My name is Scott Sevener, I live in Tampa, Florida, and I enjoy miniature golf, long walks on the beach, and that sound women make when you … oops, wrong bio!
As you might’ve noticed, I’m a fairly laid-back kind of person who chooses to find the humor in most everything that we do. If you didn’t notice that, you probably already left in a huff after that first joke anyways, so let’s just continue on without all of those sourpusses and get this thing started, shall we?!
I first started to show an interest in writing as a career when I was maybe thirteen or fourteen, although admittedly at the time I probably didn’t really know what direction it would end up taking me. Frankly, I’m still not entirely sure, now that I think about it, but it’s a creative outlet that seems to have done alright for me so far – why stop now? I can’t draw, let’s not even talk about dancing, and I’ll even sadly admit that my chances of becoming a world-renowned rock star have probably officially slipped from slim to none at this point, so I guess it’s either writing or pottery, and we’d have to ask my 3rd grade art teacher to be certain, but I’m thinking that if I had been any good at that one, it’d probably been something that I would remember even today.
Although I’ve written across a variety of different genres and mediums, there will always be a place in my heart for humor and even when I’m trying my best to be serious, that twisted sense of humor always seems to show it’s face from time to time…for better and for worse. Different things work for different writers, but one thing that stays true across the board is that we write best about what we know, and anybody who’s spent an afternoon with me will certainly vouch that if you didn’t at least crack a smile, you probably weren’t paying attention! Jokes and humor and comedy of all shapes and forms have always played a tremendous part in my life – they’ve helped me through the worst of times and made the best of times even better, so I think the least that I can do is make an attempt to convey some of those good times in the things that I write…
Besides, take yourself too seriously and eventually you just come off looking like an ass, and I can usually do that just fine on my own!
Anyways, I began writing humor on and off when I was about fourteen, and although I certainly didn’t know it at the time, many of the things that I wrote were clearly precursors to The Humor Column that we’ve all come to know and love today! I liked to take common, everyday happenings and twist them until they were quirky, bizarre, and with any luck, also somewhat funny. I recall dissertations as to why my band teacher was clearly from another planet, ponderings as to what girls talked about when they all ran into the bathroom in groups (I still don’t know the answer to this one…), and how much cooler life would be if we all lived on the moon, just to name a few. Oddly enough, I never really “officially” showed much of an interest in writing throughout high school – no year book or student paper or anything – probably due to the lack of a similar level of enthusiasm there that I had previously found from one particular teacher who had unknowingly inspired me in the 8th grade (that’s you, Mr. Carlson!), and by high school all of the teachers just wanted essays on I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (tough question because I didn’t) and The Catcher in the Rye anyways, so throughout the rest of those years my interest in writing took a place on the back burner to allow me to focus on learning to play the guitar and becoming that aforementioned rock star.
If that little episode had turned out differently, this would probably be a very different bio from the one you’re reading today!
It wasn’t until after I graduated high school that my interest in writing once again reared its head, in the form of a little website called Just Laugh that I co-founded with a friend of mine, Matthew Gatesy. To be perfectly honest, Just Laugh first came about after I was tired of getting rejection letters from editors about my “humor” columns at the time – I figured, here’s this Internet-thing that seems to be quickly gaining speed … why not just cut out the middleman and publish my stuff myself?! I’d built a couple of websites online about various subjects already and it seemed silly to let a few editorial opinions hold me back from sharing what I was writing with the world, so in the year 1999, Matt and I introduced the Internet to Just Laugh magazine and spent the next several years publishing not only our own humorous articles and projects, but also the works of up to about two dozen other writers and artists and animators before all was said and done.
Just Laugh magazine ran from 1999 – 2003 until I found myself having to re-prioritize my life to pursue my ambitions of moving south from the small town in Northern Michigan where I grew up to a warmer and much more populated region. Since late 2003, Just Laugh has sat as a project on the back burner that I hope to continue with again some day, namely because I really enjoyed both providing a central website where people could come to find all different types of humor and also helping other creators like myself get their works out there for others to enjoy. Although the content itself hasn’t been updated much since, all of Just Laugh’s archives are still available online and some sections, including Just Laugh’s Joke Database, still receive a sizable volume of traffic from day to day. You can visit Just Laugh at www.justlaugh.com.
Anyways, despite my flagship website resting comfortably in the corner, I’ve still managed to keep myself busy with a number of creative projects – most of which you can find here at Comedic-Genius.com. In the Archived Works section of this website, you’ll find a number of non-humor-related columns and articles that I’ve written in the last several years as I tested the waters and had a bit of fun in some other genres, and of course, my personal favorite – The Humor Column – has been running more or less the entire time and can be found via a number of links on the homepage of this site. If you’re into comics and the visual arts, you also may want to check out Ink, Paint & Tears…, a weekly comic strip that I’ve been producing with my sister, Lori Sevener, for a few years here and there.
Well, I won’t take up too much of your time, but that’s my story so far, anyways. At the end of the day, I’m just a guy who likes to make people laugh and with any luck, I hope to still be doing exactly that for many years to come. Thanks to everyone who’s helped me get this far, not to mention those anxious to come along for the next leg of the journey…