Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Why did I write this down?

I carry a notebook around most of the time. I use it to jot down ideas for jokes, phone numbers, shopping lists, what have you.

I learned through experience that when you get an idea, you had better get it committed to paper pretty quickly. I've been half asleep when an idea hits me, and rather than get up and write it down, I've said, "I'm sure I'll remember this in the morning."

And of course morning comes, and my idea is long gone. It never calls, it never writes. Maybe that idea I had was nothing; maybe if I had written it down, I wouldn't have time for blogging because I'd be too busy shooting the second season of Everybody Loves Shecky.

The point is, now I try to trap all of these wisps of inspiration in my notebook. Frequently, it's the simplest thoughts that hold the most promise. It can be a single phrase, such as "bad HMO," or "effeminate caveman." (In case you were wondering: both of them, comedy gold.)

As I said, they are not all winners by any means. I have written things down, sure that I have something really good. But in the cold light of day, I see that what Tanqueray and I had thought was so witty the night before might not be quite as hilarious as it seemed.

Sometimes leafing through my notebook is like visiting a comedy orphanage. "Oh yeah, that's funny, but pretty much just a one-liner... there's a punchline still looking for a premise... why did I write this down?"

Why did I write this down? I'm looking down at my notebook and I see one word: Splenda. Think. Why did I write Splenda? I don't buy Splenda, so I don't think it was a shopping list. I (perhaps in collaboration with Tanqueray) apparently thought there was comic potential in artificial sweetener, but now I have NO idea what it was. It could come to me at any moment, though. Or not.

16 Comments:

At 12:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

 
At 12:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

 
At 12:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

 
At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

 
At 12:29 PM, Blogger awaterpixie said...

Splenda... blah... there is nothing Splendid about Splenda. Why improve on a natural wonder such as sugar? Especially when the chemicals and processing involved in said improvements have been known to cause tumors and brain damage in lab rats. ::sighs..shaking my head::

 
At 12:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

 
At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

 
At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

 
At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

 
At 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

 
At 1:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

 
At 1:47 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Wow! 10 spammers and 1 (now 2) comments!

How do you do it? I can barely get 3 people to read my blog!

You know, I have notes at my desk that I'll jot down when I'm working. Nothing amazing or life-saving, just notes on stuff I'm doing. When I flip back a few pages to try and recall what I was doing the notes never make sense.

I'd be afraid to read what was written down if I carried a notebook all day. I may have to try it!

 
At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

scary spammers and Dan. I feel for you Shecky.

Dan - I read your blog once and did not comment on your blog, stop being so damn paranoid.

 
At 8:08 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Sorry...all you anonymous type the same to me.

 
At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

when you gonna be in vancouver again?

 
At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny. Ish. Could learn a thing or two from Kristy!

 

Post a Comment

<< Home