|Dan Fiorella: Writer @ large||
Happy Easter! And here's my addition to your basket, my Easter piece for Cracked magazine, #343, May 2000!
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...
Oh, look, another pharma parody! This one was a rewrite of an old Cracked magazine piece I did. Also inspired by SNL's Happy Fun Ball. They are fun bits to write, as you can just do a stream-of-consciousness run of the various things that can go wrong. It's a staple of comedy, runs of words that play off each over, sound alike, get worse and worse, or more absurd. It's just weird that I submitted this bit so closely after I submitted the other bit. But, when you're trying to come up with material, you can't get too choosy about what and when you send it. But, unlike the Cracked version, the set up is pretty straight forward. It's the disclaimers that go nuts and completely contradict the commercial. Especially the fact that the first three things side effects are the exact things the commercial copy says it doesn't do. Too subtle?
Hey, internet! I'm on a podcast! Mark Arnold, author and curator of pop culture, invited me to be on his Fun Ideas podcast! We talked about many things, but mostly me. We met online years ago when he was working on a book about Cracked magazine. So the podcast starts there and goes far afield. He posted it on Youtube. Also, I talked A LOT, so he broke it into two parts. What can I say, you get me wound up and that's what happens.
#363, Jul '04
Yeah, the gap between issues is widening.
This may have been the Charity issue. They were so strapped for cash at one point, the editor asked us to donate material so the whole issue wouldn't be reprints.
Also around this time, to compensate for the lack of compensation, I requested and received a title and mention in the masthead, becoming Traveling Editor for a couple of issues. It was the only title I would hold until my day job gave me a bogus "associated director" title.
#360, May '03
Notice they're now "picking the top 10 Simpson episodes." The mag started drifting into prose land.
Freelance writer, still hacking away.