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Death of Me



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A college freshman doesn't know how he's going to deal with his insufferable new roommates – Until he accidentally kills them all. Now he's haunted by his crime, and the ghosts of his victims.

Death of Me follows Ian, who moves back to his childhood home after his grandfather's death to attend college, and discovers the tenants his grandmother's rented the spare rooms to are three belligerent, lazy party animals. He thinks he's going to be stuck with them, until a bizarre and accidental mishap ends with him causing the deaths of the three roommates. Just when he thinks things can't get any worse, they come back as ghosts, and with them is the previous tenant of Ian's room, whose suicidal tendencies had been exacerbated by his inconsiderate co-inhabitants. Now he has to deal with covering up his crime, and being haunted by the people he wanted to be rid of the most.

While a bit of an odd duck for the world of traditional sitcoms, Death of Me fits in well with the new wave of disruptive content coming out from the new generation of comedy. A single camera, half hour comedy with a supernatural bent, we seek to utilize the typical stock characters seen throughout the sitcom world but deconstruct them in a way that shows the individuals as more than the sum of their parts. By subverting audience expectations through inventive takes on well-trodden character types and plot developments, we’ll help maturate these tropes in ways that could help television as a medium. Failing that rather lofty goal, we’ll entertain an audience bored with flat characters by pushing those characters, and with them the viewers, to the limits of expectations.

Television is full of troupes. From the humble absent-minded professor to the pernicious angry black woman, Hollywood has effectively defined how we think of many people, locations and situations we’ve never interacted with.
Unfortunately the problematic nature of this occurrence is only multiplied when it comes to actual human beings. It’s one thing to go to France and assume every restaurant serves baguettes or that the whole city is cobblestone roads, but a line is crossed when one unknowingly treats a person differently because of the random musings of a long retired sitcom writer. While clearly not a plague or famine, this still remains a problem to be dealt with.

And that’s where we come in.

Submitted: November 21, 2017
Last Updated: November 21, 2017

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The Writer: Derek Jay

Derek Jay is a comedian from Toronto who has wanted to make people laugh since the tender age of three. He has performed throughout the city, where his unique style of comedy has been lauded as disruptive and innovative. He has a deeply personal bond to comedy in all forms, as well as an intimate knowledge and love of story structure that constantly aid him in his goal of bringing joy & humour to all the people he encounters. Go to bio