But, here’s the thing:
Ok, I’ve seen “The Avengers: Endgame,” and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was an amazing achievement of wrapping up 11 years and 21 movies that all occur in the same cinematic universe. Think of it as an epic “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley” and “Mork & Mindy” cross-over event on “Law & Order.”
But, here’s the thing:
Happy Easter! And here's my addition to your basket, my Easter piece for Cracked magazine, #343, May 2000!
Got an article posted over at The Big Jewel, home of Big Comedy and not jewels. I wrote it a few years ago, when I was working on PHC and other radio venues. It started as a piece for our local paper where it began with me kinda bragging about my work in radio. It was a thousand word article, originally, with lots of digressions and odd samples of radio history. I got it down to about 500 words to submit to The Big Jewel and here it is.
Screensnap below links to the site...
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...
Here's one of those bits that never dies. I present it now because just barely touches on Easter. This started as a prose piece, just a list of recipes written down by Julia Childish. It included a recipe for Easter Egg Salad, which didn't make the jump to sketch form. It was fairly easy to turn it into a radio skit, I just brought in the character of Julia Childish to walk us through the recipes. I must confess that the Julia Childish here is Dan Aykroyd doing Julia Child. I didn't really know the French Chef. After this version, I just went back to submitting the prose version, also without much success. I can see where it didn't get used by PHC (too many Oreos references?) but I thought I caught GK's voice very well and the interplay between the two characters was solid and they had done a Julia Child character before. Oh, well.
And who won't want to find a copy of "Novel Concept" in their Easter basket? You can get yours at Amazon, hard copy or digital. It's a wacky, crazy tale of a young author on a quest to write the perfect history of the Pony Express but who then gets seriously sidetracked by stowaways, French heiresses, drug lords, mythical kingdoms and murderous Senators. It's a serious of unfortunate events all in ONE book!
Julia Childish Cooking Segment
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?”
As Valentine's Day approaches, we celebrate love, even the creepy, stalker kind. After having stumbled onto Craig's List and its "Missed Connections" listings, I got pulled in pretty deep. There are some remarkable posts on there. And some scary ones. Naturally, I got inspired by the latter.
The piece was submitted to the gang over at The Big Jewel and they went for it. I've got a screen cap of the beginning below which links to the article at the site.
Sure, it's a shaky start to the Valentine season but that was just the luck of the draw...
This blog post is brought to you by "Love and Other Distractions" the anthology for charity! Fifteen Hollywood writers spin tales of romance and more! And it includes the Nick Flebber short story, "Cupid is as Cupid Does." Get your copy today at Amazon!
There were a couple of New Year's Eves where people were worried that it would be the last. 2013, for instance, where the Mayan calendar ended it's configurations, so, naturally, everyone assumed time was up, because ancient civilizations could really be counted on for that type of information. I was deep into my "list" phase, where all my prose material came out as lists of something or other. I wrote up this bit and sent it to The Big Jewel, optimistically in 2012, figuring "what are the odds of the world actually ending?" I post it here, it links back to The Big Jewel.
We present this holiday comedy to remind you that my Christmas Comedy Caper, "Lost Claus" is available over at Amazon. So buy your copy today and avoid the mid-holiday rush!
Freelance writer, still hacking away.