Mama’s Close Call

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“Mama’s Close Call”
by Frederick Passmore
Copyright 2005 Sheep Laughs Publications

Synopsis: Written for Mother’s Day, but good any time, this skit will have everyone in stitches! Mama, settling in for a nice quiet evening with her TV, gets more excitement than she bargained for -or wanted- when her writer son drops in. Getting all choked up -literally- over his tribute to mothers, Mama wonders: will she ever get to watch her movie, or will she end up in the hospital? A hysterical 8-10 minute sketch with a heart! (Also includes a version of the script for an all-female cast, with the son part changed to a daughter.)

Soundtrack key:
 This is the type of script where your actors deliver their lines and the soundtrack supplies the background music and sound effects as the script calls for them.

Length of play: 8-10 minutes.
Number of cast: 2 main, 2-3 minor
Category: Mother’s Day, Comedic,
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Script Breakdown
(Below is a general description of the script; not all details or scenes are here, but it gives you an overall picture of what it is like.)

Mama is settling down for a quiet evening, planning on watching a favorite movie on TV with a bowl of popcorn and some soda. As she tunes in to the channel where it will be playing soon, she gets a call from a bothersome telemarketer. With her asides and complaints about her children (during which we learn more about them), she ends up testing the patience of the marketer instead of the other way around. Finally, she hangs up when her show comes on. She is barely into it when the door opens and her son Louie comes in, excited to read her the new column he has written for the local newspaper.

Preview a PDF page of the script that contains the scene above by clicking here:mamas_close_call_sample_01

As he reads, his mother is still trying to listen to her movie, so he makes her cut it off.  She does so reluctantly, and he begins to read, facing another direction as he stands to do so. As he reads, Mama suddenly realizes she can’t get that last kernel of popcorn to go down and tries to get his attention. Everything she tries fails as he plows on ahead reading out loud. She cannot breathe enough to call for help, and during the hilarious sequence, she is about to pass out as he goes on. Her attempts include calling him on his cell phone and using her LifeAlert bracelet, both efforts that fail due to his focus on his poem. Finally, after several attempts, she gets through to him, and he tries to help. His efforts only seem to make things worse, until at last, in a hilariously physical sequence (enhanced by the soundtrack’s “Can-Can” music)  he tries to perform the Heimlich Maneuver,  which eventually dislodges the blockage.

Preview a PDF page of the script that contains the scene above by clicking here:mamas_close_call_sample_02

After she recovers, she thanks her son for his help, and asks him to try again with the reading. As he reads the poem dedicated to her, she is moved to tears and encourages him in his writing. He leaves with a new idea she has inspired, and she thanks the Lord for helping her to realize that what she thought was an intrusion was actually the Lord arranging things so that there would be help there when she needed it. She goes back to her popcorn and movie, and as she starts to settle in…. one more thing happens to ruin her evening but leave everyone laughing. Get the script to find out what!

Preview some of the effects and music provided for the script by clicking on the player below. (COMING SOON)

Read some of the testimonials about the script from just a few of the many users:

Dear Frederick,

We performed your skit at the “Mama’s Close Call” at Elm Grove United Methodist/ United Methodist Women in Wheeling, WV on May 12 of last year.

We had 115 people at our Mother/Daughter/Friend Banquet who belly-laughed their way through this play! Even with microphones we had to pause to deliver the next lines until the audience was still enough to hear. It is still being mentioned even 4 months after the skit was performed. Thank you for making this available.

-Peggy Laing


I would like to thank you again for allowing us to use the skit “Mama’s Close Call”. Our presentation of it was a total success and I received MANY comments from people explaining that they could not remember the last time they laughed so hard. One woman in the audience even said “I had to really focus to keep from becoming hysterical because I knew if I went there, I’d never be able to stop and I’d make a fool of myself.”

It was an event that no one present will soon forget and we owe it to you and the blessing you have been! Your talent is truly wonderful and an amazing blessing.

I will continue to reference Sheep Laughs for any future need of scripts and skits. To do otherwise would seem to be foolish. 

On behalf of the Portland Church of Christ of Grand Ledge, thank you SO much,


Hello, Fred!

The Trinity Roth’s U.C.C in East Berlin, PA will be doing your script “Mama’s Close Call” on Saturday, May 19.

We have really had a great time with this script! We were pleased with the soundtrack, which adds so much more to the skit. My 40 year old son is playing Louie and another lady at church is Mama. The only thing we have to work on is not to “break down” in laughter! Thanks for a great skit for our church family banquet.

-Hallie Elicker

Dear Mr. Passmore,

We did your script “Mama’s Close Call” on May 13 at the St. John Pentecostal Holy Ministries in North Carolina.

I did the female version with members of our Missionary Circle on Mother’s Day. I used teenagers from our youth group as paramedics. We used props, along with the soundtrack. It was a huge success! From the compliments we received, the congregation thoroughly enjoyed the skit.

Thank you so much for this website. I’m passing it on to others, and I’m sure I’ll be using more of your material for our church in the future. Keep up the great work, and God bless.

-Sylvia McCrimmon


The Church of God of Prophecy in Ashburn, Ga did your skit “Mama’s Close Call” on May 13.

This script is very funny and actually reminds us of how our older relatives acted when we were their care givers. We are using it for Mother’s Day and the CD sound effects are wonderful and really add to the performance. Thanks you for making your scripts and CDs available for use.
-Gwen Bridges

Hello Fred,

I must say I thoroughly enjoyed both reading and performing your skit “Mama’s Close Call.” It was truly awesome. The congregation gave rave reviews afterwards. The sound effects CD was absolutely smashing.

I have been writing plays for my church for approximately 13 years. I am working on my masters degree at the school of the arts in California (Motion Pictures and Television) to learn how to convert plays into screenplays. I am working on a school project and didn’t have time to write one for the church for mother’s day, that’s when I searched the internet. When I read your material I was really impressed. I had so much fun doing your skit, that we will be using more of your scripts throughout the year. I usually do two major performances during the year (Christmas and Easter).

Looking forward to doing business with you in the future. God Bless you!

-Faye Knight


We performed “How Nick Became a Saint” last Dec. 24th and our church loved it. It was so funny! I received the soundtrack so quickly and now we are back to perform Mama’s Close Call on our Mother’s Day service. Your site has been such a blessing to our ministry. It allows young and old to receive the message of Jesus Christ and laugh all in the same experience!

Thank you, we will be back. God bless you and continue to pour into you as you share with the body of Christ!

-Andera Johnson-Williams
Community Center Christian Ministries
South Elgin, Il

Dear Fred,

The Summersett Baptist Church Pittsville VA performed “Mama’s Close Call” on May 19.

The skit was very funny and very easy to perform. The soundtrack was quite helpful to make it seem real. It was a hit for sure. My family and I performed it for a banquet that we have every year for People without Partners.There was mixed age group attending and I think was enjoyed by all. It was so much fun to do.

Thanks and God Bless.
-Angelia Hines

Dear Fred,

The Sanctuary of Savannah in Savannah, GA performed your script, “Mama’s Close Call” on Sunday, May 13. The skit was an absolute delight! Our ladies performed it perfectly and we all loved it! Can’t wait to do more of your skits! Thanks so much for this ministry– God certainly put you in our lives to assist with our ministry!

-Letha Hammond

Dear Mr. Passmore,

Thank you so much for the blessing you have bestowed on countless people through the gift you have! Our Drama class at Tri-City Christian Academy put on a performance combining “Battle of the Sexes, Season’s Beatings, New Year’s Eve at the Bad Habit Club and Mama’s Close Call”. It was a production lasting one hour and fifteen minutes (with a 10 minute intermission), but the effects will last a lifetime! The audience laughed throughout the whole production, giving our brand new actors confidence they had never felt before!

As a new teacher in this area, I can’t even begin to tell you how grateful I am for your scripts. You met all the requirements I faced, and made them funny to boot! I received a standing ovation for the production, but all the credit must go to you. What an amazing night we will never forget. PLEASE keep writing and touching so many lives – you have been truly gifted!

In addition, our family performed “The Great Church Robbery” at Dover Baptist Church the week before Christmas. My family acted out the parts while our Sunday school narrated the entire poem. The church members were very touched by the story. We have decided to attempt a production with all of the Sunday school classes in the spring. We will let you know how it goes! Hopefully I will be forwarding the amazing photos soon – thank you again for sharing your gifts and talents with us!

-Tracey Day


We performed  “Mamma’s Close Call” (for a Mother Daughter Banquet). Since I am a man, it was even funnier when I was a 60 year-old woman. I never heard so much laughter from one skit in my life. My wife and I also performed “Battle of the Sexes: Round One.” That is one awesome skit!

I love your skits and thank you so much for good clean Christian scripts. I tell everyone about your web site. You’re awesome! Thanks so much!

-Kevin Sprague
Memorial Church of the Nazarene
Orangeburg, SC


We did your “Mama’s Close Call”skit for a “Celebration of Women” Banquet we had on May 7. We listened to the soundtrack CD, not really thinking that it would make much difference, but were we ever wrong! It added so much humor to the skit; especially the can-can music! It was hilarious!

We also performed the skit on Sunday, May 8, for the entire church; to give you an idea of it’s success–our Pastor, Randy Damron, had a hard time getting himself together to preach afterward! The whole congregation was literally in tears, from laughing! We will definitely be using more of your stuff!!

Terrie Stevens
Jubilee Christian Assembly
Pikeville, Kentucky


We just performed your “Mama’s Close Call” skit for our ladies mother/daughter banquet at the New Life Christian Center in Lancaster, OH. We had 140 women attend. It met with great success and was hysterical. I wrote and directed drama for years, and I’ve written many humorous skits. Yours are superb! We know God had a sense of humor because he created people like you and me!! At 65 I’ve slowed down and now prefer to just perform in skits. I’m thrilled with your quality. God bless you for your creativity and the greatest of all, for using it for our Lord Jesus Christ!

-Arlene Speakman

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