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Sitcom Pose

I have been seriously been thinking about mine for the past 6 or 7 years.

I grew up with “Full House,” “Family Matters,” “Step By Step” and “Boy Meets World.” These shows provide the classic example of the sitcom pose.

Think back…

“It’s a rare condition, this day & age
To read any good news on the newspaper page
But the loving tradition & the grand design
Some people say is even harder to find”

You know you see Grandma Winslow peeking her little face from behind that newspaper she was reading as the camera happens to come out of nowhere and coincidentally her “real” name (Grandma Winslow will always be Grandma Winslow to me) scrolls in across the bottom of the TV screen.

Or

How about this…

What ever happened to predictability?
The milk man, the paper boy, evening T.V
You miss your old familiar friends,
waiting just around the bend.

Can’t you see it? Stephanie is in the backyard petting Comet when the camera rolls in. She lifts up her chin (still petting Comet) and she is introduced to us, as a “real” person.

I want one of those poses.

Grandma Winslow and Stephanie picked two classics. Which makes it hard for me to be original. As I said before I have been seriously debating my sitcom pose for the past 7 years.

I like the “oh, you caught me in the middle of brushing my long, blonde hair” surprise-factor sitcom poses.

And you know it would really depend on my character, in my make believe sitcom, but I think I’ve got a really good and corny one for when I make it big on an early ’90s family sitcom. (ehhhhhh, I dream big—and in the past—-clearly.)

OK, here is my sitcom pose:

I’m sitting on the bleachers or on top of a picnic table at a high school. You can’t see me at first, I have people (who think I am pretty awesome) crowded all around me. As the camera moves in the crowd disperses, I stand up holding my 5-Star Trapper Keeper and give the classic sitcom smile with a little bit of a head tilt/shake.

You know how important that casual head shake is. It makes the hair look shiny and it shouts “Oh, Gosh! I didn’t even see you coming. I am embarrassed (wink, wink) but I manage to maintain such a naturally rehearsed reaction to the surprise.”

To all my working people, who will read this tomorrow morning, Happy Friday!

What’s your sitcom pose?!