Serious Analysis of Cultural Trends and Geo-politics
September 20, 2010
Filed under Comedy, Comedy Videos, Culture, Religion, The Jay Show, Video
Tagged with absurdist, ad lib, cher, humor, improv, improvisation, jay, jokes, live, offbeat, peter mcwilson, presbyterian, reformed, ridiculous, satire, Theology, wacky morning dj, walking in memphis, westminster confession
Haha, funny stuff. I remember when I first saw Cher’s version of walking in Memphis. It was in a huge mall in England, in a massive, futuristic, multistory food court (like something out of Back to the Future 2) and the video came on, on a giant tv screen. Since it’s basically a shot for shot remake of the original I felt like I had fallen into some weird alternate dimension where Cher did the video instead of Cohn.
Some years later I entered a Hollywood script writing competition. I wrote I pilot episode for a sitcom I came up with called “Brother of Another Colour.” It was about a white guy and a black guy, who, due to a rare form of colour blindness shared by both their respective sets of parents, wound up getting switched with each other at birth. The black kid being raised by a Rockefelleresque, rich white family and the white kid being raised by a poor black family. Both kids grew up with the extreme conviction that they were the same race as their “parents” and both were also huge racists. Discovering their error, the rich white family, attempted to make amends to both their “adopted” and biological sons by stating in their will that two of them must live together as “brothers” if they want to inherit the family’s billion dollar estate (each getting half.) Since one was a black guy who believed himself a rich white racist and the other was a white guy who believed himself a poor black, white hating, gangsta, conflict and comedy would inevitably have ensued. I only bring this up because the first episode was supposed to finish with a montage featuring the song Walking in Memphis.
So long story short, not long after this, the show The Boondocks came out, featuring the character Uncle Ruckus (a self hating black man who believes himself a white man suffering from the reverse of Michael Jackson’s supposed disease) and then there was that Chapel Show episode with the blind black guy, who, unaware what race he is, joins the Klan. I thought, “hey, those ideas are pretty close to that script I wrote. Now if I ever do get this show made I’ll be accused of ripping off one of these shows.” Anyway, just recently I discover there’s a show coming to Comedy Central called “Brother from Another Mother” about a black guy and white guy who discover they are half brothers and inherit a rib restaurant. Chapel and Boon Docks are clearly there own ideas but this Comedy Central show is unusually similar to mine in premiss and title (minus the racist based comedy). I wonder if someone at the Hollywood contest I entered, ripped off my idea. Since I made sure to copyright the script, perhaps I can sue like Huey Lewis did over the Ghost Busters song. Lord knows I could use the cash.
Anyway, sorry for going on. Hearing your rendition of Walking in Memphis reminded me of the whole ordeal.
You should try and apply for a radio job. Your DJ voice is spot on. Up hear in Canada there are many radio host openings, especially for people willing to go to some God forsaken town miles away from civilization. I’m going to start applying for something like that myself but first I gotta record some good material. Your skit here has inspired me! I’m going to do it this week!
Awesome, and I believe you. I wouldn’t be surprised, and your idea was a great one! I may be over-speculating, but I have seen several of my own ideas pop up here and there in media culture. Rather than it being ripped, I’d kinda like somebody to reach out and hook me up. I’m full of great ideas, and improv skills would be great for radio. I’d love for a radio job, and have had tons of people say they think I’d put on a better show than most of what passes for radio today. Glad to be inspirational, and, as usual, your comments are always top notch.
Perhaps a future collaboration could be considered….
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