“Is it possible that measles was brought to earth by extraterrestrials, centuries from now?” Norm looked at the control booth. “Who writes this crap?” (More)

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tale, a weekly feature where we collaborate to write a story. Previous Tuesday’s Tales include Toilet Paper and Snowmageddalypse. We follow the basic rules of the “Yes, And” improvisational game – accept everything written so far as part of the story, and add your own paragraph (or so) where the last addition left off – except you needn’t begin your addition with “Yes, and.” I’ll start the story….


Note: Today’s characters previously appeared in Future Aliens.


Dave pushed the intercom button. “Penny wrote it.”

“And it’s damn good,” Penny added over her director’s shoulder. “People love this stuff. That’s why we’re in our sixth season.”

“Y’know,” Norm said, “that show where they lock teenagers in a house and watch them bicker has been on even longer. I’m just sayin’.”

“And when you’re a producer,” Penny said, “you get to write the copy. Until then, read the copy I write. From the top, please.”

Norm sighed and straightened his script. “Is it possible that measles was brought to earth by extraterrestrials, centuries from now? If so, do vaccinations reject the will of what some would call the gods?”

“We’re getting edgier,” Dave said in the control room.

“The edge was about three seasons ago,” Norm muttered.

“Yes, but this is ripped from the latest science,” Stacy objected.

“‘Ripped’ being the operative word,” Norm said.

Stacy cleared her throat. “I’m the scientist, remember?”

Norm wondered how post-modern critical theory – Stacy’s Ph.D topic – qualified as a science. But he didn’t ask.

“Let’s move on, Norm,” Dave said.

Norm sighed. “The best evidence may come from halfway around the world, where Ebola reminded many of the plagues of Exodus.”

Norm put down his script. “Who is this ‘many?'”

“Our viewers,” Penny said.

“And my mom,” Stacy added.


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