Is there anything that has a shorter shelf life than a topical sketch that isn't selected? Other than those fragile hand-crafted glass ornaments? It's rough. You pull together a decent take on today's pop culture news only to learn they didn't pick your sketch to be in this week's show. Then what? Submit it around to the hundreds of comedy troupes that are looking for sketches from strangers? Sit on it for a year and try to resubmit? Or, do you just start posting on your own blog because you never know (actually you do, but you do it anyway)? Doing a parody of Hallmark Christmas movies is definitely a thing, and it's hard to get ahead of the curve with SNL out there. But, the comedy troupe did a Christmas show and I decided to write a parody of a Hallmark Christmas movie. And since Hallmark is pushing its "Christmas in July" schedule, I decided to pull this out now.
A Candy Cane Christmas
The Misfit Sketches
I've felt my sketch writing as evolved over time (I would hope so!) but not just talent; I think the format has as well. When I first started writing sketches, I was imitating what I watched on TV. SNL. Carol Burnett. Bob Hope. And others. The sketches usually broke down into two styles; the skit and the black-out sketch (made very popular by Laugh-In). Most did sketches that would run 7 to 8 minutes (back in the era of "Your Show of Shows," they ran even longer). I remember some early SNL sketches that were closer to short one-act plays than comedy sketches. But it did seem to be the norm. Then Monty Python and SCTV came along.
I've been looking back on my adventure in Hollywood, culling pages from my journal...
Happy New Year! I finally check back with a journal entry on 1/8/91. I had called Kevin. No, they hadn’t forgotten me. Except they kinda did. He’d heard the notes were actually finished the Friday before Christmas, but the holidays…
Hot enough for you? Well, here's a cool sale going on this weekend! Yule love it! Tons of tales of Christmas by so many authors are available on the cheap! Including my Christmas caper, Lost Claus! It's all right here, Xmas marks the spot!
Toys is not all fun and games. With vast amounts of money at stake, every toy manufacturer is hoping it has created the NEXT BIG THING; the toy that'll fly off the store shelves, force parents to trade on the black market, pop up on "The TODAY Show," or receive a headline mention that uses the phrase "many injured." Unfortunately, that doesn't happen most of the time. While some toys make you remark, "I wish I'd thought of that!" most cause you to wonder, "What were they thinking?" Here's a look at some of the Furby-wannabes through the years (now available in a clearance bin near you):
The holiday season means a lot of special TV. But not every show can be "A Charlie Brown Christmas" or "Frosty the Snowman." There a couple of slushy projects that are less Ho-Ho-Ho and more Ho-Ho-Hum. And here's a couple you probably missed:
Ted & Bill’s Excellent Advent: Two dudes, trying to find the perfect Christmas presents for their girlfriends, travel through time disrupting events at Bethlehem, Charles Dickens’ house and the North Pole...
Well, it’s the first week of December and you know what that means…radio stations all over the country switched over to all Christmas music formats about two weeks ago. That’s right, more then a month before Christmas they’ve started inundating us with Christmas music until we’ve all got sugarplums tap-dancing in our brains…
Freelance writer, still hacking away.