In the midst of this pandemic and quarantine, a group of brave comic actors are pulling together to produce comedy! TMI:Hollywood, the LA comedy troupe and producers of TMI Minute are producing a live webcast featuring a monologue and various cast members and crew (and the occasional East Coast writer...me) to discuss the topics of the day. They started March 25th and I just figured out how to download FB videos and edit my jokes together! So, if you haven't see them online at Facebook, here's a sampler of my material, then tune in on their FB page at 1 pm PST. Stay well!
Between their schedule and mine, it took two months to piece together enough for a minute. I missed a couple of weeks submitting. I was away, I forgot the deadline and one week...I just didn't feel like it. >Whine alert< I've been submitting material to these guys for ages. Most skits get overlooked, but my acceptance rate for these videos has been decent. But, there are sometimes I'm distracted by things, like, say, a paying gig, or an opportunity to write a script for an actress to get produced, that tends to pull me away from the troupe. And the fact that I'm on the other side of the country from them doesn't help, I'm sure...
Well, it was a light month, the Hollywood Minute is only 30 seconds. I just got a couple of jokes in, and they only produced a couple of videos for the month. I'm pretty certain some of the set-ups are mine, but they redid the punchlines, so they don't count. Enjoy!
Wow, after a slow start, I scored quite a number of jokes in the TMI Hollywood videos in the last 4 weeks. They only did a couple of videos in January. None in February, then they settled down in March to a more standardized production schedule and I managed to get jokes in 3 of the four weeks they posted, even the special "College Emission Scandal Edition." Some of my jokes even survived punchline rewrite: They were still basically a variation on my version, so I included them here. In the past, I've skipped those kind of rewrites. I can usually tell when they've used one of my premises or set-ups, then I've seen the whole punch line redone. I honestly don't think I can take credit for a joke when that was done. If I was sitting in a writers room pitching it and things were reworked, I guess I would. Or if I was being paid. I used to deal with this to an extent when I wrote for Newsbusters, only then it was whoever submitted the punchline first who got the check. Nobody got credit. to be fair, they pretty much used the jokes as written. Certainly you could tell there was no one on duty punching anything up. Anyway, my jokes on the TMI Minute!
Straight from my editing software to you, this month's jokes from the TMI Hollywood Minute...
Freelance writer, still hacking away.