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Leap: Thank You Notes a la Jimmy Fallon

Another leap I’m attempting to make this year is to focus on humor writing. Comedy writing is tough for me – witness my crash and burn sketch writing class at UCB in which only 2 of my 8 sketches were laughable. One of those funny sketches is still kicking around in my head, and it was drawn from real life almost verbatim, so I began to wrestle with the idea of humor essays rather than sketches. An equally tough endeavor, though more my speed.

As practice, I’m trying out this new weekly post format inspired by Jimmy Fallon’s Thank You Notes segment, which is one of my favorite late night bits. One happy side effect of this endeavor is that it’s helping me to see the humor and comedy in everyday life. When possible, I will actually write and send these thank you notes. I’ll let you know if I get any responses. Let’s give it a whirl for a few weeks and see how it goes.

Thank you, Broadway theatre, for whittling down my bank account while staging revivals that remind me of the originals I saw in my youth. I needed a reminder of my age.

Thank you, GOP, for filling the gap that Grandma the Clown left in the wake of his retirement from The Big Apple Circus.

Thank you, Modern Family, for reminding me that my family is not the craziest version of 5 people living under one roof.

Thank you,, for adding a “Pin It” sharing button. I now have one more much-needed way to spend even more time down the social media rabbit hole.

Thank you, Rush Limbaugh, for crossing the line into inappropriate commentary (again) and angering American women. Finally, your sponsors are coming to their senses which may lead to your show being pulled. We can only hope.

Thank you, army of weather predicting groundhogs. Thanks to your inability to agree on how many more weeks of winter we should have, nature gave up altogether and moved on to Spring.

Thank you, corporate America, for being such an insufferable employer that 1.9 million people handed you a pink slip in January and taking the reigns of their own futures. This is being hailed by economists as “good news.” I couldn’t agree more!

And thank you, Sarah Palin, for reminding us of the trait that’s more important for a U.S. President. “My preference tonight was for the cheerful one. And that’s Newt Gingrich.” I’m sold on that logic!

About Christa Avampato

I am a product developer and ed tech product manager who is equally inspired by new technology and ancient wisdom, a yoga and meditation teacher who learns from my students every day, and a writer who believes that creativity and determination is the most powerful duo on Earth. My creative career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, and financial services. I now work for an innovative ed tech startup in Washington D.C. In every experience, I have used my sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, program, and events that make people happy. A recovering multi-tasker, I am a proud alum of UPenn (BA) and the Darden School at UVA (MBA). When not in front of my Mac, I’m on my yoga mat, walking my rescue dog, Phineas, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching. Follow my adventures at My Google Profile+


7 thoughts on “Leap: Thank You Notes a la Jimmy Fallon

  1. love it.

    thank you, internet!


    Posted by col (@colsblog) | March 9, 2012, 3:20 am
    • Thanks, Col! I started watching his show regularly after you told me he has a lot of women in his writers room. For next week, I’m crafting me thank you note to Delta for delaying my sxsw trip :)


      Posted by Christa | March 9, 2012, 7:26 am
  2. I love Jimmy Fallon. His Super Bowl post show was hilarious. Thank you notes … good way of finding humor. Keep it up laughing is essential ;) I try posting humor every day definitely a challenge.


    Posted by The Guat | March 9, 2012, 4:02 am
    • Humor writing is so tough. I’ll keep at it. How do you find your daily inspiration?


      Posted by Christa | March 9, 2012, 7:23 am
      • It is tough. I come from a dysfunctional Latino family with many relatives…not only does that provide me with inspiration but also keeps me humble. Plus the unexpected tends to always happen to me, I have to laugh otherwise I’d have constant breakdowns. ;)


        Posted by The Guat | March 10, 2012, 3:55 am
  3. I think you are very funny – keep it up!


    Posted by grandma121 | March 9, 2012, 6:11 pm


  1. Pingback: Leap: Thank You Notes Volume 2 « Christa in New York - March 16, 2012

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