Comedy Sketches

These are just some of the many comedy sketches I’ve written. I originally posted them here for a comedy acting workshop I led in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They’re still good practice for anyone wanting to try comedy acting. Most are just 2 actors. A few need 3 or 4 people.

M and F designate Male and Female characters. P = Person of either gender. These denotations are for reading purposes only. Some scripts marked with P would be better filmed with a particular gender (such as the three wise men in He’s No Savior).  Some scripts are in standard format (“script format”), and others are still in MS Word (“line format”). The latter are sometimes less developed.

The first two scripts—MORE and Bad For You—are great to start with, because they are just a few lines, or a single paragraph. As complete projects, each of these will be filmed with a total of 20+ actors, but each role stands on its own and can be practiced and performed by itself.

Enjoy!

The Finger on the Button — The president orders a nuclear strike against SOUTH Korea because he was looking at the map upside down, then is unwilling to admit he made a mistake. Can you say BOOM? (SHOOTING June 2019.) Aiming for Sundance!

  • Actors needed: 2 (M,F)
  • Pages: 3 (script format)
  • Author: Jonny Lewis

MORE — Is one antidepressant drug not enough for you? Maybe you need MORE®!

  • Actors needed: 20+ (P,F,M) several actors have just one or two lines
  • Pages: 7 (script format)
  • Author: Jonny Lewis

The Hugging Saint — At the end of the day, even the Hugging Saint has her basic primal needs.

  • Actors needed: 2 (F/M)
  • Pages: 5 (script format)
  • Author: Jonny Lewis

Discount Psychologist — Is this woman working out of her home a real psychiatrist?

    • Actors needed: 2 (F/M)
    • Pages: 4 (script format)
    • Author: Jonny Lewis and Doris Guerrero

The Power of Then — So he wrote his great book about the power of now…in the past?

  • Actors needed: 2 (P)
  • Pages: 4 (script format)
  • Author: Jonny Lewis

Nirvana — A student nearly reaches nirvana, but is interrupted by the “guidance” of the teacher.

  • Actors needed: 3 (P: 2 acting, 1 doing voice-over)
  • Pages: 3 (script format)
  • Author: Jonny Lewis

Beautiful Sunset — What? You relished a beautiful sunset and didn’t post it on Facebook for me to see? How selfish!

  • Actors needed: 2 (P, but best as a couple)
  • Pages: 2 (lines format)
  • Author: Jonny Lewis

Richard is Missing — Richard doesn’t respond to a friend’s daily Facebook post. He must have gone missing!

  • Actors needed: 2 (P)
  • Pages: 1 (lines format)
  • Author: Jonny Lewis

Code Violet — A male patient is uncomfortable with the unorthodox methods of his female doctor. She sternly rebukes him by saying “Who’s the doctor here?” Turns out, not her! She’s an escapee from the psychiatric wing, having some fun!

  • Actors needed: 5 (F/M main characters, P for 2 minor characters and voice of the P.A. system)
  • Pages: 6 (script format)
  • Author: Jonny Lewis

Coffee! — A poem-rant about how great coffee is.

  • Actors needed: 1 (P)
  • Pages: 1 (2-column line format)
  • Author: Jonny Lewis

Bad For You! — These days the media spends a lot of time telling is what’s bad for us. Which seems to be…everything! Here are 18 things that are bad for you—including yoga, mom’s apple pie, and a blessing from the Pope.

  • Actors needed: 18 separate short monologues all in one file (P)
  • Pages: 18 (script format)
  • Author: Jonny Lewis

But You Said— — To understand this script, you need to have watched “BUT I—.” Dr. Dortman shows up at Glenda’s door to inform her that he is no longer her doctor, but is now her lawyer. And as her lawyer, he will help her sue for the complications caused by the bad medications he sold her as her doctor. Sound confusing? That’s why you need to watch “BUT I—” first.

  • Actors needed: 2 (F,M)
  • Pages: 4 (lines format)
  • Author: Jonny Lewis

Doctors Lounge: Smaller House — The experienced doctors teach the new idealistic doctor what medicine is all about..

  • Actors needed: 3 (P)
  • Pages: 2 (script format)
  • Author: Jonny Lewis

Side Effects May Include — What if one person suffered all of a drug’s side effects at once?

  • Actors needed: 2 (P)
  • Pages: 1 (lines)
  • Author: Jonny Lewis

TV Programming — How Hollywood TV producers make their programming choices.

  • Actors needed: 2 (P)
  • Pages: 2 (line format)
  • Author: Jonny Lewis

TV Casting — How Hollywood TV producers make their casting choices.

  • Actors needed: 2 (P)
  • Pages: (script format)
  • Author: Jonny Lewis

He’s No Savior — Jesus didn’t begin his preaching until he was 30. So when he is 27, he seems to be a failure in the eyes of the three wise men who gave him gifts all those years ago.

  • Actors needed: 3 (P)
  • Pages: (line format)
  • Author: Jonny Lewis

Like Lack — The doctor explains to a parent that her child isn’t clinically depressed. It’s just that his friends just aren’t giving him enough “Likes” on Facebook, and it’s hurting his self-esteem.

  • Actors needed: 2 (P)
  • Pages: (line format)
  • Author: Jonny Lewis

Liking the Buddha — Spirituality, Facebook-style.

  • Actors needed: 2 (P)
  • Pages: 2 (line format)
  • Author: Jonny Lewis