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!
Finally got around to putting together all my jokes from April. Did okay. It seems like they're getting a little freer with the rewriting. They're rotating the hosts again, which they haven't done for awhile, so there's that.
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!
I've a bit of a "staff writer" on the LA-based comedy show TMI: Hollywood for the past couple of years, and I've had a pretty decent track record for someone on the wrong coast. They're gearing up for their 2019 season with a special taped version of the live show dedicated to the Oscars. Oddly, since they gave themselves so much lead time for this particular show, they decided to list the skits they didn't use on their Facebook page. And since I've been blogging about my skits that didn't get used here, I figured this was a natural to post now.
The Oscar show is something the group does every year, and it's tough to come up with some new take on it. They leave the parameters pretty open; sketches about the show itself, nominated movies, red carpet, etc. As I was pondering this, there were two hot topics online that week; the announcement that Kevin Hart had dropped out as host and that some podcaster making a speech to an anti-abortion rally that he wouldn't kill baby Hitler if he had the chance.
Now, at first glance, these two things wouldn't seem to come together. At second or third glance, too. But, when you're hard up for a concept, you take what you can get, which is goofy comedy and a hot topic. Pity it wasn't used, but I appreciate the online shout-out about the submission.
I'm updating this post because I just saw the TMI Oscar show posted on Youtube. Turns out their FB shout-outs were leading up to a bit they produced for the show:
Cut bit, right?
So, for the curious, here's my actual sketch:
Baby Hitler Hosts the Oscars
Straight from my editing software to you, this month's jokes from the TMI Hollywood Minute...
Trying to get the blog up to date, so I have my jokes from the TMI: Hollywood Minute videos from October assembled here...
Freelance writer, still hacking away.