It's pretty easy to find stuff to laugh at when you work for a big company (especially a REALLY big company). I often joke that if a really big company had set out to create Facebook at the same time as Zuckerberg, it would still be a 200 page presentation. I started to wonder what it would be like if a professional services firm decided to break into show business. What if they decided to produce a business sitcom? The first thing they'd do is coin a term for this new genre, which I've gone ahead and done: BizCom. So, what would that BizCom be like? I think it would go a little something like this:
The episode starts out strong with one of the characters bursting into the office clutching a snake and delivering the setup. "I was walking to the office when this snake bit me on the arm! Somebody help! I heard it helps if you pee on it!"
For the rest of the episode, the cast works on PowerPoint decks to articulate their approach to delivering the punchline. Even though they get through 25 iterations and create a RACI diagram to capture everyone's involvement, little progress is actually made and they decide to have a workshop.
People from around the firm are flown to an exotic location to spend two days brainstorming on the punchline. They spend much of the time drawing diagrams on a whiteboard that have little, if anything, to do with the actual punchline. By the end of the day, no real progress has been made, but the project manager marks the workshop task as complete, so everyone feels a sense of accomplishment.
S1E3: The Brand Police (they live inside my head)
The team reviews the punchline with Marketing. Marketing says the approach to the punchline is not in alignment with brand standards. Marketing makes significant changes to the proposed punchline that, while admittedly not that funny anymore, bring the punchline into brand compliance.
S1E4: BizCom 2.0: Electric Boogaloo-dot-O
The show is transitioned to a new team, resulting in a clip show to bring the new team up to speed.
S1E5: I Did It My Way
After hearing that a competitor is doing some work around leading-edge kitchen appliances and wanting to put their own mark on the product, the team rewrites and re-delivers the setup, which is now: "Hey! I was on my way to work when this toaster bit me. I heard it helps to poop on it!" While team debates if the setup even makes sense anymore, the Steering Committee says it wants a status update two episodes from now. Full speed ahead!
S1E6: Exit Strategy
In preparation for the Steering Committee meeting, the BizCom team reviews their approach with legal, who determines that the punchline is not permissible. The show is canceled after funding is pulled.
They manage to sneak in those "Where are they now" clips at the end of the show. They say things like, "Sally went on to strategically align operational metrics with growth objectives for a Fortune 500 pancake manufacturer," and "Darren made strategic relationships a critical component of his approach for adding value to his clients. Then, he went to jail for insider trading."