Story Time from Space (Force): Pt. 2

The cast of Space Force pool their improvisational talents to craft a work of experimental fiction.

17 July 20203 min read

It’s not often that a cast as sharp and imaginative as that of Space Force comes along. That’s why Queue asked some of the series’ stars to show off their creative chemistry in three rounds of a classic improv game. Over the course of a few weeks, we are posting the absurdist stories that resulted. Here we present the second installation, inspired by the phrase “high school band.”

Ben Schwartz, John Malkovich, Diana Silvers, Jimmy O. Yang, Tawny Newsome

From top left: Ben Schwartz, John Malkovich, Diana Silvers, Jimmy O. Yang, Tawny Newsome

High School Band

Toot-toot, toot-toot, here I go in my tiny shorts and my huge overalls. Toot-toot, toot-toot, it’s almost halftime of the big game. I always wanted to be in the big game. I wanted to be one of the football players, but this is as good as it gets. My dad can finally see what I look like on the field. Toot-toot, toot-toot, my shorts are ready, my overalls tight. The bell rings for the halftime show to begin [1].

Artwork by Worry Lines

Because the shorts are woolen, I often suffer chafing of the legs and, toot-toot, the reason I play sousaphone is that I am the only one big enough to carry it around and march at the same time [2]. Toot-toot, toot-toot, the chafing is too much to handle. Does anyone have any cortisone cream [3]?

Artwork by Worry Lines

I scream out as my inner thighs become rawer and rawer with each step. As our team walks out of the tunnel, I realize I have a beer in my right hand and a beer in my left hand. I am the leader of the high school band, what am I to do now [4]? It’s almost like I ask that question out loud, because over my shoulder I hear, “Hey, are you having trouble with your chafed legs?”

Artwork by Worry Lines

It’s Susan. Susan always has a smart mouth. “Maybe if you took off the overalls you wouldn’t have such a problem, you sousaphone-carrying freak!” She’s right, and I set about to peel off one layer so that now I am just in the shorts [5].

Artwork by Worry Lines

So I am out here, two beers in hand, sousaphone slung around my neck, tiny shorts, no overalls. And the entire school is looking at the band I am leading [1]. And the entire school stands as one. They laugh and laugh and laugh. I leave the field in shame. I never return to band practice ever, ever again [2].

Artwork by Worry Lines

[1] Ben Schwartz
[2] John Malkovich
[3] Diana Silvers
[4] Jimmy O. Yang
[5] Tawny Newsome