This is a weird project. I am at the most one of many co-authors, given that my co-host
That's weird, too. I'm not a comic writer. I can be funny, intensely funny (at least to myself) when I'm really 'on', but my humor is normally extemporaneous. I'm an improv guy, not a scripted guy. Yet I can hardly get up in front of a couple of thousand people who are expecting all the pomp and majesty of the Hugo Awards and riff for twenty or thirty minutes on whatever pops into my head. Or more to the point, I could do exactly that, but it wouldn't be the Hugo Awards ceremony, it would be the Jay Lake comedy hour. Meanwhile, poor Ken would be standing there in his plaid muumuu with his electric ukelele wondering what the heck happened, and the Renovation people would be gathering pitchforks and torches backstage. Not to mention the Hugo nominees...
My point being that I'm writing to a market. A very specific market, with very specific requirements and expectations. Being funny is definitely part of the job. Really, why else would you ask me and Ken to co-host something? But a much bigger part of the job is respecting the traditions of the awards, honoring the nominees, meeting the requirements of the convention, and giving the audience the show they came for.
Doing all that and being funny at the same time, now that's hard. Doing in writing two months in advance...? Speaking as a cancer patient in his fourth year of treatments, dying is easy. Comedy is hard.
See you all there. We'll have a hell of a show.