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In the Words of Gold Five “Stay on Target”

February 3, 2009

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January has come and gone. Hell just yesterday I wanted to write a blog about what to do after Nanowrimo. Yesterday was apparently months and months ago. Oops.

Gosh darn it, time and it’s flying aspects. See what I’m about to do is create an elaborate metaphor in which Time is the dark side ala Ti Fighters… and as the rebel force you must defeat time to create an amazing story, or novel, or body of work.

It’s really very clever, right? Sweet.

So a month has gone by, I hate to say this but as far as writing goes I’ve done barely any so far. A few sketches, and a decent amount of blogging. But my many faceted focus has taken me from writing. And sending out query letters? I think I’ve sent out two this year.

The time has come to recesses my schedule (which is actually abundant with time).

At the same time I need to narrow my focus, at least on writing projects – two novels, sketches, screen plays, poetry, etc.

Right now I’m going to declare February ‘Funny February’ and let everything else sit. My goal is:

  1. create a sketch comedy packet of 5 to 10 of my funniest short sketches.
  2. film 3 sketches
  3. get 2 sketches up on UCB’s ‘Not Too Shabby’
  4. create a solid 20 minute sketch show (for stage)

I almost added more goals there – see what happens. I open up a little and suddenly they’re all over me. I don’t even know where they came from!. Gold leader Gold leader!

Gold Leader: They’re coming in! Three marks at 2-10!
Gold Leader: It’s no good, I can’t maneuver!
Gold Five: Stay on target.
Gold Leader: *We’re too close!*
Gold Five: Stay on target!
Gold Leader: [shouts] Loosen up!
Gold Five: Gold Five to Red leader, lost Tiree, lost Dutch.
Red Leader: I copy, Gold Leader.
Gold Five: It came from… behind!


Some Sketchy News

February 2, 2009

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I recently put together a writing group for sketch comedy; live and video.

This Friday I’ll be putting up my 2nd sketch at Upright Citizen’s Brigade’s ‘Not Too Shabby’.
Shabby is a chance for anyone to try out a sketch on stage, it’s free to the audience and the artists.

Tuesday I’ll be having rehersals with my actors. I can’t wait this is the first real rehersal I’ll have organized for a sketch of my own. That’s new and different.

Friday at midnight the sketch goes up – provided I get picked from the lottery system.

Assuming the sketch goes up and the aduience laughs, I’ll take the sketch to video. If they chuckle a little I’ll try to rewrite it. If they boo, then it goes away.

My Connection to MadTV

So this just in. I just signed up for a sketch writing class (also at UCB) with Colton Dunn

Colton was a writer on the last season of MadTV and was on one of the longest running cagematch champions at UCB called by several names though ‘Kaploosh’ and ‘Kadammit’ were the two longest running incarnations.

I also consider him a friend, though probably heavy on the acquaintance side of things.

So the class starts in 2 weeks, and will make Saturdays’ a 6 hr class day for me. 3 Hours of improv, then 3 hours of sketch writing. The beauty of this of course being, anything that worked in the improv class I may be able to bring over to the sketch class to make better. So this works out brilliantly.

My main goal here is:
A) put together a sketch packet to attract an agent
B) write at least 1 sketch I can film per month
C) create enough stuff that I can do a 20 minute show at UCB

so that’s what’s new with me

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