The latest ChurchOfBlow is probably the weirdest thing I've ever done, but it's loosely based on something that happened to me years ago.
I grew up in a very small town in rural Maine, and about halfway into my junior year in high school I started wearing a bowler hat everywhere I went. I never drove, so everybody in town would see me walking. To this day I'm amazed nobody beat me up. I only had to endure the occasional drive-by call of "Faggot!"
Like Bernard, I spent a large amount of time at the local diner, sitting at the window, drinking shitty coffee and reading. One day a friend of mine (Ryan Wing, the man I spin around during the chase) came in and was a little startled to see me, claiming he'd driven past me mere seconds earlier. He didn't put his finger in my coffee (this was an organicprankster touch) but he seemed a little freaked out, or at least pretended to be.
Turns out there was another man in town walking around with a bowler hat. He didn't exactly look like me but he had a similarly shaped face and perfect posture. Enough to fool my friends.
He wasn't hunted down or beheaded, but those bits from the sketch grew out of jokes we made in mock fear of this man. I shot a really, really crappy version of this idea when I was in film school. I might upload it to my weepingprophet channel if I'm feeling sadistic. It was a little project I shot for a class, and it's bad even by YouTube standards (though my friend Alex - who you might know as Lord Fauntleroy - a nice little ad lib).
I passed the details along to organicprankster when he started writing the Bernard Smith series, and he wrote it into a script that was sent to me on February 23, 2007. I've been dying to do it ever since. It's one of my favorite scripts of his and I'm glad I finally got around to it.
I'm also glad I waited because it wouldn't have been as impressive in 2007.
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