Abner & Dweezle|
Created by: Garry StahlThis is a work of fiction. All characters, places, and situations are fictional. Any resemblance to persons, places, or situations living or dead is coincidental.
Appearance: STB-600 mention
Number of Members: Two
Nature of Members: Comics
Game Role: Cultural reference
World Role: Get people to laugh
Relative Influence: Minor, a brief popularity between 2200 and 2210
Public or Secret?: Public
Publicly Stated Goal: Increase our credit balance by getting people to laugh.
Relative Wealth: Minor, they succeeded to a small extent
Group advantages: Access to good production facilities
Special Abilities: A good understanding of the nature of comedy
Group disadvantages: Format with limited legs.
Those who favor them: People that like sophomoric physical humor
Those opposed to them: Highbrows that turn their noses up at sophomoric physical humor
Area of Operation: Anywhere in the Federation, Kent and Gussingham have never left Earth
Headquarters Location: Kahaluu, Republic of Hawaii, Earth
Public Face: Slap-happy idiots with a talent for being in the wrong place.
Notable Members: William Kent (Abner) and Ernest Gussingham (Dweezle)
History of the Organization: Kent and Gussingham, accidental roommates at college had a ball cracking up the guys during their time at school. In a moment of inspiration they got the loan of a good holo production suite, wrote, stared in, and produced a short film called "Abner and Dweezle", a comedy about a pair of total buffoons without a clue. The skit featured broad physical puns, classic slapstick updated to modern means, and typical sophomoric low humor. They distributed it on the datanet and it became an instant hit as nothing like it had been done for a while.
Kent and Gussingham made 28 Abner and Dweezle films in the next ten years. 20 shorts and 8 feature length comedies. Eventually the public tired of the act and moved to fresher entertainments.
William Kent went on to make a name from himself as a producer and director of holofilms, branching out from comedy to drama and action adventure. Ernest Gussingham retired from film to write. He produced a number of novels during his life but only "The Hart in Spring" was met by any great success. Both remained fast friends for life.
© Garry Stahl: 1997-2006 unless other Copyrights apply. All rights reserved, re-print only with permission.
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