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"I wanna run. I wanna run into the night,
I want to step into a dream with you,
I wanna run. I wanna run into the night,
I wanna step inside 'cause I know what we can do,
Let's see what we can do."
—"Run Into the Sun" by Mates Of State

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 original 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 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).

The Studio C cast has evolved over time:

  • For the first four seasons, the cast had 10 members: four main cast members (Whitney Call, Mallory Everton, Jason Gray, and Matt Meese) and six featured players (Adam Berg, Stacey Harkey, Natalie Madsen, Stephen Meek, James Perry, and Jeremy Warner).
  • Starting with season five, the six featured players began being credited as main cast members. Additionally, Dalton Johnson and Tori Pence began appearing from time to time as featured players.
  • In season eight, Dalton and Tori officially joined the cast along with Aaron Fielding, but were still credited as featured players.
  • On 9 August 2018, BYUtv announced that the original 10 cast members would depart the show at the end of season nine and that new cast members and writers would be added.
  • On 12 September 2018, the 10 departing cast members announced via YouTube that they have formed JK! Studios, a digital, family-safe comedy network. The new network is a private business venture separate from BYUtv and launched in January.
  • On 11 January 2019, Aaron Fielding announced via Instagram that he would not return after the ninth season.
  • On 26 March 2019, BYUtv announced nine new cast members joining Dalton and Tori: Garet Allen, Jessica Drolet, Ike Flitcraft, Matthew Galvan, Tanner Gillman, Jetta Juriansz, Arvin Mitchell, April Rock, and Austin Williams. Unlike the original cast, only one of the new nine members was a BYU student (Allen). Quite a few of them have experience studying at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Veteran producer and writer Jim O'Doherty (3rd Rock from the Sun and Grounded for Life) will be the new showrunner. All 11 of the actors were considered the main cast.
  • On 20 October 2020, BYUtv announced that Gray would return to the show in season 10 as a featured cast member.
  • Matthew Galvan left after season 14, and Ike and Tori become a featured players instead of main cast members. Naomi Winders and Megan Rico began appearing as featured players.
  • Tori and April left the cast in season 15. Joe Balanza started appearing as a featured player.
  • Tori returned as a main cast member in season 16, but Jessica, Jetta, and Austin left. Naomi and Megan became main cast members. Gabby Moore and Jericho Lopez joined the cast as featured players.

To date, the series has won four Rocky Mountain Regional Emmy Awardsnote .

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Season 1-9

  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    • Ann the librarian.
    • Great Britain to USA in International Relations
    • Is something of a Running Gag that Adam has a rather obsessive crush on Natalie.
    • Stacey to Mallory in "Love Loves Love."
  • 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", "Sam Sloan" and "Bad Bobby Brown".
  • Affably Evil: Maniacal Overlord Adam, despite having world domination goals, proves to be a Benevolent Boss to his minions, even if he can't remember Jeremy's name.
  • 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.
    • In "Kyle's Halloween" Kyle's father has a nightmare that his overactive child was able to gain access to his trick-or-treat candy supply. He wakes up, and is relieved to find he still has the key to the freezer where it froze the candy. Only for Kyle to appear behind, and remove the key from his sleeping father's pocket.
    Kyle: Now I have two!
    • Stephen has a nightmare to find that Whitney, their son, his grandfather and everybody in the world are just pillows. He wakes up to find to his delight that everybody is back to normal, pillows with faces.
  • 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 your kids!
    • Clarke to Watney in the "Martian VLogs."
  • 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 
  • Artistic License – Linguistics: In "Daniel Harrison: Behind the Mustache", Jeremy's wife (Catey) is "played" by Agnetha, a Swedish talk show host, who does not speak or even understand any English (and he does not speak Swedish), making communication between them effectively impossible. In reality, Sweden has one of the highest ESL rates in the world and fluency — let alone understanding — of English is so commonplace, especially among the younger generation, as to be effectively universal. In addition, Agnetha, being a talk show host, would almost certainly be expected to speak English in order to conduct interviews with visiting British or American celebrities.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption: In one sketch, a man tries channel surfing. Cutting back between a workout channel, a cooking show, a press conference, and a soap opera.
    • "There's nothing more attractive to the ladies than- a chocolate sculpture of Winston Churchill covered in- dirty money!"
    • “Now take a whisk and really beat your arthritic grandmother.”
      • "That's rich! Especially coming from the man who was raised by feral monkeys which contracted hepatitis."
    • “Now we’re ready to put this in the oven, along with taxpayer’s dollars.”
    • "All I ever wanted was THE FLEXIBILITY OF A RUSSIAN GYMNAST."
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: In the "Alien Invasion" sketch, one star got renamed "Chuck Norris-Saurus 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bad Future: Jason brings back a 50th anniversary DVD for "Studio C," from the future to show his fellow cast mates, and no, things don’t turn out to well. The majority of the Cast and Crew go on strike for three seasons, except for James who runs the show with his Lobster Bisque, however according to Jason these are the highest rated season of the show and James actually wins an Emmy. Stephen dies of an epileptic seizure due to the opening credits, causing Whitney to absorb Ann the Librarian into her personality, and remarries R.L. Stine. Natalie quits after having Octuplets, Mallory is arrested after strangling a “Mattory” shipper to death, only this time she actually gets caught. Adam is turned into hash browns after a freak accident with a real life portal gun, and then eaten by Jeremy, Adam’s actually okay with this. Stacey ages surprisingly well, but both a geriatric and senile Jason and Matt seemingly die after attempting a “Shoulder Angel,” sketch in the 49th season.
    Matt: (wide-eyed) After seeing this we can all agree we should probably only do another 10 more seasons.
    (everyone else equally horrified nods in agreement)
    Stephen: (as everyone gets up and walks away) Guy's can we talk about changing the opening credits!
  • 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.
    • "No Work and All Cosplay" has Matt, Jason and James as movie theater employees. When they overhear girls talking about how they find characters from The Lord of the Rings attractive (presumably talking about characters such as Aragorn or Legolas), they dress up as Frodo, Gandalf and an orc in a failed effort to impress them. Later they hear other girls talking about boys from the Harry Potter films, but dress up as Voldemort, Snape and Umbridge. Finally, upon overhearing a girl talk about her attraction to Batman, Jason's face lights up. Since Batman is right in Jason's (the actor's) wheelhouse, we may not be prepared for the boys to come out as the Joker, Robin and Catwoman.
  • 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.) Strangely, the trope has yet to come up in any of the numerous sketches where Jason plays Batman, though this may be because his portrayal is more Dark Knight and less Caped Crusader.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: As Mallory learns in "Deal Breakers," never mess with Jeremy's mustache.
    (Kori Gardner of Mates of States approaches Mal and slaps her across the face)
    Kori: That was for Jeremy!
    (she storms off, and the crowd parts to reveal Jeremy)
    Jeremy: (getting up in Mal's face) WHAT!!!
    • In "Beware of Christmas Carolers", do not deny ye merry Carolers their figgy pudding. Just don't!
  • 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 wielding a knife)
  • Bewitched Amphibians: To his Father's chagrin the Prince in "Disgruntled Commoners" makes its abundantly clear he was once a frog.
    Prince James: (ignorantly singing) I'm Not a frog, he's not a frog, we're not a frog...
    King Jermey: (annoyed) Yes, that's very nice, son!
  • 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.
    • Mal and Matt in many sketches, but in particular "Naturally".
    • Adam and Mal again in "How To Read Flirting Signals" in which Mal has to legitimately jump onto the couch to reach his lips.
  • 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.
    Matt: Sir! Seems snitcher snatcher the snitch se-sen... OH NO!!!
  • British Teeth: Matt wears crooked teeth in both International Relations and Republicans VS Democrats as a personification of Britain.
  • Burn the Witch!: In "What's Worse than a Witch", a group of puritan pilgrims prepare to burn two women accused of witches. One has openly consorted with the devil and performs black magic in full view of the townsfolk, while the other... has red hair.
  • 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 tars and feathers him 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
    • 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 write to BYU about upping my salary!!!
    • Mixed with Humiliation Conga, Jeremy in Overdue Military Letter. Matt and Jason get great gifts, Jeremy...
    • Matt in "Narrator Hater," due to the narrator's (James) unabashed hatred towards him.
      • Matt also has some in, "Lady Gordon's Fainting Spells", "Oregon Trail", "Bop-it Extreme", "One Angry Man". And that's to name a few.
    • The entire basis of the Scott Sterling sketches, which feature an unlucky soccer goalie who keeps getting hit in the face with balls.
  • 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!
    • Rumplestilskin and his "children" is one of the "Disgruntled Commoners." Likewise, Natalie's "Evil Queen" is the Grandmother of the family.
  • 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.
    • Apparently Matt went to high-school with Ann, thankfully this time around he has a giant Viking familiar when dealing with her.
    • The woman that drags Jason down in the audience during "Welcome Back Song" is actually Jason's wife, Jenny.
  • Catchphrase: If something amazing or shocking occurs, expect someone to utter "Good Glory!".
    • The cast themselves are know to use the phrase off-set as well, and in their sketches for JK! Studios.
  • 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.
  • Cross-Cast Role: The show seems to have an unofficial rule that all black characters will be played by the troupe's only black actor, Stacey Harkey, who despite his Gender-Blender Name is male. So every female black character will always be played by Stacey in drag.
  • Colossus Climb: The Shoulder Angel when he needed to help Shawn Bradley.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Parodied in their send up of Lost. Jack goes through extreme lengths of chest compressions to revive Charlie, after his electrocution from a powered fence Jack and Kate told him not to touch, from beating on his chest, kicking him, jumping on him, using Hurley's weight, cutting down a tree, having him used as a punching bag, then dropping a car on him, all the while Kate screams at Jack's ineptness.
  • 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)
    • In "What Is Real", the sketch ends on the reveal that Whitney and Jason are just dolls Natalie is torturing, to her parents concern.
    (Matt and Mallory watching Natalie playing with a demented grin)
    Matt: (alarmed) There's something wrong with our daughter!
  • Comically Missing the Point: In the 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 Stacey who continues rocking out to the song, blissfully unaware of his castmate's 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!
  • Curse: The Witch casts one on "Zalmoron the Reincarnated" to, as his title suggest, be reincarnated in to increasingly more humiliating and painful lives.
  • Divine Intervention: The war between Couchville and the Ottoman Empire is put to a stop when the beautiful goddess of the Chandelierian Galietrial descends from the ceiling.
    Matt: I have a chandelier?
    • Later after the fighting has ceased, Matt makes a pass at the goddess her angry husband, the god of Chandelirian descends for a less peaceful Intervention, before whisking his wife back to the ceiling.
  • "Dear John" Letter: Jeremy the soldier receives one from his girlfriend in "Overdue Military Letters", saying she's met someone else. A few minutes later, Jeremy opens an invitation to their wedding. He also receives an eviction notice, an auditing notice from the IRS, a jury duty summons that's eight months late, spoiled milk and meat from his favorite cow at home, the results of his military physical, which states that he is "flatfooted" and "not recommended for service", and a letter in German from Hitler himself, thanking Jeremy for saving his life in Berlin. Jeremy states that he thought that it was Charlie Chaplin. He has a moment of hope when he receives a letter stating that he's a millionaire from the maturing of his investments, only to realize he doesn't know the person who sent him the letter. It's meant for Jason, who swaps the letter for the $10 dollar bill his mother sent him as a birthday gift.
  • 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.
  • Deconstructive Parody: "Christmas Morning Mayhem" is one in the vein of Sausage Party only for Christmas presents.
  • 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.
    • In real life, during the casts' live stream of the Christmas Special, Natalie accidentally reveals on air that Whitney, who wasn't present after having just delivered her and Stephen's son, has wide feet and needs to get special shoes. She immediately regrets it and apologizes to Whitney whom she assumes is watching. Later in the Q&A at the end of the stream Jeremy gets a tweet from a certain viewer...
    Jeremy: I have a tweet from a Whitney Call.
    (Natalie shrinks back in her seat)
    Jeremy: "How much would Natalie liked to get kicked in the bum by my super wide feet?!?"
  • Did Not Do the Bloody Research: Whitney giving what her character calls a "peace sign," but upside-down and—most critically—with the palm facing her, while portraying the Queen of England.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Doom Magnet: may be Implied to be the case with Mr.Eckelstone, who claims that statistically, he should have died 17.5 times and treats generally safe activities such as driving ed, boy scout hunting trip, and Lamaze Class as death sentences, either that or he's just crazy
  • 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" sketches, the whole reason why no one fights Lady 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.
    • An Evil Dinner Party sees Hannibal Lecter throw a dinner party, and invite Hans Gruber, Samara Morgan, Norman Bates, and... Neal Miller. Guess which one the group deems the most evil.
    • The Monster in Stephen's closet is horrified for the boy after he is traumatized by his parents', grandparents' and great-grandmother's macabre lullabies.
    Monster: (bursting out of the closet) ENOUGH! What is wrong with you people!?! (to Stephen) Honey, do you need a safe place to stay tonight?
    Stephen: Yes please!
  • Fainting: In "The Best Book for 24 hour Productivity", James completely passes out when his alarm goes off.
    (stop watch goes off)
    James: (big cheery smile) Looks like it's that time again!
    (immediately collapses, and sleeps for a good continuous 15 minutes)
  • Fairy Tale Free-for-All: "Disgruntled Commoners," have much to be disgruntled about given that the King has no clothes, the Queen supposedly can spin straw into gold according to her father the town drunk, the grandmother murders young girls her magic mirror tells her are fairer than she is, one princess is under the threat of falling into a death like curse by Maleficent, thus the King burns all the spinning wheels, despite textile being the kingdoms major export, the other Princess felt a pea under several giant mattresses, and the prince was once a frog. That's on top of the King hiring the Pied Piper of Hamlien who made off with not just the rats but the children when the King refused to pay him, and the King traded the entire kingdom for a bag of bean-erm bees!
  • 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."
  • Felony Misdemeanor: The Witch in "Zalmoron, The Reincarnated" claims she can restore his selling him Avon products. Zalmoron has her burned at the stake.
  • First World Problems: In "Customer Service Hotline", James calls customer support because his new refrigerator is spilling ice on his floor. After asking a bunch of seemingly irrelevant questions, customer support operator Natalie repeats back to confirm:
    Natalie: So just to sum things up, you are a healthy, happily married, socially acceptable free man, living outside of any war zones, with a roof over your head, food on your table, and a steady income, calling today to complain about your new, top-of-the-line refrigerator, paid for in cash, that seems to be spilling frozen, filtered water all over your non-dirt floor. Is that correct?
    (James sighs and hangs up, causing Natalie to give a giggle at teaching a valid lesson)
    Natalie: (answering the next line) Hi, thank you for calling First World Hotline! How may I help you?
  • 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.
  • Forced Transformation: Sorceress Mal turns Jason into a rabbit in "Our Wedding," and he doesn't transform back.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The byline in the Fastest Newscast Ever sketch quickly reads the following diatribe.
    The world is in global unrest as gigantic dolphin robots have taken siege of the whole South American continent. Kurt is secretly a hill billy but he cannot tell his friends because they don't like pitchforks or eating straw in their spare time. Jason K. was discovered moonlighting as a super villain two nights ago on the streets of Provo, which is considered the most uneventful city in the world. Unfortunately, there were no super heroes around to stop him from vandalizing the bowling clubs and soda shops. VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE!!!!!!!, YOUR VERY SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON THE MESSAGE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THIS: Governor of Massachusetts just mandated all humans with the first name of "Steve" be donated to the state for questioning and for intense arm wresting challenge. The winner buys dinner. The infamous revolutionary Alycia G. has appeared on the coast of Utah Lake. She is armed with various sea life and shiny metals. If approached by this person, just turn around and start doing jumping jacks. It's good to be fit before you die. Breaking News: Adam is really a transformer. He downloads his amazing animation and motion graphic knowledge from a top secret alien robot computer every tuesday nights at 7:36 pm. Be on guard. Stay indoors. An infestation of Spencer broodlings has been reported to have landed in Wyoming just a few hours ago. Money still exists. There is lots of money in all sorts of places. Some people have more money than other people. Oh, someone just got more money. Nevermind its gone now. Swimming deemed unsafe for anyone in any circumstance. Any violators will be stunned on site. Landon G. has recently successfully discovered the cure for the great Pokémon virus that has been spreading across the globe. It is love and larger Pokeballs. Little did we know all those guys needed was a little more living space. The Monocles R U corporation just peaked at the highest grossing business of history, never to be beat by any business that ever existed in the lifetime of Earth, at all. It is not likely that it will ever be beaten by anyone for as long as the Earth is turning and time is continuing in a forward flow of endlessness. Co founder Christian H. says that he has the great invention of glass to thank for his extreme, unbeatable successes, but his Arch Nemesis Jerome Newsman has something else to say about the matter.
  • The Friend No One Likes: Plumpy in "Candyland Conference."
  • 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 Jeremy 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 Fundamentalist: Matt's puritan roommate, who considers women to be the very embodiment of sin, charges only five dollars a month for rent because inflation is "the buttress of Beelzebub", and nearly burns Mallory at the stake because she has red hair. Then again, he apologizes to Jeremy for assuming he was Spanish when he's actually philipino.
  • 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 Jeremy works up a sweat, to the point of death.
    • In "The Crayon Song Gets Ruined", the giant crayon box setpiece says "Semi-Toxic Crayons" in very small letters at the bottom.
  • 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 was only exploited once, in "Awkward Christmas Party Crasher."
    Stephen: (points gun at Jeb) You! Where's the company safe?
    Jeb: Hey, Stacey.
    Stephen: (slowly takes off mask) Anyone who's willing to look death in the eye and call it by a girl's name...has earned my respect.
  • 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.
    • Whitney sports a beard while portraying Fernand, of The Count of Monte Cristo fame.
    • All the ladies sport them while portraying the men who came up with the idea of the "Ghostbusters" reboot.
  • Grammar Nazi: Captain Literally is a superhero variant, but he is not the only one....
  • Gold Digger: Natalie's Go-Pro perspective of Jame's as money.
    James: (aghast) You only see me as a pile of money!?!
    Natalie: A "cute" pile of money!
    James: You think I'm cute? Girl, let me buy you something off your Pinterest board.
  • 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.

  • Hard Head: Spoofed in the "Scott Sterling" shorts, where a man suffering repeated head trauma is treated as an inhuman athlete and the hero of the game. Played for Laughs, of course.
  • Hanging Judge: 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 openly attack every move Adam makes against her in the game, painting him to be a bully in their descriptions.
  • 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.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Natalie's in "The Quiet Game."
    Natalie: My parents and I used to play "The Quiet Game," all the time. It was so much fun. I would play "The Quiet Game,", "The Stay Still in Church Game,", "The Ask for the Cheapest Christmas Present Game." One year I won because I only asked for dirt.
    Stephen: Your childhood makes me sad.
  • Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: "Time Travel Heroes Stop Hitler" sees Jeremy teleport to Hitler's office in the Führerbunker in 1938, only to be joined by Dr. Emmett Brown (Jason), Bill and Ted (Stephen and James, respectively), and Hermione Granger (Mallory). It is Hermione who ends up killing Hitler (played by Whitney, who was five months pregnant with hers and Stephen's first child when this sketch was filmed). The Tenth Doctor (Matt, of course) also shows up, but only to serve Bill and Ted with a notice of a lawsuit for copyright infringement; Spock (Adam) also shows up, but only after Hitler's already dead.
  • Hot Witch: Mal turns into a fiery Sorceress, after ditching her beggar woman disguise in "Our Wedding."
  • Humiliation Conga: "Zalmuron the Reincarnated" sees the titular King Zalmuron, played by Jeremy, be reincarnated multiple times over, with each incarnation being more painful than the last.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Mal in "Deal Breaker", eyeing an unknowing Adam as her game.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Anytime any of the girls, besides Natalie, are paired with Adam this applies
  • Hypocrite: Mallory in "Shallow Mal," proudly boast to Matt that she cares more for what's on the inside than the outside, yet dumps her hideous yet noble and kindhearted Orc date for the cruel and possibly sociopathic handsome Elf.
    • In "Luncheon Lovers," Natalie is disturbed by James finding his bizarre flirting to be creepy, at least she did when she thought he was flirting with Whitney, she changes her tune when he reveals he was flirting with her.
  • 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.
    James: Nah, I just call 'em-
    Whitney: ZOMBIES, thank you!
    James: 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 James calling it "Amy." Coincidentally, it actually was Amy. Huh. What're the odds?
  • Informed Flaw: He often plays characters in this vein and it is often stated that Matt is a wimp and a weakling, however multiple sketches, particularly "P90X" and the "Shoulder Angels", often show him demonstrating just how great of shape he is in.
  • 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. As it turns out, they're all Nervous Wrecks.
  • Irony: The humor of "Valuable Love Potion from a Tiny Wizard", is that the Tiny Wizard is played by Adam, the tallest member of the cast.
  • 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.
    • 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
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In "Thanksgiving Gone Wrong," Whitney plays a nagging girlfriend to a clueless Adam while everyone is listing off what they are thankful for prompting Stephen to remark...
    Stephen: I'm thankfully I'm not Adam.
    (a raging Whitney immediately turn her fury away from Adam)
    (cue both Whitney and Stephen visibly fighting off smirking)
    • During "Career Placement Exams" while taking his titular exam, one of the choices Matt gets is "Sketch Comedian."
    • Likewise Whitney receive the choice of "Librarian."
      Whitney: Gee, I never considered that before?
      (proceeds to pull out a pair of very familiar glasses)
  • 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"
  • Lost in Translation: The Google Translate sketch.
  • 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. (This was the Cold Open sketch for the show's very first episode.)
    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.
  • Mad Scientist: Turns out most of the problems in our society and culture aren't coincidences, but were deliberately created by Evil Dr. Matt and his henchwoman Igor.
  • 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.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The audience has one in "Kyle Gets Married" when the mom first calls the groom by name, seemingly confirming that the audience was not clued in prior that this was a Kyle sketch.
  • 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.
  • Mistaken Identity: No it wasn't "Charlie Chaplin," that Jeremy saved during WWII in Berlin...
  • The Missionary: Not explicitly stated, but it's pretty obvious that they're supposed to be LDS missionaries in "Message from Above"
  • Mister 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.
    • In the "World Has Gone Cold", the Cast is in the middle of their bizarre pre-show warm up, when Jared walks in, interrupting them, causing them all to have to restart from the beginning.
  • 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.
    • The boys are all hanging out backstage before the show begins, listening to Matt read off Laffy-Taffy jokes. What starts out as fun soon turns disturbing as Stephen continually gets more and more aggressive as he keeps getting the punchlines wrong only for...
    Matt: What is the first thing you take care of after a car crash?
    Stephen: THE WITNESSES!!!!
    (everyone stares horrified at Stephen)
    Stephen: (awkwardly) I'm going to go get some fresh air...
    (the others sit in uncomfortable silence as he leaves)
    Matt: (checking the answer) Oh, he was right actually.
  • The Movie: Somewhat so with The Laughter Life, a documentary on the making and process of Studio C, and how the cast, crew and writers balance the relationship between their life as comedians and their religion and faith as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
  • 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.
  • My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting: The personification of America is a spoiled bratty young woman who cherrypicks the things she likes from her parents, the personification of the Republican and Democratic parties, while leaving the parts she does like. Who has a panic attack when told she has to think about the future.
  • My Beloved Smother: Whitney to Jeremy in "A Mother's Overbearing Love," in that she isn't just his Mother but also his Therapist, and can't keep her personal feelings out of their professional sessions.

  • Nations as People: in "International Relations"
    • It continues in "National Relations: Republicans vs. Democrats," where the Democrat and Republican parties are America's parents, and MSNBC and Fox News are their new respective Husband and Wife.
  • Nice Guy: The Accountant Natalie meets at the end of "Bad Boy Rap", whom she instantly falls for.
  • 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 Using the "Z" Word: The The Walking Dead parody sketch "Zombies Attack" involves several characters explaining the various synonyms and euphemisms they use to avoid the word 'zombie'.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Used as a Running Gag on New CW Series: The Valley
  • Nude-Colored Clothes: A rather downplayed example in the Crayon Song Gets Ruined, the skin color crayon.
  • 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. Ironically Natalie was pregnant IRL.
  • Odd Friendship: Matt and Stephen in "Reunion Robbery," as it appears that back in highs school Matt was one of the popular kids, while Stephen's own sister can't remember who he was?
  • 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.
    • Jason attempts creating a viral proposal through this method, but things keep going wrong.
    • "Best Book for 24 Hours of Productivity" is one long continuous shot of a passed out James sleeping for a little over 15 minutes while Stephen does various task and chores in the background.
  • 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 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. In fact, his disguise is just a fake moustache and wig that look exactly like his real moustache and wig.
  • Parody Product Placement: The show uses Dasani sponsorship ads as a running gag.
    • In The Gary and Carl Show sketches, Gary and Carl claim to be ad free while blantantly advertisisng Dasani. Eventually they start stealling the taglines from other companies.
    • The vlog-running mafia member from The Vlogfather is sponsered by Dasani. He makes a victim hold a waterbottle for product placement, and pauses to give a pitch while breaking into the house of a rival gang.
  • 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.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: In "Crazy Breakup", Mal does not take well to Stephen's break up, intentionally sinking their cruise ship and planning to eat Stephen after killing him on their desert island.
  • Pun: The entirety 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.
  • 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!!!
    • In "Great British Baking" turns out contestant James "invisible tart" really was filled with raspberries.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Interrogator Stephen trying to break suspect Matt, decides to Beauty and the Beast him, and it almost works.
    Stephen: (gritting his teeth) It would bring me great pleasure-
    Jeremy: Are you "Beauty and the Beast-ing" him?
    Stephen:-if you would join me for dinner!
    Whitney: Yes... Yes he is.
    Stephen: Please.
    Matt: No thank you!
    Jeremy: Are they BOTH "Beauty and the Beast-ing"?
  • 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.
    • "Sam Sloan," ends with Adam finally subjecting Jason to a Spit Take.
    Adam: Sweet satisfaction!
    • "Matt's Revenge" is Matt and the rest of the cast getting their revenge on Jason after he looses a bet that the Hunger Games parodies would reach one million views before Scott Sterling, as Jason is stuck in a goal while the other 9 pelt him with soccer balls.
    • The Witch, in her dying moments cast a Curse on "Zalmoron, the Reincarnated".
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Aaron in "Devils Dilemma" was so average and boring that neither Heaven nor Hell wanted his soul. The devil considers being a fence sitter worse than being evil and describes him as "The plain yogurt of people".
  • 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.
  • Self-Referential Humor: "Peeta's Song" features Effie singing about how Peeta is a catch, but her lyrics are not exactly flattering. The self-referential meta-humor comes in when you realize that Effie is played by Whitney, who is married to Peeta actor Stephen in real life.
  • 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.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: The video of the same name takes place at an ominous dinner party, warning of one "sin" at a time, but narrator gets increasingly hung up on and hard-pressed to pull himself away from "the most adorable sin," which is literally "sloth".
  • 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. Oswald) is constantly slapped across the face by Whitney (Ava) who thinks of it as subtle flirting in the midst of the Belligerent Sexual Tension she shares with her boss. Oswold disagrees.
    Ava: (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.
    Oswald: That doesn't make any sense!?!
    Ava: 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: Jeremy 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.
    • He is also subjected to it at the end of "Robbing Robert".
    • Later Jason gets it from Adam at the end "Sam Sloan". And the audience went wild.
    • Same with Dalton in "Office Splash Zone".
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The other 9, actually 8, actually 7, cast members realized that Matt, as co-creator and lead writer 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: From "Zombie Attacks".
    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!
  • Stop Hitting Yourself: In "The Force Awakens Releases Footage Of New Jedi Class", one of the padawans uses the Force to make another padawan hit himself.
  • 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.'’
  • Subverted Kids' Show: The Crayon Song.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • In "Miss Frizzle's Performance Review", Miss Frizzle gets fired by the school board after her field trips leave many of her students both emotionally and physically traumatized.
    • Their in-depth look at the Rebel Alliance Life Insurance has the presenter from HR point out that the outrageous insurance premiums are a necessary evil, as "it's very difficult finding a company that is willing to insure an organization that is undermining the government."
    • Studio C's take on "The Gift of the Magi" fully points out the real world ramifications that a woman selling her hair in the late 19th century would have.
    Della: You couldn't leave a note saying, don't cut off all your hair and completely trash your beauty in a misogynistic society where long hair and good cooking are the only things you're good for!
    • The Evil Queen's Mirror points out that as good as she looks, she's over a thousand years older than teenaged Snow White, and has no chance of remaining "The Fairest of them All," after the effects of aging and gravity, and should just accept she looks incredibly well for her age.
  • 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!: The cast REALLY doesn't like 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.
    • This exchange in Photoshop Instructor Crosses The Line:
      Student: Okay, if the (photoshop) degree’s not real, why are you qualified to teach us.
      Teacher I’m the person who photoshops the Arby’s sandwich to look edible.
      Student: Woah, he might be overqualified.
    • "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 hog of a diva who can't control her urge to steal 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.
    • In The Worst Blackmail Ever, the presidential candidate says who cares if a picture shows he "Prefers Kidz Bop to the real songs", only to Double Take and agree that it should be destroyed.
    • During "Fastest Newscast Ever"...
    Sandra Harper: Craig what is the biggest problem facing America.
    Craig: Obama is-
    Sandra: Thank you Craig!
    (audience bursts into applause, cheers and laughter)
    • During "Horrible Halloween Costumes", an embarrassed Jason reveals his real costume under his SpongeBob costume, a Trump supporter.
    Adam: Wait so are you going as Trump? Or someone "Obsessed with Trump"?
    Jason: (ashamed) Aren't they the same thing!?!
    • In "Surviving in the Attic" when Jason is helping James get used to the fact that he is now trapped in the attic for the rest of his life, like him, he mentions watching Waterworld.
    James: Why "Waterworld"?
    Jason: Because it's the only movie we have!
    James: How many times have you watched it?
    Jason: Once! Because it's THAT BAD!!!
  • 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."
  • Time Skip: The main plot of the aforementioned Saved by the Bell parody (see Shout-Out to find the link to watch it): Stacey and Adam play two zany characters whose goofy antics bring each "episode" of the show to a close; this is then followed by the beginning of a new "episode", where time has passed, and the other three characters (played by Mallory, James, and Natalie) all notice this, with each beginning featuring a more shocking twist. It turns out that it was All Just a Dream from Mallory's character, and that the other four characters are dead, something she says to be "normal".
  • Token Minority: Stacey (the black guy) and Jeremy (the dark-skinned 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?
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Lampshaded and Name-dropped in "Supervillain Interrogation", after the Trope Namer Voldemort, as well as Bane and Darth Vader are all revealed to not go by their given name.
    Voldemort: "Well, no one's going to be afraid of the Dark Lord Tom."
    Bane: "Heh, you got that right."
    Voldemort: "Oh, you think that's funny, Antonio?"
    Vader: "(laughs)"
    Bane: "Oh look who's talking Anakin, or should I say, Little Ani?"
  • 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.
    • When parodying Lost, Charlie, after coming across a fence labeled electric, decides to touch it despite being told by Jack and Kate to leave it alone, causing his heart to stop. After Jack performs extreme measures of CPR, he's able to revive him, only for Charlie to immediately touch the fence again when Kate and Jack aren't looking.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Matt in "Poker Face 2", having spent a year studying poker after his Uno-based defeat in "Poker Face 1" and become quite the statistician, though not the best bluffer.
  • 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.
    • "How To Impress A Girl", it turns out Stacey was actually the one helping Matt try to impress Mallory.
    • "Just Like you Left It", not only was Tori present in all of Mallory's memories Mal's candy coated memories are fake.
  • Two Girls to a Team: The reasoning behind Jason masquerading as Mallory in "Jeremy 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.
    • Aaron's mechanic character takes the cake, though. He knows nothing about cars, first of all. He loses a customer's car, and tries to offer her another customer's car. He also grills burgers atop a running engine, realizes he's claustrophobic while working under a car, and worst of all, HE FLUSHES USED MOTOR OIL DOWN THE TOILET!
  • 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 Names:
    • Agnes, who everyone assumes likes cats and crochets.
    • Master Smelly, who is reknowned for his "silent but deadly tactics."
  • Unnecessary Time Precision: From "They’re All Dead!?", when Matt asks how long the con has been going on for, Mallory asks if it is Tuesday before stating that it has been five years.
  • 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
  • Use Your Head: The "Scott Sterling" sketches feature a hapless athlete blocking numerous soccer and volleyball shots with his face, incurring a series of Amusing Injuries in the process.
  • 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.
  • Wham Line: A variant is done to hilarious effect in "Kyle Gets Married", which clues the audience in on something the Youtube viewers were already aware of thanks to the title.
    Mother of the groom: Wait! Don't eat the cake, Kyle!
    Audience: (Mass "Oh, Crap!")
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: invoked Remember Mario's entry in the video game folder. Atari's Revenge on Nintendo shows that it WAS indeed made on drugs.
  • 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 10 of them.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: Said word for word by Matt in the climax of "Lady Gordon's Fainting Spells".
  • Your Mom: "Man's Last Words Before Execution"
    Jermey: Now, do you have any other final thoughts?
    Matt: Tell my children I died bravely!
    Jeremy: You don't have any kids.
    Matt: Your mom doesn't have any kids!
    Jeremy: ...I want you to think about the logic of that sentence. [Matt nods shamefully]

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