Good Ideas for Comedy Skits

Updated April 17, 2017

Creating your own comedy skits is easier than you think. You don't have to be a professional comedian or a professional writer to create a hilarious and memorable night in the theatre. With a little inspiration and a sense of humour, you can start creating comedy skits immediately.

Political Comedy

Write a skit about a current political topic but be sure you know your audience beforehand. You don't want to do liberal humour in a room full of conservatives, for example. Pick a topic that appears in newspapers often, such as health care, oil prices, or political figures. Tina Fey famously parodied Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live. Write a skit with political figures interacting with one another. The more absurd you make them, the better.

Situational Comedy

Television shows such as "Friends" and "Seinfeld" are called sitcoms, which is a shorthand term for situation comedy. This type of comedy happens when familiar characters interact with each other and their familiar environments in an ongoing comedic drama. Writing situational comedy can allow you to create several short skits with the same characters, surmounting different obstacles in each skit. Perhaps you write about a group of high school geeks who want desperately to be cool. Each skit can show the characters trying to talk to girls, trying to grow beards, and simply trying to fit in. Use your imagination to create your own situation comedy.

Parody Comedy

Well known figures, films, events, and television shows can provide the basis for a parody skit. In these skits, you take pre-existing circumstances or characters from the world, and make them into caricatures of themselves. If you decide to parody a film such as "Inception," the characters could parody a sleeping pill commercial, explaining the many possible side effects by recounting the crazy things that happened to them in the film. Or you could parody Lady GaGa, placing her at home with her family while dressed in an insane outfit. Pick a well-known topic, and put your own comedic spin on it.

Physical Comedy

Slapstick humour has existed for centuries, and it's a crowd pleaser. This comedy is based almost solely on the physicality of the performers, so make sure you're working with athletically skilled actors. Create a situation where perhaps two characters have to paint a wall, but they're terrible at it. One tries to set up a ladder and hits the other in the head. Then one accidentally spills a whole bucket of paint on the other. The possibilities are endless. Create obstacles which the actors have to physically overcome, and the audience will laugh away.

Low Comedy

Also known as bathroom humour, low comedy can please certain audiences as well. This type of skit involves jokes about bodily functions, sex, dirty gestures, and physical deformities. Make sure your audience is mature enough to attend this skit. You could also combine this type of comedy with parody. For example, you could write about Hillary Clinton giving a speech, though she cannot stop farting throughout. The baser the humour, the funnier it becomes. Make sure not to offend, though. Your skit should please the audience, not make them uncomfortable.

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About the Author

Emily Bennett has been acting and publishing articles since 1999. She specializes in public speaking, accents, poetry, and theatre. Her work has been published online at Notes on the Road and The "RADA Literary Magazine." She holds a B.A. in acting from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and has coached actors and professionals throughout the U.S. and England.