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A dream

Whereas Dixie dreams almost nightly and can recount those dreams in great detail, I rarely dream or at least can rarely remember even one detail.  On occasion, a dream will be so vivid, so real, that I will wake up and ponder the dream for a while and rehearse the details so that I will remember it.

Last night I dreamed that I had dinner with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.  They asked me to be a writer for Saturday Night Live.  In the dream this was a legitimate option for me.  I considered it an opportunity of a lifetime, so I discussed it with Dixie.  We weren’t sure what we should do.  We had felt strongly that I seminary was the right place to be right now, but an relatively unknown man from a small prairie town in Saskatchewan doesn’t get contacted out of the  blue by SNL personnel. Perhaps it was providence–God intending something else.

Typical for me, I was indecisive and kept putting off any sort of commitment to Fey, who approached me several times. Eventually they hired someone else. I wasn’t sure if I would ever get another opportunity.

In the dream I woke up.  The dream was so realistic that I asked Dixie if I had had dinner with Fey and Poehler.  I had not.  I was disappointed.

Then I woke up from the dream (it had been a dream within a dream).  I was still a little disappointed that I really hadn’t had dinner with Fey and Poehler. I’ve always thought being a writer for a sitcom or a sketch comedy series would be fun.

I will console myself by saying this: Well, if Lorne Michaels can’t be bothered to ask me personally, he can take his offer and stuff it!

Citizen Kane

A classic Kids in the Hall sketch, “Citizen Kane”:

A bit violent at the end there.

I wandered into a bargain shop in Steinbach a couple of days ago and they had season 1 of the show on DVD for $5! Happy find.

Well now I’ve gone and spent a good hour or so hunting up Kids in the Hall sketches on YouTube (looks like I could have seen most of the show online and saved the $5). I always preferred the odd and off-the-wall Kids in the Hall over their material which pushed the proverbial envelope. Here, then, are some of my favourites–this will give you a peek into the formative comedy of my youth (for good or ill).

Seven Things to Do
Mr. Heavyfoot
Car Won’t Start
My Horrible Secret
Will Do Guy

And of course there’s The Pen, one of their best.