Erma Bombeck Workshop Starts Today

It’s not too late to register for the bi-annual event. This year there are more than 30 workshops over the three days, Thursday through Saturday. The event is virtual this year, on CrowdCast, and that means you can go back and watch sessions you missed. Neat.

Here’s the link to the event’s website.

This is my first year as an attendee, but I’ve been fortunate to win an honorable mention in the Erma Bombeck writing competition, and a second award for the Nickie’s Humor Writing Prize. The theme this year was “Sister Stories.” I’m also going live, “on stage,” with a 2-minute standup, and I’m in the mix for their pitch fest to see if I can interest an agent in one of my books.

So, despite my disappointment at not being able meet-and-mingle, I’m still getting a lot out of this, and I think you might, too. The cost was reduced, since it is virtual, and I think that was a class act. They’ve also opened it up beyond the 400 slots that were opened in December. Those sold out in hours, and I had to pounce on the entry to get in back then. Of course, I still have my airline tickets–the event was originally going off in April–and who knows if I’ll ever get to use those….

Check it out, or if you can’t, drop back by here to get an account of some of the things I learned and the people I met.

Update on THCHCW

No, Mark Twain won’t be attending the ThinkingFunny.com Comedy-Humor Conference & Workshop – Socially Conscious Comedy. That would be pretty amazing if he could though. And I think he’d be with us on how comedy can open a person, or a nation’s, eyes to problems we need to address.

But my search for talent is bearing fruit, and I’ll be announcing the roster once I’ve firmed up more of the financial details. The budget is still up in the air because I’ve held off reaching out for sponsors until I have a better idea of who is available and a “good fit” with our theme. Since this is a starting-from-scratch event, I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me.

I hope you are able to join us for this event on April 3, 2021. It’s going to be via Crowdcast, and there will be discounted student rates (I’m still a teacher in my heart), and discounts for those who join our efforts on Patreon.

The reason we’re going to use Patreon and Crowdcast is that it will allow us controlled access. This means, I hope, less trolling and a fairer shake for those providing the contents as opposed to a wide-open distribution.

There will, of course, be announcements such as this, and some freebie content here and on Patreon, too.

I’ve been asked what the idea behind socially conscious comedy is, whether it is another politically correct thing. People who ask this question, in that manner, usually get a “yes” answer for me. Just because we can think of funny things to say, at someone else’s expense, does not mean we should “go there.” Far too much comedy has wince-worthy moments bashing minorities, LBGTQ+?, women, the overweight, and so on. This does not mean that comedy should not take on and call-out individuals. But for my money, the elites and powerful, the ones well able to fend for themselves, are fairer game than the weakest among us.

You are free to disagree, of course, but if you do, then I’d suggest you take a pass on this conference. It is possible to laugh without being cruel. And even when challenging things are said, in the context of culturally sensitive comedy, then the greater good can be served.

If you are a comedian, novelist/columnist, visual artist/animator, radio/TV script or sceenwriter, songwriter, or know one who is working in these fields, drop me a line. Even if you can’t contribute or participate, I’d like to add you to the list of people that I want to explore and give a friendly shout-out.

ThinkingFunny.com Reboot

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Hello all.

I’ve reset this website to allow the content to align with it’s revised goal — to provide a body of resources and as a focal point of the ThinkingFunny.com Comedy-Humor Conference and Workshop.

Other items, such as Robb Lightfoot’s short humor pieces, can be found on his website, www.robblightfoot.com.

This site also will complement the conference-development activities highlighted on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/ThinkingFunny.

You can reach us most easily by emal at info AT thinkingfunny.com.

Please feel free to reach out, ask questions or make suggestions.