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22nd Jul '16 8:36:40 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* A few of shows on ''Creator/AdultSwim'' have this such as ''Decker: Unclassified'', which stars a C.I.A. agent who constantly underacts and flubs his lines.
20th Jul '16 5:13:22 PM nombretomado
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* Early episodes of the BBC radio comedy ''TheBurkissWay'' opened with "unsolicited testimonials from satisfied customers" in which people would explain how the titular correspondence course had changed their lives. These were often delivered with reading-off-the-cue-cards stiltedness; The female customers (all played by Denise Coffey) would always end by asking "Was that all right?", but the worst example is an illiterate man explaining how the course taught him to read:

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* Early episodes of the BBC radio comedy ''TheBurkissWay'' ''Radio/TheBurkissWay'' opened with "unsolicited testimonials from satisfied customers" in which people would explain how the titular correspondence course had changed their lives. These were often delivered with reading-off-the-cue-cards stiltedness; The female customers (all played by Denise Coffey) would always end by asking "Was that all right?", but the worst example is an illiterate man explaining how the course taught him to read:
17th Jun '16 5:19:10 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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This often happens when characters are forced to reenact a specific event in hopes that it will have the same consequences. Often afflicts school rooms around the world where teachers have students read lines aloud, with the students not caring for the actual tone of the piece at all. What can almost be considered a trope in its own right is to attempt to homage Creator/WilliamShatner with strangely.. placed.. staccato pauses and.. random jumps ''in'' pitch. Another popularly used example is if the characters are attempting to fool a third party by acting as if they are having a conversation or argument. Usually the third party doesn't pick up on this.

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This often happens when characters are forced to reenact a specific event in hopes that it will have the same consequences. Often afflicts school rooms around the world where teachers have students read lines aloud, with the students not caring for the actual tone of the piece at all. What can almost be considered a trope in its own right is to attempt to homage Creator/WilliamShatner with strangely.. placed.. strangely... placed... staccato pauses and..and... random jumps ''in'' pitch. Another popularly used example is if the characters are attempting to fool a third party by acting as if they are having a conversation or argument. Usually the third party doesn't pick up on this.
16th Jun '16 8:30:59 PM nombretomado
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* Usually in ''That70sShow'', the actors will indulge in this trope, especially prevalent in a parody of the cult film ''Film/ReeferMadness'' and a short about the future.

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* Usually in ''That70sShow'', ''Series/That70sShow'', the actors will indulge in this trope, especially prevalent in a parody of the cult film ''Film/ReeferMadness'' and a short about the future.
12th Jun '16 2:05:07 PM LinTaylor
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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had an episode that revealed Stan is such a horrendous actor that he can't even pretend to be a waiter convincingly (When he offers the diners water, he does so in a stiff and clearly nervous manner that prompts them to respond "What was that? It was like you were offering me water, but I just didn't believe it."). Director Bullock refuses to let Stan go on any more sting operations because his acting [[EpicFail turns them into violent shoot-outs]], so he ends up taking acting lessons from Roger.
11th Jun '16 10:33:52 PM PaulA
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* Margo's performance in ''The Sound of Music'' on ''GoodNeighbors''. Among other issues, she at one point starts singing "Mack the Knife".

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* Margo's performance in ''The Sound of Music'' on ''GoodNeighbors''.''Series/TheGoodLife''. Among other issues, she at one point starts singing "Mack the Knife".
11th Jun '16 5:35:51 PM Doug86
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* In one episode of the Bert Coules ''SherlockHolmes'' radio plays, Holmes and Watson act out a scene from the 1899 play by William Gillette. Watson reads his own part rather woodenly, and Holmes reads the part of himself and the female lead.

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* In one episode of the Bert Coules ''SherlockHolmes'' ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' radio plays, Holmes and Watson act out a scene from the 1899 play by William Gillette. Watson reads his own part rather woodenly, and Holmes reads the part of himself and the female lead.
8th Jun '16 9:43:16 PM PaulA
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* In the "Series/{{Matlock}}" episode 'The Play', Matlock and associate Cliff are this while trying out for a community play.

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* In the "Series/{{Matlock}}" ''Series/{{Matlock}}'' episode 'The Play', "The Play", Matlock and associate Cliff are this while trying out for a community play.
* In the ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'' episode "The Polish Affaire", most of the regular cast get roped into a friend's amateur theatricals. Peter in particular is very wooden.



* In the Creator/DomDeLuise episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Miss Piggy is trying to get noticed by Kermit. Among her efforts is a badly-acted conversation between Miss Piggy and Scooter involving her having gotten an offer from another show.
-->'''Kermit:''' Uh, Scooter, that performance by you and Miss Piggy was terrible.\\

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* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'':
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In the Creator/DomDeLuise episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', episode, Miss Piggy is trying to get noticed by Kermit. Among her efforts is a badly-acted conversation between Miss Piggy and Scooter involving her having gotten an offer from another show.
-->'''Kermit:''' --->'''Kermit:''' Uh, Scooter, that performance by you and Miss Piggy was terrible.\\



** In the RitaMoreno episode, Rita makes a remark about cue-cards and Kermit replies they don't use cue-cards- as if he's badly reading it off a cue-card.

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** In the RitaMoreno Creator/RitaMoreno episode, Rita makes a remark about cue-cards and Kermit replies they don't use cue-cards- as cue-cards--as if he's badly reading it off a cue-card.
29th May '16 7:49:16 PM Rytex
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* Creator/William Shakespeare's play ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' features a play about Pyramus and Thisbe, performed by a group of Athenian workers fifth act's first scene. The performance is so awful ([[HamAndCheese and the "lead man" Nick Bottom's performance so unbelievably hammy]]), the in-universe audience assumes it's a comedy and it's a hit.
21st May '16 10:22:02 PM erforce
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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''

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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}''



** This scene follows the [[CallBack similar]] commercial from the first movie, with the original three Ghostbusters reading very stilted lines, and Egon even looking down when he steps forward and back to make sure he steps on his floor mark.
*** This was ''actually'' Harold Ramis making sure he hit his mark -- the director thought it was so perfect he kept that take.

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** This scene follows the [[CallBack similar]] commercial from the [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} first movie, movie]], with the original three Ghostbusters reading very stilted lines, and Egon even looking down when he steps forward and back to make sure he steps on his floor mark.
*** This was ''actually'' Harold Ramis Creator/HaroldRamis making sure he hit his mark -- the director thought it was so perfect he kept that take.
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