Friday, March 30, 2007

Dedication?

I've been inspired by my friend Jason over at Stumbling Towards 30 to try to post here more consistently.

Lots has been going on since I last posted. I've finally finished writing my sketch show. Almost. I have a couple of final things to finish, but it's scheduled to go up on May 17. I'm definitely feeling the pressure now that I have actual dates for the run. I've had some people look at the sketches I've written and they tell me they are funny. However, these have mostly been my friends and fellow performers who like my style. I'm a little worried about a few of the sketches, frankly. They may be a little too dark for some audiences. The right crowd will think they're funny but there are a lot of people who may just groan and think they are sick.

That's me.

I've already assembled my cast for this show. I only need four people, so that's all I've got. I've got four really great performers, though. They all know what they are doing and how good sketch works so I'm comfortable they'll do everything justice and probably even make everything funnier than I wrote. In fact, I wrote one sketch specifically for two of my cast members just so they could play two of their hilarious characters.

Overall, I'm very excited about this show. I hope it goes well. If not, I'm sure I'll learn plenty of lessons for next time. In fact, I'm already formulating some ideas for my next show. I don't want to get ahead of myself, though.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

The Cure

The President of Gambia - an African nation plagued by HIV/AIDS - claims that he had a dream in which his ancestors gave him the formula for the cure for HIV/AIDS. In this article from CNN.com it is stated that the formula consists of "seven herbs and spices." Seven herbs and spices? That's only 4 herbs and/or spices short of The Colonel's secret KFC recipe. Maybe we should just ship them over millions of tubs of KFC chicken.

Don't forget to take your medicine, kids. Eat KFC.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Here We Go Again

An article just popped up on SI.com saying that Chicago prosecutors want Tank Johnson in jail due to his two arrests on gun charges and one for assaulting an officer.  Here's the article.  I don't know if he is innocent or guilty, but there are two paragraphs at the end of the article that bug me.
 

In an earlier hearing, Johnson and his attorney, Lorna Propes, presented evidence of the devastating impact a jail sentence would have on Johnson's career in the NFL. Don Johnson, the Bears defensive line coach described Johnson's work with the Bears and the possible end of his playing days if he went to jail.

They'll argue on March 15 that Johnson should receive community service rather than being sent to jail. Propes has arranged with authorities for Johnson to do motivational speaking and physical training for teen boys sentenced to boot camp in Lake County, Ill. Propes will suggest that Johnson would be a positive influence on juvenile boys who are in trouble.

 
This is an issue I've written about in this space before.  Why does Tank Johnson (or any other athlete - see: Jamal Lewis) get special consideration regarding how his possible jail sentence would impact his professional career?  If any of us were found guilty of any of these charges and sent to jail, we would not get a chance to finish any projects we have prior to serving our jail sentence.  Why?  Because we broke the law.  When you break the law, the punishment is that you forfeit your rights and freedoms.  It should be no different for Tank Johnson.  In fact, giving Tank Johnson special consideration undermines the entire point of the punishment in the first place.  If the punishment doesn't effectively impact his livelihood, then it will not serve as punishment or as a deterrent in the future.
 
Don Johnson stated that it could possibly signal the end of Tank Johnson's playing days if he went to jail.  Too freaking bad.  You know how to keep your career from ending due to a jail sentence?  DON'T BREAK THE LAW.