Oh great lj overmind, is there anyone out there who knows Esperanto?
I need to know how to say, "There's... a ... thing on the wing... of the plane" (a la William Shatner) in Esperanto.
Because there will be a little bit in what I am now calling "The Tragical Historie of Guidolon the Giant Space Chicken: The Animated Motion Picture" (TTHOGTGSCTAMP):
Guidolon: In this life, we have a choice of nightmares. For me, one nightmare is to make a movie, the other nightmare is to not make a movie. Octuron, I have so many great concepts for movies! Octuron: You're not even finished with this one. You're already thinking about the next? Guidolon: I have so many ideas my brain is going to explode. Octuron: OK, tell me your ideas... Guidolon: We could do a gladiator movie! (We see a shot of the giant monsters dressed up like gladiators.) Guidolon: Or we could do a film noir! (We see a shot of Trisuron dressed up, as in a film noir) Guidolon: Or we could do a pirate film! (We see a shot of Trisuron dressed up as a pirate) Guidolon: Or... Get this, get this - this is brilliant. (dramatic pause) I want to do a movie in ... Esperanto. Octuron: What, you mean like William Shatner did? Guidolon: Exactly! Ya know, he used to do Shakespeare? Dang, he's a good actor. Octuron: Uh, yeah... (Cut to shot of Guidolon sitting in an airplane, pointing out the window, looking harried and frantic.) Guidolon (freaked, to camera, in Esperanto): There's... There's a thing... on the wing... of the plane! Octuron: Wow, you're really full of... ideas.
So as I work on "The Tragical Historie of Guidolon the Giant Space Chicken: The Animated Motion Picture", it occurs to me that some of the jokes are based on cultural awareness of certain sci-fi memes/themes/ideas. I'm plenty happy if only 20% of the people get some of the jokes (you want jokes that most everyone will get, some that only a few people will get, and others that a different subset of your audience will get - if you have jokes where only 5% of the audience get them, that might be too low). Anyway, so since you guys are my real target audience, here's a poll on cultural literary. Notice that there are some softballs in there (for any poll, you need positive and negative controls) (not all of these are actually sci-fi):
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 73
William Shatner sees a creature on the wing of the plane!
They say that confused people can't laugh. And that's true. But it's also true that there's another theory in humor that if the jokes come fast and furiously enough then if some sputter and bomb, it doesn't matter (like in "Airplane!")