There’s No Business Like Show Business, Especially When You Help Write The Show

nite logoSorry for the late post, Modern Philosophers, but I was preoccupied with tonight’s taping of The Nite Show With Danny Cashman.

I’ve been furiously writing monologue jokes for the past two days, in hopes of coming up with material that Danny would use on the air.  We tape three shows in a night, and my best taping so far was the last one, when three of my jokes made it onto television sets across Maine.  I wanted to break that record tonight.

Not only did I break it, Modern Philosophers, but I destroyed it!  I tied my record in the opening monologue of the first show when Danny used three of my jokes!  Three in one show…I couldn’t believe it.

Then he used three more for the second show, including one that I know will get me in trouble with the Nuns.  More about that later.

We capped off the night with two more jokes in the third show.  For those of you not good at math, that’s eight jokes written by this Modern Philosopher that made it onto The Nite Show.  I was thrilled.

Other exciting things happened tonight.  The theater was packed.  It was awesome to see such a large audience turn out to support Maine’s favorite late night talk show.

Nescom_logoI need to give a huge Modern Philosopher shout out to the students from the New England School of Communications.

The NESCOM kids produce the show.  They work the cameras, run the boards, get the sound and video working, and I’m sure they also do a million more things to get The Nite Show onto the air.

Thank you, NESCOM crew for all your hard work!

The NESCOM students were out in force in a second capacity tonight.  I met Kelly Cotiaux, who teaches a Social Media class at the school, and she had her class in attendance.  They were sitting all around me and tweeting about the show.

I told Kelly that I write some of the jokes and we talked about my blog.  A little later, I found this on Twitter…

Pretty cool, right?  That made me smile.

Before the third show started, one of the NESCOM students walked up to me and said: “Is it true you write all the jokes?  That’s cool.  You’re so funny.”

I thanked him and explained that I write some of the jokes, but I was floored by the compliment.  I usually just sit in the back of the theater, minding my own business, and enjoying the sound of folks laughing at my jokes.  So it was a really nice change to have people know that I was one of the writers, and tell me how much they enjoy my jokes.

I was in writer heaven.

One last thing happened that really made my night.  A guest on the third show referenced my joke from second show’s monologue.  He was on a roll, had the audience rolling, and was really making fun of Danny.  Then he said: “That joke from earlier about Jesus and the high five?  That’s gonna get you struck down by lightning!”

The crowd roared and I cheered.  I’d written that joke!  I was the one who was going to incur the wrath of God.  Not a bad way to end the evening, right?

ZeusI usually don’t like to share my jokes until the show airs, but I’m going to make an exception and tell you which one is going to have me dodging lightning bolts.

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, which as you know, celebrates the day Jesus invented the high five.

I know the Nuns are going to come after me for that one, but it was worth it.  I was glad Danny had the guts to use a joke like that, and the audience really liked it.

Sorry for rambling, Modern Philosophers, but I’m in a great mood and wanted to share it with you.  For those of you who live in Maine, please be sure to check out The Nite Show this Saturday night.  I hear the monologue jokes are worthy of a lightning strike!

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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37 Responses to There’s No Business Like Show Business, Especially When You Help Write The Show

  1. floridaborne says:

    Super congrats! You made me smile. Not the easies feat today.

  2. Congratulations! You’re on your way.

  3. List of X says:

    I’m sure that Zeus, who is also responsible for striking down people with lightning, and considers you a friend, can talk Jesus out of striking you.

  4. Larry says:

    lol’d at the palm sunday joke. good stuff.

  5. Jet Eliot says:

    i think if the Nuns could find you they would high-five you. Way to go Austin!

  6. Our Little Austin is growing up so fast!

    I am very happy for you, Bro!

    • Austin says:

      Will you try to remember to watch the show this weekend so you can be one of the few Modern Philosophers who can actually witness my hard work? 🙂

  7. prosemachine says:

    This is so exciting. It’s really cool of you to give a shout out to those students. They truly do work hard. I was hoping you’d share one of your jokes so you can imagine my satisfaction by the time I finished reading. This actually inspired me, so thanks for the excellent post.

    • Austin says:

      I’m glad you liked it. The NESCOM crew is awesome! On Sundays, I write a post that features my rejected jokes from the show, so you should come back to read those! 🙂

  8. So you killed ’em–eight jokes? Is that right? My math is terrible. Be careful–your gonna’ have sore knuckles when the nuns get wind of the Palm Sunday jokes.

  9. markbialczak says:

    Has it sunk in yet that Danny will now email you his preferred topics late for every taping session now that you have succeeded so masterfully with eight jokes that struck his fancy?

    And, Austin, boy are you going to get nailed from a certain denomination for that Palm Sunday joke.

    Seriously, congratulations on your hard writing work paying off like this.

    • Austin says:

      I’m Catholic, so I gave the okay for the Palm Sunday joke. Let the nuns come for me if they want!

      I know I work well under pressure, and I’m happy to keep cranking out the jokes on a deadline, but I’d prefer he gave me more time to get creative!

  10. idiotprufs says:

    Congratulations…unless you’re struck down with lightning…then you have my sympathies.

  11. Teela Hart says:

    Happy day!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m not surprised at all. You’re a great writer!!!!! 😀

  12. grannyK says:

    Wow, so happy for you! I can’t say that I am surprised that they love your writing though. I mean, we ALL love your writing! You have worked hard and now maybe it will start paying off?

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  14. Fantastico!! Congratulations and well deserved. Bask in that glory for as long as you want! 🙂

  15. This just made me smile all the way through. Look at how happy you are, Austin!! I would have loved to have read this in the moment. Well done,Sir.

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