Poking fun at the human experience: BYUtv's 'Studio C' is thriving in its 3rd season

Published: Monday, Nov. 25 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

The cast of BYUtv's sketch comedy series, "Studio C."

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When Matt Meese approached Jared Shores with an idea for a new sketch comedy series in 2011, Shores admits he had his doubts. But after watching Brigham Young University’s Divine Comedy troupe perform on campus, BYUtv’s creative producer saw potential for something new and humorous.

“I was expecting something completely different, something more hokey, more zoobie,” Shores said. “To my surprise, it was very intelligent. They didn’t hold back, which I thought was impressive. They were making fun of so many things on campus that I wanted to make fun of on campus. I thought, ‘Oh, these guys aren’t scared.’ They had a sense of individualism that I hadn’t seen.”

Two years later, following countless hours of brainstorming, hard work and laughter, "Studio C" is thriving in its third season as it pokes fun at awkward, funny, scary and overall hilarious human experiences. The BYUtv sketch comedy series featuring Whitney Call, Mallory Everton, Jason Gray and Meese and other cast members recently released seasons one and two on DVD.

"We all came together on this same ground, recognizing we work well together, write well together and could make this a legitimate business that could carry out to a broader audience," Call said.

New sketches air each Monday at 8 p.m. on BYUtv. Full episodes from seasons one, two and three can also be viewed on byutv.org.

The show, which has nearly 60,000 likes on Facebook and 21.3 million views on its BYUtv YouTube Channel, aims to produce clean, family-oriented comedy for a national audience. As a result, it has been embraced by thousands of fans, including the Brad and Tara Poll family in Syracuse, Utah.

“It’s the only show on TV that we watch together and anticipate the next week’s episode. The kids love to laugh. ‘Tomato bisque’ is quoted daily, as is ‘Balance restored!’ ” said Tara Poll, whose five young children consider the cast members to be superstar celebrities. “The show is funny — good, clean funny. I love having entertainment that is appropriate and fun for the entire family.”

“At least one skit per show gets us laughing out loud,” said husband Brad Poll.

That’s exactly what Meese envisioned in the beginning.

“I was definitely hoping families would grab ahold of it and have this shared experience,” Meese said. “My family grew up watching the 'Cosby Show.' I remember sitting in meetings thinking I want this to be like that, where families are quoting this years from now and laughing about it together. I’m excited that that seems to be happening.”

While recently promoting their DVD, core cast members Everton, Call, Meese and Gray, as well as Shores, spoke with the Deseret News about the show and its success.

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Mallory Everton: “The people you are close to in your life think you are still the same idiot as always. The weirdest is when I’ve been walking around with my family and I get recognized by somebody and they’re like, ‘Why do they even care about you at all?’ They (my family) are kind about it, but I can tell they think it’s hysterical. … I don’t feel like I deserve the attention.”

Matt Meese: “I have to be more aware of the fact that maybe I don’t look as well-kept as I need to. If someone takes a picture, that’s going up (online) and oh, look, Matt’s wearing his pajama pants in public again.”

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