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Don’t Nominate Me For An ECNY

People are asking me to nominate them for the ECNY Awards and, yeah, I understand wanting to be nominated for that. I just want to point this out, from the ECNY’s own FAQ:

How are nominees chosen?

Good question. From November 23 – December 17, 2010, the general public is allowed to submit anyone in any category. Hundreds of names are submitted in each and every category, so we take that list to our hand-picked Industry Committee which consists of a broad spectrum of approximately 50 comedy professionals based in New York. These people live and breathe comedy: they manage theaters, they produce shows, they work in television, they run internet sites, they blog about us and review shows. The Industry Committee votes and the top vote getters become the nominees. Our awesome web designer created a cryptic voting program; none of the producers know how each Industry Committee member voted!

The nominations aren’t votes. If you’re nominated once, you’re in! No need to run a campaign yet! Heck, you can just nominate yourself. Over and over again! It’s anonymous!

I guess what I’m trying to say is this: I already voted for myself. If I do get nominated, that’s when I’ll start asking for votes. (Not that I’ll need them. I’m terrific!)

I hope no one hates me for this.

Sketch Mountain

I had an idea today that there could be an online reserve of sketch comedy scripts licensed under Creative Commons, available for anyone to download and produce.

  • Writers would need to be given credit.
  • Videos would be linked from scripts’ pages, and vice versa.  You could see how other people shot it before your crew took a stab at it.
  • Scripts could be tagged, in case you want to shoot a Christmas script or you have a banana costume or whatever.

I feel like this would be a good way for sketch writers and actors to get experience and collaborate with new people.  As a writer, it’d be nice to have a profile page with links to all my sketch scripts to refer to and forward to people.  Second City sketches play out using different actors on stage over the course of years.  It might be interesting to see how different groups approach the filming of this or that script from (a website which does not yet exist).

Is it a good idea?  Is it doable?  Let’s do it!

The “My Daughter, My Wife” Challenge

So I wrote this sketch called “My Daughter, My Wife”.  You can read the full script here:

I have never been able to get this thing produced.  It’s simply beyond my means.  But I am very proud of it.  This thing kills at read- throughs.  I have seen stone-faced actors drop to floor in fits of laughter at its mention of Chumba Wumba alone.

So, here’s where you come in.  Please produce my sketch.  Any of you.  If you’re reading this and want to shoot a sketch, make it mine.  I will love you always if it is good.


Notes From My Brother’s Roast

Last Saturday I did something I normally don’t do, namely standup comedy.  My brother Josh (co-founder of T’welv-Step Records) threw himself a bash for his birthday and I got to host it and roast him.  It went pretty well.  Here are the notes from the second half of my act where I deconstructed his Facebook profile:

Yes, it’s a PDF.  Yes, this was the weaker half of my set.  Yes, I may post the notes from the better half at some point.

No, I do not normally do standup comedy. Stop telling me to put things in my act.