GROVES: Come in, Paul. PAUL: Thank yo...

The Groves of Academe

Paul Groves

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GROVES: Come in, Paul.

PAUL: Thank you.

GROVES: Sit down.

PAUL: Thank you.

GROVES: So. Have you got a topic for the comedy paper?

PAUL: I got a dynamite topic.

GROVES: Good.

PAUL: I’m really excited about it. Started reading all these books and everything.

GROVES: Let’s have it.

PAUL: Ya ready?

GROVES: I hope so.

PAUL: Does Comedy Exist.

(Pause)

GROVES: Does comedy exist?

PAUL: Does Comedy Exist.

GROVES: In thirty pages?

PAUL: Sure.

GROVES: And what’s your thesis?

PAUL: Whaddya mean?

GROVES: Does it exist or doesn’t it?

PAUL: Hell no. Bunch o’ crap.

GROVES: Can I ask you something, Paul?

PAUL: Shoot.

GROVES: You don’t think comedy exists.

PAUL: Right.

GROVES: So what the hell did you take the course for?

(A beat or two)

PAUL: It’s not a good topic I picked?

GROVES: I just don’t

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