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Published July 01, 2008

While Franks and Beans takes a little break from production (WE’RE ONLY HUMAN!!), there’re still episodes to discuss, so while we labor thorough this little hiatus, the blogs will continue and give some insights on the production of the show. Since we started these entries with episode nine, we’ll work our way back to the beginning. Episode nine, “You’ll Never See It Coming,” is simple in its own right but deals with what I think is one of the most important aspects of comedy – timing. I know I’ve talked about this before, but I can’t stress it enough. Telling a joke – even the simple act of punching someone in the stomach – is worthless if the timing is off, which is why I stress it so much. The semi-long pause to begin the episode and the snap-quick cut at the end are both examples of what I think are crucial to the timing process. Nothing’s happening, nothing’s happening, and then – boom! – the joke is told and finished without anything left lingering. True, it’s just my interpretation of it, but I think it’s something that works. I wanted to call this episode “The Punch,” but Larry (and everyone else I talked to, for that matter) didn’t want to give the ending away, which in hindsight was the only way to play this. By calling this episode “You’ll Never See It Coming” you still expect to see something, but just what that something is is still a mystery up until the last second. Our fake preview for some phantom “next time” finally begins to noticeably break out of its familiar role with this episode (though episode eight’s ending is still one of my favorites), as the joke is maybe a little obvious, but still pretty fun. There are a number of variations of the joke where a man denies his dyslexia by saying “on!”, and this is just another of those, but just to make it completely obvious as to what we were doing, we put the title phrase backwards as well. The best part about this particular sequence, which I think some people might miss, is the fact that Larry actually walks back through the doorway and shuts the door behind him. Again, it’s the timing that makes it work. Even though this episode registers under a minute in length, a number of people have commented that “You’ll Never See It Coming” is their favorite, or at least it was up until the point where it was the most recent episode on the block. This follows a similar theme with “The Gift” where the humor was almost entirely physical. It also follows the theme where I feel bad because some of the better dialogue-based jokes go under the radar. But those are the sacrifices we make, I suppose. One thing that a break affords is more time to think and write, and even though the act of creation lends itself to more creation (I thought we were really hitting our stride with episodes 12 and 13), the time away can be a good thing. Episodes 14 and 18 are already written, with episodes 15 and 16 in the planning stages. As to what happened to episode 17, well, this is how internet rumors start. See you next time when we continue to travel back in time and discuss episode eight, “Mustache”! - Jeff M.

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