|Dan Fiorella: Writer @ large
From 1999 to 2004-ish, I was one of the contributing writers for Garrison Keillor's renowned radio show "A Prairie Home Companion." I learned a lot of things there, mostly how to spell 'prairie." It was a solid gig and I'm proud of my work there. But, like any other job, there were...things...
The year 2000 was a crazy political year and everyone was getting their licks in. There weren't too many political surprises on a show headed by Garrison "Tax & Spend Liberal" Keillor broadcast on NPR, but still, you just didn't want to hit the low-hanging fruit. You wanted to find a new, unique take on the issues of the day. I don't remember how I came to juxtaposition the idea of office politics with real politics--the debates, the ads, the negative campaigning--but here's how it came out. I broke it into a series of bits leading up to a main sketch. I'm not sure that PHC had ever played around with running gags through a show before and now was not the time for them to start. My journal doesn't say much about the Fall of '00, just mentioning that I submitted items and they didn't get used. Anyway, here's...
Got a piece posted over at The Big Jewel, home of Big Comedy and not jewels. Screensnap below links to the site...
Here's a spot-on example of when parody becomes reality...
And here's a piece I wrote in November 2017 which I thought captured the spirit of the times. My Mt. Vernon joke got cut, but I had gone in a different direction with it any way (see below).
“Was Vernon good looking? Is that why Washington was always mounting her?”
Got another bit posted over at The Big Jewel website: "Some Excerpts From The First Weeks Of Our Company’s New Message Board." I hope you can give it a read!
The gang over at The Big Jewel have posted by latest bit, "Live Tweeting My Cruise." Check it out!
Freelance writer, still hacking away.