Basically… A Sketch For Two on Clichés and Interceptions

Basically - A Sketch for Two
“Basically” was inspired by the notion that when people don’t know what to say, they use a strange language of meaningless words and phrases, clichés and interceptions, to give them time to think or delay an answer.

For how long can two people converse with one another without conveying any meaning what-so-ever? Without actually saying anything at all? Basically… you could almost do it forever or until you ran out of clichés and interceptions.


Basically, what it boils down to is, no matter what, you’ve gotta face facts.

Yeah, Cause at the end of the day, all things said and done…

Make up your own mind but, and this is a BIG “butt”. Pardon the pun, but when it comes to the crunch…

You mean when the cookie crumbles and the chips are down?

It’s when the shit hits the fan and you’re as sick as a dog… or a parrot, so to speak. Ya know . . .

Just got to go with the flow man.

You could put it that way.

No offence, but let me tell you this, with all due respect, I’ve never seen anything like it.

All things being equal – an all.


Tell me about it!

It´s on the cards, innit?

Isn’t it just?

Actually, don’t get me wrong, will you? But this is very interesting.

Erm, yeah… but what I mean to say is…

No, stay with me on this. I have to be honest with you and tell you the truth.

Or something!

Cos Basically, fundamentally I dare say…

It could very well be, that in the long run…

However well or badly meant, it’s a case in point.

The thing is,


Erm, well

Yea yea yea yea!! I understand

You’re IN mate!

You know the truth, ultimately?

And quite rightly so?

When the birds stop flying…

And the cockerel goes to roost?

Picture it if you will?

You mean you know… Blah blah blah blah blah?

You’ve gotta Visualise it!

There´s no denying it.

In fact, I can’t wait.

For reasons better left unsaid, nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more…

Etc, etc…

Don’t you agree? D’ya get my meaning? Capice?

The point is, see…

In a manner of speaking

Yeah but no but yeah but

Nanananana, That’s not it

This is important!

Now you mention it, what matters is . . .

Ya know what I mean?

O…K! Absolutely!

Do you see what I’m saying?

Sort of

Dah Dedah Dedah…

But that’s not important

It still doesn’t register does it?
Oh, I don´t know.

The bottom line is, seeing as you ask…

I’ll tell you now, all right?

As I was saying…

What was it?

Oh yeah, right,

Now don’t go away…

In all probability we are speaking the same language here aren’t we?


Seriously, anyway…

So let me tell you how it is.


If you think about it logically, the deep-seated reason for it could be…

No, now YOU listen to me mate, what I mean to say is…

[pause] followed by both characters speaking simultaneously in a deep friendly voice:

How are ya / How are ya?


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