Monday Nov 27, 2017

A Very Special Episode - Family Ties - Say Uncle

This is a re-posting of the second offering for "A Very Special Episode." wherein we did staged readings/ interpretations of old sitcoms (particularly the ones of a "Very Special" nature).

In this one, we offer our take on Family Ties. It was previously released on soundcloud.

Quick Synopsis of the Concept.

  • We start with a transcription of an old sitcom, particularly the ones of a "Very Special" nature, wherein the otherwise happy go lucky cast is suddenly faced with an intense situation.
  • I then script out a commentary/ play-by-play of the stage directions and other actions, which often includes contextual and comedic notes on what is happening in the show...
  • Sound effects, transition music and other comedic/editorial sound choices are developed and triggered during the performance
  • We perform the whole thing (comedians, actors, improvisers and me) for a live audience.

As I read the commentary and supply extra direction and misdirection it sometimes leads us to unscripted territory. We use several different comedic tools and vehicles to spice things up from show to show. Sometimes I'll ask a scene to be re-read with different accents, or we'll swap parts, or I'll ask my cast to improvise the whole scene over again with a new input or switch to the attitude.

All that being said, heres the episode specific information:

This is the episode where we started to figure  things out and take a more editorial spin on the scripts. We had a good time, but still had several bugs to work out.

Produced and Edited by Mark Miller.
Bob Rose - Alex
Michael Ziccardi - Steven
Melissa LaMartina - Elyse
Kathy Carson - Mallory
Alexander Scally - Ned
Keith Becraft - Mr. Wirtz
Pat Mulligan - Jennifer

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