Monday 29 October 2012

Great Sci Fi Sitcoms: Mork and Mindy

The Sitcom Trials presents Great Sci Fi Sitcoms of Our Times: Mork and Mindy

Mork and Mindy, starring Robin Williams and..? And...? Come on, who played Mindy? That's right, Pam Dawber, how could you forget?

Mork & Mindy, starring with equal billing Robin Williams and Pam Dawber, ran from 1978 to 1982 and is possibly remembered as a bland US sitcom, shown on kids TV in the UK. But parts of it are particularly sharp, inventive and satirical, due largely to Robin Williams coke-fired improvisation, much of which ended up on the cutting room floor. As Wikipedia records, it was one of many TV shows whose initial success was flushed down the toilet by the interference of moronic TV executives.

Could you create the next Mork & Mindy? Here's your chance to find out. On Weds Nov 28th The Sitcom Trials presents a Sci Fi Special at the Camden Head in London, and you are invited to submit a script now.

As always scripts are invited to the Sitcom Trials format of a 10 minute opening act ending in a cliffhanger with a short payoff scene. We then perform the sitcoms up to the cliffhanger, the audience votes for their favourite and only sees the ending of the winner.

With this being a Science Fiction Special, we will be taking advantage of our "radio style" presentation, encouraging writers to tailor their sitcom entries for radio production. This enables you to include any special effect you can imagine, as long as they can be incorporated into the dialogue or very simple sound effects.

Writers are invited to upload their scripts to the SitsVac Files, where you will also find the guidelines regarding style, cast numbers etc. The deadline for uploading scripts is midnight Sat Nov 4th.

These scripts will then be voted on online by anyone who wishes to participate. The deadline for voting is Sat Nov 17th. The London team will then choose two or three of the most popular scripts to perform as part of the show, the other items in the show being created in house.

So if you want to have your sci-fi sitcom tested in front of a live paying audience, get on board now and enter The Sitcom Trials. Any questions, please ask at the Sits Vac Forum, or the British Comedy Guide Forum, or the Sitcom Trials Facebook page.

Kev F Sutherland
The Sitcom Trials

Nov 28 - Sitcom Trials Sci Fi Special, Camden Head, London

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