Othello on ‘The Jerry Springer Show’

Jerry walks down the stairs of the ‘Springer’ set. He has his cards in his right hand and his microphone in his left. He looks directly into the camera as he speaks.

JERRY
Hello and welcome to the show. My guests today are in inter-racial relationships, and cheating on their partners. Say hello to Desdemona. Desdemona has been cheating on her husband with her husband’s lieutenant. Hello, Desdemona.

DESDEMONA
Hi, Jerry.

JERRY
Now, Desdemona, I understand that you’re here today. to tell your husband, Othello, that you’re cheating on him, is that correct?

DESDEMONA
That’s right, Jerry.

JERRY
And how long have you and your husband been married?

DESDEMONA
That Moor and I only just got married a few days ago.

AUDIENCE
Oooooo…

JERRY
Well, we have Othello waiting out the back so let’s bring him out.

The crowd cheers as Othello enters the set. He kisses Desdemona and takes a seat next to her.

JERRY
Hello, Othello.

OTHELLO
Hey, Jerry.

JERRY
Now, Othello, I believe there’s something your wife wants to say to you.

DESDEMONA
(turns to Othello)
Honey, I’ve been sleeping with Cassio.

The crowd cheers. Othello puts his head down as tears begin to well in his eyes. He puts his hands on his head. He looks at Desdemona, pleading with his eyes.

OTHELLO
Why are you doing this to me? What’s wrong with me?

DESDEMONA
Well… you’re black.

OTHELLO
(getting angry; defending himself)
You think that just because I’m a brother that you can treat me like this. You trailer park trash.

 The crowd cheers. Desdemona looks hurt.

JERRY
Well, ladies and gentlemen, it just so happens that Cassio is out the back. Let’s bring in Cassio!

The crowd is on its feet with excitement. Othello is on his feet with anger. Cassio enters looking all cocky and pleased with himself. He holds Desdemona’s handkerchief in his hand. Othello, outraged, lunges at Cassio and the two get into a wild fight. The security guards jump in and pull Othello and Cassio off each other. There is a lot of censored swearing as the two scream at each other. Desdemona sits back, watching.

AUDIENCE
Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!…

The two eventually calm down and take their respective seats.

JERRY
Now, Cassio, how long have you been sleeping with Desdemona?

CASSIO
About four weeks.

JERRY
(referring to the handkerchief)
And what’s that you have in your hand?

OTHELLO
I gave that to Desdemona, you son of a bitch!

CASSIO
It’s a gift from Dessie. She gave it to me last time we made love.

AUDIENCE
Oooooo…

OTHELLO
(to Desdemona)
You whore!

JERRY
Before you go any further, Othello, isn’t it true you have a secret of your own?

OTHELLO
Excuse me?

JERRY
Let’s bring out Iago.

Iago enters. Everyone is thrown totally off-guard, but Othello realises what is happening. This is his chance to hurt Desdemona. He gets to his feet and walks over to Iago. The two hold each other in a passionate embrace. The crowd goes mad. Othello and Iago take their seats. Othello smiles at Desdemona, but she doesn’t care.

DESDEMONA
Oh, please, you think I didn’t know about that? Iago told me about all that stuff when I had sex with him yesterday.

AUDIENCE
Oooooo…

JERRY
(referring to a large woman in audience with her hand raised)
Yes, you have a question?

WOMAN
(on her feet)
Yeah, I just wanna say, that girl down there, you got yourself three men, you know what I’m sayin’. You be gettin’ busy. You go girlfriend.

The crowd cheers. The woman laughs and sits down. Othello has had enough. He leaps on top of Desdemona and begins strangling her. The security guards run over but by the time they pull Othello off it’s too late. He has strangled Desdemona to death. Jerry walks down front and looks into the camera. It’s time for his final thought.

JERRY
You know, cheating on your loved one is never the way to go. If you have mixed feelings about your partner you should discuss the problem because it’s not good to let something like what’s happened here today go on. You should never cheat on your partner, especially if they’re a brother with a temper and large hands. Thank you for watching. Don’t miss tomorrow’s show, where we talk to people who are in relationships with their pets. Goodbye.

End of show.

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