Funny is funny. In an age when edgy comedy is often recognized a superior form of entertainment, the clean comedy from the sketch show Studio C is generating chuckles from its rapidly growing fan base and earning praise from industry vets like Conan O’Brien.
Matthew Faraci of Dove Channel’s Frankly Faraci recently caught up with members of the troupe who pride themselves on their ability to appeal to adults, children, and families.
“There’s a lot of things that little kids can watch and a lot of things that their parents can watch,” said member Jason Gray.
“But to be like, hey guys, it’s 7 o’clock let’s watch something together that we’ll all find entertaining. I think Hollywood, in particular, isn’t serving that market. And I think it really is a big market,” he added.
‘Scott Sterling’ Goes Viral
Studio C specializes in a wide range of sketch comedy which includes spoofing pop culture staples such as The Walking Dead, and original content like the ‘Scott Sterling’ videos – the first of which went viral in 2016.
“We were focusing on Hunger Games sketches that we did. And then all of the sudden, over night, ‘Scott Sterling’…the numbers were like peaking, and we were like ‘what’s Malaysia so into this for?’ And then all of the sudden it’s like across the world, internationally it’s exploding,” said member Stacey Harkey.
YouTube users and viewers of the show (which airs on BYUtv) weren’t the only one’s catching on to the talented comedians. Faraci caught notice and wanted to delve deeper into their creative process.
“Among young people especially, Studio C is the ‘it’ sketch comedy show to watch. It’s wildly creative, out-of-the-box, laugh-till-you-hurt funny, and yet completely appropriate for the whole family,” Faraci said in a press release for the upcoming third episode of his self-titled show.
“While their ‘Scott Sterling’ soccer sketch brought the group to new heights of fame last year, the growing Studio C audience has been rabidly engaged for years,” he added.
Having Fun with Faith
In addition to being clean, the Studio C cast is strong in their faith and hail from the Divine Comedy troupe at Brigham Young University. Cast member Matt Meese believes that being funny and religious don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
“Let’s take the things that are serious seriously, and things that aren’t serious, let’s not take them seriously,” he told Faraci.
Gray echoed Meese’s sentiments.
“I want to make sure my values that I try to teach to my children, that my parents have taught me that I’m consistent with that with my comedy and in my acting so that the two are never in battle with each other. I don’t think most actors, writers, and comedians have that luxury.”
Funny Females of Studio C
Faraci’s sit down with the cast only included the male portion of the group, but every bit as important to the success of Studio C are the women who bring the funny on a weekly basis and the men weren’t shy about sharing their thoughts on their female castmates.
“They are very gifted,” said Meese.
“We couldn’t do a show without them, but they could do a show without us,” said Gray.
“I think women especially need more examples of strong women especially in comedy where it’s a very male-dominated field, and I think our women carry that torch brilliantly. I know being able to play characters that aren’t just respected because of their bodies or how cute they are or something – funny, solid characters – it does a lot for our culture and for girls everywhere,” said Harkey
The bond between the cast, their strong faith, and behind-the-scenes work ethic are the subject of the documentary, The Laughter Life. Studio C is currently in its seventh season and Frankly Faraci airs on Dove Channel.
View the entire interview with the cast below.
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