Thursday, August 27, 2009

"FREEZE, TURKEY!"

I think you know what I mean. We've probably all seen it done. You may have even done it. "The Big Freeze." A skit has just been finished, and, as the script indicated, "The actors all FREEZE." I get chills just thinking about it.

The "freeze" is another pet peeve of mine. Excuse me... "freeze?" Why freeze? Was the skit being done in a refrigerator? Did the director push a "pause" button? Who came up with this silliness and why is it done? It's because, without a soundtrack that supplies an unmistakable musical end, the audience had no other way to know the skit was over! Or, the skit was written by someone relying too much on tradition to come up with a way to have the characters exit logically. Hence: "the characters all freeze." Lame, lame, lame.

Please, thaw out your poor frozen performers and simply have them exit the stage in a logically-written manner or to a musical closing theme. The Ice Age is over, folks... and the "freeze" method of ending a skit needs to go the way of the woolly mammoth... rapid extinction.

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