One Act Comedy Scripts
For Immediate Download

One acts. 10 minute plays. Short plays. Monologues. Comedy mystery plays.

One Acts
Short Plays
10 Minute Plays

Comedy Mysteries

Play scripts are $10. Monologues are $5.
Script purchase does not include rights to perform.

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Caught In The Act

Two characters trapped in a one act play find it difficult to sort out their relationship when their lines keep getting re-written in this two person one act.

1 Man, 1 Woman

25 minutes


A bittersweet story that moves back and forth in time as a couple accidentally reconnect ten years after sharing a passionate but shortlived relationship in this one act play for two men and two women.

2 Women, 2 Men

25 minutes

Ruby Of Elsinore  

 A slovenly and indecisive Hamlet, a marriage bent Ophelia, an oversexed Gertrude, a power hungry Claudius and a revenge seeking Ghost let their hair down to Ruby, Elsinore's hairdresser with attitude in this award winning one act play for three women and three men.

3 Women, 3 Men

20 minutes

Opposites Attract 

 A comedic look at all the things that make modern romance so much fun including infidelity, emotional masochism, envy, bad sex, letting go and getting caught in this well reviewed one act.

Multiple roles for men and women.

Many part can be double and triple cast

30 minutes

The Real Problem 

 In a comedy about love and men, Shakespeare's Juliet gets conflicting advice from "Othello's" Desdemona, “Taming of the Shrew’s” Kate and, finally, just the severed head of Anne Boleyn. This short play features roles for five women.

5 Women

15 minutes

Bobby's Brain  

The three most elemental emotions located in areas of Bobby's brain come to life and conflict as he tries to find the girl of his dreams while suffering the least amount of pain - physical, emotional and financial. But things get out of hand when Bobby's brain parts goes haywire for the brain parts of a girl he's just met and her brain parts respond in kind. It's enough to give a guy a headache.

 4 Women, 4 Men

15 minutes


A freewheeling and bawdy farce about Julius Caesar,Cleopatra, Marc Anthony, Brutus, Cassius and all those other zanies who ran the Roman Empire... right into the ground. The story is seen through the eyes of Colitus Ventriculitus, Caesar's number one slave and closest advisor who weaves his tale from first hand accounts, second hand accounts, third hand accounts, self serving accounts, rumors, half truths, scurrilous lies and the rest - and we quote the author himself - “I just made up.”

Main roles - 5 males, 2 females

Featured Roles - 9 males, 1 female
(plenty of room for double and triple casting)

Roman Chorus (may be used in other roles)

1 hour


Cindy & Julie  

Cinderella and Juliet commiserate about romantic love, happily ever after and what went wrong with their marriages in this popular ten minute play which features three women.

3 Women

In The Beginning  

With a reptilian bartender acting as matchmaker, the future of the human race looks anything but promising when a sophisticated Eve meets the hunky but dim Adam over apple margaritas at the Garden of Eden Bar & Grill in this audience pleasing ten minute play. with roles for two men and one woman.

2 Men, 1 Woman 

Mirror, Mirror

"Sleeping Beauty" gets a 90210 facelift as the jealous stepmother takes drastic action when she finds she's been surpassed in the looks department by her stepdaughter in this funny one act play. Imagine the Kardashians dropped into the middle of this popular fairy tale.

3 Women, 4 Males

Clark And Bruce

Two retired superheroes sit poolside reminiscing about their lives, the women who got away and the bad guys they chased while casting a disapproving eye on the state of present day caped crusaders in this gentle ten minute comedy.

2 males
1 female

"GPS" - An Auto Erotic Comedy 

 The sexy and suggestive computer voice of a high tech automobile becomes jealous of the new owner's girlfriend and threatens to destroy his life in this modern one act script.

1 Man, 2 Women (off stage voices only)


Under The Balcony  

Shakespeare's famous balcony scene goes slightly askew when a fleeing Casanova shows up to turn Romeo from a lover to a seducer under Juliet's balcony. A ten minute play for two men and one woman.

2 Men, 1 Woman 


Hitting On Women 101 

A man who claims to be inept around women successfully hits on them by telling them why he doesn't find them attractive in this very funny ten minute play with parts for two women and one man.

Two Women, I Man

Out Of His Mind  

This play takes place within the fevered imagination of a man in a romantic crisis as he chooses between marriage or retreating into a fantasy relationship with a wish fulfillment bimbo. With a conjured representation of his trouble making ex-wife acting as ringmaster and reluctant conscience he finds dealing with the truth much harder than the fictions he's created.. An unusual and fast paced ten minute play for one man and three women.

1 Man, 3 Women

Ring Tone  

What happens when an angry but sexy actress uses all of her whiles to enlist a befuddled stranger as a go between with her ex boyfriend and then invites the man home in this modern and funny one act play for one man and one woman.

1 Man, 1 Woman

Out Of Therapy

This comedy is about two people, fresh out of therapy, who believe they’ve gone through a life changing metamorphosis that has made them open to new worlds and new experiences until, of course, he makes an assumption about her willingness to take the relationship to the next level and everything dissolves into recrimination and hostility.

1 Woman, I Man

The Further Adventures Of Waspwoman 

Ever wonder how those super hero movies make it to the big screen? This hilarious short play takes you behind the scenes as a sexy, tough talking female superhero with a chip on her shoulder negotiates the sale of her life story to the movies. A two character play.

1 Woman, 1 Man

Monster Dating   

A woman relives her most disastrous post divorce dates, who turn out to be actual monsters, while lying to an on line dating service in a short play featuring one woman and three men. This unusual piece is a tour do force for an actress who has all the lines.

1 Woman,

3 Men - Non speaking roles, although two do grunt a lot

Wham! Bam!  

An egotistical super hero has difficulty consummating a liaison with the sexy and eager wife of his super hero rival until he reveals his true identity in this laugh filled ten minute play with parts for one man and one woman.

1 Woman, I Man

I Can Explain 

 Four friends participate in a dance of shifting romances, friendships and betrayals in this modern one act play for three women and three men.

 2 Women,2 Men


The Understudy 

 A stage actress refuses to do a nude scene only to become insanely jealous when when the director continues the play with an imaginary and invisibile understudy who steals her thunder in this ten minute play for four characters.

1 Woman, 2 Men,
1 character either male or female

Masochism Tango 

Romance and commitment get turned inside out when two emotional masochists form a relationship based on mutual rejection featuring one man and one woman.

1 Man, 1 Woman

Open And Shut Marriage 

It's a matter of trust betrayed when an open marriage almost collapses over the husband's revelation that he's never been unfaithful in this topsy turvy ten minute play for one man and one woman.

1 Man, I Woman


A wife and a mistress want what the other has... until they get it in this unusual contemporary ten minute play in which the characters only address the audience and not each other. One man and two women.

1 Man, 2 Women

"Alias Cinderella"

With a only a sexy, high heeled shoe to go by, hard boiled gumshoe Justin Thyme, goes in search of a mysterious girl who charmed a certain prince and then left him high and dry. In the course of his search Thyme encounters an egotistical Prince who ain't that charming, a tough talking shoe maker whose nose grows when he lies and an old flame by the name of Anna Reksic who Thyme suspects may be mixed up in a plot to scam the Prince and a lot more. Along the way our tough talking shamus suffers a crisis of confidence that threatens his career, his inflated sense of self importance and his well endowed ego.

5 Males, 3 Females

45 minutes

"The Case Of The Prince Formerly Known As Hamlet"  It's Hamlet as you've never seen it before, told through the eyes of one tough talking, hardboiled detective named Justin Thyme. Summoned to Elsinore by King Hamlet,, Thyme finds the old man dying and promises to help the king's son avenge his death. The problem is Thyme doesn't know who zotzed the old man. In his attempt to identify the killer and help Hamlet avenge the murder, Hamlet meets the King's widow who can't wait to bury the old man and marry his brother Claudius who, it turns out, wants Thyme dead; Prince Hamlet who doesn't know what he wants and a dame named Ophelia who wants everything including Thyme in this send up of both Hamlet and the hard boiled detective genre
CASTING NOTE: While this plays seems to have a large cast, all, but the lead roles of Thyme, Hamlet, Ophelia and Gertrude, can be double or triple cast with actors playing multiple speaking roles as well as filling in as members of the royal court, the pirate crew and soldiers. Claudius, King Hamlet and the Ghost can, and probably, should be played by the same actor.

15 Men, 3 Women
Many males roles can be doubled and tripled

One hour or more depending on the staging

"The Case Of The Tale Told By An Idiot" 

 Justin Thyme, the hard boiled fictional detective, gets burned by an old flame by the name of Lady MacBeth, when he's hired to find out who zotzed the King of Scotland in this hilarious one act send up of Shakespeare's famous play.

6 Men, 6 Women

30 minutes

"The Case Of The Count Formerly Known As Dracula"  

Thyme travels to Transylvania to find out why the country has experienced a sudden shortage of virgins. No sooner does he arrive then his old friend Igor tells him him that the man who summoned him is dead, meets the delicious Molly, takes refuge in an eerie castle, meets its master Count Dracula, gets locked in a cell, loses Molly, goes on a bender, recovers only to find Molly has become an undead bride of Dracula. Will Thyme defeat the immortal vampire? Will he rescue Molly? And will our intrepid gumshoe escape a fate worse than death when Molly proposes they marry and move to the suburbs?

7 Men, 3 Women
+ several undead women (flexible)

35 minutes

"The Case Of The Really Big Dog Of The Baskervilles"  

Justin Thyme, fictional detective, heads to Sherlock Holmes country to find his client frightened to death by a four hundred year old hound the size of a Buick and a list of suspects that includes the slow witted heir to the murdered man's fortune, his butler, a butterfly collecting twit and a beautiful woman who immediately casts her spell over our detective.

5 Men, 2 Women

30 minutes

"The Big Snooze"  

Did Humpty Dumpty fall or was he pushed? Hardboiled gumshoe Justin Thyme travels to a Peppermint Bay, a fairy tale land that ain't what it seems to be. Where, a missing dame may or may not want to stay missing. Where a murder may or may not have been a murder. And, where the only possible suspects may or may not have committed a murder that may or may not have been a murder. Solving a murder is hard. Solving a murder that may not have been a murder is even harder.

5 men, 5 women

40 minutes


Five Tables

A woman, who can't seem to get over the jerk she was once married to, is wooed by five perfect men with each romance coming to the same bizarre conclusion. (Play calls for five male roles which may doubled. Unless, of course, you can find an actor capable of playing all five males.)

1 female, 5 males

5 minutes

Pitch And Catch

 A baseball/softball catcher uses the rules of grammar to drive opposing batters crazy in this funny short play. 

4 characters, either male or female

3 minutes

Jeff vs. Dolores 

A young couple try to explain where it all went wrong when she kept changing and he never did in this short play for two people.

1 Man, 1 Woman

5 minutes


Instructions To The Audience  

A snippy stage manager gets carried away in his/her instructions to the audience regarding proper behaviour during the performance of the play to follow. This short monologue can precede any production.

3 minutes

Dating Hamlet 

Ophelia dishes on the royal family while explaining why she has to marry Hamlet or die.

5 minutes

Prince Charming's Complaint

An agitated Prince Charming vents to an unseen therapist about the pressures of living up to his reputation as every woman's fantasy and how it destroyed his marriages to Rapunzel, Show White and Sleeping Beauty. .

10 minutes

Loneliness, Despair and Rejection - A Comedy Monologue

An angry and rejected writer betrays his own sense of loneliness, despair and rejection while trying to sound like he's just a misunderstood artist.

5 minutes