorite sketch comedy shows from back in the day (The Muppet Show, All That, and The Carol Burnett Show being the three that most readily come to mind) while taking a break from writing my current book–a children’s novel that I’ve presently titled Dream Roamers: Tyler Finds His Spirit and plan on discussing eventually on this blog one day–it had also come to my attention that Cartoon Network had decided to do its part in reawakening public interest in this art form on television with Nick Cannon’s Incredible Crew, which has received a somewhat polarized response from the YouTube community as a whole since its TV debut on December 31 this past year. Likewise, I’d also come to learn about Nickelodeon’s answer to IC, the somewhat controversial Nick Studio 10 and–upon learning more about each of these shows from the various rants and reviews made about them that I’ve come across–found myself wondering as to what it is that makes a good sketch comedy show. Naturally, on one hand, it only makes sense to credit the actors of these shows themselves for putting their talents to the test and making their intended audiences laugh their cares away. Then again, no matter how adept or incompetent they are as a collective whole at their craft, even the most gifted among them is bound to suffer humiliation in the eyes of the show’s critics, should the writing for the venue be substandard. After all, no matter the genre or tone of any scripted media, let it be known that the actors involved are but its face. The venue’s writers and the scripts that they write for it, on the other hand, constitute the media’s backbone, thus making it said writers’ responsibility for providing the players with the material they require to truly make the movie, television show, or stage production they’re involved with come alive and entertain its audience.

Therefore, my own opinions on Incredible Crew, Nick Studio 10, and all other sketch comedy shows I’ve ever familiarized myself with aside, I’ve composed a little villanelle that I hope inspires all current and future sketch comedy writers to make the most out of their understanding of the craft so that the talents of the actors they write for shine in the eyes of those whom they hope to make a fanbase out of. Without further ado, then, please enjoy the following composition: If You Want to Bring Back Sketch Comedy…

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If You Want to Bring Back Sketch Comedy…
May 13, 2013

If you want to bring back sketch comedy,
You must always remember this one rule:
Clever and thoughtful writing is the key.

Learn to play your actors’ strengths, McGee,
And leave it to them to play your skits’ fools
If you want to bring back sketch comedy.

Witty, complete jokes matter, too, you see—
Nothing too dark, mean-spirited, or cruel.
Clever and thoughtful writing is the key.

Don’t forget, either…versatility
Frequently proves a vital acting tool,
If you want to bring back sketch comedy.

Distinct and memorable’s how to be
If you’re one of the sketch character school.
Clever and thoughtful writing is the key…

And remember to have fun, finally,
And to keep your skits light-hearted and cool.
If you want to bring back sketch comedy,
Clever and thoughtful writing is the key.

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That should do it for this week. Thank you all for stopping my blog and taking the time out of your day to read my stuff, even if you’re not a fan of any of the shows mentioned in this post. In the meantime, as always, be sure to check out my author pages at Smashwords.com, Amazon.com, and Amazon.co.uk to check out my list of current publications. Also, before I sign off, I’d just like to make the side note that I’ve learned that Heather Anne Campbell–one of the players from Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza–has been listed as one of the writers for Incredible Crew. If that’s true, then hopefully in the unfortunate incident that IC isn’t renewed for a second season (even if for some network owned by Time Warner other than Cartoon Network), the kids on that show still might have a chance to try their hand at improvisational comedy via the likes of Whose Line Is It Anyway? After all, The CW is a limited liability joint venture between Time Warner’s own Warner Brothers Entertainment and CBS Corporation, and the IC kids certainly have the energy for improv, from what I’ve seen of their work, if nothing else. Just a thought…

At any rate, readers, happy reading!

Regards,
Dustin M. Weber

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4 thoughts on “Poem of the Week: If You Want to Bring Back Sketch Comedy…

  1. Howdy! Great thoughts you have here about sketch comedy, especially Incredible Crew and that train wreck Nick Studio 10. Yeah, I wish, IC was more of a kids’/teens’ improv show, too, although I’m sure it’d still have a loud base of critics out there because of there being so many fans of Whose Line Is It Anyway? who’d compare it to that show (Trust me, the WLIIA fanbase has more than its fair share of elitists and other schmucks out there. :rollseyes: ), especially if it were to end up on cartoon Network anyway. Still, I, too, feel sorry for Jeremy Shada, Chanelle Peloso, and the others for receiving so much flack for being a part of the doggone thing, although I think Jeremy’s notoriety with the Adventure Time crowd kind of gives him a pass with them. Honestly, the kids don’t deserve the hate for trying to make the lackluster writing of IC work. If anything, people should blame the writers for coming up with such random, mindless, and sometimes uninspired skits or perhaps even Cartoon Network for putting shackles on the IC writing team in regards to what they can and cannot showcase. It’s sad, really, because the IC kids do have talent, which so many of their detractors don’t give them credit for, and I just hope that they all can succeed in their respective careers following their IC stint.

    Anyway, thanks again for this poem. I liked it quite a bit.

  2. Hey, Dustin! How do you feel about the kids from Nick Studio 10 claiming that they’re better than SpongeBob Squarepants not too long ago or any of the other garbage they’ve been pulling on the Internet since their “show” debuted this past February?

    • I think they need to wise up, quite frankly. Age is no excuse for their unprofessional behavior, either. Just think about it this way: When was the last time that any of the kids from Incredible Crew claimed that their show was better than any other kids show, be it from a rival network of Cartoon Network’s or even from CN itself?

      Basically, the Nick Studio 10 kids still haven’t realized since their Twitter war with the Archfiend from YouTube that they are now in the public eye and are therefore going to be scrutinized by anyone who is familiar with them, including the numerous detractors of their show. Many of these detractors have already exposed them with screen caps of whatever crude, cocky, or otherwise immature or offensive Tweets and Facebook posts they’ve posted in months past, and unless they at last get it through their heads that their own actions are what’s getting them in hot water (as well as the lowbrow content of their show) and that they can’t get away with what they’re doing on account of their notoriety, then they’ll eventually be out of a show, period. After all, even if the executives at Nickelodeon don’t fire the as an act of free will, then the FCC will more likely than not get on Nick’s case and make them close up shop for the NS10 cast.

      Then again, that’s how things would work if such a situation took place in a world less imperfect than our own…but hey, don’t give up hope yet. A year from now, this whole NS10 business will all be water under the bridge, and kids show fans will have other things to pay attention to on such networks as Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, the Disney Channel, and the Hub.

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