Tonight we'll workshop a commercial parody. Originally, I was pretty thrilled with my ideas. First of all, commercial parodies are my favorite. I still have a handful of those I wrote as an 8th grader. My fake commercial was my favorite skit from the WIT class earlier this spring, and was the one I read in the final showcase. My problem for this assignment was that I had too many ideas. Due to time constraints and pressing work projects, I wasn't able to write a whole bunch, and pick my favorite. But I have one, and as I type and format it now, it's getting much funnier than it originally was when I hand-wrote it in my downtime at work. It's based off a real commercial, but I've polled about seven people, and none of them have seen the original. I'm not sure if that will work for or against me... I've gotten feedback from two people who think it's funny, but I think they're biased.
Saturday night, we'll workshop a sketch with only two characters. Mine is kind of a game show parody, which just might be my other favorite thing to write. I still have some work to do to beef up the funniness in this one, but I think it's manageable. I just really wish it were possible to film it, because when I see it in my head, I crack up. I hope I can translate that visual into stage directions and all.
My 13-year-old self is super excited about this. And my 24-year-old self is kind of bouncing off the walls, too. It's a lot of fun to follow your dreams.
It's kind of hard to be funny when real life is already so amusing: Cookbook Typo
The publishing company was forced to pulp and reprint 7000 copies of Pasta Bible last week after a recipe called for "salt and freshly ground black people" – instead of pepper – to be added to the spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto.
(Thanks for Eileen @ Speak Coffee to Me for posting that link!)