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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 Comeday 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 is beginning 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.
- Babysitter from Hell: If Julie Andrews wasn't available for Mary Poppins or The Sound of Music, we might have had Ms. Gerdistein.
- Bald of Evil: All of the suspects in "Supervillains"—though Gandhi is debatable.
- Black Comedy: Sometimes steers into this.
- Brief Accent Imitation: Usually Jason.
- 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.
- 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 Literature/Twilight books and starts reading.
- 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.
- 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.
- Creepy Child: Spencer, the baby who is a college Freshmen.
- Comically Missing the Point: In the Slasher.com skit, seriously? That's romance?
- The Danza: Every actor, when not in character as (e.g.) Capt. Literally, goes by their own, real-life name.
- A Degree in Useless: Subverted in "Practical Philosopher"
- Disguised in Drag: Grandma Tildy
- 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"
- Fail O'Suckyname: Agnes, who everyone assumes likes cats and crochets.
- 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
- Grammar Nazi: Captain Literally is a superhero variant, 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.
- 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
- 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...
- The Missionary: Not explicitly stated, but it's pretty obvious that they're supposed to be LDS missionaries in "Message from Above"
- 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.
- Taken Up to Eleven in "Cowboys," where two cowboys can't hit each other no matter how close together they get.
- Nations as People: in "International Relations"
- 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"
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Spammer: Variations discussed in the "Facebook Friends Song."
- 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.
- 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.
- Trailers Always Spoil: The whole point of "Movie Trailer That Spoils Everything"
- Twisted Echo Cut: "Channel Surfing"
- 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.