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

ME: "Our audience taught us to be clean. 'Divine Comedy' was great preparation for this. There are some jokes the audience doesn't like and if you go too far, there is an awkward feeling in the room, followed by the uncomfortable laugh. We learned early on we want to make people laugh and have a good time with no shame. … Ultimately, we can’t please everyone. It’s definitely a balance, we try to follow our compasses and keep each other in check. Someone will always be offended, have problems with it, we can’t do anything but what we feel good about. … I imagine kids don't understand a lot of the jokes. We never feel like we are writing for kids, we are just trying to write stuff that if kids saw, their parents wouldn't make them leave the room. That's kind of the point."

MM: "I think kids love something they can watch with their family. Even if they don't get the joke, they hear their family laughing and they'll laugh too. They share the experience."

JG: (Laughing in response to not pleasing everyone) "It’s like when Joseph Smith was playing with his kids and a guy left the church because he thought a prophet shouldn’t have fun. I feel like there’s people who say 'BYUtv shouldn’t have fun, that’s wrong, there should only be 'Little House On The Prairie.’ ”

DN: What is the best feedback or comment you have received from a viewer?

MM: "There was one family whose children wanted to attend a taping of 'Studio C' instead of taking a trip to Hawaii. The mother said no. But she requested a signed photo. We sent them some stuff and she filmed them opening it up. They freaked out and were really excited. That really made my day."

ME: "I got a personal Facebook message from someone on East Coast, a non-Mormon. This person had been watching the show and was impressed. Watching the show had changed his opinion of Mormons. I was like, 'Yeah!' That meant a lot to me to hear that someone was starting to feel that Mormons are more normal than they thought."

WC: "I got an email from a teenager in the church. She talked about how she could use the show to talk to people about the church, whereas before it was hard to talk about being Mormon. Seeing the show made her proud to talk to people. I thought that was really great to use that as a missionary tool."

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