My jokes featured on the webcast in November...
My jokes featured on the webcast in October...
Into February ’93, “my” “agent” Robbins read my Seinfeld spec and liked it enough for me to rework it a bit. He said he could get it to the Seinfeld company (“It’ll be nice getting rejected by a higher level of talent”). I even decide to take my “Dashing Dan” script and convert it into a Seinfeld episode. Nothing like over-doing it at the slightest evocation. Additionally, I decided to pull out some scripts and submit them to some comic company, two things I had co-written with John Rawlins (our radio script “Capt. Useless” and a pilot we pitched to the “Galaxy Ranger” folks, “Tech-Mech”).
I didn’t write in my journal until half-way into January 1993. Heard from the agent Robbins. He passed on the second script I sent him, “Dashing Dan.” But he thinks it might make a good 2-part “Seinfeld.” Oy. I decide to send him my “Seinfeld” spec, based on my “Wedding” script, “He might get a kick out of that.”
I didn’t write in my journal until half-way into January 1993. Heard from the agent Robbins. He passed on the second script I sent him, “Dashing Dan.” But he thinks it might make a good 2-part “Seinfeld.” Oy. I decide to send him my “Seinfeld” spec, based on my “Wedding” script, “He might get a kick out of that,” sez I.
December began with feedback from Joel Simon on my script “Dashing Dan.” He didn’t “get” it. Too broad. Wouldn’t know how to sell it. But, hey, call anytime.
I called that agency. I got a Vanessa Howle, who was in desperate need of a receptionist, as she kept interrupting our conversation constantly. She seemed fixated on “Kringle” and was dismissive of the idea of a “production guy” showing it around. Said I still need an agent (duh). I never got to ask if she wanted me or the script, but she wanted to know who saw the script, wants me to “reformat” it, and maybe rework it a bit. So I put her on hold (metaphorically) for the moment.
So, as it turns out, my big reason for joining the WGA Activities committee, to get a workshop going, was misdirected at best. I was on the wrong committee. Another committee, the Programs committee, would do something like that.
An epic post for an epic sketch...
Abbott & Othello
I wrote about my Pet Rock sketch earlier. I used that sketch as my signature bit (despite the circumstances), I was very proud of it, it was a tight, silly, funny bit, solid evidence that I was a writer. But it was dead. I would eventually need to create another signature bit.
I honestly don’t remember when I got the idea for “Abbott & Othello” but it happened. I certainly had done a ton of pop-culture mash-ups before (and since). And, weirdly, Abbott & Costello were in the zeitgeist in the 1980s; SNL, SCTV and others did A&O inspired bits. I remember one a joke; Elvis Costello and the group ABBA were going on tour as ABBA & Costello. Maybe all of this triggered the idea.
Freelance writer, still hacking away.