Tragedy + Time = Comedy 49 – Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Part 2)
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
May 18, 2017
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Rick Rosner: The first time, when I was 18, and it wasn’t so creepy, it was because I swore I wouldn’t leave high school a virgin. When I left high school, I left to a separate family because my family got divorced. It was the dumbest 10 years of my life. Maybe not the most fun, but probably the most fun to write about because I was an undercover high school student by day, and a bouncer and stripper and nude model by night.
So I think that would make a good ridiculous memoir. I had a book deal. It looked like I had a deal for about half of a second, little more than a year ago, then they pulled the dal. The editor couldn’t convince the publisher to go along with her, and the editor wanted it published. It makes it easier to get a book deal if you have a social media following. So I’ve been tweeting like a maniac for the last 3 years, over 20k tweets.
I have 4.4 million followers. Some of which are even real. I hope to be able to use this as leverage to convince a publisher that I would be a good risk. Then in addition to the tweeting, you and I – and it has mostly been your creation of these separate projects, where you interview me and I say stuff and we talk stuff over, and you publish that stuff, together, you and I have probably published a half of a million words, or closer to ¾ of a million years.
You helped me set up a website. All of these – 5 or 7 e-books. 200+ freestanding chapters, not collected into books, but people can see on the web. I am grateful you helped me do these things because a) it helps me get my physics and philosophy out there, even if I don’t get my shit together or never get a book deal to where I can get my stuff out there via a book from a mainstream publisher.
I have been thinking about physics and indirectly about philosophy since I was a little kid. I think I have come up with some good and original conclusions. I want to get the books published and have my physics and philosophy stuff smuggled in there in between the jokes and the ridiculous stripper, bouncer, fake high school student behaviour – using the books as a kind of Trojan horse. One more project I am working on, because it is easy.
When it comes to tweeting, I can tweet endlessly without writer’s blocker. There is always something to be pissed off about. I have maybe done 1,000 anti-Trump tweets, but more sustained efforts—my training has been in jokes. For late night, I cranked out over 100,000 jokes. I am good at cranking out jokes. I am never blocked about that, but more elaborate projects like book chapters and book proposal stuff.
It takes time for me. In the meantime, I started another project with my buddy Lance that is easily executed. I met Lance Richlin, if you want to look him up (lancerichlin.com), he is an excellent realist sculptor and painter. He specializes in old-style paintings. When he paints a portrait, he used the same techniques that Rembrandt might have used. So when I first came out to LA, I had a TV job in New York.
I moved to LA. I got the first TV job by accident. TV writing job, but arriving in LA, that doesn’t necessarily lead to anything. So I went back to my old piece of meat jobs of nude art model and bar bouncer. I met Lance modelling for one of the art classes that he was teaching. I became friends, and I have posed for him. I posed on and off for him since 1989. Lance is hyper-Conservative.
He turned super-Conservative after what he saw was a wimpy response to 9/11. Now, he listens to maybe 10 hours of Conservative podcasts per day. His head is filled with Conservative takes on everything. So I will pose for him in this project. We will argue about politics. I am your standard Hollywood Liberal. I thought it would be interesting to take a deal where a Conservative and a Liberal have arguments because there are a zillion shows based on that.
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American Television Writer
Scott Douglas Jacobsen
Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing
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