Series / Studio C

Studio C is a sketch comedy show produced by BYUtv created by Jared Shores and Matt Meese. One of the major differences from other contemporary comedy shows is that the comedy is intended to be family-safe, focusing on wordplay and absurdist situational comedy with little to no fanservice or swearing. The cast members are all current or former members of the Divine Comedy troupe which is an on-campus sketch comedy show by BYU students. The title refers to the actual studio where the show is filmed.

The show began in 2012 and began its 5th season in 2014. It airs on BYUtv, a television station operated by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, but it reaches a much wider audience on YouTube.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Ann the librarian.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Matt has no idea how to play poker and yet he makes it to the final four in a huge tournament in "Poker Face." If he wasn't using Uno cards, he might have gotten lucky enough to win too.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: "Dana's Dead" and "Robbing Roger"
  • Adorkable: Lobster Bisque
  • All Just a Dream: Matt and Whitney try to convince Jason that he's dreaming by pulling off impossible feats that baffle even themselves. Actually, Whitney is the one who's dreaming.
  • Amusing Injuries: The "Scott Sterling" penalty shootout
    • And the sequel, the Scott Sterling volleyball match!
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: In the "Alien Invasion" sketch, one star got renamed "Chuck NorrisSaurus Rex". And even though the planet is made of gold and diamonds, and populated by fluffy bunnies, nobody dares bother it. Contrasted with the Atrocious Alias given to another star, "Wounded Lover".
  • Babysitter from Hell: If Julie Andrews wasn't available for Mary Poppins or The Sound of Music, we might have had Ms. Gerdistein.
  • Bad Bad Acting: Matt in Poker Face 2: All In.
  • Bald of Evil: All of the suspects in "Supervillains"— Discussed, Voldemort claims the insecurity makes you evil. Averted with Gandhi.
  • Bat Deduction: Spoiler Alert (Yes, that was the title of a sketch.)
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Naturally takes this trope to extremes when a man and woman start an argument who is more is more organic, only to end up making out.
  • Black Comedy: Sometimes steers into this.
  • Blessed with Suck: Rotting Flesh, the superhero with leprosy
  • Bratty Half-Pint: "Episode 7 Releases Footage of Jedi Class" shows the logical conclusion of having a bunch of kindergarten age kids trying to master the Force.
  • Brawn Hilda: Birgitte Gerdestien, who was rejected for the roles of Mary Poppins and Sister Maria.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Usually Jason.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Evil Memory Lapse
  • The Butler Did It: Jason tries (and fails) to invoke this trope in "Blame it on the Butler"
  • Butt Monkey: Adam in the two tongue twister skits, "Dana's Dead" and "Robbing Roger". In one Jason spits water in his face repeatedly, in the other Jason throws goop and feathers in his face repeatedly.
    • In "Kid's School Photo Banned" he gets sent through the ringer again, this time because he didn't look awful in his school photo
    • Mixed with [1], Jeremy in Overdue Military Letter. Matt and Jason get great gifts, Jeremey...
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Peter Pan's shadow.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Many of the characters
    • Matt in "Poker Face"
    • John Gibson in "The Treatment"
    • S in "Replacement Q"
  • Captain Ersatz: Jim Blonde for James Bond.
  • Character Filibuster: Senator Warner needs to filibuster, so he pulls out the Twilight books and starts reading.
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: Invoked in Foreign Exchange and The Ottoman Empire.
  • Classical Mythology: "The Greek Gods" includes some of the more well-known Greek deities...and some other ones. And apparently Morgan Freeman is one too.
  • Clown Car Base: Couchville
  • Crazy-Prepared: "Gun To A Knife Fight" skit.
  • Colossus Climb: The Shoulder Angel when he needed to help Shawn Bradley.
  • Corpsing: Jeremy's superpower is that he can keep a straight face through anything.
    • Mallory totally loses it in A Bold New Soap Opera.
    • Mallory and Whitney both in A Bold New Telenovela.
    • Mallory again fails to keep a straight face at the end of "Dungeons and Dragons", and even the normally-unflappable Matt is really struggling too.
    • Matt is clearly on the verge of laughter in "Awkward Double Date with Puritan Roommate."
    • A literal version of this trope occurred when Matt is visibly smirking and desperately trying to keep it together in "A Friend's Dying Secrets," where he is actually playing a corpse. Jason, who can usually keep it together, lost it as well. Some quick improvisation tried to cover it up.
  • Creepy Child: Spencer, the baby who is a college Freshmen.
    Spencer: Hello, Matthew.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In the skit, seriously? That's romance?
  • Death Glare: Mallory and Whitney are both quite good at pulling one out when appropriate.
  • A Degree in Useless: Subverted in "Practical Philosopher"
  • Discriminate and Switch: Stacey realizes that Matt obviously couldn't have been his long lost son in "Clue Murder Mystery Scandal" because they have different colored...eyes.
    Jason: You of all people should understand. There are different ways to describe people
    Stacey: What do you mean by me of all people?
    Jason: Because you're short.
    Stacey: Oh, touche.
  • Disguised in Drag: Grandma Tild
  • Disneyfication: Fixing Good, the remake of Breaking Bad about a guy who makes "crystal-clear math"
  • Dissonant Serenity: "Five Day Weather Forecast" has Matt calmly explaining the weather as the world ends.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Mr. Ecclestone.
  • Emotion Bomb: Whoever controls the "How Are You Feeling?" board controls the world.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: "Five-Day Weather Forecast"
  • Fantastically Indifferent: "Trip to the ER"
  • Flynning: According to "Fencing: Slow-Mo Replay," modern fencing matches are actually like this, but they happen so fast that you need to watch the replay to see them.
  • The Fun in Funeral: "Dead Wedding"
  • Funny Background Event: "Presidential Shoulder Angel"
  • Gambit Pileup: In the "Death Bed Repentance" skit, the Livingstone family (a mafia family) and Jose Delgado (the mafia boss who should be dead, and who disguised as a delivery man who Mallory paid to deliver her candy tombstone) pull this off to one another, despite their confession (of not having much time to live) becoming more repetitive and unrealistic as the sketch goes on
    • "D&D Revenge", both sides (the guys and Carly) did a great deal of preparation when they meet again
  • Girlfriend in Canada: Adam in D&D Revenge
  • Grammar Nazi: Captain Literally is a superhero variant, but he is not the only one....
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Both have showed up in the Shoulder Angel sketches, although only once in the same skit.
    • And it seems that Shoulder Angels sometimes need an angel of their own too.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: There's the good cop, the bad cop, and the ugly cop. And the hot cop.
  • Hypocritical Humor
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: "Ditching Dobby" and "Bourne Dobby" revolve around having to get rid of Dobby.
  • I Have Many Names: The entire point of the "Zombies Attack" skit, referring to the zombies. And Whitney's reactions to some of these names are just hysterical.
    Adam: Nah, I just call 'em-
    Whitney: ZOMBIES, thank you!
    Adam: Actually, I just call 'em Amy. After my Ex-Wife.
    • At the very end when they test their different names on a zombie, Whitney calls it a zombie, which it didn't respond to. Instead, it responded to Adam calling it "Amy." Coincidentally, it actually was Amy. Huh. What're the odds?
  • Inherently Funny Word: Bisque!
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: Steven finds out that if he had never been born, Studio C would never have been started, and all of the other cast members' lives would have been significantly better than they currently are.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Whenever someone delivers an awful app-based pun in "Apps of the Wild West," Steven can be seen in the background booing each one.
  • Large Ham Announcer: Just a few of the many examples from the Scott Sterling penalty shootout:
    "SCOTT STERLING! The Man, The Myth, THE LEGEND!!"
    "Look at him beg for mercy, when it's mercy that should be begging for him!!"
    "He has to look death in the eye and say 'Take your best shot', to which death replies by punching him in the face over, and over, and over again!"
    • The volleyball based sequel has this gem:
    "When Armageddon comes, I want to be in a bunker made of that man's face!"
  • Last Words: "Most Awkward Death Scene of All Time" has Stephen deliver several of these without actually dying.
  • Least Rhymable Word: The Running Gag for Most Epic Rap Battle Ever
  • Lights Off, Somebody Dies: Parodied in one sketch. Jason finds out that the lights go off when lightning strikes nearby. He tries killing party guests when he hears thunder, but the others always see him do it.
  • Literal Genie: Variation with Captain Literally: you don't wish for something, you merely make a remark using "literally" and Captain Literally makes it true.
  • Literal-Minded: See above on Captain Literally
    • Also in "Thesis Defense"
  • Long List: Matt lists all the Disney characters whose parents are gone in "Disney Plans Hero's Death"
  • The Mafia: "Message from Above"
  • Man of a Thousand Faces: Jason takes on several of these including Darth Sidious, the Joker, Bane, Snape, Dobby, Gollum, Gandalf and The Grinch.
    • Matt has a few faces of his own, most frequently Voldemort and Mr. Ecklestone.
  • The Men in Black: The Shoulder Angel has a bit of trouble getting to the President...
  • Mickey Mousing: Lazy Man vs. Soda is done in this style, in live action.
  • The Missionary: Not explicitly stated, but it's pretty obvious that they're supposed to be LDS missionaries in "Message from Above"
  • Mr. Seahorse: "The Hard Life of a Male Seahorse"
  • Mix and Match: Many of the sketches can be described as such.
    • "Bollyside" is ''West Side Story type dancing meeting Bollywood dancing.
    • "Candy Land Character Conference" is Candy Land meeting the childhood obesity problem in an attempt to make a Dolled-Up Installment.
    • "Sidious Says So" is Darth Sidious as a roommate.
    • "Going Green" is about what the Amish can do to reduce their carbon footprint.
    • "State of Mind" takes Everything Is Big in Texas and makes it about Rhode Island.
    • "The Truth About Running" turns running into a dangerous activity like drugs and alcoholism.
  • Mona Lisa Smile: It turns out that Lisa was just really bad at posing, so the famous smile was the best daVinci could get out of her.
  • Murphy's Bullet: In “Shooting Booth,” a ditzy girl manages to hit Matt in the same spot on his hand three times with a BB gun. Subverted, as it is strongly implied that she did it on purpose to get back at Matt for scamming her son.
    • Not a bullet, but the basic principle is applied with Scott Sterling. No matter what he does, the soccer ball will hit him in the face.
  • Nations as People: in "International Relations"
    • It continues in "National Relations: Republicans vs. Democrats," where the Democrat and Republican parties are America's parents.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: In "Lost Plane Crash," Matt immediately suggests cannibalism upon the pilot's "demise."
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Ann Withers. And commonly, Jason.
  • No Social Skills: Matt in the "Awkward Avoidance Viking" shorts.
    • Also everyone featured in "The Center for People that YouTube Made Infamous"
    • And the "Flirting Academy" skits
  • Not in Front of the Kid: The point of "Protecting the Innocent"
  • Not What It Looks Like: Used as a Running Gag on New CW Series: The Valley
  • Obviously Evil: In “Evil Asides.”
  • Obvious Pregnancy: Lady Shadow and the women from "Mother Power"
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: "Message from Above"
  • Only Sane Man: In "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," everyone is trying to convince Matt that George Washington was the 26th President.
    • Also, Matt is the only one who recognizes slang in a Spelling Bee as being ridiculous in "Spelling Bee"
    • Whitney in I Call Shotgun.
    • Whitney, again, in "Zombies Attack."
    Mallory: "We figured we'd try our luck in here with the livin'... instead of out there... with the Orcs.
    Whitney: ORCS! Sure, let's just cross genres willy-nilly, shall we?!
    • In "Lost Plane Crash," Jeremy seems to be the only one who can see that their plane has gone down within spitting distance of civilization; everyone else is convinced they're stranded in the middle of nowhere.
    • In "Trip to the ER", Matt's arm has been cut off. He's apparently the only one who thinks that getting medical attention is a high priority. Mallory (who is driving them to the ER) waits for ducks crossing the road, and Jason suggests stopping for fast food.
    • Matt is the only one who knows what insulin is in "Diabetes Intervention." Not even the 911 operator knows.
  • Overly Long Gag: Some of the sketches can come off as this, such as "A Star Trek Cliff Hanger", and "Death Bed Repentance"
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Jeremy is not playing a doctor in "Death bed repentance", he's also not a taco vendor
  • Power Walk: While everyone is trying to do this in "Michael Bay's Slow Motion Epic Fail," James keeps messing it up with a Silly Walk
  • Properly Paranoid: In "Thesis Defense", a man takes defending his thesis too far, dressing in armor and putting himself between the committee and his paper. He winds up fighting a duel with the last remaining committee member. And then the guy who lived poisons him, showing that his fear for his thesis was genuine.
  • The Scrooge: Hating Christmas is seen as a dealbreaker. Interestingly, loving Christmas is also a dealbreaker.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Usually Matt
    • Though in "Presidential Fail" everyone but Matt has this.
  • Sniff Sniff Nom: In "Couchville", Matt is digging around under his couch cushions and gets his fingers coated in an unknown pinkish substance. He reacts with disgust after taking a sniff and a tentative lick, but finding nowhere to wipe off his hand, he sticks his fingers in his mouth and slurps it.
  • Spammer: Variations discussed in the "Facebook Friends Song."
  • Speaking Simlish: A rare live action version of this trope in "Google Translator"
  • Spit Take: Adam gets nearly a dozen of these in his face in "Dana's Dead." And it is awesome.
  • Stage Magician: There's not even a stage: it's all just done over the phone in "Phone Magician." Stephen is less than impressed.
  • Stay in the Kitchen
    Jason: Are you ladies done being girls, or are you gonna continue playin' dress-up in your (With awkward emphasis) MMMMMINI-Skirts?!
    Whitney: WHY?! Did that sentence. HAPPEN?!
    Jason: I'm sorry, I don't understand every little thing there is to know about baking, okay? It's so stinkin' complicated!
    Mallory: This is why men are supposed to stay in the garage.
    Jason: Oh, that is it! I am sleeping on the couch tonight!
  • Take That: Not fans of Twilight.
    • The Man on a ledge sketch, where the reason everyone's acting as if the man played by Matt is about to jump off a building isn't because he's sitting on a ledge, but because he's about to eat an Arby's melt.
    • Céline Dion is regarded as a huge attention whore of a diva who literally can't control her urge to hog the spotlight.
  • Token Minority: Stacey (the black guy) and Jeremy (the Ambiguously Brown guy). The group takes advantage of their skin colors as much as possible. Jeremy has played characters that were Hispanic, Native American, and Indian. Stacey has played every black character in a spoof, even if they are female, such as Calpurnia or Rue.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Everyone in the "The Smiths" sketch, which tells the tale of a man who] loses the fammily farm to his probably adopted evil brother Barnabie by willingly signing away the deed to it for no clear reason. Why does Barnabie want the farm? to grow prescription meds, of course! Barnabie then loses the farm when he throws the deed at Mr.Smith as part of his Evil Gloating. Sketch also includes this:
    [After having failed to poison everyone due to the poison melting the cups]
    Barnabie: Time for Plan B
    Mr. Smith: What did you say?!
    Barnabie: I said....Time for plan C
    Mr. Smith: [Reassured] Oh, okay.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The whole point of "Movie Trailer That Spoils Everything"
  • Twisted Echo Cut: "Channel Surfing"
  • Unfortunate Names:
    • Agnes, who everyone assumes likes cats and crochets.
    • Master Smelly, who is reknowned for his "silent but deadly tactics."
  • The Unsmile: There's a reason the Mona Lisa looks the way she does.
  • The Vamp: Carlie in the "Dungeons and Dragons" skit, besides being an experienced player in that game, she also used her feminine charm to manipulate her cousin's friends to give her their strongest equipment
  • Vocal Range Exceeded: "Graduation Musical Number." Whitney can sing that high. Mal can't.
  • Wacky Sound Effect: Mal resorts to some of these in "Radio Mystery Hour" after an accident made by her.
  • Worst Whatever Ever: Currently 5 of them.