I got some feedback after posting Work In Progress #2 that this:
“I’m not the only person who has considered throwing a baby. I might be the only person whose intention is to catch them again.”
Was worth working on. So I took a page and tried to write it into something performable. You’ll notice that I oscillate between 1st & first and “imagine” and “think”. For the former that’s because I am trying to standardize how I write in my notebook and I prefer the way 1st looks but sometimes forget and write it as first. For the later that’s because I can’t decide which is better. I’m leaning towards “imagine” because it is more in line with the bit. I’m acting out juggling babies and so that feels more like “imagine” than it does “think”. By the end of the page I think I found a version of the joke that I’ll try on stage the next time I perform the bit. Skip to the bold joke if you’re not interested in the 10 micro changes from line to line.
Whenever I work on a single joke like this, I make sure that I am writing on the left page of my notebook. Often as I work on one joke new ideas will come up, but I found it usefull to keep all the premutations of one joke together. So I put them all on the left side and as new ideas and premises come up I write them on the right page of the notebook. I’ve also included those “germ” ideas.
I’m not the 1st person to imagine throwing babies but I might be the 1st person to intend to catch them
I’m not the only person who considered throwing a baby. I might be the only one considering catching them.
Hey, I’m not the first person to think about throwing babies but of those people I’m probably the only person who intends to catch them again.
Hey, I’m not the 1st person to think about throwing babies. I’m probably the 1st think about catching them. Then throwing them. Then catching them. You know how juggling works.
Listen, I’m not the 1st person to think about thrown’ babies. I’m probably the 1st person to think about throwing babies and then catching them and then throwing then and then catching them (trail off)
About throwing them and catching then and throwing then and catching them….
I’m not the first person to imagine throwing babies. I am the first person who want to throw them and THEN catch them…and then throw them again.
I’m not the first person to imagine throwing a baby. I am the first person who wants to throw a baby and then catch it again.
I’m not the first person to imagine throwing a baby. I am the first person to imagine throwing a baby and then catching again. And then throwing i (I just stopped writing here because I realized I’d forgotten an “it”)
I’m not the first person to imagine throwing babies. I am the first person to imagine throwing babies and then catching them. Then throwing them, catching them, throwing them. You guys know how juggling works.
I think if you asked a mother of triplets if you could juggle them she’d say no. But, if you asked a mother of sextuplets, she’d know exactly which three you could use.
You know a baby is juggling age when it can hold it’s head up but can’t crawl away from you (this is me taking another stab at an idea from the 1st writing session for the bit)
Parents generally object to baby juggling but most would volunteer their two year olds.
Parents object to baby juggling in general, but if you get specific about which babies…
It’s like Cirque Du Kravorkian
This’d make a great Pro-Life ad…
PBaby juggling has more ‘g’s than neglect and endangerment combined.