Recently read Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. A well known book on screenwriting. In it he shows you how to break down a story using a beat sheet. Breaking the 3 Act structure into 15 beats every Hollywood movie hits and when (what page). I’ve found it to be super helpful. It got me wondering if this could be done for sketch.
The Fishers initially wanted $75,000 from Progressive (the difference between the at-fault driver’s claim and Katie’s). Progressive refused to pay. The Fishers aren’t legally allowed(?) to dispute that so they sue the other driver, and despite Progressive legally defending him, are awarded…
A few weeks ago my friends and I went to a party at a guy’s house. This dude and his friends were very cute and funny, with great arms and taste in music - AND YET upon walking into their apartment my pussy dried up and left. It put on it’s…
A few hours ago, I landed in Los Angeles, turned on my phone, and confirmed what you already know. Sony Pictures Television is replacing me as showrunner on Community, with two seasoned fellows that I’m sure are quite nice - actually, I have it on good authority they’re quite nice, because…
He was in his late 50s when I was taking classes from him and he had a shitty apartment and slept on a futon and all he ever did was hang around Improv Olympic, watching or teaching, never really performing. His classes were so insane. It was a three hour class and sometimes he would tell two people to get on stage and we would just do scenes for three hours and get notes from him and then sometimes he would come in and say, “Did I ever tell you the time that John Belushi and I did acid?” and he would just tell you stories for three hours and nobody would get on stage. You’d be like, “What the hell just happened?” But it was clear that he just had unfounded enthusiasm for this form and it was contagious. He was a charismatic guy.
- SNL’s Weekend Update head writer Alex Baze on his time studying under Del Close in Chicago in the early 90s. He performed with The Victim’s Family (later shortened to just The Family), a legendary team that featured Adam McKay, Rachel Dratch, Matt Besser, and Ian Roberts, amongst others.
My name is Douglas Rushkoff
I am humbled and honored to be amplified by your voices.
You are not fighting against people, but against a machine.
It was put in place over 500 years ago.
By a wealthy elite - trying to repress a booming peer to peer economy.
Those people are all dead, but their program lives on.
They invented an operating system called central currency.
People who used to trade directly,
were now forced to borrow money from the king’s bank.
The elite also invented software for that operating system.
It was called the chartered monopoly. Today we call it the corporation.
It is a program designed to extract value.
It has legal monopoly over its industries.
We are legally prohibited from creating and exchanging value
unless we do it through the corporation.
We cannot work unless we have a “job.”
We outsource our work, we outsource our savings, we outsource our borrowing, we outsource our investing - all instead of sourcing one another.
This 13th Century, printing-press era operating system
is incompatible with a 21st Century economy.
It is broken and dying. But it is still occupying our reality.
Too many are mistaking this operating system - for the way things are.
They see the Occupy Movement as the impediment.
We are not asking for wealth to be redistributed.
We are asking for the redistribution to STOP.
The Long Extraction is Over.
The peer to peer society is back.
We are ready to create and exchange value as people.
They say that the Occupy Movement has no leadership.
They are wrong.
You are the leaders
The rest of us are your followers.
What you do here - shows what we can do out there.
You are the classroom - we are the students
You are the experiment - we are the results.
You are the proposition - we are the resolution.
If you can sleep under tarps
the rest of us can tell your story to our children at bedtime
If you can resist the cops.
The rest of us can resist the market and the mall
If you can live on shared food
The rest of us can buy and grow local crops
If you can live with no money
The rest of us can start using alternative currencies
If you can stand firm in the streets
The rest of us can stand firm in our foreclosed homes
and stand with our neighbors in theirs.
If you can occupy Zucotti Park
The rest of us can occupy reality.
And by that same logic:
As the nights get colder,
as the Mayor grows less tolerant,
or as the police get more violent,
Remember that you have already won.
Whatever happens in this square,
the day you leave is not the day you have lost
it is not the day you have surrendered.
It is the day you have spread out.
It is the day you have declared a bigger battlefield.
It is the day you teachers and we students become the same.
It is the day we Occupy the World.
”—Douglas Rushkoff’s speech to Occupy Wall Street last Wednesday (via halphillips)
Even though it’s acknowledged as one of the all-time classic comics, I still feel like Miracleman gets unjustly overlooked. This is probably mostly because it’s been out of print forever (although you can download it). Also, its two writers are Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, each with a better-known…
It’s truly unfortunate that the series is out of print and hard to come by. I think that Marvel has actually since acquired the rights to reprint the entire Moore/Gaiman run, and unless something changes (and with Miracleman everything changes when it comes to ownership) Marvel was scheduled to reprint within the next year or so.
The series really doesn’t waste any time, it’s pure economy of thought when it comes to the superhero story. It definitely seemed like Moore must have just been sitting around asking himself ‘If superheroes were real there wouldn’t be any of this bullshit or that. So what would it be like?’
Oh man and the 2 page spread of the devastation of London in Issue #15 still creeps me out. My favorite series of all time.
“Text and email are polite invitations to a conversation. They happen at the speed and leisure of both the sender and the receiver. In stark contrast, when you get a phone call, it’s almost always a convenient time for the caller and a bad time for the recipient, who I refer to as the “victim” because I insist on accuracy. My philosophy is that every phone conversation has a loser.”—
I’m in the same boat as Hal; I hate the phone as a means of communication. Reading Scott Adams’ philosophy on the matter invariably forces me to draw a comparison to the comics medium as compared to film. Comics, like text and email, allow the reader to absorb the material as fast or slow as he or she wishes. While I value film (certainly more than the phone) its medium is tyrannical, stringing the viewer along among its pre-ordained time limits. Comics are more “convenient” than film, and I wonder if Scott Adams phone philosophy derives in some part from a similar observation.
This is an email I just sent to friends and family. Please read, and please call. And please, please reblog (PLEASE) and help me spread the word. It would mean a lot to me.
This past June 14th marks 4 years since my mother Martha was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. June 17th would have been…
Please take a moment to read/reblog/forward/post/help. We all know someone who has suffered from cancer and how devastating it can be for a family. Kate’s a wonderful person and we should all take a cue from her.
I'm planning my Halloween costume early this year. I would really like something that women would find sexy. I'm pretty much torn between Doug Henning and Slim Goodbody. What do you think?
Great idea! Both of your choices are sure to be a hit at any party. However, I think you need to realize that no matter how good you look on the outside it’s what’s inside that counts. Ladies know this secret and so did Slim Goodbody. That’s why he wears pictures of his insides on his outsides. Since he was truly a man ahead of his time I would suggest you take your queue from the Superhero of Health himself and get yourself some organ tissue spandex.
I'm terribly bored with my life as of late. I'm planning on taking up a very dangerous and highly addictive habit but there are so many to choose from. Any suggestions?
Sounds like you’re already half way on the road to recovery! Don’t let boredom get you down. When considering which dangerously addictive habit to choose it’s important to try each one. What works for one person may not work for others. There’s no better teacher than experience they say.
So, try the most dangerous and highly addictive habit first and then go through them one by one. Remember you can always have more than one habit too! Even meth-heads can multitask, so don’t limit yourself.
Great question! Unfortunately my answer may not be what you want to hear. You can’t get a celebrity to like you. But don’t despair, Anonymous, you can watch them from their garden or poolhouse for weeks, learning their daily routine. Then when they’re vulnerable you can take his/her beautiful face and wear it.
So just remember being liked by a celebrity isn’t the end-all-be-all, but terrorizing them and stealing their skin just might be.
I’d like to share a recipe that I picked up back when I was waiting tables at The Old Bay, a Cajun/Creole restaurant in New Brunswick, NJ. This recipe only appeared for a brief time on a seasonal menu, but I’ve always thought it was one of the best salads that place churned out.
Since I was much less capable at cooking back then, I hadn’t really picked up the exact recipe. I’ve since tried to recreate it as best as I could, although I’ve never been sure that I’ve gotten it exactly right. The good part about cooking however is that there is no exactly right or wrong. Unless you count food that’s unsafe to eat… I suppose that’s wrong.
Preparation Time – 30 minutes Serves – 4 ppl
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard ¼ teaspoon kosher salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper 6 tablespoons olive oil 10 ounces assorted greens, well washed and spun dry (choose from red leaf, arugula, chicory, curly endive, mustard greens, romaine, or a mixture) 1 ripe, Bartlett pear, cored and thinly sliced 1 ripe, Granny Smith apple, cored and thinly sliced 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted (or pecans) 4 ounces fine, smoked gouda thinly sliced 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (completely optional)
1. Whisk together balsamic vinegar, syrup, mustard, salt, and pepper.
2. Gradually, whisk in oil until completely blended. It’s important that you do this process slowly as the mustard acts as an emulsifier between the oil and vinegar. In order to have your dressing blend most effectively, the mustard needs time to soak the oil in. If you add the oil too quickly it may not blend thoroughly.
3. Cover dressing and refrigerate until chilled (about 10 minutes). The dressing can keep for about a week if covered and refrigerated.
4. Prepare the salad ingredients. Slice the pear, apple, and Gouda. Chop the walnuts and crumble any goat cheese you plan to add.
5. Toss the mixed greens, pear slices and apple slices with enough of the chilled dressing to coat thinly. Plate the mixture.
6. Top the salad mixture with crushed walnuts, smoked Gouda, and any goat cheese (optional). Serve and enjoy.