Look Back on 2015 w/ Us

We hope that 2015 has been as great a year for you and your family as it has been for us and ours. We did quite a lot of really cool things in 2015 and I thought it would be nice to take a sentimental look back.

In the year 2015, STL SketchPAD focused mostly on 3 things: Community, Collaboration & Creation. 

Here’s what happened:

We put on STL SketchPAD 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13. That’s 10 brand new, original shows completely written, performed and produced by the STL Comedy community.

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(from our 1 year birthday show – the Skitcom! Our first ever attempt at writing/producing a live sitcom)

In 10 shows this year, there were over 115 sketches, which were written by 60+ writers (many of whom had never written sketch comedy before) and performed by over 80 actors. Pretty amazing! Even more amazing we were lucky to feature sketch writers, improvisers and Stand-Ups. Bringing everyone together has been a goal from the start. We will do more of that in 2016.

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(what my organization process looks like for shows – thanks Google Contacts!)

We got so bold that we’ve begun doing a segment called “Etch-a-Sketch” during our live shows. Basically, we get a suggestion from the audience that we then use to write a sketch backstage and present it after intermission. It’s actually quite incredible and completely collaborative and unique to that month’s crew. As far as I know, there is no other show in the world that writes something from start to finish and then performs it, while the rest of the show is going on. 

We started out at the lovely Satori theater, then rocked the Heavy Anchor for three months and ultimately landed in the newly renovated (and beautiful) Marcelle. Through all the moves, our audience followed along with us and embraced the changes. We don’t anticipate moving anytime soon in ’16, but we will be collaborating with other shows at additional theater spots around the city. Stay tuned for more on that!

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(STL SketchPAD 5: oh Word! at the Satori. Picture includes Jaysen Cryer, Lyndsay Shipley and a ghost)

We began charging more for our tickets and (just like above) our audience trusted us to make the show worth it and still came out to see us. Thank You!

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(an email that was sent out to our subscriber list admitting that we were scared about moving and raising ticket prices)

Speaking of attendance, our average attendance throughout 2015 was more than 55 human people per show! We are extremely proud of this number and again, thank you!

In December, we had our first ever community viewing party. We teamed up with STL Up Late and we watched w/ Bob and David at the Marcelle Theater. We hope to do one of these community gatherings each month (not always a movie, but hopefully something fun). We hope you’ll be a part of those.

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Also, in December, we tried for the first time to give back to the non-comedy community here in St. Louis. We donated 162 pairs of socks (read that post here) to area homeless through Mokabe’s Coffeehouse and St. Louis Winter Outreach. It was all thanks to you for coming out to our show and for bringing some socks with you!

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Our email List grew from 0 members to 83 strong! Are you on it? Do you want to be? Here you go – just sign up here and you’ll get to see what’s going on in the scripted/sketch comedy world we’re creating. In fact, if you subscribe now, you’ll get our first ever Ebook for FREE! It’s called 3 Ways to Make Your Comedy Writing Funnier. It took us way too long to write for its length (it’s only 8 pages) but we are pretty proud of how it turned out. More ebooks and sketch writing education to come in 2016.

Our Facebook friends grew from 139 to 377 (click to like us!) and our Secret Sketchpad Team Facebook group has grown from 0 to 50 members in a matter of a few months. Want to know how to be in that? Well, it’s invite only. But, anyone from the group can invite anyone else who is interested. So, ask a friend – maybe they are already a member…

We taught a FREE workshop! Another thing we will be doing a lot more of in ’16.

We started this new website – which turns out will be short lived. Because we have another one, that we hope is even a bit better coming very soon!

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(sneak peak at the new site coming!)

Last but not least, we started our very own podcast; STL SketchPOD. We called our first season Welcome Thru Effingham and created an entire world based upon sketch comedy and relatable characters. If you’ve been on the fence about checking out our podcast or haven’t listened since the Have You Seen It Guy was first introduced then catch up now. Season 2 begins in early 2016.

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We are really proud of the quality of work, the amount of sketch writing education and the number of laughs we were able to provide for the amazing St. Louis comedy community in 2015. Our hope is that whether you came to all our shows or none – whether you love or hate our podcast – whether you’ve been a participant in a live show or just kept saying “I’ll check out the next one” that we were somehow able to make your life in 2015 a little bit better.

We all live and breathe comedy in St. Louis. I speak for all of us when I say THANK YOU for being a part of STL SketchPAD this year. It was an honor and we can’t wait to see you, hear you laugh or make you duck around a corner to avoid us in 2016.

-All the “less than 3” hearts (<3) that can be created-

Happy New Year and keep creating, keep writing.

-Jason and STL SketchPAD

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(Me, yelling my favorite phrase; “wooooooohhhh!”)