Hey Lucy

Ok, you might not find this funny AT ALL, but I think it’s tragic and hilarious.


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This was floating around Facebook tonight, and some of the comments ranged from “This is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen” to “sorry, I understand sarcastic humour where something is sooo bad it’s funny, but really… this is JUST SHIT! There’s nothing funny or ironic about it whatsoever. Seriously… it’s bad, off the charts.”

Humor is subjective. Not everyone’s going to like everything.

All I can argue is why I find it so funny, and make a little comment about comedy in general.

Now, mind you, I don’t have a degree from Humber or anything, so I’m no expert, I’m just going on my experience and my instinct here… I also can’t sleep.

Some humor is grounded wordplay, gags and surprises. It engages your mind.

Some humor is grounded in empathy. It engages your heart and your gut.

The best is usually a combination of the two.

This video, for me, plays to my feelings of empathy and the awesome tragedy of humanity.

The guy who made this is clearly in love with this Lucy person, and has gone to such an extreme to try and express his love, but he’s failed so miserably. It’s an awful video (albeit somewhat catchy. I can’t seem to stop playing it) but he’s obviously put some effort into it. It must have taken him some real thought and time. He didn’t know he’d come off as some kind of stalker. I’m pretty sure that was far from his intent. Now, I can only speak for myself, but I’ve been in this guy’s position. I’ve never gone so far as to make a music video declaring my unrequited love, but I’ve felt this guy’s pain.

I know where he’s coming from.

For example: A show like The Office was a cringe inducing, awkward comedy. But at the end of the day, David Brent was a good guy, with a good heart, he just couldn’t express himself. He tried too hard. He just wanted to be accepted, loved and validated. But all his attempts at getting any of that ended up making him look like a fool and a jerk. But you rooted for him. You wanted him to be accepted in the end. Maybe you didn’t, but I genuinely believe that deep down, that was the point. That was his subtext.

I think a good comedy engages the audience, it gives you someone to identify with and root for. But they must always fail. Until the end… Except in the darker comedies, where the hero fails even when you think they’re going to win.

I could cite a few examples of comedies that didn’t engage me, but certainly engaged a lot of people. I mean, I think that ultimately, you try to be true to yourself, and write from the heart. But not everyone is going to like it. Again, it’s all subjective. If you’re lucky, and intuitive, you’ll engage enough people. But if you try to force it, you’ll fail. I hear the word “heart” being thrown around a lot these days in terms of what the networks are looking for… But I don’t think some people really understand what that means. To me, this has heart.

So… Back to the video. I also imagine poor Lucy on the receiving end, and what her reaction must have been. Horror? Shock? Embarrassment?

Since it’s leaked onto the internet, I’m guessing she wasn’t swept of her feet, and I imagine she thought it was hilarious and posted it only to humiliate the guy. So in the end, he doesn’t really deserve her. That’s me justifying shit so I don’t feel so bad about laughing at someone’s misfortune (I’m also trying to find some way of making the guy a hero). But there you go…

I mean, if it was a friend of mine, I probably wouldn’t laugh at it. I don’t know what that says… That’s a whole other issue.

Anyway.

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Sigh of Relief

It’s been a while. Let me see, what have I been doing…

I was working.

And I moved in January.

There, you’re all caught up.

I just finished writing the last episode of Canadia… Like five minutes ago. We still have 2 episodes left to record, but I’m done with the writing. Done.

It’s bittersweet for sure. I’m not exactly sure how I feel. A bit relieved, a bit sad… A bit… Tired. Actually, shit, really tired.

24 episodes in a year and a half. 10 the first season, 14 this season.

I hope people like this season (Which, incidentally, starts this Wednesday @11pm on CBC radio 1)…

Anyway, I’m going to bed. For a few days, I think. Then I’ll catch up on all the e-mails… taxes… life… That I’ve been neglecting for so long.

I had a hell of a time. Not many people get to do what I just did. I’ve been really lucky for this experience.

Ahh, feels nice…

Wait…

Oh… There’s this little… Twinge of something… In my gut… What is that…

oh.

What the hell am I going to do now?!?!

shit.

I’m unemployed.

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UR MR. GAY

I know I haven’t done an update in a while, and I’m sorry, I’ve been really swamped. There is one coming soon.

Anyway, I had to post this because it was too awesome.

From Megaton News:

Notice the white sparkles on the corners of some of the letters, they spell out U R MR GAY. Could this possibly be an accident, or did some Xbox Live kid do the boxart design? Great lookin boxart even if it does make you MR GAY

I like the fact that it calls you MR GAY. The “MR.” really adds a sense of class.

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Distracted by the Evil Pets

I was supposed to go into CBC today to sit behind Joe and read a magazine while he mixed our latest masterpiece… But Joe’s at home tending to a sick child.

So, I’ve been sitting at my desk all day with a pounding headache (stress or the air pressure, who knows at this point) staring at my computer… Trying to work…

Days like this are torture.

I’m not working on anything specific, just a few outlines and I’m trying to finish a dirty draft of this stupid screenplay…

I get distracted.

First, I stare at my thinning hair in the webcam… And read about all the various baldness cures… (I do this every day. I’m pretty much resolved to letting nature take it’s course, but every day I hope a new cure will be found. They won’t announce it in the papers, it’s information will be buried deep within the bowels of the interweb… only to be found and used by those geeky enough to know where to look…)

Then I read all the papers. It’s nice to see a Canadian newspaper has finally written a piece about Chaperone heading to London… only four days after it was announced.

Then I surf… and surf… and surf… I read about British model, Keeley Hazell’s sex tape hitting the internet. So I spend about 30 seconds tracking down the video (find it yourself… pervs) and I can’t help but notice that for a model who is famous for posing topless, there is a surprising lack of toplesness in the sex tape.

I spend a few minutes e-mailing this hilarious observation to my friends.

Then I try to get some more work done.

But then, the ultimate distraction. I look down, and there are the pets. Staring at me. I don’t know what the hell they want, but I’m pretty sure their intentions are evil.

I mean…

JUST LOOK AT THEM!

And then I spend an hour taking the picture, editing the picture and finally writing this post.

Which by this point is the most productive thing I’ve done all day, but it’s also the stupidest thing I’ve ever written.

I debate deleting it, but then I’d have nothing to show for my day… Which is really sad.

I go back to look at my thinning hair in the webcam.

Actual work = 1.5 pages
Time wasted = 5 hours and counting

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The Intelligent Audience

I watch a lot of TV. A lot. I was raised on the television. My parents parked my crib in front of the TV. It was my babysitter, my best friend, and my first true love.

I consider myself a bit of an expert/historian/geek when it comes to TV.

One thing that amazes me lately, is this general perception in Canadian Television that Canadian audiences want safe TV. And by safe, I mean Corner Gas… and yes, Little Mosque. Which although risky in premise, is actually about as safe as you can get.

I would like to point out a couple things about Canadian audiences.

I believe that the Canadian audience is as sophisticated as (if not more than) the American audience.

Shows that are hits on Cable in the States, are mainstream hits here at home. For example: The Daily Show does better per capita in Canada than it does in the US.

The Sopranos ran unedited on CTV.

In terms of Canadian programming, I would like people to remember The Newsroom. Not the version that I was on (I have to be careful here) but the show that premiered in ’96. The show that swept the Gemini’s. The show that was so popular that it prompted Vanity Fair to do profile piece on Ken Finkleman.

The first year of The Newsroom was (dare I say it) a bigger break-out hit than Corner Gas. It renewed people’s faith in Canadian television. It was bold, dark, edgy and nothing like anyone had seen before on network television… (Larry Sanders was on cable).

It’s easy to forget that first year. By the time I joined the show, the British version of The Office was winning all sorts of awards around the world… The Newsroom was no longer as fresh as it once was, after being off the air for several years… Audiences had gotten more sophisticated.

So, as the Corner Gas imitators start coming through the gates, I’d like people to remember that it is possible for a show to be “edgy” and “dark” and also be a “hit”. I fear that Canadian Television is underestimating the intelligence of the audience.

I worry that writers (always trying to second guess what the executives want) are going to be afraid of taking risks… When now is the most important time in Television history to take risks. There’s so much at stake, how can you not take a risk?

I don’t know what I’m saying here. I’m looped up on sleep drugs (which apparently aren’t helping, it’s 3am) but I know what I’m trying to say.

err.

Ok…

A good show is a good show. It shouldn’t be edgy for the sake of being edgy. It should just be good. That being said, if it’s good, AND it’s edgy, someone should take a chance on it. It shouldn’t be swept under the carpet because it’s not safe. Nor should it be “safe-a-fyied” in order to make it acceptable.

Now, if it’s safe AND it’s good (Corner Gas) than that’s great too. It’s all about the intent of the creator and his/her ability to convey that intent into a funny, solid script.

The audience is a lot more intelligent than anyone gives them credit for. They’re always a few steps ahead of the show. I consider myself an audience member fist, and a writer second.

Now, that being said…

Does anyone else find Beauty and The Geek one of the most entertaining shows in history?

I find it insanely gripping.

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