Long-form improv with Ayn Rand (101 class)

Improv 101 class in a small acting studio in NYC.  Chris, Ayn Rand, and 3 other classmates stand in a circle.  The teacher sits in a chair looking on. Teacher:  Ok, guys - let’s warm up with a game of zip, zap, zop.  The first person points to someone else and says “zip”.  The person … Continue reading Long-form improv with Ayn Rand (101 class)

Long-form Improv with Ayn Rand

Chris and Ayn Rand enter the stage through the back curtains. Chris:  Hello, everyone.  We are... Squish!  And we’re going to perform long-form improv for you.  Can I get a suggestion of...  Ayn Rand:  No suggestion needed.  We will rely on the genius of both our individual minds. Chris: Ok.. sure.. Chris walks to stage … Continue reading Long-form Improv with Ayn Rand

“House M.D.” – deleted scene

Dr. House limps into the patient’s room.  Foreman and a nurse follow. House:  I see someone enjoyed the chili. Chris:  How’d you know that? House:  The window is open. Chris: So what?  That could be for a million different reasons.  I could have been warm... House:  This room isn’t warm and you don’t have a … Continue reading “House M.D.” – deleted scene

“It’s a Wonderful Life” – First Draft

George:  Maybe it’d be better if I’d never been born… Clarence:  Now, now, George.  You mustn’t say things like that.  I’m not going to get my wings if you - wait a minute.. George:  What’s that? Clarence:  That might work.  OK, George. You’ve got your wish.  You’ve never been born. George:  Oh, ha, ha, very … Continue reading “It’s a Wonderful Life” – First Draft

Answering reader mail – part 13

Dear Chris, Over the past 5 years, I’ve thought that by avoiding the news and most culture, I was improving myself and focusing on more intellectual pursuits, staying home and reading.  But lately, I’ve started to feel like I’m missing out on new experiences. I need to get out more and see the world, go … Continue reading Answering reader mail – part 13

“It’s a Wonderful Life” – Alternate Ending

2 researchers examine ZuZu’s pedals under a microscope. Rick:  I’ve never seen anything like it.  These pedals are radioactive. Wendy: That could only happen if they travelled between dimensions. Rick:  Where did they find this stuff? Wendy:  Bedford Falls, New York.  They think it entered the atmosphere at 10PM last night.  They’re interrogating the guy … Continue reading “It’s a Wonderful Life” – Alternate Ending

Subway Conductor Called Back to Work

Roger, a retired subway conductor, sits on his couch.  Empty bottles of Scotch cover his living room floor. The phone rings. Roger:  Yes, Mac? Mac:  Roger, I’ve got one last job for you.   Roger:  Mac, I’m not a subway conductor anymore.  5 years ago today, I turned in my badge and hat. Mac:  You know … Continue reading Subway Conductor Called Back to Work