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Belly shakers and comedic genius.

I grew up a child of television. As a latch key kid there was no one around routinely to monitor what I watched after school and in the evenings my mother was so tired from working all day she never asked me what I was watching because she was just glad I was occupied so she could relax. Because of that I had a very extensive comedic childhood, watching way too many shows I probably shouldn’t have.

Having said that, the shows I watched were comedic gold and my favorites then are still my favorites today. If I happen to catch an errant episode on TV land, I’ll stop whatever I’m channel surfing for and settle in for a good old fashioned guffaw.

My favorites?
Well, I LOVE LUCY jumps to the head of the line. Remember VITAMEATAVEGAMIN?

And who could ever forget the Carol Burnett Show’s spoof, WENT WITH THE WIND?

I can recite every line, every nuance, every word of those two skits. Perfectly.  And when I’m not saying them out loud, I’m laughing out loud. Big, body shaking belly laughs.

Another one? The Robin Williams interview on INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO. Watch it and I dare you not to laugh. I double dog dare you!

Recently, I rewatched a comedy classic on Comedy Central, the REDNECK COMEDY TOUR. I will admit, I am almost embarrassed about how funny I find these guys! And at how loud I laugh when they’re on.

Since this is a blog hop, you might want to stop by these other authors and have a good belly laugh, too!

 

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From the Bard to Broadway

This past weekend I had the privilege of seeing one of the best written, most witty  musical comedies ever penned on Broadway: Something Rotten. I’ve mentioned many times on these blog pages that I can’t write “funny.” I can be funny in real life, but putting the laugh on the page is torture for me. Not so much the writers of Something Rotten. From the opening line to the last curtain call, you will laugh. Uproariously. Belly-quiveringly. Soul-shakingly.

The story tells the tale of  William Shakespeare’s fictional rivals, The Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel. They want one hit, just one fabulous play to be produced so they can throw their success in Will’s face – as he does unendingly and fabulously in their’s and every other playwright of the era’s faces. This Will Shakespeare is no meek little Bard. No, he is conceited, arrogant, mocking, self-serving, and more than anything, hysterical.

All the characters were so well written and so thought-out I was jealous. The writers of this play could be best selling fiction authors if they chose – any maybe they were in another life – I have no idea. But this jealousy got me thinking: how come I can’t write funny?

I can do tears and emotions like no one’s business.  I can take a heart wrenching incident and get it on the page so that the reader starts to well up and reach for a hankie.  I can talk to people and make them hold their sides in laughter, but I can’t translate that to the page.

Weird, isn’t it?

So, are you funny? Can your write funny? I’m interested in how authors go about being funny on the page. Let’s discuss….

 

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