How to Create a Funny Skit

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We all love to watch funny skits. And when the actors are people we know, those skits can be even funnier. Sometimes the results are hilarious.

True, those skits can also bomb! To prevent this calamity from happening to you when you need to create a short, funny skit, just follow this template from a former funny skit I once created.

It is guaranteed to leave your audience in stitches. Would I lie to you?

Print each word on a separate poster.

CURTAIN

SUN

WIND

RAIN

TREE (Two or three tree signs)

CLOUD

WINDOWS

COMPETITOR

DOWN

Props: One Flashlight (with working battery)

One Toy pistol.

Instructions

Go to Office Depot/Office Max or whatever it is named these days and purchase 12 large white blank cardboard posters (approx. 24 X 22 inches).

Upon each sheet of cardboard you will print in large letters – legible from a distance – with black magic marker the capitalized words shown in the box at the right. One word to a poster.

Before the skit begins, place all the signs with the lettered side up on a large table at the side of the stage where it can be seen by the audience.

One person who has the most stage presence will be the narrator. In a work environment, that may be the supervisor or manager.

Hopefully, you have rehearsed the skit a few times with your actors and assigned each one the word on a sign.

Assign more than one word if you have more signs than actors. The actors stand at the back of the stage during the skit. Each actor is told to get his or her sign from the table when his or her word is mentioned by the Narrator.

That actor goes to center stage and holds the sign in front of him- or herself so the audience can read it. Then returns to the back of center stage.

The Skit

(The person with the CURTAIN sign is sitting on a chair center stage)

Narrator: “Welcome to our skit. Let us begin. The CURTAIN rises.

(The person with the CURTAIN sign slowly rises from the chair holding the sign front and center. Pauses while the audience laughs and then returns the sign to the table .)

Narrator: “It is morning and the SUN is shining.”

(The person with the SUN sign grabs sign from table, and shines the flashlight around for a few seconds and then retreats to the back of the stage holding the sign in front.)

Narrator: “The WIND is whispering through the TREES.”

(The TREE signs walk to the center of the stage and the WIND sign walks among them whispering.)

Narrator: “Now the WIND is getting stronger … and the TREES are shaking.”

(The WIND sign flexes his/her muscles and the TREE signs start to shake.)

Narrator: “A storm may be brewing. The SUN has gone behind a CLOUD.”

(The CLOUD sign hurries to center stage and the SUN sign tries to hide behind it.)

Narrator: “Now RAIN is starting to fall …”

(The RAIN sign comes in and pretends to fall two or three times ... very carefully.)

After that prologue, you present whatever message you have decided upon and illustrate it with these or additional appropriate signs you have prepared beforehand.

In a work or school environment, you might want to extol the accomplishments of the team members. Here are a few lines of the dialogue I once used which you may find useful as a guide. Fictitious names have been used to protect the guilty.

Narrator: “I called this meeting with the team to review your most significant accomplishments this year. It is very important that we all meet our goals. Every sales call should result in a touchdown.”

(The DOWN sign walks to the center of the stage and everyone touches him/her.)

Narrator: “Every new and old client should become a raving fan.”

(Everyone begins to wave at each other).

Narrator: “I said raving – raving fan, not waving fan.”

“The WIND is really blowing now and the branches of the TREES are beginning to touch the ground.”

(The WIND sign makes blowing sounds and the TREE signs touch the ground several times.)

Narrator: "Billy D. Kidd, what has been your greatest accomplishment this year?"

Billy: “Stealing business from our biggest COMPETITOR.” (Approaches person with COMPETITOR sign waving pistol.)

Narrator: “You mean winning business from our competitor, don’t you, Billy?”

Billy: “Right, winning business. (Approaches COMPETITOR sign again and waves pistol.)

Narrator: Outside, the RAIN continues to fall.” (RAIN sign pretends to fall a few more times.)

Narrator: “And now you can hear the WIND begin to moan.” (WIND sign moans a few times.)

Narrator: “Lynn O’leum, tell us about one of your accomplishments.”

Lynn: “I have made it my business to become extremely proficient and learn everything I can about WINDOWS.” (Approaches actor with WINDOWS sign and begins to inspect it.)

“Oops, sorry, wrong Windows.”

Narrator: “I would like to mention that I successfully coached a paranoid schizophrenic, a full-blown bi-polar disorder, and a sociopathic personality.”

Billy: “Sounds like you had some very interesting coaching clients.”

Narrator: “Clients? No! Those were our employees!”

(Continue skit with your message for ten to fifteen more minutes.)

Narrator: The CURTAIN falls. (CURTAIN sign carefully falls to floor.)

Some of the factors that will contribute to the general hilarity when this skit is presented are:

1- The actors will constantly be grabbing the wrong signs and become excited.

2- The audience may be shouting out advice to help them.

3- Everyone is having fun.

Now go forth and be creative with your short funny skit.

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” – Mark Twain

Mark knew what he was talkin’ about!

© Copyright ExecCoach (aka drbj) All rights reserved.

Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So."

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Comments for How to Create a Funny Skit 35 comments

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well, if anyone knows how to create funny, it's you. Fun exercise...this would be a kick at a party of friends.


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ArtDiva 2 years ago from Yountville, CA

This is a lot of fun, even reading with one eye after surgery today. And, interesting this surfaces when contemplating writing about a conversation with my cat. Should take lessons from you. More fun and laughter in our lives is needed. Enjoyed the read.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

This would be great for parties or livening up a dull office, I know! lol! great to find you, and for some reason I haven't been getting your email links! have to check it out, nell


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, what fun! This would be such a hoot, as we say here in the South LOL.

I have never read a hub on this topic. You are always an original.

Up ++++ tweeting and pinning

Hugs


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

This skit would work perfectly to break the ice or liven up any Occasion drbj. Great stuff, thanks for sharing.


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JayeWisdom 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

Priceless hub, DRBJ! It brought back memories of skits I wrote and directed during my years as a human resources director. The HR field offers many opportunities for creativity, all of which were valuable and many of which were absolute fun.

Voted Up+++ and shared

Jaye


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alancaster149 2 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

Livens up any office, but get the boss out of the way first - or wait for him/her to go on holiday/leave.

This reminds me of a Bob Dylan track where he used cue cards for viewers to follow the lyrics. Lots of mileage in it... A bit like the game where everybody writes down a line according to what the MC says and when unravelled can give you a good belly laugh.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago

What a fun hub. I think I should try this exercise on Thanksgiving. I will be surrounded by liberals so I will need a laugh! Voted up, awesome and awesome!


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Billy, what a nice thing to say. At a party, especially when the guests are well-lubricated, this sort of skit can lead to tremendous hilarity.


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, ArtDiva, my new one-eyed friend. Hope you have fully recuperated from your eye surgery by now. A conversation with your cat could be a lot of fun to write ... and to read. Agree with you 1000% - we need more laughter and levity in this world. Thanks for enjoying this.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

This reminds me of a skit we put on at the hospital on halloween back in the 90's. Three nurses were Bill, Hillary, and Monica Lewinsky ( I was Hillary ) We had a blast and so did the patients. Fun read. Loved it...


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This should be wonderful fun for an office party! What a great way to socialize. Thanks for sharing your creative skit, drbj.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

What a fun article! You certainly do know how to create a skit that will amuse the masses. I may try a variation of this at our next dinner party. Thanks for the suggestion.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

This is something my family will enjoy doing. Thank you, drbj :)


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida Author

You are on the mark, Nell. When I used this comedy skit a few years ago, the reaction was so positive I had to include it each year at subsequent conventions with new additions for each presentation.


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida Author

You are on the mark, Nell. When I used this comedy skit a few years ago, the reaction was so positive I had to include it each year at subsequent conventions with new additions for each presentation.


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

What a beautiful hub and fun as well. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up as usual. Have a good day!

Prasetio


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Faith. Thanks for the 'original' comment, m'dear. It takes one to know one, y'know. And it was a hoot - every time we re-staged it. Thanks for the pinning, tweeting and sharing, too. You ARE the best!


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida Author

You are so right, Jodah. It is a perfect icebreaker and puts everyone in a happy mood. And the sharing is my pleasure.


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for the 'priceless' comment, Jaye - one of my favorite adjectives. :) Delighted to create a little deja vu for you based on your HR skit-writing creative proclivities. Skits ARE the most fun and a great way to get a point or ten across. And thanks for the Up and the sharing, m'dear.


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, alancaster. This skit did liven up the convention and would be popular on both sides of the Pond. Trust me.


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida Author

Oh, you poor bp - surrounded by liberals on Thanksgiving? By all means - try this exercise and get the group to lighten up and have fun like conservatives. Thanks for the Up and the awesomes, m'dear. Happy Thanksgiving!


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida Author

Now that would have been a hoot to watch, Ruby. You as Hillary in that Halloween skit. I'm sure it was an amazing blast. Thanks for loving this.


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Alicia. Yes, this type of funny skit is perfect for an office party or meeting and livens things up for all involved - the actors and the audience. Thanks for enjoying my creative skit. The sharing was my distinct pleasure.


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Dianna. Delighted you enjoyed this skit. And yes, by all means try a variation at your next party. You will wow them, m'dear. And you are most welcome for the suggestion.


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida Author

Both you and your family will enjoy doing a skit like this, Martie. Trust me. Let me know how it goes.


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for enjoying the fun in this one, Pras. It should work just as well in Javanese. Thanks for the Up, my friend.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

What a great idea and also a great way to let kids entertain themselves!

No one dose it better than you, drbj!


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida Author

So nice to see you here, Will. Thanks for the kind comments and you are so right. This exercise works for kids as well as it does for adults.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida

Hi drbj You are too clever. How much fun this is....I am sharing this with my friends and many others. I am never disappointed when I come to your

pages. I hope all is well with you today.

Many Angels are on the way to you ps

Shared g+ twitter voted up++++


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

Leave it to you to come up with this great idea! We used to do skits years ago at my school and I haven't thought of them in ages.

I think I'll work on your idea for our Christmas family party; I just know it would be loads of fun (especially after a couple of egg nogs).

Voted this one UP, etc. and shared.


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chef-de-jour 2 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

Great fun idea. I use similar ideas in drama, setting off with a template like yours then moving on into improv. A skit like this can work just about anywhere!


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drbj 24 months ago from south Florida Author

Delighted you are never disappointed when visiting my pages. What a lovely comment, m'dear. Hope all is well with you and yours and that your holidays are the happiest. Thanks for the sharing and the tweeting and the etc. :)


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drbj 24 months ago from south Florida Author

I agree, Mary. After a couple of rounds of shared egg nogs, this type of funny skit will definitely be hilarious for all concerned - both actors and audience. Have fun and enjoy. May your holiday be healthy and merry.


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drbj 24 months ago from south Florida Author

So nice to meet you, chef. You are exactly right - skits like this are funny in almost every setting. Enjoy yours!

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