Imperfectly Serious – comedy of the absurd

comedy of the absurd


A comedy of the absurd in which a dictatorial type manager is intellectually bested by a new young nobody in the office, gaining the new nobody the office and the girl. All because of the invention of a better type of paper dart and the unfortunate sabbatical of a superior co worker who has been sent up the river for his Mick Jagger impersonation obsession. In this play the characters do things that ordinary people only do in their heads, such as actually pretending to be cowboys when talking about John Wayne. It takes what happens in everyone’s imaginations as they talk into their realities and makes absurd actions a perfectly commonplace thing to do.

If you think that this is nonsensical, then you’ll have loads of fun performing this previously staged short script for three actors.


Chisholm Trail High School, TX, USA – 2017
West Tennessee Repertory Company, TN, USA – 2019

Read more about playwright Keith Passmore. Other comedies (Well I never – comedy sketch for three women) by Keith.

Author: Keith Passmore

Genre: Theatre of the absurd

Type: One act play

Cast: Three actors, 2M and 1F

Ages of the actors: One of the males can be slightly older than the other and the female should be attractive.

Suitable for: All ages

Length: Twenty minutes

Set: A 1980’s style office

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – switching from one set of absurd actions to another whilst keeping a straight face.

Read a Sample of the Script

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Meeting Meryl – absurd comedy about being so nervous to meet Meryl Streep your dead father has to come back to make you do it
He’s a nervous Nellie – absurd comedy about a headstrong teen, her faulty psychiatrist and his overbearing wife


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