Series: You're Skitting Me
From left to right: Cosmo, Rowan, Hayden, Jake, Molly and MiaYou're Skitting Me
is an Australian youth Sketch Comedy
produced By Jigsaw Entertainment for ABC3
. It consists of 6 Teenagers (Cosmo, Mia, Molly, Jake, Hayden and Rowan) performing skits, mainly satirising modern life today.
Tropes associated with You're Skitting Me:
- Actor Allusion:
- The kids from the sketch where they lecture their parents; they are named Luke and Polly, and are played by Jake and Molly.
- Uncle Vijay is inspired by the grandfather of Hayden, the actor who plays him.
- Art Shift: Some sketches are live action, some sketches are animated.
- Ascended Extra: The second series saw the main cast expand from six to twelve; included in that listing were Moya and Branford, who were featured pretty heavily in series one (even getting speaking parts) considering they were not members of the main cast.
- Bedsheet Ladder: One of the "Boy vs. Boredom" sketches has Jeremy attempting to escape from going clothes shopping with his mother by tearing shirts into strips, fashioning them into a rope and using a wire hanger as a crude grappling hook to climb out of a changing room. It doesn't work.
- Brick Joke: Played between skits and even, on occasion, between a skit and the backstage interviews.
- Credits Gag: The Second Series Segment Ghost Roasters (which parodies of Ghost Busters) features this at the end, where the credits list various film positions (almost all of are taken up by Dylan), in particular following the position of "Best Boy" which is also given to Dylan, there is a position called "Worst Boy" given to his friend Moose. Also for the positions "Assistant to Mr. Dylan/Mr. Moose" Dylan's Assistant is Dylan's Sister (who is also in charge of cattering), while Moose's says "Nobody". Futhermore the opening title is always typed out and initially spelt wrong, before being backspaced and typed correctly; typos include "Ghost Rosters" and "Goat Roasters".
- Deadpan Snarker / Sarcasm Mode: One sketch focused around a school that taught teens to be this. It also had the Incredibly Lame Pun of the name Sarcademy.
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: The Zombies sketch is a pretty good example of this.
- Former Child Star: Parodied. A sketch focused on a guy who used to do calendar shoots when he was a baby but has lost his fame as he grew up. 14 years later he tried another photo shoot in which he wore nothing but a nappy and acted like a baby.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The show has snuck in references to pedophilia, rape, inversions of teen pregnancy and the abandonment of unwanted children among other things.
- One episode had a sketch focusing on "BFF weddings" where girls become real BF Fs through a wedding of sorts. The end of one ceremony had a male member of the audience get up and announce that Male BF Fs ceremonies have been legalised.
- One of Mia's characters (Julie Willard the School Captain) takes a jab at (then) Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and her absolute incompetence.
- Tatiana "Tats" the sailor girl runs out of food and considers catching a whale, but when faced with legal issues she says that she could say its for Scientific Research. An obvious hit at the Japanese Whalers.
- Particularly good one in a Joliment High Witness News where Harvey Crane (Cosmo) takes the viewer into the toilet to show "parts of your body you can write answers on that examiners can't check without getting in trouble."
- The sketch where the kids tell of the parents where they are caught making out, is a reference to Teen pregnancy, with the kids giving the exact same lecturing as parents of pregnant teens would, only flipped around; "Do you know who would be looking after them, not you us!"
- And of course there's the title.
- Girl Scouts Are Evil: Another loved topic of sketches.
- Hipster: A common sketch where the eponymous hipsters take their ideals too far. (e.g. dying in a restaraunt of eating raw chicken because they don't want to eat normal chicken)
- Hypocritical Humor: The Caveman sketches often has Ugg the inventor create a new invention (like a calendar) only for his fellow caveman to criticise the invention and how it can't be useful for them. After the criticism is done a situation pops up where the invention is useful but they don't realise it.
- I Ate WHAT?: In one of the 'Bear Cub' sketches, Jeremy is doing work experience in an office and serves a teapot full of his urine to a meeting in the boardroom.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: On occasion.
- Instrument of Murder: A sketch had a girl attempting to return a recorder that acted as a blowgun. In the end, she store swapped it for one that fired a disintegrator ray.
- It Is Pronounced Tropay: One animated sketch focused on two tomatoes arguing over the pronounciation of a word like "aluminium" or "tomatoe". The guy pronouncing the words wrong often got beat up by the other guy.
- It Will Never Catch On: The Cavemen sketches. Krunk makes consistent attempts to civilise his fellow cavemen, with ideas of modern technology from paper, to soap, to social networking, but his attempt are always futile as another caveman always ends up rejecting his ideas.
- Just The Introduction To The Opposites
- News Parody: Jolliemont High Witness News, a news report based around a whole school.
- Our Genies Are Different: One sketch features one that's found in a bin.
- Perky Goth: One set of sketches features a trio of emo kids, and a fourth one who doesn't quite get it and irritates the others by being continually upbeat.
- A Pirate 400 Years Too Late: In one of the "Tatiana the Sailor" sketches, Tats's friend Em was supposed to be disguised as a Somali pirate. However, having no idea what a Somali pirate actually was, she instead appears as one of these.
- Post Modernism: The show parodies parts of modern life including Hipsters and the newest fads.
- Reality Ensues: The ending to every Ned the Panda sketch in which he oftens ends up in an otherwordly situation only to die because he can't survive in space or be too deep underwater.
- A similar case happens with the Rex the Dinosaur segments which always ends with him eating people he makes friends with because he's a tyrannosaurus rex.
- Road Trip Across The Street: Combined with Short-Distance Phone Call in one sketch. A schoolgirl calls her mother and begs to be picked up from school. When her mother finally relents, its revealed that their house is literally across the street from the school.
- Robo Speak: The way Internet Speech Girl talks all the time. One occasion she actually overloads and makes the windows shutting down sound before collapsing on the table.
- Running Gag: Pops up from time to time, the most significant one was the joke about how bad a Dim Sim smells. The final sketch had everyone in Jollimont High Witness News fall unconscious because a student on vacation left a weeks old Dim Sim in his locker by accident.
- Ruthless Modern Pirates: Tatiana once tried to pretend that her boat had been boarded by Somali pirates (although Tats kept calling them "Salami pirates"). However, her friend Em had no idea what a Somali pirate actually was, and instead dressed as A Pirate 400 Years Too Late.
- Satire/Parody/Pastiche: The show's focus.
- Searching the Stalls: Molly and Mia do this in a sketch about why girls go to the bathroom in pairs. It turns out it's because of the risk of ninja attack.
- Shame If Something Happened: A standard tactic of the evil Girl Guides.
- Short-Distance Phone Call: Combined with Road Trip Across The Street in one sketch. A schoolgirl calls her mother and begs to be picked up from school. When her mother finally relents, its revealed that their house is literally across the street from the school.
- Sketch Show: The format.
- Technology Marches On: One of the show's favourite style of jokes. Constantly poking fun at things from last-gen being completely forgotten or non-existent, to the point where they're reintroduced as something completely new. Some examples include:
- With so many iPhone apps, the iPhone is being used for everything except as a phone, so the show introduces a 'phone app' allowing people to call each other in real time, rather than waiting on messages and never getting replies.
- In the 'Parent Information Call Centre' Sketch; a parent asks how to operate a VCR, only to be told no such thing exists.
- Taking a jab at how high unemployment is these days, the Hipsters decide that getting paid jobs would be 'non-conformist' since no one does it anymore.
- Too Dumb to Live: Tatiana, the rich girl who decides to go a sailing trip around the world despite having absolutely no experience and not knowing she had to take the trip alone.
- What Measure Is A Nonhuman: Parodied with the zombie segments where the zombies wish to be treated normally despite constantly eating flesh.
- Your Mum: One sketch had a school dedicated to teaching people how to master the art of insulting others by using "Your Mum is!" in response to any comment.