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Because hey, why not, I thought I’d start posting some of my old/never performed/never to be performed again sketches online, with commentary about them. And I will call it, “Sketch Time Machine!” And it will be good. Hopefully.
Year Written: 2002
I actually still like this sketch quite a bit, though it never made it into a show. It does need a polish, and in general, the jokes could probably be punchier; but I think the structure is pretty solid, and the game is good, too. So what held it back? Basically, this is as inside baseball as you can get: it’s a sketch written for other sketch comedians.
The idea (which you’ll see when you read the sketch) is based off of a typical recurring premise in sketch comedy. Those sorts of sketches aren’t off limits, they’re just not preferable for two reasons:
1) You shouldn’t count on the majority of your audience being sketch comedians.
2) Don’t give away trade secrets.
The second was what came up the most when discussing this one, that if we did it on stage, it would point out to the audience a formula of sketch that we do time and time again. And if we did that, it would not only make them wise to what we were doing in the future, it would make them foolish for being taken in by it the past. So we never did it, and that’s probably a good thing.
Some sketches are just too good to be shared, am I right? Not this one, but you know, in general.
Here’s the sketch: