Thursday Feb 01, 2018

A Very Special Episode - Good Times - the one where James dies

7th Episode Recorded
5th Episode Released
5th of 5 from the archives coming out to get all content in one place.

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.


In this episode we give the AVSE treatment to the two part season 3 opener of "Good Times" aka "The one where James dies." The big twist with this one was that we did a summary review of the first part and then rolled into the second part. 

I hope you enjoy it.

Cast List:

Mark Joyner - Florida
Ronald James - JJ, and others
Mike Smith - Michael, and others
Rachel Reckling - Thelma
Kay Megan Washington - Willona
Ti Coleman - Wanda
Bryan Preston - the Funeral Director
Ivan Martin - Pastor, Ned the Wino and others 



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