“The Stupid Dummy’s Guide To Higher Self-Esteem”
Written by Frederick Passmore
Copyright 2004-2018 Sheep Laughs Publications
Synopsis: The author of a book on self-esteem has her first book-signing at a local bookstore. A series of ego-crushing encounters with various customers demolishes her own self-esteem, demonstrating to her the uselessness of her approach to it. She starts to have a meltdown until a helpful browser offers a different and intriguing perspective on the subject.
Length of play: 10-12 minutes
Number of cast: Seven; one main part, with the other six being smaller roles. Plus, as many browsing extras as you have available.
Category: Comedic, Medium-Length Skit,
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Setting: A bookstore. A shelf with various books on it would be helpful, but is not necessary. A folding table, a folding chair, a comfortable padded chair off to the side is needed.
Characters: Linda Weller, the author. Hank Chambers, known as Customer #1. The teenage bookstore Employee. The Suit Man, who is a lawyer. The Kid, who is a boy around 10 years old. The Man, who wants his money back. The Lady, who is dressed finely. Several other extras, three or four at least, as browsing customers who wander off and on stage.
Props: A picture frame with the actress’s photo, a t-shirt, several paperback books, a Bible, an autograph book or notepad.
(Here is a description of the script; not all details or scenes are here, but it gives you an overall picture of what it is like.)
Linda Weller, the author of a self-help book entitled “The Stupid Dummy’s Guide To Higher Self-Esteem,” enters the stage. She has come to the bookstore for her scheduled “Meet The Author Day” book signing. When she inquires of the bookstore employee as to where the setup for the author is, he (not knowing who she is) comments that not many will be there to see the writer of the book she mentions. After a few more ego-bruising comments, she tells him who she is, and he sheepishly tells her that he will go get a table for her. When he returns, she mentions that she is disappointed at being placed in the back of the store near the self-help section, rather than the front, but he informs her that the front is where “Beeno” the clown will be entertaining the kids today. When she asks for some of her books to put on the table, he says they are all in the discount bin… they’ve only sold one or two. Discouraged, she sits down as he goes to get them.
Preview a PDF page of the script that contains the scene above by clicking here: stupid_dummys_guide_sample_01
When he returns with the box of books, she makes a display from them on the desk, putting out some t-shirts she made, and a photo. Over the intercom, the employee gets her name wrong as he informs the shoppers of her presence. After a moment, she is approached by a man who demands his money back for the book he bought recently. He complains that he tried everything she suggested, but he is still ugly, broke and has no friends. She explains that the book doesn’t help one change what they are, only their self-image and esteem. Unsatisfied, he demands to know what good a better self-image is if one is no more successful or liked. Unable to help him, and as he refuses to leave until he gets a refund, she takes some money out of her purse and gives it to him. Feeling more deflated, she brightens up when a small boy comes up and asks for her autograph. When she signs his autograph book, he looks at it he is leaving and asks why she signed “Linda” instead of “Beeno,” which is the person he thought she was. When she retorts that she is no clown, he angrily tears up the paper and stalks off. During all of this, a bookstore customer is watching all this as he browses in the background.
Next, a well-to-do lady approaches her and asks for her help in finding a book for self-help. She recommends her own (as the lady doesn’t know she is the author) and extols the quality of the advice in it. The woman informs her it is for her husband, whom she considers weak and pathetic, and she hopes the book will improve his self-image and give him more courage. As she describes all his failings, it becomes obvious that the woman is the source of her husband’s insecurities. She decides to buy the book, hoping it will give him some backbone, but she declines to buy one of Linda’s T-shirts featuring her self-portrait art, calling it ugly and a terrible painting. Humiliated, Linda is then approached by a man in a suit carrying a briefcase. After introducing himself as the representative of a major book publisher, he tells her they are interested in her book. Happy, she is excited about this development as he hands her an envelope. However, it contains not an advance check as she hoped, but a summons. She is being sued by the company for her use of the words “The Stupid Dummy’s Guide” in her title, which is a trademarked phrase for a series of books owned by the publisher.
Preview a PDF page of the script that contains the scene above by clicking here: stupid_dummys_guide_sample_02
This final humiliation triggers an emotional melt-down in Linda, which prompts the bystander who has been watching all this to try and help. He is rebuffed by her with an increasingly loud tirade, which brings other customers over to look as she shouts at them and cries. Finally, trying to calm her down before security is called to eject her, the man gets her to sit down as he convinces her to talk about what is wrong. His Biblical viewpoint and the conversation they have puts the whole thing in a new perspective for Linda, as she had never considered Scripture to be important in how one sees themselves. The whole concept is foreign to her, being completely opposite from her approach, and she is intrigued, not only by the advice but the one giving it. They leave to talk more about it, and one can see that a nice relationship may be in the future for them both.
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