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Utah-Tube: ‘Studio C’ explains clean-comedy writing to Conan

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Late-night television host Conan O’Brien wanted to know the secret to write clean-comedy sketches and “Studio C” had the answer for him Tuesday night.

“The way we keep it clean is we have a staunch, Irish, Catholic grandmother in the writers’ room at all times,” Matt Meese, one of the members of “Studio C” joked. Then he seriously stated, “We really wanted to fill a niche that wasn’t being occupied anymore. Not as many people are doing family entertainment.”

While the majority of the “Studio C” cast was in the audience at “Conan” on Tuesday night, only Matt Meese and Stacey Harkey sat on the stage for the interview.

“Studio C” was invited on the show after a few members met Conan and his kids at a restaurant in August. When O’Brien’s 11- and 13-year-old children saw them, they screamed — and O’Brien said they don’t usually react with so much enthusiasm. O’Brien’s kids have shown him videos from the show which is filmed in Provo, Utah for BYUtv.

His kids’ reactions to the comedy group prompted O’Brien to ask Meese and Harkey about awkward encounters with fans. Harkey shared an experience his friend told him about someone mistaking another person for himself.

“The sketches are really well constructed,” O’Brien said. “You guys do a really nice job. They are well put together and it’s good comedy. And I like that my kids like it because the sketches have a beginning, middle and an end and they’re often very clever.”

O’Brien discussed the cast’s most famous sketch “Top Soccer Shootout Ever With Scott Sterling.” The original soccer video has more than 50 million views while the follow-up video where Scott Sterling plays volleyball has more than 22 million views.

“Studio C” was on the cover of Utah Valley Magazine in January 2015 after its first Scott Sterling sketch went viral. Read the cover story here. “Studio C” airs its new episodes on Mondays at 7 p.m. on BYUtv.

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