Asbury Students Produce Award-Winning Sitcom
September 30, 2016
WILMORE, Ky. — Next week, Asbury University Media Communication students will record a full-length sitcom before a live audience — the culmination of an educational experience that’s impossible to find anywhere else.
Now in its ninth year, Asbury’s Emmy Award-winning sitcom, “Friends Like You,” will be recorded in Asbury’s state-of-the-art Miller Studio on Oct. 5 and 6 (7:30 p.m.) and Oct. 7 (9:30 p.m.) Tickets are sold out for the fourth year in a row. To be put on the waiting list, email email@example.com.
Directed by Professor Doug Smart, Asbury’s Sitcom Production Class is a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Students benefit from Smart’s Hollywood expertise — he has produced episodes of popular shows including “Golden Girls,” “Benson,” “Newhart” and many others — and they also earn valuable hands-on experience by producing an original sitcom episode from start to finish.
“We’re doing something that no other college or university in the country is doing,” Smart said. “On a regular basis, we are producing an original, half-hour sitcom that is being broadcast on television. Every time, the show is original, brand-new and unique to Asbury. We’re the only school I know of that does this.”
Smart maintains that Sitcom Production is the most fun class on campus — “How often do you take a class where the whole point is to be funny?” he asks — but it’s also fulfilling on a personal level.
“One of my favorite parts is watching students who have no idea how a live sitcom is produced transform into a well-oiled machine,” Smart said. “They perform at a very high level in front of a studio audience, and that is exciting for me.”
This year’s episode will offer a few surprises. For the first time, a faculty member (Jeff Day) will be part of the sitcom cast. Smart also advises viewers to watch for a storyline involving “a mouse on steroids” that gets loose in a coffee shop, as well as some unusual camera points of view.
“It’s gonna be wild,” Smart said.
To learn more about Asbury’s Media Communication program, visit: asbury.edu/mediacomm.