Series / Studio C

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From left to right: James, Whitney, Adam, Mallory, Jeremy, Jason, Matt, Stacey, Natalie, Stephen. (Not pictured: Aaron, Dalton and Tori, who joined the cast in early 2017.)
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 former members of the BYU Divine Comedy troupe which is an on-campus sketch comedy show by BYU students. Most of the sketches in the show's first season were directly adapted from Divine Comedy sketches the cast had written. The title Studio C refers to the actual studio where the show is filmed.

The show currently has 10 regular cast members: Adam Berg, Whitney Call, Mallory Everton, Jason Gray, Stacey Harkey, Natalie Madsen, Stephen Meek, Matt Meese, James Perry and Jeremy Warner, and three featured players: Aaron Fielding, Dalton Johnson and Tori Pence.

The show began in 2012 and began its 8th season in 2017, airing its 100th episode in November of that year. It airs on BYUtv a television station operated by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, but it reaches a much wider audience on YouTube; it should be noted, though, that BYUtv is available across much of the United States via many of the big-name cable and satellite providers (excluding Google Fiber).


This show provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Ann the librarian.
  • The Ace: "Jason Bourne" to the CIA's anger, fear and confusion.
    Matt: Look out he has a piece of pocket lint!
    (lights go out for a split second and when turned back on, Jason has untied himself from the chair and tied all 9 members of the CIA up and escaped)
    Mallory: (exasperated) HOOOOOOW!?!?
    • Edmond (Matt) to Fernand (Whitney) in "Edmond and Fernand: BFFs" is comparatively more successful, more attractive, more well liked and marrying the love of his life, to Fernand's thinly concealed detestation.
    Edmond: (reading YouTube comments during the outro): "I love the black haired guy, hate the brown haired guy,"
    "Edmond is soooo hot,"
    "Edmond is more attractive and talented than Fernand,"
    Fernand: (to Edmond, blankly with a clenched smile on his face) Where's your pistol?
  • 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", "Robbing Roger" and "Sam Sloan".
  • Adorkable: Lobster Bisque
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: At least Natalie thought she did in "Bad Boy Rap," until Whitney and Mallory take it too far, and she ends up meeting a perfectly nice and handsome accountant, whom she immediately falls for.
  • 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.
  • All Women Love Shoes: In "Man On the Ledge," after witnessing her husband about to commit what she believes is a dire act, Natalie believing she drove him to it apologizes for spending over $2,000 dollars on shoes the previous month. Matt was actually unaware of that fact.
  • Always Someone Better: In "It's A Wonderful Life..." Stephen is mortified to learn that if he had never been born Whitney would have married a handsome, billionaire, philanthropist, rugby star, who is also named Stephen!
    Stephen: BOO! Jimmy Stewart's wife became an old hag!
    (notices the baby stroller)
    Stephen: What!?! Whitney said she never wanted to have kids!
    Clarence: Well, not you're kids!
  • Amusing Injuries: The "Scott Sterling" penalty shootout
    • And the sequel, the Scott Sterling volleyball match!
  • Artistic License: "Atari's Revenge on Nintendo" plays fast and loose with video game history. Nintendo is portrayed as an American "little startup company" in the 80's, when in reality, it is a Japanese company that has been in operation since 1889. Also, the sketch ignores the existence of the Mario and Luigi characters prior to Super Mario Bros. note 
  • Awesome McCoolname: 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".
  • Awkward Kiss: "Harry Potter Accidentally Kisses Professor McGonagall" has Harry setting up an Under the Mistletoe kiss, with his intended target being Cho, but getting Dolores Umbridge instead. After an awkward peck on her cheek, he resets for Cho, but gets Professor McGonagall. He offers his cheek, but McGonagall goes in for the full-on lip-lock. The next one to come under the mistletoe is a dementor.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In "I'm Adopted?", Stacey thinks his parents Matt and Mallory adopted him. Turns out he was Switched at Birth and the parents were too stupid to notice... and his biological parents are Asian.
  • Babysitter from Hell: If Julie Andrews wasn't available for Mary Poppins or The Sound of Music, we might have had Ms. Gerdistein.
  • Badass Mustache: Jeremy's 'stache is practically its own character.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Matt in Poker Face 2: All In.
  • Bad Boss: Matt in "How Are You Feeling Today?" is demeaning to his employees, takes great pleasure in using Whitney's supernaturally powered "Mood Board," to manipulate his employees for negative and humiliating outcomes, and later uses it to manipulate Natalie away from Stacey, and later manipulate Stacey to be okay with someone stealing his girlfriend.
  • Bald of Evil: All of the suspects in "Supervillains"— Discussed, Voldemort claims the insecurity makes you evil. Averted with Gandhi.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Sorceress Mal turns Jason into a rabbit in "Our Wedding," and he doesn't transform back.
  • 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.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Ann the Librarian. For all her eccentric flirting, if a person neglects turning in their books on time, they will discover that she is also the ruthless boss of the Librarian's Mafia, and have them punished, all with a pleasant smile on her face.
    Ann: Tell him to say "A Farewell to Arms."
    (Adam grabs and holds Jason's arms down while weilding a knife)
  • Big Brother Is Watching: In How to Be a Famous Reality Star, which presents the obvious surveillance as if it is a reality show.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Mallory and Adam in "How Are You Feeling Today," after Whitney uses the board to boost Mal's confidence.
  • Big "NO!": While not a "No," per se, Matt gives a long, loud, exasperated scream in "Jeremy Isn't Real," after learning Mallory is actually just Jason in a wig.
    • Matt and Jason deliver one near the end of "Sam Sloane," when almost near the end of the sketch, Matt uncharacteristically screws up his summary line, forcing them all to restart from the beginning once more. Mallory and Stacey also express their frustration at this.
  • 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.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In "Most Realistic Video Game of All Time", Matt encounters a baby, a navy SEAL, and a baby seal.
    Mallory: Matt, you can't just eat bacon for every meal. That's not how cleanses work!
    Matt: Of course that's how cleanses work: You pick one thing and eat only that thing. Juice, bacon, bacon juice...
    Mallory: That's grease.
    Matt: I've heard it both ways.
  • 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 Humiliation Conga, Jeremy in Overdue Military Letter. Matt and Jason get great gifts, Jeremey...
    • Matt in "Narrator Hater," due to the narrator's (James) unabashed hatred towards him.
    • Poor Adam ends up being this in real life among his castmates as in "The Live Million Subscriber Challenge," he ends up being the biggest loser by the end of the tournament, ending with a dead cockroach entering his mouth in the final challenge with Jason. Yuck!!!
    Adam: (to the viewers) Please leave comments about upping my salary!!!
  • Call-Back: "College Research Project: The Four Page Zone" references "The Absent-Minded Robber":
    Jason: Next semester we can study the thing that happens when you walk into a room and can't remember why you're there.
    Whitney: Oh yeah, my brother had that! He's in jail now.
    • In "Marco Polo," Matt's DaVinci pulls out a painting of Mal's Mona Lisa.
    DaVinci: You guys have no idea how long this take-a to paint. She was a difficult subject!
  • The Cameo: "Studio C" Co-Creator, Producer and Director Jared Shore appears at the end of "Bad Boy Rap" as the handsome nice guy that Natalie falls for.
  • 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.
  • Chick Magnet: The reason James is able to room with Spencer. The girls all find him adorable, and by extension James.
    • Franny (Jason) the 18th century's standard for a Manly Ladies man.
  • Christmas In July: Mallory goes completely overboard with the decorations in "Advent Calendar Temptation".
  • 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.
    • Matt and Mallory both fail to keep a straight face at the end of "Dungeons and Dragons."
    • Matt is clearly on the verge of laughter in "Awkward Double Date with Puritan Roommate."
    • 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.
    • "Cheer Up Mix Up" had both Matt and Adam struggling to keep it in. To be fair, Adam was sporting a "LOSER" forehead tattoo at the time.
    • Matt has become so well-known for breaking character that Studio C has created a playlist of sketches in which he does it.
    • Jeremy finally breaks character in "Atari's Revenge on Nintendo".
    • While they all, no surprise, lasted longer than Matt (The Flash), in "Wonder Woman fights for Equality" after Natalie (Wonder Woman) accidentally slams Jason (Batman) harder than she intended too into the desk, all of them, James (Superman) included ended up visibly chuckling and smirking at the circumstances. Too his credit Jason was able to remain his composure longer than the other three.
    • Impressively averted by Mallory in "Prince Charming's Awkward First Kiss," in which she remains completely still and in character as an unconscious Sleeping Beauty, despite all the shenanigans Adam's Prince Charming puts her through. The two even mention how amazing this was in the React Series, especially given that neither were able to keep it together during dress rehearsals of the sketch.
    • One of the charms of the "tongue twister" sketchs is watching the regular players (Matt, Jason, Stacy, Mal and Adam) crack up after mistaking their lines.
  • Creepy Child: Spencer, the baby who is a college Freshmen.
    Spencer: Hello, Matthew.
    • Whitney and Matt's infant daughter, who can only be calmed by slasher music in "Baby's Favorite Lullaby."
    (Matt is freaked out by four scare chords in the music, but his daughter laughs maniacally, causing a wide-eyed Matt to stare at her alarmingly)
    Matt: (cautiously calling out to Whitney) Honey...
    Daughter: DADDY!!!!
    (Matt screams)
  • Comically Missing the Point: In the Slasher.com skit, seriously? That's romance?
    Queen Elizabeth: Oh, look, I made BuzzFeed! "The Top Ten Most Irrelevant Old People."
    David Cameron: Oh, I'm sorry.
    Queen Elizabeth: I MADE BUZZFEED!
    • In "Welcome Back Song," after Jason is dragged down by the audience to what appears his death, the rest of the cast watch in complete horror, except for Stacy who continues rocking out to the song, blissfully unaware of his castmates demise.
    • Green is the only crayon not disturbed by Black's action in "The Crayon Song," absent-mindly bobing along with the song.
    • Adam can't understand that Tori is insulting him by the end of "Love Duet," and would literally rather cut off her ear than continue singing with him!
    Tori: (singing) I'd rather hug a cactus!
    Adam: Ooh, I like what I'm hearing!
  • Death Glare: Mallory and Whitney are both quite good at pulling one out when appropriate.
  • Deadpan Snarker: All of them have this potential, but Jeremy is king among them in this regard.
  • A Degree in Useless: Subverted in "Practical Philosopher"
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Matt in "Dungeons and Dragons".
    Matt: Long have I desired to be kissed by a woman... says my character.
  • 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, touché.
  • 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.
    • "Our Wedding" shows a montage of Adam and Natalie's wedding going to hell, all while a peaceful soothing variation of "Pachabel's Cannon" underscores it.
  • Drama Queen: Or "King" in "Econ 101" as played by Matt.
  • Duel to the Death: "James Austin," ends with Matt challanging Jason to one.
    • Implied that Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr leave to partake in their infamous historical one in "Founding Father's Fraternity."
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Season 1 has quite a different feel from what came later. There was No Budget, so there was very little location filming or post-production work; nearly all sketches were shot live before the studio audience. This coupled with most sketches being directly adapted from Divine Comedy routines gave this season a very "stage-y" feel; the cavernous, minimalistic set design further contributed to this. Although Matt, Mallory, Jason, and Whitney continued to be the only billed repertory players until the end of season 4, in the first season there's a much clearer divide between them and the other six; they're the leads of almost every sketch and wrote almost all of them too. The supporting cast members, meanwhile, have yet to find their comedic voice; the contrast is most striking with Jeremy, who comes across bland and generic in season 1 despite having a very pronounced and unique on-screen "brand" for the rest of the series. The theme song "I Wanna Run" is also absent.
  • 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"
    • Matt and Mal deliberately screw up Adam's school photo to prevent this.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In the "Lady Shadow" sketch, the whole reason why no one fights Lady Shadow...because she's pregnant.
    • Maniacal Mad Scientist Matt is horrified when Igor accidentally releases One Direction on the world, an evil even he would never have subjected on humanity.
  • Fantastically Indifferent: "Trip to the ER"
  • Fat Suit: Matt has worn a fat suit for several sketches, including "The Bacon Cleanse" and the ones featuring the Shoulder Devil character.
    • Whitney wears one as "Lady Gordon."
  • 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.
  • From Bad to Worse: The misfortunes that Lord Capulet experiences in "Romeo tries to Impress Juliet," gets more and more outlandish.
    • In "Our Wedding," after Mal reveals herself to be an evil sorceress, she kidnaps Natalie, sics a colony of bats on the bridesmaids, that carry Whitney away, turns Jason into a bunny that she flings at Matt, sends Stacey flying skyward, sets Jeremey and his mustache on fire, and finally turns into a dragon and challenges Adam.
    • James attempts to give the audience a tour of the backstage but instead is witness to escalating chaos his cast mates are experiencing.
    • The cast thinks that being stranded on a deserted island is bad, until Mark Rober's inventions end up making thier lives so much worst.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": "Dead Wedding"
  • Funny Background Event: "Presidential Shoulder Angel"
    • Overtly fueling the "Mattory," craze, during "Shoulder Angel Angel," Mallory is shown having a picture of Matt in her locker, highlighted by four hearts, which she strokes longingly.
      • Right beside her in the same sketch, Adam has photos of Whitney, Stacey and James in his locker.
    • In "The Wrong Sketch," Adam and Stacey recreate the Shoulder Angel, to the oblivion of the cast.
    • "P 90 X," has Matt demonstrating difficult exercise routines, while Mallory shows "adapted" versions of the exercise, and Jermey works up a sweat, to the point of death.
  • 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
  • Gender-Blender Name: Stacey is a guy. Surprisingly, this trope remains unexploited.
  • Gentle Giant: Adam in "Little Man Syndrome," who is abused by shorter Stephen and Matt.
  • "Gift of the Magi" Plot: Mallory and Stephen recreate the story, only for Mal to be livid that Stephen would have sold his watch, after she sold her hair for a chain for it.
  • Girlfriend in Canada: Adam in D&D Revenge
  • Girls With Mustaches: The Marvel's Avengers parody song featured Mallory dressed as Thor, complete with mustache and beard.
  • 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.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Fernand (Whitney) to Edmond (Matt) in "Edmond and Fernand: BFFs", all while "graciously" congratulating his "friend", with the thinnest veiled hatred towards Edmund.
  • Henpecked Husband: Jason and Matt play these to Whitney (Carol) and Mallory (Jennifer) respectively in the “Christmas Cards” skit. As the feud between their wives reaches ridiculous levels, the two are helpless in their attempts of reasoning with them.
    • In "Celebirthsary" Matt is constantly challenged by Mallory to remember certain dates and events in their marriage, and goes out of her way to ensure he can't pick it up on context clues.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Adam in "Love Duet."
  • Hot Witch: Mal turns into a fiery Sorceress, after ditching her beggar woman disguise in "Our Wedding."
  • 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!
    • Awww-Yeahhhh!
  • Inner Monologue: Both parts of "The Doorstep" feature the inner thoughts of Matt "Part 1" and Mal "Part 2" at the end of a date.
    • The "Poker Face" skits dive into the minds of the players during the world poker tour finals.
  • 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: The entirty of "Puns Upon a Time," is built upon this as a Prince (James) while choosing his bride among the Princesses Lady, Rose, Terresa, aka. Terri, (Whitney, Mallory, Natalie) constantly makes word plays with their names (aside from the Princess Lady which he is stumped), to his father's (Jason) chagrin.
  • 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.
    • Namely the King in "Puns Upon a Time," but eventually everyones patience's is tried due to the Prince's annoying takes at humor.
  • Large Ham: Well, everybody to an extent, but Matt, Jason, and Mallory take the cake.
    • Whitney and Stacey are no slouches either.
  • Large Ham Announcer: Just a few of the many examples Jason and Stephen deliver 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!"
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In "Bad Karma".
  • Last Words: "Most Awkward Death Scene of All Time" has Stephen deliver several of these without actually dying.
    • The "Famous Last Words" sketches.
  • Lazy Husband: The entire premise of "Lazy Man vs Soda," as while partaking in a late night snack, Matt would rather attempt several ridiculous schemes and ultimately text and awaken a sleeping Mallory than simply get up from his recliner to grab the soda he left on the table three feet away from him.
  • Least Rhymable Word: The Running Gag for Most Epic Rap Battle Ever
  • Let's Duet: Tori and Adam attempt one in "Love Duet", too bad Adam can't sing.
  • 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"
  • Love at First Sight: "Love From Afar" points out the issues with this, except for Mal who still is attracted to Jason even after learning he's holding up the kiosk for money.
    • Mal and Jeremy initially believe this when they both are ninja turtles, then horrified when the masks come off and realize they're brother and sister.
    Mallory: (to Jeremy) Mom wants you to call her!
    • Tori and Adam in "Love Duet". Too bad it wasn't love at first note either.
  • The Mafia: "Message from Above"
  • Mama Bear: Mallory in "Shooting Booth,".
  • 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...
  • Metaphorically True: When Matt mentions his and Whitney's dog was stolen to Adam in "Cheer Up Mix Up."
  • Mexican Standoff: "Get Up and Walk Out of Here" has the entire cast in a ring, each pointing a gun at the next.
  • Mickey Mousing: Lazy Man vs. Soda is done in this style, in live action.
  • The Millstone: Played for laughs in Stranded on a Deserted Island with Mark Robernote . All of his inventions would be very genius in most other contexts, but in this case simply sabotage their efforts to survive and/or escape the island.
  • 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"
    • James in "The Game of Life: IRL," after landing on a baby space.
  • Mix and Match: Many of the sketches can be described as such.
  • Moment Killer: Stephen and Whitney hire Matt to intentionally be this in "Third Wheel Friend."
    • Mal in "Aww Yeah!" continues to screw up Whitney and Stephen's date.
    • Later the "Aww Yeah!"girl returns, ruining Matt and Natalie's moment in the house of mirrors.
  • 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.
  • Mood Whiplash: The "Accountant Tax Party" sketch shows an incredibly boring party at a tax prep firm to celebrate the end of tax season. Then they clear the room for their fight club.
  • 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 Good Deed Goes Unpunished: During "Our Wedding," after an old beggar woman crashes Adam and Natalie's wedding, begging for a handout, Adam reveals he has no money, and Natalie kindly offers her an orchid from her bouquet. The beggar woman takes offense at this, revealing herself as an evil sorceress who raises some hell.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: In "Lost Plane Crash," Matt immediately suggests cannibalism upon the pilot's "demise."
    • After his invention's end up making their life on the island harder, Jason declares to the other survivors they should "Donner Party" NASA Mechanical engineer Mark Rober.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Ann Withers. And commonly, Jason.
    • Jason has admitted on his vlog that he regularly invades Matt's personal space in an attempt to get him to break character.
  • 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
    • Jason in "Mafia"
  • 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
  • Obfuscating Disability: In "New Year's Resolution", Mallory discovers Matt has stolen a wheelchair. When she tries to report this to a police officer, Matt pretends that it's his, when in fact his legs are perfectly functional.
  • Obviously Evil: In “Evil Asides.”
  • Obvious Pregnancy: Lady Shadow and the women from "Mother Power"
    • Averted in "Matt Center," when Matt mistakenly assumes Natalie is carrying, she's not.
  • Oedipus Complex: Accidentally invoked in "Man on a Ledge", where the mother (played by Whitney) tells the titular Man (played by Matt) that she pretended to be the female high school pen pal he ended up falling in love with, much to his embarrassment.
    Mother: [talking through an electric megaphone this entire time] Remember your pen pal in high school, Kelly?
    Matt: [in a "What about her?" voice] Yeah?
    Mother: That was me.
    Matt: WHAT?!
    Mother: I wanted to make you feel good about yourself, I mean, you didn't have any friends, like, at all.
    Matt: Mom, please don't—
    Mother: And then, when you told "Kelly" [making an air quote with her free left hand] that you loved her, I knew that I had to stop writing you, 'cause it was pretty weird [Matt says, "Please", but she keeps on going], but I talked to a therapist, and he told me that it's perfectly normal for a son to feel that way about his mother, you know?
    Matt: Mom, please, stop talking!
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Well, More like offscreen moment of painful yet hilarious, in the skit “Romeo Impresses Juliet”. While attempting to gain Juliet’s (Natalie) attention Romeo (Jason), inadvertently strikes Lord Capulet (Matt) with a fairly hefty sized rock leads to an absurdly long line of painful and humiliating events that he endures. None of which is ever shown on screen, yet Capulet’s screams and observations, tied alongside Romeo’s reactions to viewing the travesties, lead the audience to know it ain’t good fortune that Lord Capulet had been blessed with.
    • Jason and Natalie are viewers to their daughter's very bizarre play, that is never seen on screen.
  • Oh, Crap!: Tori, while attempting to have a classic "Love Duet," with Adam has this reaction when she discovers, he can't sing a note.
  • The Oner: Exploring Backstage.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: "Message from Above"
  • Only Sane Man: Matt usually plays the Straight Man to everyone else's wacky shenanigans.
    • 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.
    • Their spoof of The Great British Bake Off has Jason (as Paul) taking a rare turn as the only sane man, objecting with seething rage as contestants bring him increasingly-preposterous dishes. Mary, however, is delighted with them.
    • The Riddlernote , of all people, in "I'm Batman".
    • Jason in “James Austen” initially finds the overly posh Matt and Mallory to be off putting, yet half-heartedly plays along to amuse Whitney, that is until Matt and Mallory insult his relationship with Whitney. After taking on Matt in a battle of Victorian mannerisms he quickly plummets back to normalcy, and the addition of fear, when Matt challenges him to a duel, with pistols... That are REAL!
    • Mallory towards Matt in "New Year's Resolutions."
    • Jason in "Uncomfortable Christmas Family Traditions".
  • 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
  • Potty Emergency: The Holding Back sketch.
  • 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.
  • Real After All: Mallory's "Fake Boyfriend," ends up being both real and "Batman," who she must keep secret from Whitney and Natalie.
    Mallory: Can I tell people who you are yet?
    Batman: Not until Gotham is free!!!
  • Real Song Theme Tune: "I Wanna Run" by Mates of State, from season 2 on. In the first season, the show used a guitar-driven Instrumental Theme Tune.
  • Reality Ensues: Miss Frizzle ends up getting fired by the school board after her field trips leave many of her students both emotionally and physically traumatized.
  • Revenge: Mallory gets her's on Matt in "Lazy Man vs. Soda" after being awoken from a sound sleep in the middle of the night to hand her husband the soda he left on a table three feet away. She does so after vigorously shaking the can, building up the carbonation, leaving a puzzled Matt stymied as to weather open it or not.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: In "A Creepy Ghost Writer", Whitney is initially terrified when a spirit begins writing messages in her fogged-over bathroom mirror... but then starts correcting its spelling and grammar.
  • The Scrooge: Hating Christmas is seen as a dealbreaker. Interestingly, loving Christmas is also a deal breaker.
  • Serial Escalation: "Two Guys On A Scooter". Two guys go to the grocery store on their scooter and end up giving a ride to their friend, his grandpa, a guy escaping an exploding country club, a guy and a girl with a tandem bike, a mannequin (for no apparent reason), a hitchhiker, a homeless guy with his dog, and a police officer. All at once.
    "Four guys on a scooter! With Grandpa!!"
    "Five guys on a scooter! WITH EXPLOSIONS!!!"
    "Seven guys on a scooter! One of them's a girl!"
    "Ten guys on a scooter! Homeless dog! That's my favorite!"
    • In "Exploring Backstage," James attempt at giving the audience a tour of Studio C's backstage is instead a look into the escalating chaos of the current events.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Usually Matt
    • Though in "Presidential Fail" everyone but Matt has this.
  • Ship Tease: The fans ship Matt and Mallory hard. Studio C directly acknowledged Mattory with a promotional video titled "Matt + Mallory = Mattory". They also created a playlist of Mattory moments.
    • The season 7 opener "Jeremy Isn't Real" mentioned the Mattory phenomenon by name, but turned it on its head by revealing that the role of Mallory has been played by Jason this whole time.
    • The "Harry Potter and the Mirror of Erised" sketch has single-handedly doubled the amount of Mattory smooching on the Studio C channel. In the comments, Matt Meese revealed that they had to reshoot a lot of it because they forgot Harry's glasses. The fans, of course, believe that was just a convenient excuse for him to kiss Mallory more.
    • In their top 10 list of Romantic Moments, "Naturally" took the top spot with Studio C choosing it specifically for being the start of the "Mattory" phenomenon.
    • While not as highlighted as "Mattory," or real life couple Stephen+Whitney, due to Natalie being married and having two kids, thus making it rather inappropriate, the show tends to pair Adam and Natalie together in sketches more often than others, plus their is something of a Running Gag that Adam has an obsessive crush on her.
  • Shout-Out
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: "Naturally" features a battle of wills between Matt and Mal, as each tries to out do each other in how healthy their organic lifestyles are, progressively getting angrier and angrier before the two end up vigorously making out, to an onlooker Whitney's disgust.
    Whitney: This is why I never shop at Whole Foods.
    • Likewise Jason and Whitney point out the real downfalls of this trope in "The Classic Movie Slap," as Jason (Mr. Oswold) is constantly slapped across the face by Whitney (Eva) who thinks of it as subtle flirting in the midst of the Belligerent Sexual Tension she shares with her boss. Oswold disagrees.
    Eva: (after slapping Oswold across the face) It just seemed like with all the bickering and getting into each other's personal space it seemed like the next step.
    Oswold: That doesn't make any sense!?!
    Eva: It does to millions of movie going young women.
  • 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.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: In "Clue Murder Mystery Scandal":
    Matt: (sinister chuckle) Very good, inspector. Very good, indeed. So you've uncovered the fact that I've been embezzling millions of pounds from my business partner, Lord Branston.
    Lord Branston: What what? How could you do this to me?
    Matt: The poor fool had no idea until this night. I must confess that though I've been discovered, it brings me no small amount of joy that he now knows that it was me all along. (laugh)
    Policeman: Um, I didn't know any of that.
    Matt: You didn't?
    Policeman: No, I wasn't going to say that at all.
    Matt: Ah, well... dang it.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Adam's school photo comes out so well, Matt and Mallory are forced to intervene and nerd/ugly/awkward him up to prevent a world catastrophe.
  • Spammer: Variations discussed in the "Facebook Friends Song."
    • James likes all of his friends tweets, even the tweet of Stephen being arrested in "Police respond to a Tweet."
  • Speaking Simlish: A rare live action version of this trope in "Google Translator"
  • Spirit Advisor: Jermey to Adam in "Poker Face 2: All In."
  • Spit Take: Adam gets nearly a dozen of these in his face in "Dana's Dead." And it is awesome.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The other 8, actually 7, cast members realized that Matt, as co-creator of the show, would be this, thus they created Jeremy, so they could all get more sketches and screen time.
  • 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!
  • Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: Any sketch with Jason as Emperor Palpatine will inevitably involve this.
    • In one episode, Palpatine, desperate to convert someone to the dark side, asks Matt to strike him down with a milk jug.
  • Switched at Birth: In "I'm Adopted?", Stacey finds out this happened to him. He thought he was adopted, given that his parents are played by Matt and Mallory. His real parents turn out to be... Asian?
  • 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.
    • "My Dad Could Beat Up Your Dad" has a jab at Comcast. In response to the playground threat that "my dad could beat up your dad," Matt starts actually making the arrangements for his terrifying-sounding father to fight James and Stacey's dads:
      James: My dad works at Comcast.
      Matt: I see. Then my father will REALLY enjoy this.
    • Céline Dion is regarded as a huge attention *** of a diva who literally can't control her urge to hog the spotlight.
    • Even the man who intially saved JarJar Binks after his hatred in the Star Wars films admits he killed him out of pure annoyance two hours later.
  • Third Wheel: Mallory is this to Whitney and James in "Third Wheel Song."
    • Whitney and Stephen hire Matt to be this in "Third Wheel Friend."
  • 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.
    • They're not afraid to point out a cast member's status as a minority, either. The sketch "She Loves You, Bro!" has this gem:
      Stephen: Dude, Adam, chocolate represents the highest form of attraction.
      Stacey: Highest, mm-hmm.
      Stephen: I mean, why do you think girls love Valentine's Day...
      Stacey: Mm-hmm.
      Stephen: ...Nutella...
      Stacey: Oh, yeah.
      Stephen: (points to Stacey) ...and this guy?
      Stacey: Oh, they love me.
    • In "I'm Adopted?", Matt and Mallory play Stacey's parents. When they sit down to tell him about his true parentage, he thinks he already knows what they're going to say. Turns out he wasn't adopted, but was Switched at Birth and the parents were too stupid to notice. Oh, and his real parents are... Asian?
  • Top Ten List: Each member of the cast (excluding Aaron, Dalton and Tori, who joined the cast later) has a top 10 list of their favorite sketches: Adam, James, Jason, Jeremy, Mallory, Matt, Natalie, Stacey, Stephen, Whitney.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Everyone in the "The Smiths" sketch, which tells the tale of a man who loses the family 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"
  • Troll: Adam to Matt in "Cheer-Up Mix-Up".
  • Twisted Echo Cut: "Channel Surfing"
  • Twist Ending: "What Is Real," ends with the revelation that Whitney and Jason are just dolls that a demented Natalie is playing with.
  • Two Girls to a Team: The reasoning behind Jason masquerading as Mallory in "Jermey Isn't Real," to offset the boy to girl ratio in the cast.
    Jason: (to Matt) I'm so sorry, but we only have two girls on the show!
  • Ultimate Job Security: What most of the characters in the ongoing "Worst (Insert Occupation Here) Ever" series seem to have. Two standout examples are Matt's doctor character in "Worst Doctor Ever", who does things like telling the interns that one of them could take home the knife that is sticking out of the side of a dead stabbing victimnote , and has a staring contest with a man that he doesn't realize is dead; and Whitney in "Worst Lawyer Ever", who somehow keeps getting hired after failing her bar exam for five straight years, not knowing what legal precedence or "leading the witness" means (she keeps crying out "Objection!" for it in court)note , and believing that the defendant she's counseling (played by Natalie) is guilty of the crime she's accused of.
  • Under the Mistletoe: Harry Potter attempts to set this up with Cho, but instead gets Dolores Umbridge, Professor McGonagall, and a dementor in "Harry Potter Accidentally Kisses Professor McGonagall". (Of course, Harry and McGonagall are played by Matt and Mallory, respectively.)
  • Unfortunate Implications: In-universe in "Chess Prodigy," when a University PhD candidate adult (Adam) takes on a six year old girl (Mallory) in the chess finals, due to the adorableness the little girl demonstrates commentators Jeremy and Matt's biased opinions openly attack every move Adam makes against her in the game, painting him to be a bully in their descriptions.
  • Unfortunate Names:
    • Agnes, who everyone assumes likes cats and crochets.
    • Master Smelly, who is reknowned for his "silent but deadly tactics."
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: "Jeremy Isn't Real" not only reveals that the role of Jeremy is actually played by other members of the cast, but that Mallory isn't real, either, and is played by Jason. Matt is not happy to discover this, having kissed Mallory in several past sketches.
  • The Unsmile: There's a reason the Mona Lisa looks the way she does.
  • Updated Re Release: Most of the sketches are from the casts former "Divine Comedy" days, only with the addition of sets, costumes and props
  • 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
  • Very Special Episode: The series's 100th episode, which premiered on November 20, 2017, breaks from the traditional format of multiple sketches, and instead, features the entire cast playing people who are on a flight to Seattle.
  • Violence Is the Only Option: In "Werewolf", Matt and Stacey accidentally run into each other in an alley. Both immediate confront and threaten one another (with Stacey actually "putting up his dukes"), when it would be far more sensible to simply apologize to one another and walk away.
  • Vocal Dissonance
    • Matt doing the voice of Spencer, a baby with the (creepily calm) voice of a grown man.
    • Natalie and Stacey's YouTube channel has a video where the cast lip syncs to Hamilton. Stacey's the only actor whose character (Aaron Burr) matches his gender. Natalie plays Alexander Hamilton, Mallory plays George Washington, and hilariously, James plays Angelica Schuyler and Matt plays Eliza Hamilton.
  • Vocal Range Exceeded: "Graduation Musical Number." Whitney can sing that high. Mal can't.
  • The Voiceless: Scott Sterling never says a word in any of his appearances.
  • Wacky Sound Effect: Mal resorts to some of these in "Radio Mystery Hour" after an accident she caused.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: Matt tricks fashion models Lucky Blue and Canyon Smith into performing manual labor for him under the guise of a photo shoot.
  • Welcome to Corneria: Doc in "Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! Parody", lampshaded.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Parodied in "The Smiths 2". When Adam is shot by Mrs. Smith, the sketch never mentions him again. The narrator even refers to the rest as "Mr. Smith's three brothers," completely excluding him, after his death.
  • Who's on First?: The "Detective Doctor" sketch runs entirely on this.
  • Worst Whatever, Ever!: Currently 8 of them.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Said word for word by Matt in the climax of "Lady Gordon's Fainting Spells".
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