There is a war of ideologies going on in Emerson Comedy Workshop. Okay, not really, but a mild argument. A mild argument of ideologies. Video sketches vs. live sketches.
I am of the opinion that ECW needs to make more videos. We have costume changes to get through in these damn shows, and it looks unprofessional to have 15 minutes of black time in a one hour show. Videos can solve this problem.
You put a sketch up on stage and it’s good for 2 maybe 3 nights. Then it’s gone and, even if it’s a great sketch, that boat has sailed. Everyone wants to move on with their lives- new show, new sketches.
Videos don’t get as many laughs as live sketches. That’s annoying, but a video is immortal. If it’s halfway decent, that’s gonna end up being more total laughs. Look on youtube for ECW sketches, and the representation is there, but it’s not good enough. There are a lot of comedy troops that market themselves pretty well on youtube. Derrick and Zebro are good examples.
ECW has no such organized user base. Videos have been posted by random former and current members, sort of all over the place. I created a group, Emerson Comedy Workshop, to help rectify this, but I doubt anyone finds it. Add to this the pathetic, 5 year old website on Emerson’s main servers that I can barely bring myself to link to… here. I like the slogan “we put the ‘orksho‘ in workshop” though. We should keep that.
Anyway, it’s a hell of a lot harder to get these god damn actors to organize well enough to shoot a video. 1st show of last semester we did 1 video. 2nd show we did zero. Good shows, but that amount of video content is pathetic.
So I’m trying to do something drastic. I’ve written 6 sketch ideas that I think are worth filming. We have a little less than two months before our next show. 4 of these sketches have to be videos to work at all, 1 of which will be hard as hell to organize. We’ll see how many of these get done. But, what’s relevant to this blog entry are the 2 sketches that sort of could be stage sketches, that I want to get made as videos. I’ve been trying to organize a shoot for these for the last couple weeks with no success, and sort of taking flack from some of the other members for wasting my time (and theirs) trying to get them filmed.
The first show date is March 23rd. It’ll be interesting to see just how many of these sketches we can do in time. (If any. We have to do at least 2. HAVE to.)