Great Green Gobs Skit, Smoke Effects (long)
John E. Campbell (spectrum@IAG.NET)
Wed, 11 Sep 1996 00:39:12 -0400
Hello again folks!
I had my first pack meeting last night and everything went beautifully! I
got several comments from people on how well they liked it and even got one
"best one I've ever been to!" comment! Yeah, ok, I'm beaming! ;-)
Anywho... I created a skit around the song "Great Green Gobs" and used the
dry ice smoke effect. The crowd "ate it up" so to speak. I'll explain how I
created my smoke machine after I explain the skit.
Prior to the meeting time I set up a pot in the middle of the stage, toward
the rear. It had a vacuum cleaner hose and 90 degree thin drapery nozzle
rigged up to the back of the pot between the lid (raising it slightly) and
the pot, where it couldn't be seen by the audience. I started the meeting
and at predetermined points said excuse me to the audience, walked over to
the pot and looked inside. Each time walking away with a disappointed look,
shaking my head and then resuming the meeting. After leaving the pot for the
third time, I had one of the leaders call out... "Hey Mr. Cubmaster! What's
in the pot?".
To which I responded... "You know, I'm glad you asked!".... I then proceeded
to explain... "You know in my travels around Central Florida, I meet a lot
of people. Well, today I met a man who had studied in the high mountains of
tibet. As part of his studies he is required to share his wealth and good
fortune every day. Today I was the lucky recipients of that sharing. He gave
me this magical, mythical pot. He said that it would cook whatever I put it
in without any fire, electricity, gas or anything! Well, you know I was kind
of anxious to try it out but didn't have time since the pack meeting was
tonight. So I figured since it does it itself, why not try it tonight,
during the meeting but, it just doesn't seem to be doing any... Ohhhhh...
that's right! I just remember, he told me that I have to tell that pot
what's in it! After all, how is it going to cook it if it doesn't know what
it is! Let's see... what did I put in there... let's see... there's
Great green gobs of greasy, grimy, gopher guts.
Mutilated monkey meat, itsy bits of birdy feet.
French fried eyeballs that were rolling down a muddy street.
That's what's in the pot.
Ok, now I've got to go tell the pot what it has in it." I then walked to the
pot, turned towards it and repeated the ingredients with the "that's what's
in the pot" at the end. I then waited a few seconds and lifted the lid, put
it down and again with a disappointed face and shaking my head said "Huh, it
just doesn't seem to be work... Oh man! I'll tell ya, my memory just isn't
what it used to be. Now that I think about it, he said that I not only have
to tell it what is in it, I have to entertain it too! I have to sing the
ingredients to it." Then to the tune of "The Old Gray Mare" I sang the
ingredients. Walked up to the pot and again, with disappointed face said "I
don't understand, it should be working. I know, I bet that if y'all join in
and sing with me, I bet it will work! Come on, everyone!" At this point,
someone walks back stage, turns on the smoke machine and proceeds to put a
few pieces of dry ice into the bucket. By the time you have gotten through
it once a little smoke has appeared. At this point I prompted them to sing
one more time since it seems to be working! About 1/2 way through the second
time, the person behind the curtain puts more dry ice in and it goes a
little better. At the end I'm acting real excited and said "Wow, you guys
are great! I bet that if we sing it one more time, as loud as we can that
it'll finish the job." Just after starting the third time the person puts in
the rest of the dry ice and it really starts going good!
At the end of the singing I went up to the pot, slowly removed the lid
(while disconnecting the hose at the same time) and sniffed inside. "Oh,
YUM! This smell so good I just HAVE to share it with you all!" I then slowly
walked to the front of the stage, repeating the ingredients and just before
reaching the end of the stage proceeded to 'trip' and dump confetti over all
those in the first few rows! Well, that's how it was supposed to go. My
'trip' turned into a real one! I fell off stage (landing on my feet
thankfully) and dumped all the confetti on ONE POOR FELLOW sitting in the
front row. Not exactly as planned but the boys loved it anyway! :-D
This got kind of long so I'll put the creation of the smoke machine in
From: John E. Campbell
Bear Den Leader / CubMaster
Central Florida Council
Den #5, Pack 608
Owner: Campbell Automotive Technologies
Mobile Electronic Accessory Specialist
(have a question? feel free to email) :-)
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