For the last few months, I’ve been coaching a team through the process of generating a ton of sketch material. While most capable comic minds can come up with a funny premise for a scene, that alone doesn’t always provide enough material.
Before we proceed, it’s important to highlight this quote from the late, great Roger Ebert: “It’s not what a movie is about, it’s how it is about it.”
That is to say Boogie Nights isn’t about porn stars, it’s about how all of us (even porn stars) can form a surrogate family. E.T. isn’t about an alien, it’s about a longing to connect. Citizen Kane isn’t about a newspaper baron, it’s about how adult pursuits are often just a poor substitute for the joys we had as children.
To create a scene that resonates, you need to speak to a larger issue. Take Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly…
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