On Boxing Day my siblings and I are going to my dads’ place to spend the afternoon with him and his girlfriend. On Saturday he kind of sprung on us the idea of each of us putting on individual performances as like a family talent show. This is odd for a number of reasons, mainly due to the fact that it is very unlike my dad to want to do anything like this, this being the first time he has ever suggested doing anything like this and also my siblings and I are all in our twenties, I get doing something like this when we were younger, but the idea of doing it now is a bit off-putting, seeing as we’re all quite different, in terms of things like interests and sense of humour.
For example, I’m supposed to be doing a comedy sketch/stand up comedy and I have no idea how I’m going to make my sense of humour “family friendly”, when you take in to account my sense of humour at best is sarcasm and smut and at it’s worst has about as much finesse as a sledgehammer. I also have to take in to account that my niece and nephew will be there, they are six and three respectively, this adds an extra component of difficulty as I have to make it appealing to both adults and children. This is were I have respect for the creators of films like shrek, that film is a great of example of something that caters to children and the parents that went along to the cinema with them to watch it with them, as it has the silliness that kids love, but also has jokes and subtle mentions and one liners that the adults will get, without ruining the film for kids.
I’m going to have to pull of something like that on a small scale, by myself and in a very short amount of time, and I have no idea what I’m going to do or how I’m going to do it. I’ll have to go look for some tips on how to write comedy, because I’m stuck otherwise, it’s either that or I just make it up as I go along.