This week, I stumbled upon the Happy Chewbacca Mom, and got all the levels of happy from it. I originally saw it on Schmoyoho’s channel. And can I digress to tell you how happy that made me? They are political satirists who “autotune the news”, and I loved them during the last election cycle. But they slowed down on posting the videos, and I lost contact with them until they suddenly showed up on my YouTube recommendations again. They are back in business! So, if you like the idea of Hamilton, the Musical, you may enjoy some Schmoyoho, too.
But, back to Chewbacca Mom: here’s Schmoyoho’s video clip, “HAPPY CHEWBACCA MASK — Songify This” . Hilarious! But if you haven’t the time, patience or the broadband for the video, here’s what happens: Candace Payne, a mom from Dallas, picks up a Wookiee mask from Kohl’s and tries it on in the car while waiting for her kids. And it’s the funniest darn thing she’s ever seen! You know how people talk about joy being infectious? Well, the vector is sight and sound; it comes over loud and clear on the internet.
If you want to see the original, here’s a link to National Public Radio. You get their podcast about the phenomenon , a written article, and a link to Candace’s Facebook video. There’s a slow start as she wrestles with the packaging, but the laughter is just as funny when it’s not songified.
And then, Chewbacca Mom takes a drive with late night show host James Corden, with a special surprise guest! Check out the video here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQereoIxioI James is being a bit cranky, but when guest J.J. Abrams shows up at 0:35, the fun starts, and it’s well worth the minute and a half of your time to see three Happy Chewbaccas. I love the way that Candace can switch from hysterically happy to practical and positive.
So, are you happy? Feel like writing? Ready to infuse some joy into your own WIP? Good! But, here’s a little writing exercise for you. It’s always fun to imagine what you’d do if you won the lottery. But what would you do if you won the viral video lottery? What if you recorded something silly that caught the hearts and imagination of the world, and you suddenly had the ear of talk show hosts, journalists and people from all over? What would you do with your 15 minutes of fame?
I’m going to comment later this weekend, but I’d really like to hear what you’d do.
Have a joyous Saturday!