This past December I self-published my second Star Wars parody, Scrote One, in conjunction with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The year before that I released The Farts Awakens in conjunction with The Force Awakens. I often get asked how I wrote them, considering they must have been written before I saw the movies. Even more often I get asked “why write a Star Wars parody instead of… well, anything else?”
This blog is going to focus on the WHY I wrote them. If how I beat the odds to write them interests you, don’t worry. That’ll be coming up! Reminder that these are available on Amazon, and Scrote One comes with BOTH The Farts Awakens AND Scrote One!
And one more thing… I’m giving the books away for FREE at the end of this blog!
Why I wrote them should be pretty obvious: the stacks and stacks of cold, hard cash. Of course, I later learned there’s only peanuts in selling books, so that cold, hard cash was more like tepid, soggy cash. The REAL reason was my love for Star Wars. I was so excited for The Force Awakens, not really sure how to harness that excitement until I saw Amy Poehler make some joke about Star Wars and I thought, “I bet if Amy Poehler made a Star Wars parody it would kill.” That was it. Somehow that small germ of a thought turned into “Joe. You can write a Star Wars parody and make a killing!” With just 15 days before the movie’s release, I had the idea: The Farts Awakens. If it seems like it was on a whim, it’s because it was.
I took off work (I freelance, mostly) and started writing. That’s partly where the decision to write it in screenplay format came from. It was much shorter and easier to do it that way, but it also felt more like a parody than writing it in prose (maybe I’d watched too much Spaceballs and Thumbwars). It was easier to convey Star Wars imagery in screenplay format, plus I think it’s funny to have a twisted version of a Star Wars movie you could read with your friends. Was I right? I don’t know! Go buy a copy!
Honestly, the first one started out as much as a joke as it did a real project. Since the movie was going to be coming out in 15 days, I knew I needed help. I contacted some comedians I knew and summoned them to a secret meeting for a project they’d have to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) to be a part of. I went to the Upright Citizen’s Brigade theater in Los Angeles with a suit, office supplies, and NDAs. When the writer’s got there, the gag worked. I’d made the whole thing so grandiose that it all seemed ridiculous (This later would play into one of my marketing strategies).
The main goal for The Farts Awakens was to write a parody that was unapologetically crude and silly. I wasn’t trying to write something you’d discuss with your country club buddies. It was meant to be something that if you didn’t find funny right away, you’d eventually breakdown from the constant onslaught of dirty puns.
Initially I thought this would be a great work of art. Then over time I started to fear people would think that all I am as a writer is dirty puns. Don’t get me wrong. A LOT of who I am is dirty puns, but there’s more to my humor than that. That’s where Scrote One came in.
With more time to think about it and prepare, a Rogue One parody seemed like a given. I wanted this one to be crude and silly as well, but I wanted it to have more types of jokes in it than The Farts Awakens. You could say it was an evolution of my Star Wars parodies, but that sounds so douchie, so we won’t.
Ultimately that’s why I included Farts Awakens with Scrote One. I felt Scrote One is much stronger and wanted it to be the compendium of my Star Wars parodies.
If you guys like this, next week I’ll be writing about my process writing parodies. If you have any questions about either book, I’d love to take them in the comments. If you have any constructive criticism on this blog, I’d love to hear it too. I threw this one together fairly quickly because I’ve been sick with a fever this whole week.
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