Tickling BathTubs

Week Two: Tickling BathTubs

Week One,

-Shady

The Ultimate Warrior: 1959-2014

Zoinks.

So, I’ll be honest: I was never a huge Ultimate Warrior fan. As a kid, I always found myself rooting for Hulk Hogan, especially when the two would square off against each other. Sure, the Warrior was the next generation of wrestlers—and, some might argue, the future of the company—but I came into wrestling (and left wrestling) a Hulkamaniac.

Still, that doesn’t mean I never rooted for him. On July 31st, 1988, my mom took me to WWF WrestleFest at Milwaukee County Stadium.

WWF Wrestlefest 1988

As you can see, a lot of soon-to-be wrestling icons wrestled that night. For me, the highlight of the evening was seeing Hogan battle Andre the Giant in a steel cage match, but just as memorable was the Warrior fighting Bobby ‘The Brain” Heenan in a “Loser Wears a Weasel Costume” match.

Obviously, the 11-year-old me was rooting for the Warrior that night. And, just as obviously, the match ended like this:

Bobby "The Brain" Heenan... in a weasel costume!

And you know what? Two years ago, I chose to wear this face paint for our Wrestlemania XXVIII party:

"Should I lie on the lawn and let them run over me with lawnmowers?"

And so, while the Warrior’s passing doesn’t have the same effect on me as, say, the deaths of some other wrestlers (who take their vitamins and say their prayers, for example), he definitely held a special place in the wrestling years of my childhood. I’m glad I got to see him wrestle in person.

Fifty-percent of that poster is now dead,

-Shady

A great time-killer!

…has me literally crying with laughter.

So… enjoy!

KB disapproves,

-Shady

Ain't nothing gay about that!

I know it might seem like I sit at home all day long, drinking whiskey and updating The Blarg, but the truth is I spend much of my day writing.

Lately, most of that writing has been on long-form projects, like screenplays, teleplays, detailed pitches, and (those ever-dreaded) rewrites. The shortest of these projects come in around 30 pages; the longest ones top out around 120.

Because of this, I sometimes take an hour or so to write a short comedic sketch (between one to ten pages) to break up the monotony of those more long-form projects. Over the past couple years I’ve written about a dozen of them; but while they’re fun to write as an exercise, nobody ever really gets to read them.

So to remedy this, I’ve decided to put them out there for everyone to read. I’m doing this for two reasons:

1. I like to share! That, and it’s better than having them sit on my hard drive until I’m dead.

2. It’s my hope that someone out there might be inspired to actually do something with them. Want to film it as a short? Awesome. Interested in animating it? Go for it. Feel like performing it onstage somewhere? I double-dog dare you. All I ask is that you give me credit where it’s due, and (if possible) send me a copy of the final product to check out. I’ll even put it up on The Blarg to share with the four people who visit my site. Hi, Uncle Bob!

The second of Shady’s Shorts is called “Misguided Appreciation.”

Download it by clicking below.

DOWNLOAD “MISGUIDED APPRECIATION”

Get your bigoted chicken on, folks!

Number one,

-Shady

“Misguided Appreciation” is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Created by Justin Shady, ©2014.
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A faire of nightmares!

I can’t believe this is real,

-Shady

Touching Bill Taft

Week One: Touching Bill Taft

Joining the crowd,

-Shady

…is part of a group called MOLO Nation. MOLO stands for “Meet One, Love One.”

MOLO Nation has a YouTube channel where they feature videos that are a mix of pranks and creative ways to give back to society.

Their channel features a bunch of great stuff, but this video of them surprising a homeless man with a Thanksgiving meal is easily my favorite.

Check out more of their videos here.

And speaking of neighbors, KB and I were catching up on old seasons of Dexter when we heard a familiar voice say, “Dexter Morgan!” The voice belonged to another neighbor of ours, Marcus, who can be seen at Dexter’s twenty-year high school reunion in the first episode of season six, titled “Those Kinds of Things.”

On the episode, Marcus looked a lot like this:

Our neighbor Marcus on "Dexter."

Sorry, Marcus. That’s probably not the best still image I could’ve used.

Anyway, just spreading some neighborly love.

They sign for our packages,

-Shady

Sloth... love... Chunk!

I know it might seem like I sit at home all day long, drinking whiskey and updating The Blarg, but the truth is I spend much of my day writing.

Lately, most of that writing has been on long-form projects, like screenplays, teleplays, detailed pitches, and (those ever-dreaded) rewrites. The shortest of these projects come in around 30 pages; the longest ones top out around 120.

Because of this, I sometimes take an hour or so to write a short comedic sketch (between one to ten pages) to break up the monotony of those more long-form projects. Over the past couple years I’ve written about a dozen of them; but while they’re fun to write as an exercise, nobody ever really gets to read them.

So to remedy this, I’ve decided to put them out there for everyone to read. I’m doing this for two reasons:

1. I like to share! That, and it’s better than having them sit on my hard drive until I’m dead.

2. It’s my hope that someone out there might be inspired to actually do something with them. Want to film it as a short? Awesome. Interested in animating it? Go for it. Feel like performing it onstage somewhere? I double-dog dare you. All I ask is that you give me credit where credit is due, and (if possible) send me a copy of the final product to check out. I’ll even put it up here on The Blarg to share with the four people who visit my site. Hi, Mom!

The first of Shady’s Shorts is called “Sloth & Chunk.” Download it below.

DOWNLOAD “SLOTH & CHUNK”

Hey, you guys! Go ahead. Get nuts with it. For reals.

Look for more soon,

-Shady

“Sloth & Chunk” is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Created by Justin Shady, ©2014.
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As many of you probably already know, back in 2008 I wrote a graphic novel titled The Roberts that was illustrated by my good friend Erik Rose.

To be honest, in a lot of ways, The Roberts is what brought me out to Los Angeles; the book had interest from film producers, got optioned, and landed me my first agent. That was over five years ago now.

Since then, bringing the story to the silver screen has proven to be a roller coaster ride. Because of this, I’ve held back on giving updates of any progress. But if you’re friends with me on Facebook or follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that, lately, I’ve been posting images like this:

"THE ROBERTS"

Cryptic, I know.

The truth is, recently, progress on The Roberts has been moving along at quite a clip, so I thought I’d take a moment to give you a quick update.

It’s my pleasure to announce that Erik and I have been working with producers Elliott Lewitt and Julie Kirkham (3, 2, 1… Frankie Go Boom) and directors Durul and Yağmur Taylan (collectively known as the Taylan Brothers) on bringing Robert Sprunger and Robert Steib to life on the big screen.

TEAM ROBERTS... minus Julie, who shot the photo.

The Taylan Brothers will be directing the film from my script, which I adapted from the graphic novel a few years ago. If you aren’t familiar with the Taylans you can learn more here, and definitely be sure to check out their 2009 film Vavien, which sold Erik and I on having them direct.

Of course, making movies is a long and arduous process, but I finally feel confident enough on where things are currently at to be able to share them with you. Look for more updates soon.

2014 is turning out pretty okay so far,

-Shady

Thanks, Rita!

…for sending me the last two existing combs from her late father’s funeral home.

Read an interview I did with Rita’s father here.

Gotta grow a beard now,

-Shady

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