The Mesdames of Mayhem are doing a tour of their favorite blogs. This week we kick off with our very own Queen of Comedy, Mme Melodie Campbell.
Mel posts at least weekly, getting 500 to 1000 hits per week for a total of over 58,000 hits since her blog first appeared on March 11, 2013. She has followers all over the world in places as far away as Dubai and China!
What is the focus of your blog?
Comedy! I’ve been a paid humour columnist for many years, and all of my books range from humorous to screwball comedies. On my blog, I repost humour and comedy columns from the places that pay me, when the rights revert back to me.
Our favorite Bad Girl explains….
Way back in the 90s when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I had a regular syndicated bimonthly humour column. While copies of my columns appeared in The Toronto Star and other newspapers, if you aren’t a dinosaur, you probably haven’t seen them. This blog will draw from the best of these columns, as well as new material. And about the name….back in the day, I was known as “Bad Girl” and “Funny Girl.” Now, it’s more like “Funny Broad.” And the broad is no joke.
I originally wrote comedy to escape the reality of my life, which includes an autistic brother. Our home was one of stress and sorrow; being funny helped to lighten the day for all of us. I kept writing comedy through my adult life, in hopes that I could give other people dearly needed entertainment. There is no question I write to entertain. As a comedian, I can tell you that comedy definitely has its roots in tragedy, and for me, it is a way of dealing with those hits that life gives you.
What do your followers tell you?
They love the comedy, pure and simple. The zanier humour columns are usually the most popular.
I have a fan group in a retirement home in Florida, all men. They found me through the Rowena Through the Wall series, and are loyal followers. I’ve had several offers to ‘put me up’ if I want to come down to Florida for a visit. Now, my Rowena books are quite sexy, so I’m really not sure what to think about that…
What are you sharing with MoM’s followers today?
I’m sharing one of my zaniest columns. It has been reprinted in many venues; I still get requests for reprints and will admit it is one of my faves <smile>
TV TRAVESTY! (Warning: they let me off my leash again…)
People often ask me why I write silly stuff. I say it’s because I am seriously fed up with reality. I mean, really – what’s so special about it? Everybody does it.
So for those of you who are sick of reality (TV or otherwise,) this is for you. In the lofty traditions of Dallas, Dynasty and Desperate Housewives, make way for…TRAVESTY!
Note the originality of the plot. (Hey, it’s rerun season!)
INTERIOR. A pink frilly bedroom. Daytime. An attractive young woman in full makeup and Victoria’s Secret underwear reclines on the bed, moaning fatuously. An older man kneels by her side, wringing his well-manicured hands.
Lance: “Tell me April, I gotta know. Is the baby mine?”
April (in bed): “Oh Lance! Oh Lance! <sob!> …what baby?”
Michael enters the room.
Michael: “April honey, I’ve got something to tell you.”
April: “No – <sob> – not-“
April: “You? And Lance?”
Michael: “And your mother’s been hit by a beer truck, and the boutique has burnt down.”
April (standing up in bed): “THE BOUTIQUE?”
Michael: “We saved the clothes, but the jewelry was a meltdown. Sorry.”
April (clutching throat): “I can’t take it anymore! This is too much for one day.”
Michael: “And it’s only 8 a.m.”
Lance (clearing throat): “About your mother…”
April (collapsing on bed): “OH-MY-GOD, MOTHER! She hated beer.”
Lance: “I have something to tell you…”
April (to director): “Do I faint now?”
Lance: “…she’s actually not your mother…”
April: “You mean-“
Lance: “Yes. I am”
<gasps all around>
Michael: “That trip to Sweden…?”
Michael: “But didn’t we…?”
Director (to April): “You can faint now.”
Stay tuned next week for more riveting drama, when April asks the question, “How do you tell if blue cheese is bad?”
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