Death is 2020 – sketch

I am happy to mention I have written a new bit of political sketch comedy, a script for the Politipod podcast called “Death is 2020,” where the “2020 baby” is revealed to be none other than the Grim Reaper himself.

I almost didn’t write the darn thing, at all. I had gone to bed last night knowing I hadn’t written nearly enough on it, with the following day being the deadline. I could feel myself slouching to inaction, but I had nothing to give it.

Up with the damned cat at 3:30 a.m., I finally sat down and promised myself some kind of cookie if would just sit for 30 minutes and push effort. So I got my coffee, sat down at the keyboard and… the laptop crashed. Like, froze, then I rebooted and twice it told me that I need to “reseat the memory.” Ay, that ain’t good. #Setback

Luckily, I have an old laptop to rely upon, so I slapped it on the desk, and pressed on.

I had about 167 words, the nugget of the idea: a newscaster loses his shit as he recaps December, 2020, and calls upon the spirit of the year 2020 to account for itself. It’s revealed to be Death, through a humorous turn of Ecclesiastic events.

Anyway. within an hour I was pleased to have dumped the newscaster idea, made him Trump and tripled the word count to the desired goal, while stuffing the thing like a mattress with jokes.

I’ll try to post the episode once it’s produced and posted. 🙂

Excuse me while I look for my screwdriver…

News Job, STAB! Comedy Theater

Last night, it was my pleasure to appear on News Job, the livestream production by STAB! Comedy Theater in Sacramento. Hosted by Heather Rogue, the show featured scripted and unscripted jokes on news and current events. Besides me, guests on the show included comedians Cory Barringer and Keith Graber.

I wrote some material in advance; there were several rounds of topical humor where all players contributed headline-news jokes “on the fly.” I’m glad to say I held up my end of the gig, and contributed worthy additions. I even got to include my Donald Trump “impression!”

Macrophotography and spiders

I have been exploring macrophotography, and I find that bugs make fascinating subjects for close-up, detailed shots! How fun!

translucent spider on blue background

This little fella is so tiny!

I also explored working with RAW images, in getting the hue and brightness shown here. The waning sunlight of the day shone nearly clean through this little spider, which makes for a transparency and glow effect that I just love! Other angles offered a less-angelic perspective, but seeing a creepy little crawley backlit, with his eyes in bright contrast — I dig it!