Rene Gutteridge is the award-winning and best-selling author of twenty-four novels. She has novelized six screenplays and movies, including her newest, Old Fashioned, with writer/director Rik Swartzwelder. Her indie film, the comedy SKID, is DeadCenter Film Festival’s Best Oklahoma Feature Film Winner in 2015. She is a creative consultant on Boo, a script based on her bestselling novel series, which is in development at Sodium Entertainment with Andrea Nasfell (Moms’ Night Out) as screenwriter. Her novel My Life as a Doormat is also in development.
She fell in love with comedy sketch writing at her very first job out of college, as a script writer for a church. The very first sketch she wrote, they forgot about and skipped, going right into the sermon. Her second sketch, a highly symbolic and sophisticated look at worship through the eyes of a Gregory Hines movie, bombed so badly she thought they’d fire her on the spot. Convinced she had nothing to lose on her third try by attempting a comedy sketch at a Methodist church, she was immediately addicted as soon as she heard the roar of laughter from the congregation, and has now been writing comedy for twenty years. It is as terrifying, rewarding and exhilarating as the first day she tried it.
A Pharisee bitterly describes Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, how the crowds cheered Him, accepted Him and praised Him.
To get a better idea of his perspective, a reporter interviews a bully and uncovers his weakness in the process.
Brother and sister, Richard and Carol, fight over the placement of a nativity set, when their friend Sandy arrives and reveals that we all have a tendency to celebrate Jesus only at Christmas.
Ellen’s husband, Glen, throws out a radical Christmas idea that just about sends Ellen over the edge.
Marvin, who simply wants to read the famous Christmas story about Santa, is assaulted by family members who have their own ideas of what the night before Christmas should be like.
Several people order up their favorite versions of Christianity.
A harried Christmas shopper takes her holiday frustrations out on a charity bell ringer.
While Becky is hanging ornaments on her Christmas tree, she fails to see the significance of what Christmas really means. At the end, she hangs and ornament of baby Jesus on the tree, an eerie foreshadowing of what He was born to do.
Disgruntled with the problems he’s encountering in life, volunteer Stuart decides to make a few changes to the Children’s Ministry theme.
Mrs. Wilfor is busy taking complaints when a person arrives to give an unexpected praise report.
What dinner would look like if children ran the household. A script on parenting, discipline and the family.
When Mike and Jami sit down for their Thanksgiving dinner, Jami’s prayer reflects more of a what they don’t have than what they do.
Several Christians participating in a haunted house on Halloween become confused about the spirit realm.