Ben Arment writes:
I've got several suggestions to help liven the show for young listeners...and old listeners for that matter.
1. Drop the show's length to one hour. Don't get me wrong--I love PHC! But too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. You and your writers need more time to develop funny ideas...and less time to perform them.
2. Invite more non-musical celebrities to be part of the skits. Garrison, your interaction with guests is hilarious! (But will they come to Minnesota? ha ha)
3. Stick to skits about simple things in life. (I've never been to Paris or even an authentic Italian restaurant) Write about cutting the grass, cutting the national deficit, and yes... even cutting the cheese.
Dear Ben -----
The problem with cutting down to an hour is, first, you have to cut out the 20 min monologue ---- either that or you have only one musical act. And you instantly turn yourself into an uptight show. I'm all for economy, but it ain't possible to do a live one-hour show like ours. You'd have to tape it and edit it. Maybe that's what we should do, but that's another show. GK
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