With the office video call now part of daily life for many of us, Zoom meetings are ripe for satire. We'd love to see "The Office" do one (U.S. or U.K. versions) but for now, here's a darkly comic take on the subject by London agency Don't Panic.
The "Honest Zoom Meeting" is the one that you'd be taking part in if there were absolutely no filter—think Jim Carrey in "Liar Liar" on a video call. It's a three-way discussion between a deeply unlikeable boss and two employees in what seems suspiciously like an agency.
The honcho starts off by asking, "Has anything happened in your sad little lives?" Then it's downhill from there, with confessions about "harrowing" porn, personal insults, swearing at kids interrupting, employees Whatsapping bitchy comments on the side and someone pretending their screen's frozen in order to hide the fact they're talking garbage.
Viewers may or may not wince in recognition at any of the above—and the team coming up with a "stupid brand initiative" about coronavirus may be uncomfortably close to the bone.
The entire sketch was written, acted and shot over Zoom in just one week by the creative team. It was written by Jake Moss, with additional material from agency founder Joe Wade and the cast, while Francis Morgan-Giles edited.
"Along with tragic blundering, having a laugh is another classic British response to a national emergency," says Wade. "We hope to lighten the mood for a few minutes in a video created by and featuring some of our creative team."