There’s Something About Barry

Well, hello there.

Today is Winkel Wednesday, but I thought I’d share a very, very, very, rough first draft of a sketch I wrote. 

This is my second time around taking the Second City sketch writing course, so the stuff that comes out is usually unfinished and following a specific set of guidelines. Most of the time the sketches aren’t even funny but it’s about the process and building a foundation to lay the funnies on. So here it is!

Mr. Winkel will be making an appearance later tonight. Tehe.



There’s Something About Barry

1/31/14 (Draft #1)



Barry- late 30’s

Paul –late 30’s


                               (Paul’s living room.)


There ya’ go, Paul. TV’s all set. Good as new, and that’s the Good as New TV Repair Service guarantee.

(Puts tools back in tool bag.)


Thanks again, Barry. Picture looks great. Good to see you again too.

(Shakes Barry’s hand, goes to show him door.)


My pleasure! Gosh, What a great screen, picture’s crystal clear.


(Nervous chuckle) Yeah! Thanks, we really enjoy it. So, let me show you the do-


Ah, would ya’ look at that, the game just started! 

(Sets tools bag down.)


Oh right, it’s about that time. (Checks watch.) I almost forgot, good thing I called you guys when I did.




Yeah, perfect! Almost like a dee-vine intervention, as those hocus pocus, voodoo, witch-card readers would say.


(Trying to be pleasant.) Uhh…yeah, I guess. Well, I don’t want to hold you up.


Now, don’t be crazy, Paul! You aren’t holding me up one bit. (Plops down on Paul’s recliner, puts footrest up). Like I said, it’s like the dee-vine intervention. You don’t want to mess with that.


Gee, Barry, I wasn’t even going to watch-


(Cuts Paul off mid-sentence, a little angrier.) LIKE I SAID PAUL. YOU DON’T MESS WITH THAT.


(Firmly.) Listen, Barry, now I’m not going to ask you again.


(Grabs remote and points at PAUL) KALAMAZOO!


(Looking stunned, opens up his mouth, recording of famous pop song comes out instead of words.) R-E-S-P-E-C-T FIND OUT WHAT IT MEANS TO ME.


Paul, I didn’t know you have the Music Choice Premium Package!


(Horrified, Paul tries to scream.) SOCK-IT-TO-ME, SOCK-IT-TO-ME!




Hehe. Gosh, what a classic. (Lowers volume on Paul, continues watching came with a smug smile).


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