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Imagine the world was entirely sitcoms and sitcom characters.

All: *canned laughter*

That's the spirit. So, my life as a sitcom, what would that be like? I've been considering this question in the shower. Naturally.

I'm not the star, nor am I the love interest or anywhere in the top three characters. I'm the best friend, the room mate, the wacky sister. I'll be played by an actress who is moderately well-known, perhaps more famous than the stars. A known character actor. Whatever. Depending on her calibre and coming timing, I could become the breakout character of the series. Dunno.

I might be involved in the primary or secondary storyline of an episode, but I often have a storyline of my own, completely unrelated to what everyone else is doing. I'm the sort of character who will walk into the coffee-shop/bar/apartment/business where we all hang out and suddenly make it all about me. I come into scenes at inopportune times wearing a bright green one piece disco suit with flares, ask if it makes me look fat and then leave.

I am never ever romantically or sexually involved with any of the other characters, although I may have comic relationships of my own as subplots. I am the maudlin-alarm. Whenever things get too serious in the show, I'm the one who says something inappropriate or completely random and gets the big laugh of relief from the studio audience.

The actual details of my character could be anything and of course, would depend on the setting and who the other characters were. I could be the star's sister, working in a pet shop in New York while I struggle to become a famous writer. We could go even further into real life and make me the boarder of the married couple who star. I work in a zoo and just like in real life casually talk about being covered with shit or how frustrating it is when a guinea pig won't protrude his penis. Perhaps I persist in working with animals despite being allergic to most of them and constantly getting bitten. If the sitcom is about a family, I could be the middle of three daughters. The youngest is a child prodigy, who makes sophisticated witty remarks. The oldest is dim and brings a stream of boyfriends through the house. I am plotting world domination and the whole family knows it but are too embarrassed to say anything.

See, the options are endless. But I'm not one of life's stars. This journal is proof. A star would update every day. I just update if my subplot is interesting.

So... what character are you? The star? The sidekick? The mum? The love interest? The one that doesn't appear until Season 3 and all the fans hate them?

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citizen_cam
May. 29th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
See, I think I'm a 'wacky uncle' character as well. Either that or the comic sidekick - the wisecracking brother or friend who 'makes' the show. I'm not the star either, but the way I see it I'm the reason people watch. And I like the idea of being the 'maudlin alarm' - I want to be that too!
citizen_cam
May. 30th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
No, scratch that! I want to be the character that is present in the first one or two seasons, then in the subsequent series is gone and is NEVER MENTIONED AGAIN, like Richie Cunningham's little brother.
That'd be sweet.
frohike
Jun. 1st, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure, but I think I must be because of that business in the lift...
miska_maz
Jun. 1st, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
I used to sit with one of my highschool friends and make dialogue while we watched everyone else. It was called lunch time soap. excellent way to spend lunch! So this had me giggling. anyway I always thought i'd be one of the main characters. One that always has something going on and always makes the wrong choices. much to the annoyance of everyone else. I'm the main character that no one particularly likes or dislikes, just the person whom the show is about. I'm there i have to be, its my life but everyone else around me plays a bigger role and is much more interesting. So its like the star by default.
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