"Except for MJEH. He is an irredeemable fiend who should be locked up!!" - Alex Mac
So NBC's new masters aren't the most pleasant folk in the world to work for. It'd be sweet karmic payback if it weren't for the fact that those other than Jay Leno will be hit hardest. They should cut everyone else loose out of mercy and force Jay to do an hour minstrel show by himself. Fuckin' guy.
And now a heartfelt plea to AST.
I've heard good things about Ernie Kovacs and was wondering what I should watch. I looked him up on youtube and he's great. Way ahead of his time. But I don't know what I should purchase or pirate (if no releases) to get a sense of his stuff.
Look up "The Nairobi Trio". See if that does anything for you. If it does (and it should), hunt down The Ernie Kovacs Collection, which is a six-DVD collection of everything.
Nice - it could have possibly ended sooner but you did enough funny stuff to make those extra few shots good. I was waiting for the lamp to lamp scene and you snuck it in that last one (and that wink was a great finish).
Thanks! It definitely could have been shorter but we had around 8 more little scenes shot and I had already cut so many - relative to the maximum length, this felt extremely short. I was having trouble gauging whether or not it was overstaying its welcome.
Something like this was a really fun (and taxing) exercise in comedic editing: how much do I include, WHICH scenes do I include or cut, which scenes were the funniest, which serve the joke best, which ORDER should I put them in for the most effective build-up, etc... lots of overthinking things.
My experience has been that the shorter you can make it (while still keeping it funny) the better! ESPECIALLY with stuff like this. The thing is, we know what's coming so you have to figure out other ways to make it seem new or to twist it for us. So, when we go to the empty park scene it isn't that much of a twist and then when we go back to the car for the second Mad Men mashup and it doesn't really heighten the sketch or whatever. Those two scenes probably could've been cut because they don't add anything to it. Let's break it down like an asshole would:
1st scene - we recall that old TV/movie trope of lamp cutaways and here is a sketch with some funny versions of it.
2nd scene - oh, so we don't even need people to really be having sex to cut away.
3rd scene - we don't even need people to be doing anything to cut away.
4th scene - oh, and the nightstand can be at a public place.
5th scene - oh, and it can climb trees (with a joke)
6th scene - and nothing at all needs to be happening
7th scene - and here's another joke (nothing is different about the lamp)
8th scene - and here's another version of the people doing nothing, except there's a twist (and another!)
So, if you look at that asshole breakdown, scene 6 is kind of how we expected the sketch to end with nothing whatsoever happening and scene 8 is that way as well (from a lamp to a lamp). The difference is, scene 8 is a better ending because there is a lot more happening. First it lets us down a little by repeating scene 3 and then surprises us by adding another lamp and then one more fun thing with the wink. So, you can just get rid of scene 6. And, you can get rid of scene 7 since it's really just another way to do the mad men mashup joke and we don't need that much going on for this.
So, I think I would have gone from the desk in the tree to the guys on the couch with the double lamp (and the wink).
Is that Brasky enough for you?
I think we're gonna' need to call Brasky himself in on this one. (But for real, you hit the nail on the head and only reaffirmed most of my thoughts. I was planning on diving back in to fix some of the audio issues, and I may tamper a bit more with the order of things. Thanks again.)
oh, and when I said "asshole" and then "Brasky" later that wasn't supposed to happen Bill!
So, ASR, when do you want me to fly in so I can produce your stage show?
Hey, I made a podcast with two other fellow Chicago improviser/sketch type friends. It's called Podcastaways.
We pretend we're on an island the whole time. And I play wave sounds and stuff in the background.
It's pretty dumb. But good. We've only got two episodes released so far, but quite a few banked so we could release on a weekly basis. If you're so inclined, check them out. We would definitely appreciate it.
For streaming or Direct Download: http://podcastaways.libsyn.com
For iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/p...om/id556775239
It's borrowing a little bit from your never not funny's and ricky gervais podcasts just by the fact that it's at times 3 guys talking... but we improvise sketch stuff more and more as the series goes on, so there's some Comedy Bang Bang elements as well... a lot to do with being on an island, and if you're in the Chicago scene, you might recognize future guests we have on, playing various island animals and things like that. We're on an island! Thanks!
ASR, why are you not worth your own thread?
During the Roseanne Roast when Katy Sagal suggested Amy Schumer consider a diet involving bulimia, I noticed this reaction shot: