Pop Goes the Question
A young man waiting to propose gets harangued and upstaged by his well meaning family and friends.
One of the most important rules of comedy is to riff on a relatable experience. To create a “character in a jam” your audience can sympathize with – and imagine themselves in the starring role.
Okay, a sense of humor’s important too. But hey – a writer’s gotta have priorities…
Fortunately, Pop Goes the Question has both these qualities. In spades.
Pop follows the story of Jeremy; an earnest young man about to propose. As the script opens, Jeremy waits for his beloved Helen to walk through the door. Unfortunately, a few visitors are in town. And none of them are Helen.
Among the intruders is Terence; Jeremy’s not-so-couth best friend. Following tradition, Terence arrives with something borrowed and blue – a porn DVD. Before Terence can be shown the door, both sets of in-laws make their entrance. Not exactly an optimal situation, given the proposal’s a surprise.
Meddling parents, embarrassing friends and porn? Needless to say, complications ensue. Can Jeremy take control of the situation before Helen arrives? Or will his question be rendered moot?
A delightfully charming character piece, Pop is chock-full of wonderful throw-away lines. (One example between the two mothers in law: “Pie doesn’t scream romance, Margaret. And we don’t want to bloat the bride.” “Helen’s prone to bloating? That doesn’t surprise me. No one in our family ever bloats, do they dear?”) Low budget and high in character, this is one comedy script you’ll want get a ring on – before the opportunity slips away.
About the writer: Elaine Clayton is a London-based screenwriter, who has written several well-received shorts and is currently working on her first feature length scripts. Comfortable in a broad range of genres, Elaine has an innate sense of structure and arc development. Contact her at Elaine_clayton (AT) Hotmail(.)co(.)uk
Budget: About as low as it gets. (In a good way, that is.) Access to a living room is all you’ll need. And several actors with great comedic timing.
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