a sketch comedy confection
by Rich Orloff
Cast: Between 4 and MANY
“JEST DESSERTS is fail-safe funny, with jokes both savvy and silly. It was a huge hit with our audience.”
– Brian Schuth
Stage East (Eastport, Maine)
“The cast had a great time, and the audience was very responsive to this thoroughly funny show.”
– Vic Panciera
Stoningham Players (Stoningham, CT)
“JEST DESSERTS is a romp of a play that pokes delightfully irreverent fun with just about every kind of humor possible. The students had a wonderful experience working on the show, and our audiences found it hilarious.”
– Dorene Fisher
St. Anne’s-Belfield High School (Charlottesville, VA)
JEST DESSERTS is a new comedy revue consisting of short sketches (none longer three minutes), blackouts, sight gags, one-liners, nonsense poems, and other forms of inspired silliness. Inspired by such TV shows as LAUGH-IN and classic vaudeville revues like HELLZAPOPPIN’, the fast-paced JEST DESSERTS is a zany, fun-filled show that revels in the joy of laughter.
Built into the format of JEST DESSERTS is flexibility. The show can be performed by as few as four or five actors – showing off their comic versatility – or it can have a cast of up to 150! Most of the roles are gender-neutral. Besides, in an “anything for a laugh” show like JEST DESSERTS, it’s perfectly fine for women play men and vice versa. Indeed, it’s a comic tradition!
JEST DESSERTS can be performed with little or no set, using just chairs and tables and simple props. Costumes can be implied by bits of clothing, hats, etc. This is a show that encourages inventiveness over literalness.
JEST DESSERTS can be performed with or without an intermission.
In short, JEST DESSERTS is a show designed to fit the varying needs of every kind of performance situation… and every audience that wants to have a fun time.
The full script consists of 90 minutes of material, consisting of over 50 scenes (none longer than 3 pages, some as short as 3 words). Theaters producing JEST DESSERTS have permission to edit the script to fit a shorter time slot.