Friday, September 7, 2007

Flattery Not Included


This one is simple and a lot of fun. Have you ever wanted to write a scene for Monty Python or Mr. Show? Have you ever wanted to write a scene for SNL or MADtv?

Your assignment is to do just that. Write a scene for your favorite sketch show. It doesn't even have to be from television. It can be for a group you have seen live, like The Second City.

Write a scene for that group. Instead of imitating well-known characters your favorite actors do or did, come up with new ones you think will fit their style.

And here's where it can really get fun. Say you do want to write a scene for The Second City. You can write for the specific cast of a show you saw or you can cherry pick your cast. I'd love to see a scene with John Belushi and Tina Fey or Scott Adsit with Gilda Radner. Go for it. It's your scene. Write for people whose work you really enjoy and admire.

Hell, you can even cross-pollinate. Let's see a scene with John Cleese, David Cross and Keegan-Michael Key.

What are your favorite shows and your favorite performers? Let them be your muse.


7:30pm at The Chicago Cultural Center. Call 312-742-TIXS(8497) for reservations.

Here's another picture to whet your appetite...

What's in my pocket?
Dada poems put through a paper shredder.

What am I thinking?
How my underwear is severely and rapidly creeping up my behind.

Photo by Michael Brownlee.


More people have joined us for The Nod. Keri Myslinski, Amy Guth and Claire Micklin will be sharing their fine work on Wednesday, Spetember 19th at the Uptown Writer's Space.


Osama bin Laden and Britney Spears both plan to release comeback videos. When will the pain and suffering stop? How much longer will we have to live in fear? Homeland Security has raised the country's alert levels up to Black Lace which means there's a high probability of grease stains and unwanted exposure to butt cheek.


Yesterday, I asked...

"Patrick Hamman of Des Moines has been arrested for assaulting his father. His weapon of choice was what?"

50% said "His mother's prosthetic leg"
- Sadly, she was using it at the time....Not!

12% picked "A 'World's Greatest Dad' mug"
- Oh, the irony. Oh, the "no."

No one picked "The family dog"
- My fault no one was enticed to pick this one. I should have been more descriptive, but I couldn't figure out which kind of dog would be funny. German Shepherd? Alaskan Malamute? Chihuahua?

The correct answer, which 38% got, was "A bag of Cheetos"

According to the Associated Press, Patrick Hamman, 22, of Des Moines, threw a bag of Cheetos at his father, Michael Hamman, hitting him in the face Sunday night. The bag hit his father's glasses, causing a cut to the bridge of his nose, police said. The evidence? Well, the police report said "Michael's T-shirt was also covered in Cheeto dust." Police said Patrick, who lives with his father, admitted that he was on methamphetamine at the time of the argument. Cheetos, the cheese that goes "Fuck you, Father, I hate you, I hate you, I hate you!"

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