Dad's Garage & Friends - 13 Jun 2015

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Strong Bad and Homestar Runner explain the worst parts about improv.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, Homestar Runner, Coach Z, Homsar, Strong Sad

Places: Computer Room, Strong Badia, Stage

Computer: Lappy 486

Running Time: 5:15

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[edit] Transcript

STRONG BAD: {singing} The email. The email. It's time to check the email. Do-do-do-do-does-you-do-do-do-{unintelligible}-whatever.

{After reading "pocket book", Strong Bad interrupts}

STRONG BAD: {surprised} What-what-whaaaat?

{Cut to Strong Badia, where a piece of paper held by The Cheat, reading "Breaking News", appears in front of the camera, eventually being taken out of frame, revealing Strong Bad in front of the fence.}

STRONG BAD: This just in. Apparently, improvisational comedy is not {Strong Bad slams his gloves on the box in front of him and jolts a bit forward} the money-making juggernaut it was in the mid-to-late 1994's. {Strong Bad puts his glove near his ear as if he was listening to an earpiece} Oh wait, I'm getting an update. It never was.

{Cut back to the Lappy in the Computer Room}

STRONG BAD: Continuing.

{Strong Bad finishes reading the email.}

STRONG BAD: Sure Cagey veteran. I'll contribute something. But not to help keep the ship afloat. No no, I'm gonna torpedo the crap outta the SS. Dad's Garage and send it to a watery comedy grave. Whittling down from my list of 500, here are the couple few worst things wrong with improv.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey Strong Bad, {Cut to wide shot of the computer room, revealing Homestar Runner on the right} I'm prov.

STRONG BAD: Ert—you're what?

HOMESTAR RUNNER I'm prov! Are you prov? I mean, do you prov? Do you prov with me?

STRONG BAD: Prov with you? Hmm, you know what Homestar? I bet doing some improv with you will perfectly illustrate my point. Torpedos away, and welcome everyone to...

{Cut to title card reading "BARON LAFFMUNCH AND THEM SCROUNGLINGS"}

STRONG BAD AND HOMESTAR RUNNER: Baron Laffmunch and Them Scrounglings!

{Cut to Strong Bad and Homestar Runner on a stage. Strong Bad is wearing a shirt with the words "Improv" on it and Homestar Runner is a wearing a shirt with a hand pointing left and the text "I'M WITH PROV"}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey hey!

STRONG BAD: All right!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: All right, folks. Welcome to tonight's improv-able adventure. I hope you all have enough to drink tonight to sound easy and funny!

STRONG BAD: Oooh. And since we're not creative enough on our own, how about a little help from the audience? Can we get a... historical figure, a European landmark, and a dance move? What?

COACH Z: Ooh ooh ooh! {Cut to Coach Z in the audience stand} Karl Malone, Karl The Mail Man Malone, and Karl Malorn!

{An overlay comes down with the title "The Couple Few Worst Things Wrong With Improv" and the first example reads "1. Audience Participation"}

STRONG BAD: Audience Participation. Which genius' idea was that? You see the kind of people that go to improv shows?

{The overlays goes back up and the shot pans quickly to the right to show Homsar sitting to the right of Coach Z}

HOMSAR: AAAaaaAA-itchy parts for five hundred, please, Valerie!

{Cut back to the stage}

STRONG BAD: Uh, yeah, okay, uh, some great suggestions there. I'm pretty sure I heard somebody yell "Abraham Lincoln, The Louvre, and the moonwalk". We gonna prov this mother out in 3... 2... 1!

{Fade to black and back as Homestar Runner faces right and starts making noises and tilting his body forwards and backwards.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Zoop-voop-pkoo-voo-kkkkk

STRONG BAD: Ooh boy, this is gonna be difficult.

{The overlay comes down once again with an addition, "2. Pantomime"}

STRONG BAD: Now I don't know the exact definition of the word Pantomime, but I can only assume the prefix "Panto" means "Add Terrible Sound Effects To".

{The overlay goes back up}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Kkkk. Four score, four score, I say, four score.

STRONG BAD: Uhh, hey there, Honest Abe! I see you're... changing a diaper?

{Homestar Runner turns around to face Strong Bad, looking irritated}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I'm saying the chunk, not cha-thunk. Come on!

STRONG BAD: Ohhhhh, you're dissecting a goat's brain!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Finally! Four score, I'm afraid this goat's brain was filled with... th—... the moonwalk.

{Homestar Runner starts humming "Smooth Criminal" while moonwalking back and forth.}

STRONG BAD: So that's how the Civil War started.

{Strong Sad creeps behind Strong Bad behind the left curtain}

STRONG SAD: Pssst! {taps Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: What— why are you tapping me?

STRONG SAD: I'm tagging myself in! I'm a part of the improv troupeé!

STRONG BAD: It's just troupe! You know, not every word has some dumb French pronunciation.

STRONG SAD: Oh, touché!

{The overlay comes back down with an addition, "3. Scene Killer"}

STRONG BAD: The scene killer. Every improv theater has one. {The word "Killer" turns into a person and begins to hit the word "Scene"} This guy will creep up on your scene and murder it in its sleep.

{Cut to Strong Sad next to Homestar Runner, who is moonwalking before stopping next to Strong Sad}

STRONG SAD: Oh hello, Mr. Great Emancipator. You think you're funny?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {looking worried} Um, yeah. Yes, I— I do.

STRONG SAD: Yeah? Well, you think it's funny how the Emancipation Proclamation only freed Southern Slaves and left nearly 300,000 Northern slaves in bondage?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Uuuuuumm... improv?

{The overlay comes back down}

STRONG BAD: Ouch, nerd. But don't worry, there's a tried and true method for neutralizing the scene killer.

{Homestar Runner pops up from below in front of the overlay}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Improvised rap song! {cheering in background}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {rapping} I said four score, a-four-four score. I've got four score years and several more! Am I gonna free the slaves? Oh yeah, for sure! I've got four score and several more! And now I'd like to pass the mic, to Strong Sad, come on, do what ya like!

STRONG SAD: Uuuhhmm... ooohhh... no game... I've got no game at all... Wahhhhh! {Strong Sad runs left offscreen behind the curtain and crashes}

{Cut back to Strong Bad typing on the Lappy in the computer room}

STRONG BAD: And by far my least favorite thing about improv, is that these people don't know when to end the scene. I mean, they just let it go on and on. And after that, on. And they make the same jokes over and over. {The overlay comes down with an addition "4. Neverending Scenes"} and over. {The overlay quickly goes back up, going back down again soon after} Again. And you're sitting there like, "Come on". {The overlay comes down again, but goes back up} No one's laughing! {The overlay nudges down histantly} End it already! {The overlay shifts down a bit} Put it out of its misery! {The overlay shifts down a bit} Someone—

{Cut to Homestar Runner humming "Smooth Criminal" while doing the moonwalk by himself on the stage}

{The Paper comes down reading "The End"}

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Explanations

  • Improv is a form of unscripted acting, often thought of on the spot.
  • Pantomime or Miming is a form of acting, where the actor performs gestures, usually silently or accompanied by music.
  • "The SS" is a ship prefix, used in front of the name of a civilian or naval ship.

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[edit] Real-World References

  • Karl Malone is a retired American professional basketball player who played for nineteen seasons in the NBA. His nickname was "The Mailman", which he got due to his consistency to play strong when it counted most.
  • The Louvre is a world-famous art museum in Paris.
  • The moonwalk is a dance move in which the dancer moves backwards while appearing to walk forwards, with the idea being that the dancer is being pulled back by some force. Although the dance was performed by many people, it became widely associated with Michael Jackson after he performed in on television in 1983.
    • Homestar hums the bassline to "Smooth Criminal", which was originally recorded by Michael Jackson in 1987.
  • Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth United States President, serving from 1861 until 1865. He is known for being the writer of the Emancipation Proclamation as well as starting and ending the Civil War during his Presidency and becoming the first President to be assassinated. "The Great Emancipator" and "Honest Abe" were two nicknames of his.
  • Homsar's line is a reference to how clues are selected on the game show Jeopardy!.
  • The last line of Homestar's rap is a reference to "Pass the Mic" by the Beastie Boys.

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