Before #nanowrimo, thoughts on writing from Neil Gaiman.
Ok, well, “playing game” generally means you do improv a bit more like you’re writing a sketch on your feet. It should feel like your scenes comes up a funny idea, and then once it finds its idea it uses that idea as the main theme.
Here some things you can work on.
Inspired by sketch archivist Damian Chadwick, I have compiled a list of every sketch I put up at Maude Night over the last six years. I included the Casts and Directors to the best of my recollection. I listed the runners individually, cause heck, I still wrote them. Except for Gramp’s “Tax…
Just looked up that Janet Jackson sketch about some guys in a bar who are surprisingly knowledgeable about and envious of Janet Jackson.RODNEY Winning the NAACP Image Award for your work as PATRICIA in Tyler Perry's... ALL GUYS WHY DID I GET MARRIED? ED Or co-starring with Tupac in POETIC JUSTICE. PETE Before he was shot and tragically died. ED Unlike my wife Trish. Who was shot and tragically lived. PETE They ever catch that guy? ED (guilty pause) No.
Classic Skuntz. Pretty sure this is the sketch that made Tanouye quit directing us.
Inspired by sketch archivist Damian Chadwick, I have compiled a list of every sketch I put up at Maude Night over the last six years. I included the Casts and Directors to the best of my recollection. I listed the runners individually, cause heck, I still wrote them. Except for Gramp’s “Tax Advice #3”. That was just Don Fanelli crying over his dead gorilla (Alex Kane) as an audience member shouts, “what the?”.
Only my Dinner sketches are in, somewhat, chronological order. Wanted the world to know I went out on Dick Beef.
Jealousy and bitterness exist in just about every pursuit, and especially artistic ones. I can only speak from a comedian’s perspective, but I’ve watched it ruin people. I believe that if you are going to pursue stand up comedy as a career, you have to understand that there is no clear cut path to “making it.” You can’t let yourself think that paying dues leads to anything except the lessons and experiences that you take away. You can’t start believing that another person’s success is your failure. You can’t become so jaded that you write off the entire industry because of a few perceived injustices. There’s always someone who has more of a right to complain than you do and chooses not to. Falling into cynicism with things outside of your control can poison everything you do and derail you from honing your craft, which is always THE MOST IMPORTANT THING.
Written by Me. Directed by Alden Ford. Featuring Andrew Law (Jerry), Eddie Dunn (Kramer), Bree Sharp (Elaine), Natasha Rothwell (George).
Why haven’t I posted Burt Franklin Beans yet? This sketch is from one of Dinner’s first shows. Maybe the first?
Written by Me
Directed by Alden Ford
Featuring Andrew Law, Natasha Rothwell, Bree Sharp, Eddie Dunn and Jennifer Aniston
Recently read Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. A well known book on screenwriting. In it he shows you how to break down a story using a beat sheet. Breaking the 3 Act structure into 15 beats every Hollywood movie hits and when (what page). I’ve found it to be super helpful. It got me wondering if this could be done for sketch.