Wednesday, March 31

Uncle Penelope Jones

Dave S and I sometimes come up with strange characters as we ramble through our weekly lunch get togethers.

One such character is Uncle Penelope Jones. The premise we came up with is he's the roguish uncle of a couple of inquisitive British kids, and they all live in some type of british tv sitcom unreality.

Anyway, a while ago, I was trying to come up with some characters for a kids show for grown-ups I was hoping to produce someday. I used Uncle Pen, but changed him to an Aussie. His schtick was that he spoke in indecipherable Australian slang.

Here's an example: “Back in them days a jibbly’d take a crack on a hoary, and nobody’d pass a quizzly. ‘Course, a bridget would. Then again, a bridget would crack a splyters and still come out with two cobs and a coolie. In the up-in-it though, the real tam-tam would take the ronald duffie and you’d still be left holding a bringle-bob.”

Don't ask me what it means, because it's gibberish.

Another character we made up is Nimbly Palesticks, the Educated Injun. He's a First Persons person who, back in the late 1800's was part of a circus that travelled Great Britain and parts beyond. He'd be put on display at the circus as living proof that Indians could be cultured. Not a happy fellow, Nimbly.

Don't know why I'm posting this.


dave s said...

rob, i think you're posting it because writing it (like thinking it) seems to be the same as doing it it (a.k.a. producing a show based on these characters), only it's much easier since actors, directors, stage managers, props people, theatre rentals, advertising, etc aren't required. man, if people could see some of the ether-shows we've created, we'd be gazillionaires.
by the way, i have to mention one of the most annoying characters that we've come up with, yet one i'm very fond of: bluesbot, the robot that plays the blues. yeech!

Rob MacD said...

Yeah, it's like "Here's the idea. Imagine it yourselves." There, done with that. Time to move on to something else that won't get fully realised.
It's the ultimate in short-attention span culture.