In 2004 after two selections of my writing were used in two separate plays, I was encouraged by Dr. Phillip Popejoy, who used one of my satires in his production, In a Poet's Mind (performed in Maryland Heights, Missouri), to write comic dialogue.
- (Note: Pastor Roberto Munoz of Cube City Entertainment acknowledged my allegorical poem, Serpent Song, as a source for its off Broadway Biblical musical, Job and the Snake.)
I began the next year. After nine years and four months, of research, writing, and hard work, my screwball comedy prayer adventure, Sir Christian de Galis and the Fish Gravy, was published in November, 2014; the following are some of my thoughts on comedy for church and community.
Comedy in the dictionary: A play, movie, etc., of light and humorous character with a happy or cheerful ending; a dramatic work in which the central motif is the triumph over adverse circumstance, resulting in a successful or happy conclusion. (Dictionary.com)
Comedy in the Bible: "But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty." (I Corinthians 1:27) "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but broken spirit drieth the bones." (Proverbs 17:22)
Comedy according to Sir Christian de Galis and the Fish Gravy: When something in a story is absurd and logical at the same, while the characters act as normal as possible. I used the above to produce the funniest story possible with five major themes.
1. Making a difference with an unwanted solution.
The figure answered, "Who might you presume to be?"
The eerie voice replied, "I'm an answer to all of your prayers!"
The figure replied with a shudder, "What are some of the other answers?"
"There aren't any today!"
(From Chapter 1)
2. Forgiveness and redemption are better than revenge.
As he hit the ground with a thud, she said, "Remember that's it's always better to pray than to slay."
"Then why is her knight swinging a spear?" asked a third bandit, rushing on her with a spiked club.
"Maybe he thinks we don't agree with her!" said a fourth bandit, raising a bow at close range.
"Prayer, mercy, and forgiveness always work better than murder, mayhem, and mutilation,"
(From Chapter 3)
3. Prayer changes things
"It looked more like he prayed to God for his luck to change."
"Aquila, only actions make our luck change."
"Captain, something has changed!"
(From Chapter 10)
4. Physical Handicaps don't necessarily limit success.
Sir Christian nodded to move them a little sooner to the next painful point as he whispered, "Britta, is your uncle blind?"
"No, Sir Christian!" she announced patiently, firmly, and loudly. "Despite the ironic meaning of his iconic name, which means blind, Uncle Sir Cecil is not blind! So there's no need to whisper! Or shout!" She added as she lowered her voice. "He's just a little nearsighted-- and a little farsighted."
"In both eyes--or does he have one of each?"
Her scroll looked ready to smack one of Sir Christian's eyes, but she restrained herself as she continued calmly. "With a blind spot-- somewhere in front of him. And he's a little hard of hearing--in his left ear only. And he has a slight sinus problem--in one nostril, but not even he knows which one for sure. Hopefully it can't smell you. Yet despite disabilities, he's steady as a rock."
(From Chapter 7)
5. Having the most people doesn't necessarily make your cause right.
Captain Sarito attempted to respond to the tumultuous din of boos, catcalls, and hisses that he and his men were attracting. Trying hard to keep his sword from shaking as it pointed toward Sir Christian, he announced for all to hear, "Right is on the side with the most men!"
A voice in the crowd jeered, "So what keeps most men from doing what is right?"
(from Chapter 10)
Author of "Sir Christian de Galis and the Fish Gravy"
Carl Ramsey is a devoted Christian and a Vietnam War Veteran. He is active in many organizations dedicated to serving other veterans, including those that are homeless. He currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri. "Sir Christian de Galis and the Fish Gravy" is his first book. Autographed copies available upon request. For more information, visit http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/
"Sir Christian de Galis and the Fish Gravy"
By Carl E. Ramsey