Do I Amuse You? (Funny Blog from Comedy Central’s Dwayne Perkins)


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So I was on line looking for sample movie treatments. A treatment is a brief synopsis describing a movie. People usually write them to secure funding before writing an entire script. Of course I work backwards and needed to write a treatment for a movie script I’ve already written. (Brooklyn, we go hard.) Well, a movie I’ve co-written (South Pasadena goes hard as well)

I came across a treatment for a movie called Bly, the true story of Nelly Bly.Here’s an excerpt from that treatment:

The true story of Nellie Bly, a penniless young woman in 1890s New York

who claws her way up from obscurity to revolutionize journalism and then becomes her own biggest story when she races around the globe to shatter the record of Jules Verne’s legendary hero in Around the World in 80 Days – a feat which makes her the most famous woman on earth…

She sounds like a pretty amazing woman.But here’s what made my eyes go wide. Nellie Bly is the name of a second rate amusement park near Coney Island, Brooklyn.I grew us walking past Nellie Bly and I never knew it was named after a great American.To find this out makes me sad.This woman went around the World faster than anyone else; she exposed corruption in the mental health field as an undercover journalist.She basically shattered any expectations the world had for a woman born in 1864.And we honor her with a shabby amusement park?Nellie Bly is lower on the amusement park totem pole than Coney Island’s Astroland which itself has become second rate compared to current amusement parks.

Ok…let’s say Six Flags is the Lakers. Coney Island would be the Clippers and the Nellie Bly Park would be the guys playing basketball on Venice Beach.(Disney Land would be Manchester United, a totally different massive animal)

Okay, I’ll admit this great American’s name does make for a great amusement park moniker but I just hope the kids remember who she was in the back of their minds as they say weeee…on the hammer ride.

If I get the Puffer Fish I’ve been wanting for ages, maybe I’ll name it Nellie Bly.Would that be honoring her?

Nellie Bly, The woman

2 thoughts on “Do I Amuse You? (Funny Blog from Comedy Central’s Dwayne Perkins)

  1. Anonymous

    I saw you on comedy central. very funny. I was watching you and thinking that my youngest brother Nabeeh favors you in look and sense of humor. I didn't know your last name was Perkins until the end of the show. That my deceased moms maiden name. Family originally from Louisiana. Any possible relation to James Perkins?

  2. Anonymous

    Just saw your Stand-up set on Comedy Central, was so funny, I had to look you up.

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