Comedy, by Ken Bradbury, 2006

The 7 foot TV screen is broken and the public is lined up to see it. The staff has to pretend that it works.

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8 - 10 minutes

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An excerpt …

(the appliance store has a super sized TV and the public is waiting)

KRIS: (running in) Hey boss! We got trouble!

SEAN: Don’t even tell me that. Whatever it is, fix it!

KRIS: Can’t.

SEAN: Whatta you mean you can’t? What’s wrong?

KRIS: The new TV.

SEAN: What!!!?

KRIS: Only one thing wrong with it.

SEAN: Yeh?

KRIS: It won’t work.

SEAN: Don’t tell me it won’t work.

KRIS: It won’t work.

SEAN: Didn’t I just tell you ...

KRIS: Boss, I’ve tried everything. I mean look at it ... (gestures upstage) It looks great ... mahogany cabinet and forty-seven quadra-range speakers, and the thing’s a monster! Seven feet tall! And it won’t work!

(one customer is chosen)

JESS: I came in to buy a toaster.

SEAN: A toaster! Hey! What a joker! Here! Here’s the remote control.

JESS: No buttons.

SEAN: Don’t need buttons on this little baby! You just speak into the remote control! Tell it what channel you want then stand back for the show of your life! Go ahead! Go ahead!

JESS: Then can I get my toaster?

SEAN: Funny man/lady! Funny man/lady! Go ahead! Go ahead! Tell it what channel you want.

JESS: I like animals.

TRACY: (immediately jumping into “the picture” with an Australian accent.) Crikey! Here were are on Animal Planet!

(the ruse doesn’t work and the customers leave)

SEAN: (crumbling to the floor) Ohh … Oh no. They’re all leaving. (crying) They’re all leaving!

TRACY: (appearing from behind the TV set and holding an imaginary cord) Hey, Boss, you won’t believe this. I found the problem.

SEAN: What is it?

TRACY: We forgot to plug it in! (Sean collapses onto the floor, sobbing as Tracy and Kris look on, puzzled.)


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