Friday, October 16, 2009


I was working at LPT the other morning and overheard this, and only this, from the middle aged, overly perfumed, highly laquored fingernails I was serving, "The last thing Dan had, before he died, was a Starbuck's pumpkin spiced latte." I found myself silently asking so many questions of two people whose existance, mere moments earlier, I was all too eager to forget. How did Dan die? Was it because of the latte? In spite of it? Did he die IN the Starbuck's? Was this last "meal" a good thing? I mean, was a Starbuck's pumpkin spice latte Dan's favorite drink in the world? When his tabby cat got into the bathroom trash and tried to eat used dental floss, could his wife bribe him by saying, "Oh Dan, honey, if you pull the floss out of the cat's ass, just this once, I'll go get you a Starbuck's pumpkin spice latte!" If faced with the question, "What would you do for a Klondike bar?", "Trade it for a Starbuck's pumpkin spice latte" would be a swap that he, literally, just couldn't stomach. Did Dan so revere the Starbuck's pumpkin spice latte that he entered into its consumption knowing it would cost him his life, and yet he made the ultimate sacrifice.

I needed a nap.

Sunday, July 12, 2009


The Most Fantastic Show at the Fringe: Magic
Kitty Steffens

And what would any Fringe experience be without a magic show!

Ummm……Kitty, I don’t think we’ve actually seen any magic shows at the Fringe.

(Uncomfortably glancing at the audience)

(Still with excited smile to mask the irritation. Repeats pointedly through clenched teeth, throwing Willie a look)

And what would any Fringe experience be without a magic show!!

(Realizing there is no way out, and with enthusiasm)

And what would any Fringe experience be without a magic show!

(Start awesome German magician synth music. Willie puts on a cape and Kitty pulls on a sequined dress. They flip on some moody lights. Red? With very serious and deliberate looks to the audience, trying to seem mysterious and impressive, Kitty rubs smoke making goo between her fingers. Willie tries to riffle cards and fails. They go all over the floor, but neither acknowledges a failure.)


(as if what they have both done is incredibly impressive)

For my first illusion, I will have my lovely assistant bring me an ancient dagger, hand crafted by the finest, most skilled swordsmiths in all of 13th century china

(Kitty hands him a cheap, plastic, retractable stage knife)

You maam! (approaches audience member) Look closely at its deadly blade! Whittled by dragons and sharper than any mortal razor.

(waves it in front of her far to quickly for her to authenticate)

I must warn you that this is not for the faint of heart. Brace yourselves for the possibility, nay, the likelihood of impending failure and the ensuing gruesome horror.

(There is a long pause during which Willie has to convince himself to go through with it. Willie stabs Kitty, they both feign horror. Kitty clutches the “wound” and looks in pain. Then, she breaks and looks to the audience, smiles, and proclaims)


(Claps to encourage audience to applaud)

Yes, yes folks! This is where the magic happens. Assistant! My cape!

(Kitty takes off his cape)

My jacket!

(Kitty takes off his jacket. He turns jacket inside out and puts it back on. We see that it is reversible. They both give surprised and self-satisfied faces again)


(Moves on)

Assistant! Pick a card, any card!

(Holds up a fanned deck of cards. There is obviously a card that does not belong. Kitty picks that card and, shocked, shows it to the audience. It is a Magic the Gathering card)


(Meanwhile, Willie grabs a poster of Harry Potter and unfurls it)


(Kitty grabs a poster of Magic Johnson and unfurls it)


(They look a little worn out, panting. Willie dabs his brow with a handkerchief. They are smiling and nodding at each other with unspoken congratulations. Maybe a high five. They move on.)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Gold for Cash


Do you like gold? Have you been taken by one of those crazy “Cash for Gold” scams promising to send you troughs full of cash in return for all of the jewelry you or anyone in your family has ever owned? Have you blindly placed your precious belongings in an envelope with the promise of riches in return, only to receive less than what a Taiwanese sex worker makes in an hour?

Person 1:

I sent in all of my grandmother’s heirloom jewelry and only got $12!

(holds up $12)

Person 2:

I mailed in 2 gold bars and they sent me this bag of carrots!

(holds up bag of carrots)

Person 3:

I actually received a Taiwanese sex worker in exchange for some stale peanuts!

(Holds up an Alf puppet? a ficus plant? something else more funny)


Actually, that's a ficus plant.

Person 3:

(to announcer, near tears)

Why do you always have to be so cruel?

(to ficus)

Come on baby, lets go make some sweet magic.


(to audience, while crossing to the other side of the stage)

Well, now there’s an answer to all your problems! The Gold for Cash Institute! The process is easy. Just take your used and unwanted cash and place it in this prepaid envelope and we’ll send you gold! Here at the Gold for Cash Institute, we have certified gold-ologists working around the clock to insure you receive more than your money’s worth!

Scientist 1:

Hey, Harvey. What do you think Judy from Dubuque can get for ten grand?

(hands Harvey 10 grand)

Scientist 2:

(turns cash over in his hands a bit)

Ehhhhh…..I’d say 3 doubloons.


Here at the Institute we have worked for, literally, days to perfect a precise mathematical model to determine a fair exchange. This complex algorithm takes into account such factors as exchange rate, gold futures trading, the specific economic climate of your area, blood type, and risk of zombie attack.

Person 1:

(wearing a large gold crown and gleeful like a little girl. Can be male or female. Is accompanied by gross, unimpressed redneck scratching and drinking beer)

I sent in $30 dollars and got this bejeweled tiara! Now my husband thinks I’m a princess!!

Person 2:

I sent in $100 and got a full set of someone’s gold teeth!

(flashes a smile to reveal a crazy ass grill?)

Person 3:

(mouth covered in chocolate. Possibly retarded kid? Nate?)

I sent in $3,000 and the gold I got back had chocolate in it! Yeaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!


Remember, we offer more gold tan our competitors and it’s all guaranteed by someone who you trust! Don’t delay! The time for gold is NOW!

(Either opens jacket to reveal gold watches hanging inside and perhaps a rubber chicken? A gilded rubber chicken? Or zombies attack the stage. Whatevz)


Friday, June 12, 2009


A race of men who can never die and are eternally embroiled in a battle to eradicate others of their kind until we find out they are aliens in the sequel? Sounds crazy, no? It isn't easy. You may ask why do we stay here if it's so dangerous? Well, we stay because of our love of

1) Our love of perms, trench coats, and white sneakers
2) Easy women and lightning montages
3) Queen, you see, we are princes of the universe.

But more than that, we stay because it's tradition! (a few bars of Tradition plays)

Here in _____, we have traditions for everything. How to sleep, how to eat, how to work, how to wear clothes. For instance, we always wear

1)Culturally inappropriate attire


2) (Nothing and skip to Tradition section OR something funnier)

Here in _____, Egyptians dress like Spaniards and speak with Scottish accents. How did this tradition get started? I'll tell you!..........I don't know

(Move into song "Tradition" change Papas, Mamas, Daughters, and Sons, to something Highlander related that I will write later when I am not at work)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Racially Insensitive Vibrators

"Rabbit" style

Shaft=Totem Pole
Vibrating Nub=Beaver
(This actually exists. It's called the Big Chief)

Shaft=Black man with afro
Nub=Black power fist

Shaft=Hasidic Jew (Hat, earlocks)
Nub=Star of David

Nub=Chop Sticks
(this is obviously in yellow and very, very small)

Shaft=Mexican in a sombraro


Nub=Small Boy

Regular Vibrators With Voices

A Mexican vibrator. When you turn it on, it buzzes for a second then stops and says, "I theeeenk I need a siesta"

A Gay vibrator that just refuses to go there.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Color Purple

Entire sketch or shortened for a news bit?

M: What are you doing?

K: I'm writing an open letter to the color purple.

M: The 1983 Pulitzer Prize winning book by Alice Walker?

K: No, the color purple

M: Oh, you mean the 1985 Whoppi Goldburg classic film adaptation

K: NO, the color purple!

M: OH, the 2005 broadway musical! Can I get in on that? I've got a few things to say to Quincy Jones and Oprah Winfrey. Namely...(insert question about them or black people in general)

K: Jesus, no. I am writing an open letter to the color purple!

M: You mean the color? Purple? The color purple.

K: Yes, and it's very important.

M: I don't get it. What's wrong with purple?

K: Are you kidding me? Where do I start? Those California Raisins terrorized me so much as a kid that I couldn't line dance until I was 32 for fear of doing the "grapevine"

M: Oh come on.

K: Bruises? Purple.

M: Were you abused?

K: No, but I'm reeeeealy clumsy. And not the adorable, charming kind of clumsy. The, "for the love of Jesus, make sure she stays away from sharp objects and missile launching devises" kind of clumsy. Just the name itself is horrifying. "Per" "Pull"? That sounds like how a lousy hooker charges.

M: I never want to meet that hooker.

K: You and me both, Sister

(either rap it up here for a news bit or take it to it's logical conclusion, ie Prince and a huge choral ensemble, laser light show, etc)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

In the Beginning

So, I need to write. I want to write. About everything. And here's where I'll do it. Some of it will be funny and some of it will try so hard to be funny, it will fail miserably and make your collective asses clench tightly. 

It all begins tonight. You have been warned.