Sunday, November 11, 2012

Little Nemo: Gangnam Style

This guest post is written by David Freels, YL leader in Knoxville, TN.

We put a new twist on a classic Young Life skit: "Little Nemo". I saw Nemo as a club kid 30 years ago and it was so funny that it was a reason I wanted to come back to a club.  So I guess I may be biased, but I think this might be worth passing on.  Twenty years ago, we used the Nemo skit all the time, but somewhere along the way it was lost.  But we're bringing it back!  When I saw the PSY video for "Gangnam Style" I thought it was ripe for a Nemo. Tim Teague, our area director, thought it would be great for leaders to see how to pull this off in their clubs so we did it at leadership


Here's how to pull it off...

What you'll need:
  • a tuxedo jacket & bow tie (I found for $15 at a thrift store)
  • sunglasses
  • black shorts/swim trunks
  • shoes (we used hi-tops)
  • two sheets
  • safety pins
  • a table
  • four people: two to hold the sheets (or you can pin up--possibly in a doorway), one to "be" the hands, and one to "be" the face and "legs".    
What you'll do: 
  1. Cut holes in the back shoulders of the tuxedo jacket.
  2. Leader #1 stands right behind a table so that he can bend slightly and put his hands (Nemo’s feet) on top of it 
  3. Leader #1 puts the shirt and bowtie on.  He then puts the tux over his shoulders and puts the shorts over his arms and the shoes on his hands 
  4. Leader #2 stands directly behind Leader #1 and puts his arms through the slits in the jacket, allowing his arms to become Nemo’s arms.
  5. Hold the first sheet up to cover Leader #1’s legs; the top of the sheet should touch Leader #1’s armpits. 
  6. Pin the second sheet to the top of the first sheet.  The second sheet should be held up to cover Leader #2’s torso and head.
Important Things to Note:
  • PRACTICE with the music until you at least get the lyrics in Korean down phonetically for the lip sync.
  • The hands (played by Austin Witt in our version) are the KEY--they are the unsung hero of this skit.  Study the music video to nail down the perfect hand motions.
  • The "face person" also uses his arms/hands for the legs/feet in the sneakers.  Lifting both feet at the same time gets the biggest laughs, so it's best to hold back and use sparingly for effect.
We ran the skit for about 1:22 of the song.  I think less is more.  If you are interested, run with this skit now while the PSY craze is still going.  I think it might be especially good for camp on Entertainment Night.  You can also use "Little Nemo" during specific sports seasons, for camp sells, etc. 

David Freels is an Anglican priest in Knoxville, TN. He works for the Campus Mission, a ministry to college-age guys.  He is also the director of student ministries at Apostles Anglican Church, which allows him to serve as a volunteer Young Life leader at the L & N STEM Academy.  David has been involved in Young Life or youth ministry on and off since 1978, where he started out attending club at his high school.

-Thanks, David! Skits like these are classics and it's great for them to make come-backs in current clubs.  Let us know if you have other "oldies but goodies" that are still effective in 2012!  Here's how you submit a guest post.

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