First, some backstory. Sometime after college, I signed up for one of those Stand-Up comedy workshops with my college humor magazine cohort, the late John Rawlins. In that class we met a guy who was trying out stand-up. We got friendly, but not so friendly that I remember his name. But he insisted we should meet some people he was dealing with who were trying to put together comedy ventures. So we did. We hit it off and put out a fanzine called "Salvator Deli" for a couple of issues. Then attempted a stage show. A video program was always something the group was looking to do, so when in 1985 one of the members had a friend who was looking to do something on NJ Public access, so we decided we could fit that bill. We gathered up sketches and went to Jersey. We called ourselves "Friends of Leon." We worked on a cold-open together, then did material we all brought in. My contribution was the Pepsi Challenge outtakes. Look, I'm a writer and a bit of a ham, and tend not to pass up an opportunity to perform, so I'm the lead here. What we have here is a bunch of writers performing their own material. I only digitized my two contributions, because I only wanted to toot my own horn when the whole concept of YouTube came about. There were several others sketches and I preformed in them, too. But since I wasn't looking to be an actor, I only copied the skits I wrote.
Maybe I'll get into this stage of my writing life and how that led to another venture, Big B's Traveling Sideshow. Frankly, so many of these threads cross and mingle, I don't remember everything as it happened, just flashes of events. But it's something worth revisiting (for me, anyway). Until then, let's present Pepsi Challenge Outtakes!