SCREENPLAY – THURSDAYS WITH ADOLF…a dark satire of “coming-of-age” films…

WGA#: #1711563


THURSDAYS WITH ADOLF: Edgy comedy taking place in an unspecified future where two terrible teens, and best friends, come of age when forced one summer to work for an awful elderly man who ends up teaching them about life, art, and women…and turns out to be Hitler in disguise.

TONE: Always Sunny in Philadelphia meets Her.


  1. Top 10% Nicholl Fellowship
  2. Semi-finalist ScreenplayFestival.com
  3. Laurels: Honorable Mention (Finals), Williamsburg, NYC, International FF

Two scenes: First, the opening scenes of the script where the two boys meet the mentor (“The Old Man”). Then, another scene where they’re following him home, discussing the merits of The Old Man’s (i.e., Hitler’s) environmentalist ways.


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John Oliver Comedy Packet

Several months prior to the premiere, I reached out to John Oliver’s people for a shot at a writing post on his HBO series. They sent me a submission packet.
The packet requested: Two “headline news” segments (national & international news); also requested were two outlines for more-detailed segments (which could include roving reporters, video, and so on) covering same.
I was given about 36 hours to conceive, write, edit, and submit all of the below. And it was December 30th. Sooo…yeah…no pressure.
In spite of what I think is some very strong — and sharp — satire, I didn’t make the cut. According to a contact it was due to my lack of TV credits, but the work was passed up the ladder one by one to the very top.
Damn travesty, I say. But I’m biased. The following is what I sent (warning: naughty words abound!)…
In an announcement that surprised
viewers and critics across our
Puritanical nation, Duck Dynasty
chief red neck and good, duck-murdering
Christian, Phil Robertson, announced that
he disapproves of gays and that
homosexuality is a sin.
It really was quite a shock – he
seemed so open-minded at the Ninth
Annual Beard-Pulling Finals.
GFX Image: A Truck Pull event, Duck Dynasty’s Robertson, his
beard looped around front bumper of a truck, they’re in a tug
of war.
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Dumé Jones, a hard-bitten P.I. in 1950s MEPHISTOPOLIS — HORROR tale

Mephistopolis is a literary horror novel with strong fantasy elements, weaving the tale of the city’s leader, The Abandoner, through the stories of people from all walks of life who are mysteriously drawn to the city, unknowingly given a chance to atone for their sins.

Mephistopolis takes us on many personal journeys, poses to the reader the question “What is evil?” (And questions the ideas [and ideals] of religion.)

Another chapter is here!

This story takes place in Mephistopolis in the 1950s. It’s a crime noir tale, one of many genres the book utilizes in telling the city’s story.

Dumé Jones, P.I.

Mephistopolis was a town zooming toward a major growth-spurt.  What happened at this time altered much about the city’s future, the city’s control, the city’s life and citizenry.

Who’s to blame for this?  Who’s the one who could so powerfully alter the course of the harsh city?  Some say it was the devil himself. . .

But they would be laying that blame incorrectly.

Either way, there’s no denying that when the smartly dressed black man—his red running shoes notwithstanding—blew into town on this day, in a decade remembered for rock ‘n’ roll and poodle skirts, Mephistopolis went to Hell in a hand basket.

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Guys Are Disgusting & So Very Dense (Women Are Crazy And Make No Sense)

The following are the covers and a few select pages from Guys Are Disgusting & So Very Dense (Women Are Crazy And Make No Sense) — also known as Women Are Crazy And Make No Sense (Guys Are Disgusting & So Very Dense)….

**PLEASE NOTE: If some images remain as tiny thumbnails upon viewing, simply click an image, then click BACK or RELOAD the page — that usually takes care of it. (If neither of those fixes work, read an essay, they have no pics.)


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Table of Contents

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Script Sample from Franchise Horror Feature ‘FEAR EVERYTHING’



Logline: A young woman finds her friends’ fears being turned into terrifying reality and tries to find the courage to defeat the demon that’s doing it — a demon she brought here.

Tone: “Alien” meets “Nightmare on Elm Street.”



The rituals you are about to see were merely inspired by
those used in real life.
Actual demonic rituals are not portrayed in this film in order
to protect the filmmakers.

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The following was given the green light from then-editor Denny O’Neil. The idea? What if the Arkham Asylum lunatics from Batman had to fight the Aliens? Awesome, yes? But I needed help to pitch. At that time, some years back now, writing up treatments was NOT my strength (As the man once said, “I’m much better now.”). I asked a veteran writer w/whom I had become friendly — David Michelinie (the guy who created Venom and gave Tony Stark a drinking problem). Lucky us, DC was owed 1 Dark Horse/DC team-up.

David thought it was a great idea, save for one problem: Dark Horse has a rule: All Aliens stories must take place in outer space. So I wrote back: “Easy fix. An unreliable narrator. Maybe it DID take place in space.” And we were off!

From there we wrote up a list of NEW Arkham characters — fodder for the Aliens to kill and maim. I think we cut their names from the final (below), but some included Doc Feces & Don Wand.

Ahem. Sooo, with you caught up and everything in place….

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