Sounds Sketchy

Performers in Zoom Boxes

Seriously Unscripted

“Sounds Sketchy” is a web series in which performers improvise comedy sketches. No scripts allowed!

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

  • Staged improv/theatresports (e.g., Improv Olympic, UCB, The Groundlings, BATS, Whose Line Is It Anyway).
  • Filmed improv (TV shows and movies in which the dialogue is improvised — 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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Cast & Crew

Director/Producer

Randy Parker
Randy Parker

Performers

In alphabetical order…

Ryan Lee Boyd
Ryan Lee Boyd
Deborah Bromley
Deborah Bromley
Alan Donegan
Alan Donegan
Paul Dougherty
Paul Dougherty
Allen Fahden
Allen Fahden
Chris Laird
Chris Laird
Michelle LeMay
Michelle LeMay
BillyJean Vollman
BillyJean Vollman
Evan Widjaja
Evan Widjaja

The Origin Story

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

The idea of performing 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 audio plays (available on our Episodes page).

Using Zoom to collaborate and perform in real time has given us a safe way to produce new content during the pandemic (and perhaps beyond).

Initially, we intended to release “Sounds Sketchy” strictly as an audio show (without the video from our Zoom sessions). However, after recording the first episode, we decided to publish “Sounds Sketchy” as a video web series on YouTube. Why the change in direction?

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

The Zoom comedy format has proven to be far more flexible (and fun) than we originally imagined — and we hope you enjoy the results!

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