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Condom Commercial Kid and Parenting Wars in Media

You may have seen this Zazoo Condoms nugget that has been circulating around and featured on TV shows about funny commercials. There is even an entry in the Urban Dictionary about it. That’s right. Annoying children everywhere are now being referred to as Condom Commercial Kids. It is said to be BANNED, does anyone know why it was banned? It should be mandatory for high school sex ed classes. I have actually seen a lot of new indie vids that are smiteful toward parents and parenting. It is probably backlash from all the current celebrity baby obcessions and constant baby gushing quotes in media.

Motherly Instinct by Walking Contradiction – skit submitted to funnynotslutty.com by Heidi Edsall. Walking Contradiction is a sketch group consisting of Heidi, Keisha Zollar and Selena Coppock. This was just featured at the Boston Comedy Festival.

Pregnant Women are Smug by Garfunkel and Oates

And one more good example,  Sexy Single.

Seems like a storm is brewing. Parents VS Childless. Or is that Child Free?

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Less snark, more story, please.

 David Denby goes on the hunt for snark in this insightful article,  It’s not big and it’s not clever. This struck a cord with me because it is the most obvious and common content offense many comedy writers and bloggers seem to be committing. They are all about snark, no story. No real depth or meaning. As Denby writes,

“Snark is hazing on the page. It prides itself on wit, but it’s closer to a leg stuck out in a school corridor that sends some kid flying.”

I see people struggling with their dreams of becoming a writer, only to spend hours constructing “clever insult” after “clever insult” that reads more like an angry frustrated bully/biddy on a rant than anything of interest to anyone but their therapist.

Snark seems to get you nowhere. The best standup comics know that if they use even the most clever snark against a heckler, they are playing with fire. Rarely does this work because the heckler just wants to insult, does not matter if you out snark them. Formally trained standup comics often use a technique of acknowledging, COMPLIMENTING the heckler, and then move on quickly to tell an engaging STORY to deflect.

My friend Kiki Walter brands her blog, flibbertigibbet  as being “better life through snarcasm,” but it’s actually great storytelling. OK, maybe her Sarah Palin Can Kiss My Grits was a bit snarky, but she did get make some valid points with it and well, we all have our limits…

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