One of the more satisfying bits we worked on was ‘Speculation Theater’ – the format was simple. Thespian Ronald Albacore introduced a ‘what if’ scenario, and we’re re-enact the scene with the original characters. Most of the funny came from the juxtaposition of the characters who would never usually be interacting together, or the historical context which sometimes made the skit use SAT words with multiple syllables. They were satisfying to do because of the multiple levels. They were a pain in the ass because we had to not only write them, they had to be true to the characters and history or they fell flat. That took a ton of research and time, so after 40 or so, we were exhausted. They also really had 3 parts Ron’s setup, the actual bit with multiple characters, and Ron’s discussion of the skit, and a throwaway line for the next episode, which sometimes morphed into a real episode. Because of the limitations, we actually only did one of these on video – for the BYD & Friends live show – and I think we tried intos and outros, but never managed to complete those segments for various reasons. I did master a Speculation Theater Cassette, which I’ll dig out for the masses to ponder later. But here is the one skit I have on hand. ‘What if Early Cavemen had Cable TV’? Enjoy.
Speculation Theater – Some bits just don’t come easy