Sketch Fest Preview Questionnaire: Ned and Dave

4 Mar

marquee-ned-and-dave-637x329What’s your name and what is the name of your sketch troupe?

My name is Ned Petrie. I’m a member of Ned & Dave (I’m the Ned half). I also host The Panel Show, a comedy game show featured at TOSketchfest.

If you had to pitch your act to a Hollywood producer as though it were a movie, your logline would be:

All the anarchistic joy of Fried Green Tomatoes combined with the rich pathos of Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, & Blonde.

Think Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein meets KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park meets Meet The Fockers meets Meat Loaf: Live At The Palladium.

What other troupes or workshops are you looking forward to seeing / attending this festival?

There are a lot of great troupes in this festival, but I’m most excited to see Last Call Cleveland again. Their work is the Platonic Ideal of what sketch comedy should be – a perfect mix of joy, absurdity, anger, and effort. We’re lucky enough to be sharing the stage with Last Call Cleveland on both their headlining shows and with LCC’s Mike Polk Jr on The Panel Show.

The most common misconception about sketch comedy is:

Since great sketches can feel so spontaneous, many in the audience don’t realize how complex they are. If the pace, rhythm, specificity, or nuance in the staging and performance is off even the slightest amount, it changes the entire tenor. But obviously, if the audience is too aware of the nuts and bolts then it can kill a sketch just as easily. A perfect sketch will feel like nothing is happening even though everything is happening.

I’m a big football fan, and I think there are a lot of parallels between the two in terms of execution. An average fan will look at a great football play and look only at where the ball is, but the players know that the whole play actually hinged on the Left Tackle planting his right foot at the correct angle or the Tight End faking out the Linebacker before the snap. Likewise, a well executed sketch is all about keeping the audiences focus on the ‘ball’ without giving away the hidden engineering behind it. The ball was is ‘the funny’ in this strained analogy, in case that wasn’t clear.

You are commissioned to write a sketch about Rob Ford and Justin Bieber trapped on a lifeboat adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. What happens?

The scene takes place at the Coast Guard Rescue Centre, where they argue the merits of doing their duty and saving them versus just letting them drift.

Oh, and one of the Coast Guard guys has a funny voice or something.


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