The Big Bang Theory is in it’s 6th season and has gone through all of the changes that you might expect from a sitcom going on that long.
We learned all about the initial quirks of the original Big Bang cast and eventually got new characters. We have romances, rivalries, and tension. But most shows nearing the end of season 6 are going stale and you wonder why they are still on. So what are the cast and crew of The Big Bang Theory doing right?
I just got to finish watching the first season of King of the Nerds with my wonderful Fiancee. By far my favorite competition to date was in that episode when it was simply nerd trivia. The very first question made me think, maybe I really am to big of a nerd.
The question was: Who invented pong?
Before the answers A-D even started popping up I turned to my Fiancee and said Ralph Baer. Baer was not an answer to the question so I of course recognized that they wanted D: which contained Nolan Bushnell.
I’m sorry, but I stick by my guns that Ralph Baer invented pong, the hate mail can fly now, but its true.
Ralph Baer invented this electronic video game that allowed two people to play a version of electronic tennis. At first it was very crude but eventually got refined more and more and was part of a release by Magnavox to be a home entertainment system called the Odyssey.
Nolan Bushnell was and is a brilliant engineer AND businessman. He saw potential and his company, Atari, took the concept and called it Pong, and their company took off.
Granted, Ralph Baer was an amazing man and invented so many different things and really wasn’t worried about making video games for a living. Yet true game historians still link him as the Father of Video games even when some texts say otherwise.
It was really the fact that they used the word INVENTED that really threw me off. If they had said, what two men packaged and released Pong, BUSHNELL. We have Atari. But saying Bushnell invented Pong is like saying Steve Jobs and his crew ‘invented’ the Apple OS windows type operating system. Nope, sorry, that was Xerox who had no real use for it. (Funny nerd side note on that one, it was originally pitched to Bill Gates but he turned it down.)
The show was a great nod to nerdom and geek life overall I just wish they had reworded that one question or given true props where props are due.
Ok, I’ll get off my nerd high horse now.
Ok, my British friends. This septic is fed up and says you have gone too far.
I sat idly by as you stole original programming that smart, creative, hard working yanks came up with for far too long. Your short lived attempt to re-create ‘The Office.’ Your attempt to recreate our success with music shows by stealing Simon Cowell, a red blooded American if I’ve ever met one, and stealing ideas for shows like ‘X-Factor’ and American Idol. You did, smartly, change the name of Idol to ‘Pop Idol’. I mean, it would have been a little obvious if you’d left it named American Idol, I suppose.
But Cowell isn’t the only talented American actor you stole. Taking our talented Chef Gordon Ramsey and stealing shows like Kitchen Nightmares and Hell’s Kitchen.
You even stole the basic premise of our Quantum Leap and changed a few things, added a blue box, and called it Dr Who.
But this time, sirs and madams, you have gone to far.
I love Top Gear. I have been watching it for awhile. That show on History Channel is hilarious. So, why not try watching it on BBC? How bad could they mess this up?
Well, the worst part is how easy it is to tell the WHOLE SHOW IS FAKE! I mean, they drive on the wrong side of the road. The steering wheel is even in the passenger seat. Have the producers of this show ever SEEN a car? I mean, come on.
If none of that were fake enough, they talk about driving around in far off, mythical places like Lancashire, Sussex, and Italy.
Even if they were driving in real cities they can’t even pronounce Nissan correct.
I try to always give your shoddy remakes a chance but this has gone too far. Get real cars, drive in real places, and make a real reality show like America does.
I realize writing a comedy sketch can be difficult. And it’s not like you’ve had over 35 years to work on perfecting the practice so I can’t expect them to all be really good but what you have been putting out there as a sketch just ISN’T!
As such I have taken it upon myself to give you a short instructional on how to write a comedy sketch. Now, while I’m not a professional comedy sketch writer, I do apparently know a few basics that you are missing. As my instructional I will simply write a sketch outline right now.
First, we need an idea. Recently, Words with Friends has bound beyond the interactive App world into traditional board games. You know, like our grandparents used to play back in the 20’s. So, there is a words with friends board game. My idea, a factory worker at Words with Friends starts mocking a factory worker at Scrabble.
You know, things like “Screw you, Scrabble. WORD!” or “Factory closing down Mr Scrabble? Triple word SLAM!” and so-on and so forth.
So, the start of a sketch. Now, the difference between WRITING and what you do is, you now stop coming up with further development of a sketch and instead just fill 3 to 5 minutes with the same joke said a different way 20 times. This of course only leads to two things, a completely unmemorable sketch and everyone watching going, “This stopped being funny 3 minutes ago.”
So what’s missing? Well, the story. Granted we only HAVE 3 to 5 minutes but that doesn’t mean a story can’t be put in there. So what do we need? How about a set up. Ok, the Scrabble factory just closed down because Words with Friends is now a board game, too. Premise, Words with Friends workers are very cocky about this and make fun of the old people leaving the Scrabble factory. (Yeah, they’re old, they’ve been there forever.
Now, we need it to go somewhere. Let’s say, the Scrabble factory workers burn down the Words with Friends factory.
And then, we need a payoff. How about, the Scrabble workers are on trial, the judge is about to let them off because he understands their mental anguish after being laid off, when he says hold on, it’s my turn to play a word. He picks up his phone to play and the scrabble workers rush him and destroy his phone.
One step further? They then end up in jail and the only game to play is the Words with Friends board game.
There, we have a mini story with a funny premise and a payoff. That wasn’t that hard, was it? In fact, you can use my idea on 2 conditions. 1000 dollars and can’t look at the cue cards. REALLY there is a rhythm to acting and comedy especially that you can’t get by reading your lines from cue cards. But that’s another rant. Happy writing.