Comedy, by Ken Bradbury, 2007

Three people take part in a speech contest and almost get to their selection.

The number and gender of characters can be changed to accommodate available participants. Price is for a master script. Make as many copies as is required for your ensemble.


6 - 8 minutes

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  • 3 Females
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An excerpt …

(The presentation has a rocky start.)

LEN: I was just telling them about …

TERRY: Now? Isn’t this supposed to be a speech contest or something?

LEN: Well? I’m speaking.

TERRY: But the thing we rehearsed. What are you doing?

LEN: I thought they’d like to know something about me before we began.


LEN: What?

TERRY: They don’t want to know anything about you. They have no desire to know… they just want to hear our speech.

LEN: (looking at the audience) You mean … you mean they don’t care at all?

TERRY: Not in the slightest. Look at their faces.

(Finally, the scene gets underway.)

LEN: (I am Captain Jean Fonteroy! The blackest pirate what ever sailed the seven seas! (Terry turns around in a single blood-thirsty jump and is about to speak when Len continues) But you know, I have a sensitive side, too.

TERRY: What?

MICK: (turning) Now what are you talking about?

LEN: I’m just making my character more real….more human.

(Is the audience a prop?)

TERRY: (going to Len and carefully taking his/her hands off the audience member) Look, don’t touch the audience members. I think that makes them a prop and we can’t use props.

LEN: And that is typical! That is just so typical of people like you! Thinking of human beings as props … as … as … things you can just push around to suit your needs!

TERRY: Hey! I’m a nice person! I swear!

LEN: Pawns! That’s all we are to you! Just pawns in this big game of chess that you call your life!

MICK: My mom told me, “Do a monologue. Do a monologue.” But no, I had to sign up for an event so I could be with my friends.


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