BYU Divine Comedy
Glowsticks. Candy. Love. Divine Comedy.
is a sketch comedy troupe at Brigham Young University. Every semester they perform two original shows with a "Best of" at the end of the term. They take a good portion of their material from Latter-Day Saint
beliefs and culture, though they often use scenarios from everyday college life or completely different scenarios entirely. Some of their best known work includes song parodies (such as "Provo, Utah Girls" and "Firebolt") and Divine Comedy alumnus Matt Meese's "Shoulder Angel"
Beyond the shorter sketches, they also end each show with a longer parody of a popular movie, such as:
- Axe Crazy: Mal is appropriately named.
- The B Grade: James in "Class Can't Handle Me" is stressed out that he can't remember the answer for one question on a test. He decides that nobody's perfect and it's okay to not get a perfect score...and then he remembers the answer and declares, "never mind, I'm the best!"
- Bridezilla: Especially apparent in "Provo, UT Girls"
- Cannot Spit It Out: In one sketch, Jeremy plays an awkward bishop trying to give the class the chastity lesson. The class has absolutely no idea what he's talking about.
- The Cast Show Off: Jason Gray has the following impersonations that he has used on numerous occasions: Severus Snape, Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Kohor, Bill Cosby, Gandalf—and in his audition, he even impersonated Matt Meese.
- Matt Meese himself shows off his athletic ability as shoulder angel climbing over various people without ever touching the ground and as P 90X guy in another sketch.
- Coming-Out Story: Parodied in "Mom, Dad, I'm Cuban"
- Cosplay: Lots of people showed up in Harry Potter gear to film the sparklers party in "Firebolt"
- Dance of Romance: Mallory and Adam do one dressed as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Which instantly becomes Squick when they realize their sibling is behind the mask.
- Dance Party Ending: The actors often dance onstage between sketches. Also invoked in "The Sound of Music and the Spoken Word" when they realize "Climb Every Mountain" is a boring ending.
- Downer Ending: Sometimes they'll twist the end of the movie parodies and make it sad. Like in "Aladdyn", Jason's character is stuck talking like Bill Cosby forever.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Harry Potter and the One Where Dumbledore Dies" although, in a Shout Out to Potter Puppet Pals, a Mysterious Ticking Noise leads to everyone dying and the title has to be changed.
- Fourth Date Marriage: Try barely talking to becoming engaged. With a ring-pop, no less.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: In the "Shoulder Angel" sketches, Matt *poofs* in and climbs onto the shoulder of the person he needs to help. Hilarity Ensues.
- Hilarity Ensues: The whole point of the group.
- Inner Monologue: In "Latter-Day Miserables," Val Jean is caught because Javert overhears his internal monologue.
- Loophole Abuse: In "Lord of the Engagement Rings: Return of the Missionary," Aragorn was never released, so he's still a missionary.
- Manly Men Can Hunt: In the Zumba sketch, the elder's quorum takes a while to get into the dancing, but when they do a girl walks in and Jordan declares, "And that is how you fire a shotgun!"
- Plato Is a Moron: Invoked in "Class Can't Handle Me."
- The Quiet One: Jeremy sometimes goes through entire sketches without saying a word.
- The Rival: University of Utah.
- X Meets Y: "Potter Wars" was a mashup of Harry Potter and Star Wars.