I am sometimes called upon to write things that make children happy. “Derp Vader” was one of those times. Please draw upon the power of your inner 8-year-old. I know you’ll be glad you did.
Years ago I was approached by Klasky-Csupo to pitch a pilot idea based on some artwork they’d created. This isn’t uncommon, since cartoons are a particularly visual form of entertainment, and people want to fall in love with what the characters look like on a page before they even see them walking around dodging anvils or solving mysteries on the screen.
The test art was really, as they say in the biz, “fun,” and featured a rabbit in a space suit, an angry coyote or two, a giant mutant carrot creature, etc. etc. You know, the usual. They’d been taking pitches for a while, so I assumed they were getting a lot of proposals where the rabbit was the dauntless explorer and the coyote was his evil nemesis. I decided this was too obvious, and thought I’d mix it up. In my version, the rabbit was a clueless ambassador from earth sent to open relations with mars, and the coyote was his harried assistant who had to clean up behind every blunder he made.
The good folks at Klasky went for it, and the result was “Commander Bunsworth: First Rabbit on Mars!” The pilot was received very well in the halls of Nickelodeon, but ultimately wasn’t picked up for the usual misty reasons that seem to pervade the development process.
So now I present it to you, probably violating some kind of copyright in the process. Too bad, I say. Too bad.
The first installment of my recurring video series, Wide Open Mic.
This episode – “How’s It Goin’?” Please enjoy responsibly.
Comedy short nominated at the 2010 LA Comedy Shorts Festival.
The unaired pilot from our comedy troupe, “The Ministry of Unknown Science.” It was for Spike TV, hence the focus on testicles. We were never picked up due to a change in network management, but to this day I am honored to have been part of creating something this unlikely, strange, and hilarious.
Also, I’ve lost a lot of weight since then. Ladies, take note.
A Ministry classic, and the secret origins of Ball Saxbury.*
*Actually, the real secret origins of Ball Saxbury have long been buried by forces inside the U.S. government and agents of Quinn-Martin Productions.
FUN HISTORICAL FACT! – We always meant to do a tighter cut of this, but left in the “breathing room” for the laughs during out live show. (And because we ran out of time.)
Bob Newhart, America!
Ah, a not-really-that-old chestnut from The Ministry of Unknown Science days. It’s “A Personal Relationship with Jesus,” which incited a controversial firestorm of comments, including…
“is jesus gay. I think so. LOL ”
Good question, davymontana. We may never know the answer, or why the question isn’t capitalized, but it’s a little food for thought we can all chew on in bed tonight as we sleep.
(And since this is my site I feel obliged to mention I wrote it. Yes, I am a self-promoting asshole.)