Sounds Sketchy

Performers in Zoom Boxes

Seriously Unscripted

“Sounds Sketchy” is a web series (from Seriously Strange Audio Theater) in which actors improvise comedy sketches. No scripts allowed!

The show mashes up at least three different types of comedy:

  • Staged improv/theatresports (e.g., BATS Improv, Whose Line Is It Anyway).
  • Improvised TV shows and movies such as “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “What We Do In the Shadows,” and the Christopher Guest mockumentary films.
  • Classic sketch comedy television (Saturday Night Live, Monty Python, Kids in the Hall, Key & Peele, SCTV, etc.)

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The Backstory

A video series from an audio theater troupe? What’s up with that?

The idea of doing improvised comedy sketches over Zoom came to co-founder Randy Parker as a way for Seriously Strange Audio Theater to continue producing content during COVID-19 shelter in place.

Even in normal times, many audio theater producers (and animated films) record their voice performers in isolation and mix their voices together later. So, you might wonder why the pandemic would be disruptive to our troupe.

The reason: we prefer the synergy and energy of voice actors rehearsing and recording together, face to face, in a recording studio. And that is exactly how Seriously Strange Audio Theater produced its first four episodes.

Zoom has given us a safe way to continue to work together and produce new content during the pandemic. And the format has proven to be far more flexible (and fun) than we originally imagined.

Initially, we intended to release only the audio from our recording sessions. However, after producing the first episode, we decided to publish “Sounds Sketchy” exclusively on YouTube — for two reasons:

  1. We quickly realized that seeing the performers made the sketches even funnier. For season 2, we’ve leaned into the visual aspects of the show and leveled up our production values.
  2. Since the actors are using their earbud or computer microphones, the sound quality is quite variable across performers and not up to our usual high standards for audio drama.

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