Friday, January 6, 2012

Case Study No. 0154: Erik the Librarian

Is Life Worth Living? | Erik the Librarian Ep 1
Here you meet the character of Erik the Librarian, played by a rising star of the alt-comedy scene, Erik Charles Nielsen. Erik is a hyper-intellectual young man who was on his way to getting a PhD in English when he dropped out to pursue standup full time. To our knowledge, this is the first time Erik has ever acted on film.

Created by Brent Forrester. Staring Mindy Kaling, Erik Charles Neilson and Matt Besser.

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Smarty Pants Presents
"Is Life Worth Living?"
An Erik the Librarian Mystery

[scene opens inside a building marked "Library Montana Branch", as Erik sits alone at the reference desk talking to himself]
ERIK: [flipping through a book] Oh, this intrigues me! This, this opens up my mind! So many patterns and connections, oh!
[he picks up a tape recorder and begins talking into it]
ERIK: Idea for a mystery! Is life worth living? A combination of philosophy and fiction which will attempt to answer the central question of existence ... Is it worth it?! All the isolation, the loneliness--
[he stops, as a young female patron (played by Kelly Kapoor from "The Office") walks into the library]
ERIK: [slowly gets up, with mouth agape]
FEMALE PATRON: [walks up to the desk] Hello.
ERIK: Hello, I'm Erik. May I ... compare you to a summer's day?
FEMALE PATRON: [gives a confused look] Um, sure ...
ERIK: You are more beautiful and more fair ...
[he laughs nervously]
ERIK: Rough winds may shake the darling buds of May, but you are smokin'!
[he waits for a reaction, but gets none]
ERIK: Have you seen "The Mask?" We have it on DVD! I mean, you don't even have to pay to watch it, not like Blockbuster or something!
FEMALE PATRON: Um, where are the maps?
ERIK: Maps! Oh, I love maps! You can travel in your mind with maps!
[he turns around and starts singing]
ERIK: Oh, the places you can go with maps! You can reach your destination using pure imagination!
[he stops singing and turns back towards the patron]
ERIK: I wrote that myself ...
[he looks just in time to see the young lady running out the front door]
ERIK: Is it worth it? The constant suffering, the unending struggle of daily losses and defeats! Is it worth it?!
[he pauses, then slams his hand down on the table]
ERIK: Yes, it is worth it, to have known such beauty!
[cut to an exterior shot of the library]
ERIK: [from off camera] Oh, yes!
[cut back to Erik, as he begins talking into the tape recorder again]
ERIK: Idea for a mystery! The brilliant librarian! The story of a genius who taps into the power of love, and it skips his heart like a stone through time!



The Erik the Librarian Mysteries is about a reclusive, introspective, yet very vocal librarian on a perpetual quest to make himself understood. Watch Erik as he falls in love with Mindy, ponders life's most profound questions and stumbles helplessly away from normalcy.

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