Cookabunga! by D.C. Copeland | Script Revolution

Cookabunga!

A family-friendly half-hour TV comedy about a cable access no-budget kids cooking show with a talk show format, an adult host, puppet house band/sidekicks, and a “live” kids audience who participate in the culinary fun.

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"Cookabunga!" is a no-budget-and-it-shows public access TV cooking show for kids. Its mission is to teach kids how to cook without burning their homes down and how to eat healthy. The host of the show is a bewildered and jaded down-on-his-luck stand-up comic-- who knows nothing about cooking but took the gig in desperation. His sidekicks are two oven mitts named Sal and Al Dente and the show's band of fruits and veggies perform in a fruit basket for a live audience of kids (the Peanut Gallery). A pilot was shot starring veteran stand-up comic Heywood Banks called “Pirate Cookies.” It is loosely based on real female pirate Anne Bonny's “famous” lost 300-year-old cookie recipe which was said to have put the “jolly” in the Jolly Roger. When she buried it along with Bob the talking coconut, pirates lost their favorite snack and their will to be naughty. Piracy quickly became as legendary as Anne Bonny’s pirate cookies-- until the Cookabunga! cast uses its shoe box time machine to go back into time to retrieve the lost pirate cookie recipe.

Part of the humor (and pathos) comes from an earnest producer and crew who, inspired by "MacGyver," their patron saint of making something out of nothing, manage to scrape together a show each week using their wits and ingenuity, much like Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland did with their neighborhood musicals. Although the truth behind the scenes, ie. puppets aren't real, kids!, is never revealed, there is an ongoing conversation between the puppets with the host on and off camera as he confronts his adult shortcomings and dreams of something... better.

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Heywood Banks

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Heywood Banks performing "Toast!"
Submitted: September 30, 2018
Last Updated: May 20, 2022

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The Writer: D.C. Copeland

Hello, thanks for taking a look at who I am. Hopefully you aren't here because you were “misdirected,” that you want to find out more about just who this D.C. Copeland is after reading one of my loglines. I'm an artist, a muralist, and a writer whose canvases and stories are for the most part writ large across time and space. While in college at the University of Miami , I co-founded Ecology Action of Florida . That sense of saving the environment can be found in many of my works. While creating works of art and fiction, I supported myself and my family as the Warner Bros Pictures Florida Field Rep for Publicity and Promotion for nearly 20-years. During that time I got to know many... Go to bio

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