For his work writing funny ads for national brands, Walt Jaschek was inducted in 2018 into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame. Declaring “I’m not history yet,” the comedy writer promises to still pursue the funny.
I’m Walt Jaschek, writer of funny radio, TV and comics, trying to infotain the world with smart fun. “Life is worth laughing,” that’s my motto.
I feel “the funny,” or maybe I just feel funny, in many media. Here are a few of the ways you might know my work.
Funny TV Commercials
You might know me as the writer of funny TV commercials, such as “Shaving My Head,” a wacky promo for the nationally syndicated run of the TV series “Star Trek: the Next Generation.” This crazy spot, part of an entire head-shaving campaign for the show is, oddly, my most watched YouTube video of all time.
This new captioned version has credits and, uh, captions. Grab your razor and shave along!
Funny Radio Commercials
You might know me as the writer of funny radio commercials, such as “Missing Persons” a fondly remembered (and much copied) promo for the TV series “Matlock.” This won a Clio for Best Radio Copywriting, but it’s the performances of the voice talent – Tom Poston, Harvey Atkin, Orson Bean – that bring home the funny.
(After you listen to this, here are 15 more spots!)
Funny Movies and Videos
You might know me as a performer in funny movies and videos, such as Rick Zahradnik’s beloved, 80s-era spoof of office rental videos, this one with much less clothing.
Warning: I get down to red underwear at the end.
You might know me as a writer of funny comic books and strips, such at this collaboration in Marvel’s What Th–? with the amazing Jim Lee.
Comics are a lifelong love and I’m working on more right this second.
Well, not this second. At this second, I’m typing this.
You get the idea.
I’m about the quirk, the quick, the quazy. Some people seem to enjoy my humor, though, I’m happy to say, and I am available to write or perfrom funny if your entertainment company or streaming services needs me.
Thanks, everyone! I’m Walt Jaschek, and I’ll be here all week!
The St. Louis Media History Foundation asked writer Walt Jaschek to add some comedy to its 2021 Hall of Fame video. This “Zoom call” is the result. Congratulations to the new honorees in the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame, which due to The Current Situation is a video celebration only, archived on YouTube.Ken Ohlemeyer … Continue reading Walt Jaschek “calls in” to St. Louis Media Hall of Fame
Oh, creatives! Don’t fall on that sword over your favorite idea. Certainly don’t pull pistols! “How to Kill a Pitch” is a cautionary comedy video Walt Jaschek wrote on this subject, directed by Angie Lawling, shot by Chris Lawling, produced by Mercury Films. All in good fun: it’s movie blood. Client not loving your latest idea? There’s … Continue reading How to Kill a Pitch: Ad Biz Satire, Walt Jaschek Script
Overcome procrastination and writers’ block! In a new “timed writing” video, writer Walt Jaschek prompts you to join him as he writes uninterrupted for 22 minutes. (It works!) Is there something you need to write? Are you in avoidance mode? Would a timed, 22-minute deep dive move something along? And would watching Walt write at … Continue reading 22-Minute Writing Sprint