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Writing 2 with Nate Herman, How to Develop an SNL Writing Packet

Sketch Comedy’s history is old, in the past couple of hundred years coming from schools and colleges, the end of term skits used to rib the teachers and institutions. Modern sketch really started in 1959, simultaneously out of the University of Chicago in the US, and in the UK from Oxford and Cambridge.
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Nate Herman’s “How To Write A Movie Treatment”

This, according to Nate, is all you need to write a movie treatment and save yourself a tonne of money on books and courses! In fact, by his estimation, you don’t need all that I have written below, some of this is specific to a film I am writing myself. Short, isn’t it.
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Daily Show monologue for Writing 1

This is the monologue I wrote for the Daily Show part of my writing package. It’s fun and I’m quite happy with it…

This is the Daily Show, with Jon Stewart!

[Sit’s down on the chair to the sound of a fart noise, stands up and picks up a whoopie cushion]

Who put this here? Talking of hot air, this has been a week of speeches.

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Colbert Report style editorial piece for Writing 1 with Nate Herman

This is an opening monologue for the Colbert Report that I have written. For those who don’t know, the Colbert Report is a satirical show in which the host, Stephen Colbert makes fun of the right by cartooning himself as right wing himself. It is light hearted and fun, and Colbert’s delivery style is quite earnest. I hope that you can hear his voice through what I wrote below (see underneath for a link to the Colbert Report website where you can watch real episodes, great fun!):
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A rant about the iPhone, edited down

The shortened versions of the iPhone rant I rewrote for my Solo Performance class.

Evolution. The full length version of the rants below is in a post further down the blog. I cut that down and changed the tone of it, and it became the bottom iteration on this page. I then tried to cut it again and again changed the tone. It became a different piece, but was still 3 minutes, so that is the middle piece.

Finally, the top piece here is what this has evolved into. Lots of the jokes cut out, this is the “essence” of what I was driving at I suppose. I hope it is the funniest and clearest rant of the 4 (although, I have dropped many jokes that I like – slaughtering one’s babies!). This has been a good exercise in working out what I am talking about, about honing and evolving my work, and basic editing.

Each version has a slightly different game. The very first game was Machines the Work vs Machines that Don’t. In the final version, immediately beneath here, the game is Manliness.

Manliness and The iPhone

Banging rocks together is manly, and a rock is a manly tool. Most modern man tools don’t survive it but, when one of them is my iPhone, I feel like doing just that; then reinventing fire just to throw the bastard device onto it, and then, reinventing the spear, just to poke the fucker.
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Level 3 with Jason Shotts, a proper introduction to a level!

This class was pretty amazing, we covered so much ground, I wrote more notes for this one class for any other class I’ve done here in Chicago so far.

We started off with a warm up exercise to help us remember each other’s names. As Jason put it, “saying people’s names makes a room 40% less weird”
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