Benny B by Michael Hogan | Script Revolution

Benny B

Forced into retirement by new management, a hall of fame baseball announcer must find a way back into the game to save a stadium full of fans from hungry extraterrestrials.



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A Hall of Fame baseball play-by-play announcer, BENNY BUCHENSTEIN (60s) was pushed into early retirement by new team management looking to attract a younger demographic and pump up ratings by placing a 'prettier' face in the broadcast booth. Wanting to give him space to find himself—and lose his growing negativity—Benny’s wife, JULIA, leaves him to stay with her sister.

Alone and lost, Benny is abducted from his back yard one night by benevolent extraterrestrials. They believe Benny is uniquely qualified to save the earth from an impending invasion by Zeppendulars; an evil race of reptilian extraterrestrials who plan to harvest humans as a food source. Benny learns of his secret weapon…bubble gum…and the fact that he has only one week to prepare for the invasion.

Soon after, Benny becomes convinced that his abduction and the threat are real when he receives a nighttime visit from a Zep. He also proves the power of bubble gum when he blows a giant bubble and melts the creature in his kitchen.

Lacking a plan and failing to convince any authorities that he’s not a raving lunatic, Benny finally secures an ally in JACOB (12), the way smarter than his age social media savvy kid next door. With renewed hope, Benny is able to call in some favors from his old pal CLUTCH (40s), the current manager of the ballclub who is also being forced out.

With the clock ticking and a tiny team in place, Benny finds a way back into the game to thwart the Zep’s invasion. And in so doing, he restores purpose and meaning to his life.

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Submitted: March 19, 2020
Last Updated: March 19, 2020

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The Writer: Michael Hogan

Michael William Hogan was a corporate executive-type until he one day woke up and realized that he was working for all the wrong reasons. And all the wrong people. Alarmed but enlightened, Michael thought about checking himself into one of those outrageously expensive facilities in the hills above Malibu but discovered they don't offer corporate executive-typectomies. Undeterred, he then bought a tattered volume of Mid-Life Crisis Management for Dummies at a used bookstore in Brentwood only to discover the chapter on transitioning from hell to heaven had been torn out. Left with only his self-reliance, Michael managed to get into his own head, rewiring his grey matter to finally pursue what... Go to bio

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