Writing a Sketch for Your Eight-Year-Old Daughter

My daughter is a big fan of YouTube. So much so, she wants her own YouTube Show. Together we created “The Family Show.” I hate editing videos, so episodes come out real slow. After relentless pestering and an idea I had after watching the first Democratic debate, I wrote my daughter a sketch announcing her candidacy for President of the United States. This is the video and then a little discussion to follow.

The goal here was to write something funny and something that could be performed by an 8-year-old.

After watching the first Democratic Presidential Debate, I was inspired to write a speech for my daughter. Normally shy, when I approached her about the idea, the kid got excited.

Now the speech writing. Keep it simple, she’s only eight. Simple opener and closer and three points.

Point 1 – the wall to keep out spiders. This is an obvious play on the Trump wall at the border. I told the joke to my daughter and with her understanding of spiders and ladybugs, she responded, “That is actually true.”

Point 2 – The cat joke. The kid helped with the premise and I wrote the punchline. She still doesn’t get the fact that there are literally cats everywhere.

Point 3 – The idea was hers. My part was the sad reaction at the end and the sound effect.

Now the hard part — filming the darn thing.

Step 1 – Print large cue cards.

Step 2 – Practice.

Step 3 – Film it.

Filming was hard because I wanted to do it in one take. That didn’t work. There’s a level of exhaustion and attention that can’t last beyond 3 minutes. Two takes for us. The plush cat gag was her idea and not worth the fight to cut. I’m proud the first joke worked. The cat joke not so much. The sound effect was perfect for the third joke.

I wanted perfection so bad, but we were running out of time and patience, we got what we got. She’s my daughter. I love her. And there will always be more videos.

A Brilliant SNL Weekend Update Desk Piece

I saw this piece on SNL last week with guest host, Elizabeth Banks. Kyle Mooney is brilliant as Brace Chandling, aspiring comedian. What makes this piece brilliant is the performance. Mooney’s character goes through some drastic emotional changes throughout the desk piece and Mooney pulls it off brilliantly.

It does what I say great comedian must accomplish. Pull the audience in emotionally and screw with them. Then finally give them a clever ending. Watch this now and let me know if you agree.