Fun with Blackouts

Fun with Blackouts

For those of you who are not screenwriters or sketch comedy writers, a “Blackout” is the way a scene or sketch can end, by quickly turning out the lights (or just cutting to a black screen in editing).

It is also used to describe a very short sketch with a quick comedic payoff.  It’s kind of like a scene with a guy slipping on a banana peel – quick, fast, funny, and then weeks of back surgery later.  But we don’t see the back surgery, because there’s a blackout!
Hooray!
Here are a couple Blackouts for your enjoyment.

Road Rage

INT. – VEHICLE
A man grabs tightly onto his steering wheel.

MAN
Get the hell off the road you piece
of shit!  Oh, I’ll drive right up
your ass!  I’ll fuck you like the
bitch you are, you cocksucking
mother fucker!

He pulls over to the side of the road.

MAN (CONT’D)
Lincoln Heights Elementary.  Everyone off.

BLACKOUT
—————————–

Famous

EXT – STREET
A young girl runs up to a man walking down the street.

GIRL
Oh my God! I saw you on TV!  You
were great!  With the crying and the
pleading!  And then your wife dying
under that bridge.  So moving.
Are they going to renew you
for a second season?

MAN
That was the news.

GIRL
So no then?

BLACKOUT
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Please post your own blackouts if you have them!  We’d love to read them!

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Banana photo by Robert Couse-Baker, Attribution Some rights reserved

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