The Case of Sketch v. Skit

Alright, people. Listen up! This is gonna be another month of themed posts. Deal with it! If you don't like, don't read it.

Now that that's out of the way, I've got something to say. It's sketch, not skit. This is such a pet peeve of mine. (Side note: if I ever have a pet, like a dog or a cat or a bat, I'd name it Peeve. That way, it would be my pet Peeve. Right? Like my pet Bat Peeve! So cool.) You don't even know (but you will know if you keep reading). Let me explain the problem, so that we are all on the same page (of this SKETCH!!, not skit). There are two different words for short, written comedic pieces. There's sketch, you know, from sketch comedy, the overarching term for a genre of comedic entertainment, and then there's skit, you know, from that thing that your five year old nephew did at his kindergarten graduation, where he played the tree and had one line that was "Leaf me alone!" Ha ha. Remember that skit?

So, I've basically buried the lead and shot my wad way too early (if it's possible to do both, and let's, for the sake of argument, say that it is), but that's essentially the thesis of my rant. Always call any short form of comedy that you see on stage or television a sketch. It will make you sound smarter. On Sunday, when you watch the recap of SNL because you can't be bothered to watch it Saturday night because it hasn't been good since the 1970's, and you talk about the pieces afterwards with your friends, call them sketches. Do not, under any circumstances, come to your UCB Sketch 201 class and call an SNL sketch a skit. I will paper cut you to death. It's called sketch comedy, not skit comedy. It's called UCB Sketch 201, not UCB Skit 201. Bro, do you even write? What are you doing? If I was teaching the class, and someone said skit, I would mark them absent, even if they'd been there the entire time. Don't test me!

Now, I may never have written a good sketch, but I can honestly say I've never written a bad skit, or any skit, for that matter. I don't write skits. I write mediocre to terrible sketches where there are too many things going on at once. That's what I do. So you go ahead and work on your little skits and come back to me when you have sketches. I'll be waiting. Rant over.

Come back next week to see what I rant about then.