On the Writers BBS, I see a post by SNL writer Eliot Wald that SNL will look at material but only from agents so I get Agent Howle to submit them for me. Also from the WGA BBS, I meet Barry Stargatz, writer of "Married to the Mob," produced by Simon & Toddman. I emailed him privately and he confirmed that Simon & Toddman were "menschen." In fact, he mentions, he was working on a project with them at that moment.
And so endth July...
Howle returned "Peking Duck." She didn't like it. I was trying to finish "Closed Set" with no idea who to send it to.
I note here that I'll be gone for a week. When I get back a week later, nothing had happened. I was informed that my Seinfeld spec was sent to "Karen" at "Seinfeld."
OK, to back up a bit, the late night wars were heating up. Johnny Carson left the Tonight Show. They assigned Jay Leno to it over David Letterman. Letterman left NBC. NBC wanted to keep "Late Night" going, so they started looking for a new host. Conan O'Brian is picked out of left field to get it. Arsenio is bopping along. Dennis Miller had just folded his late night tent, and Chevy Chase was going to do something on FOX. As part of my search for info for sketch submissions, I discovered the addresses to request tickets for attending TV show tapings. I had been to one, years previous, a friend had tickets to Letterman. Now I sent in for tickets to SNL and to this new Late Night Show. I wound up with tickets for one of Conan's first test shows.
I know I started writing reviews of the various new late shows on the WGA BBS, staring with O'Brian, but those are lost to the internet when the BBS was shut down.
The only other news in July was joining a Staten Island writers group which, indeed, was as lame as it sounds. I wrote, "The leader is sincere but by-the-book, the book being from "Writers Digest" (not a compliment).