Guy has found himself sharing his home with Amie and Zelda, both of whom he used to date. They don’t like to discuss what happened during those relationships, but every other subject in the known universe is up for debate.
My Two Ex-Girlfriends is a series of 15 minute shorts, set in one location and primarily focusing on three characters (with occasional, brief supporting roles). In each episode Amie, Guy and Zelda find themselves in an often strange situation as they ruminate on what they see as the important topics of the day, while working through the situation to some kind of resolution. The question of why Guy lives with his two ex-girlfriends is avoided in the initial run of episodes, as are any tales of what they got up to when they were dating. Instead, the trio operate as a fairly cohesive unit, albeit with quirks-a-plenty and with many unwritten rules they all understand on a subconscious level that might seem odd to others looking in from the outside. That said, they are not oddballs or weirdoes, just normal everyday people with eccentricities. The show could be described as ‘Seinfeld in one scene’, or ‘a show about something and nothing’.
The laughs are designed to reflect current issues and trends of the modern world, while attempting to steer clear of tried-and-tested regular British sitcom humour. The aim is very much about trying to create something that appears familiar, but is actually very different. Avoiding obvious gags in the main, the humour is often subtle and sometimes requires a bit of thought to fully get the jokes. Often what is going on in the background is equally as important as what is taking place in the foreground. Being adults, the characters will often refer to sex, but never in a vulgar, crude or crass manner. Swearing is not necessary in the show and the aim is to laugh with the characters, not to rely on victims portrayed as sad or as an embarrassment to society, a scenario regularly used as an easy route for many of today’s comedies. These people are not ‘losers’, as so often seems to be required for shows these days, rather they are positive, original people who everyone can spot a bit of themselves in. There is also no reliance on regional or quirky accents to deliver the laughs.
The initial run of episodes will involve putting the three companions in a one scene situation and letting them show off the humorous dynamics of their triangular relationship. Certain recurring themes and references will carry over each time, and at least at one point per episode there will be discussion of something that occurred in the previous episode in order to provide long term continuity. During the first few episodes the viewer should come to their own conclusions about what originally happened between Guy and Amie and Guy and Zelda, but over time more of the back stories of the past relationships will be revealed. There will also be windows in which to introduce other regular characters on the fringes of the main trio’s world. The main characters can be dropped into any situation or location and will be able to make it work in a humorous way. Therefore the initial outlay for this show would be very small, and without any reliance on special effects or large casts.
Episodes written so far
While slaves to the mercy of the impromptu cleaning rota, the trio debate a messy and wasteful yet potentially erotic act involving a bottle of bubbly.
Temporarily stranded and unable to leave their vehicle in a multi storey car park, the subject of whether good drivers make good lovers is given a rough and ready road test.
…episodes 3 and 4 are currently being written, with several others at the conception stage.