Cimmy serves up this latest question at the Journal Jar:
“During your school years, were you ever in a drama, speech, sports, pep, or glee club? Tell about it.”
I didn’t participate in any clubs per se, but I did have a few projects.
One was a series of sketches for the “Brainbusters” assembly in high school– a showdown between the academic top 5 seniors and a panel of teachers. I had the idea for the first sketch, which was eponymously titled and was a parody of this Ghostbusters clip:
“Are you troubled by nerds, geeks, and know-it-alls? Brainbusters… we’re ready to believe you.”
The second combined parody of both the Super Poly-Grip and Life Alert ads:
Announcer: Let’s apply a layer of Super Poly-Grip to the seat to keep Grandma where she belongs: on the toilet.
“Grandma”, played by a young man in drag, sits on the toilet. She frantically presses what looks like a button on a necklace when she realizes she is stuck.
Dispatcher (sound recording by actor portraying “Grandma”): 911 Emergency.
Grandma: Halp! I’m sitting, and I can’t get up!
Don’t remember how much Life Alert was a source of humor? You will:
The last sketch was the Chia Pet Hair Club For Men.
It went something like this:
Young man (portrayed by jaklumen) looks into the air as if looking into a mirror, pawing at his forehead anxiously.
Announcer: Are you troubled by male-pattern baldness? Worry no more, with the Chia Pet Hair Club for Men. Just sprinkle the seeds and apply our special growth formula…
Another young man walks up to jaklumen and plants a brilliant neon green patch of costume fur on his forehead.
Announcer (continuing): …and you’ll have a nice, luscious new growth of hair. And now, try our new Chia Moustache and Chia Beard!
Man (providing testimonial) The Chia Pet Hair Club works so well. Not only am I the Chia Pet Hair Club President… but I’m also a client.
Hmm. Don’t remember Chia Pets or the Hair Club for Men? Check this out:
or maybe this will get you closer to the spirit of what we were doing:
This was shortly after two of my compadres decided to skip assemblies to play D&D. But they let me bow out to do this… and one of them was nice enough to let me borrow his glasses for a prop.