TMI: Hollywood produces a live TOPICAL show each week, every Sunday. And by "every" we mean "many." Not everything submitted gets in. And not everything that gets rejected has a shelf life.
After getting nothing in last week, I got a goodly number of jokes in this week, even with striking out on 2 of those days. The coin flip toss joke punch line was fixed by someone who understands football better than I, but the basic joke was intact. I'm taking credit for the Mitch McConnell joke because they took my set-up and re-used the "gridlock" punchline for an earlier "Biden elected" joke I got in. Maybe that's a "running gag" they want to keep using. The pro-life joke punchline was extended to explain what my original gag "Except for all the dead people" alluded to. And there was some re-phrasing and added words to the Dissing the GOP joke and the Russia joke. Surprisingly, they took my ball drop line as is, and it was one of the more off-beat lines I submitted. And the Santa joke was basically changed from a random guy to making it a Trump joke, and that totally makes sense.
TMI: Hollywood will be doing the Daily Updates as stand-alones until 12/22, and I think they may have a surprise or two before the end of the year, so keep checking their FB page for postings. Have a pleasant week, all and stay safe!
Got a nice run of jokes this week, not without some hitches. Like the Dept. of State joke. I actually read a headline that used the phrase "diplomatic immunity" about their parties, so I decided to change it to "confusing diplomatic immunity with herd immunity." But it got changed back to just "diplomatic immunity." I'm proud of the 'boot' joke. I got good reaction from that elsewhere, that they adjusted the wording a bit and it did work better. Other punchlines were extended to better explain the set up. The presidential vaccine bit got re-worked. The "caroling" joke got re-written by someone that doesn't know there is a Carol on TWD. I'm taking the credit for all of them anyway.
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Only two shows this week because of the Thanksgiving break. But I got a joke in each, so I'm happy. I try to mix it up between sharp, biting truth-to-power jokes and goofy, silly jokes. We skew goofy, silly this week. Which is fine. In fact, when I come up with a good goofy punchline or pun and sometimes get the vibe it's right up the producer's alley and I'm often correct.
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Not an outstanding week for me. I got a solid joke in about the medal of Freedom, but I got aced out of a couple days' videos. Zip, zilch, nada. Then the next day, I'd get two in, so I guess it evens out. Not much to add, except to remind you, TMI: Daily is on the TMI: Hollywood Facebook Page weeknights at 6pm on (Hollywood time). And here's my contributions for last week:
Okay, let's rant. Sean Connery dies. It's 2020, so I write a joke about double-oh seven being taken out by 2020. Not the funniest joke, but I liked the play on 007 vs. 2020. I mean, I even wrote it out as double-oh seven. They changed it to 2020 took out James Bond. How's that even a joke? My logic is there, 2020 being so bad it's killing indestructible people like James Bond, but I wanted to bump it up a bit. But, no, no, they rewrote that. It wasn't better. Just different. Maybe worse. I know, I know, writers get re-written, but it just gets to me after awhile. I write alone. I tend to fall in love with my words, so I feel it. It's been this way since junior high school. I joined the school paper as a way to express myself. My first assignment was to interview a teacher about an upcoming school event. I clumsily did the interview and submitted it. When the paper came out, my byline was there, but there was not a single word I had written. They event had changed and the teacher spoke to the supervisor of the paper directly to update the information. She explained it to me, but I feel...bad. I didn't get a shot to rework it. I'm reading it for the first time with no idea and I felt it was wrong to have my name on it.
Otherwise, it was an average week dealing with the election and its aftermath.
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An average week for me, but with a higher level of aggravation for me. I'm seeing a lot of my topics used, but the punchlines go off kilter. I mean, there was a joke about Tucker Carlson losing his big, important documents in the mail. Everyone heard about it. I wrote a couple of punchlines;
-Oh, well, back to just making things up.
-Apparently along with Trump's healthcare plan, stimulus package and tax returns.
-Man, that Postmaster General can't get nothing right.
So how do they rewrite the joke? With a line about the dog eating the report, just like every third tweet and post online. And a shout-out to the Canadian girlfriend thing.
Look, there was a thing I learned, from actual comedy people, that you don't go with the first idea that pops into your head, because, odds are, it popped into everyone else's head, too. And I really try to do that, I try to let a premise rattle around in my skull until I can figure out how to come at it from a different angle. That's why I like working on ComedyWire, I get to see how other people's minds work and to see who else came up with my kind of punchline. And avoid it. Do I get too obscure or inside? I don't know. But I feel like I'm making an effort above and beyond and it's just not being noticed.
It was a trying week also, because I got nothing in for the first two nights. Zip. Finally starting on Wednesday, I started seeing variations on my material, so, I'm including those.
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An average week for me, a decent number of jokes were used, with some slightly re-worded punchlines, but if I used the phrase "head wound" and you use the phrase "head wound" in the rewrite, I'm taking the credit. But there are days like, how many Trump jokes are too many? I'm grabbing some of my material off my Comedywire submissions, and I'm extracting my tweets. Right now, everything is practice for TMI: Daily. And remember...
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Wasn't a great week for me this week on the show. To be honest, I started off the week feeling I was off my game, but, surprisingly, got a couple of jokes in. Then towards the end of the week, I was thought I was really cooking, but nothing got picked. Very frustrating, especially recognizing a couple of the set-ups were mine.
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Yes, quarantine has lasted awhile now. And things get weird. I've been working out of my basement for months now and finally I reached a tipping point. I saw other people posting cute "COVID" videos and messing around online. And I was a little jealous, but really didn't have anything to do that I thought would be clever. Then I dreamed this up. Literally. I woke one morning with the whole concept of a masked magician having come to me in a dream and I actually remembered the dream! Then it was a matter of doing it in a practical manner. Then I fired up the old webcam and started playing around with the idea! And here we are. So, ladies and gentelmen, the wizard of lockdown, the pandemic prestidigitator, The Amazing Maskorini!
Freelance writer, still hacking away.