An Accidental Prophet

Robert Lerner

Book Cover

GENRE

SATIRE COMEDY POLITICAL

    Core Theme

    RIGHTEOUSNESS

    TIME PERIOD

    Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    BRUCE ALMIGHTY, THE LATE SHIFT

    CHARACTER LIST

    • TIM BLAKE: 70. LEAD. COLLECTS WHALE TEETH, BELIEVES HE HAS BEEN SELECTED BY GOD AS A PROPHET

    • MARY: 70. TIM'S WIFE.

    • BUDDY: 70. TIM'S FRIEND.

    • MATT: 30S. TIM'S SON.

    • KYLE JAMES: 50. LATE NIGHT STAND UP COMIC THAT INVITES TIM ON THE SHOW.

    • REVEREND BOOKER: 50S. A REVEREND WHO MARY VISITS, SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS.

    Logline

    In our era of fake news warfare An Accidental Prophet envisions God taking sides, and a modern-day Jonah must save the losers – Late Night comedians.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Boston and New York

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Self-published

    Year Published: 2019

    Starting Description

    A former Late-night television host perishes in a biblically themed fashion. Although the comedian is widely mourned, no one seems to notice, or much less care about the underlying cause of death. But Tim Blake, a retired high school teacher, sees God’s hand in the tragedy.

    Ending Description

    Tim believes he is a modern-day Jonah who must save the comics that have wandered into God’s ground zero. Accurately prophesying the wrath of the Almighty via tweets, Tim becomes a social media sensation, is hunted by the FBI, and even appears on Late-night television to carry out his mission.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    9781097614592

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message

    Plot - Premise

    Quest

    Main Character Details

    Name: Tim Blake

    Age: 70

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Clumsy,Faithful,Leader,Visionary,Religious,Modest,Empathetic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Mary Blake

    Age: 68

    Gender: Female

    Role: Sidekick

    Key Traits: Badass,Faithful,Funny

    Additional Character Details

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    Additional Character Details

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    Development Pitch

    Imagine a biblical prophet in today's world where we are bookended by reports of fake news each morning and biting Late-night humor at bedtime. An Accidental Prophet works to make us ALL laugh at just such a scenario with its satirical take on our culture wars. Not only is God involved, but He also sends a modern-day Jonah (retired teacher Tim Blake), and his wife Mary, a huge fan of Breaking Bad, to find just one redeemable comedian as reason enough to save them all. In the process Tim becomes a social media sensation, is hunted by the FBI, and for a brief period, after appearing on Late-night TV, actually alters the direction of political discourse in America. With just two major characters placed primarily at home and on a late-night comedy show, along with a small supporting cast of fictitious comedians, the "real" Jonah, and a befuddled gluten sensitive son, this story is easily transferable to the screen - and necessary now to demonstrate the lunacy of our times!

    Brief

    A mysterious gift from his wife shows a man visions of late night comedians dying. After these visions come to pass in reality, the man becomes determined to save the world as God is instructing him. He takes up the helm "Jonah" to take on the evil-doers that are stand up comics.

    What We Liked

    - There is definitely no other story really like this. It takes the idea of a modern prophet to its fullest extent, depicting the use of modern methods like Twitter and burner phones alongside biblical passages;
    - As a film, this would be a great satire in the vein of films like Bruce Almighty or Evan Almighty, and could even serve as a distant sequel to those films;
    - This would be an interesting mini series, watching Tim try to prevent different comedian deaths as Jonah each week;
    - Unique concept; Deals with modern issues; Well-researched; Funny; Strong moral themes.

    Synopsis

    Tim Blake collects whale teeth with artistic carvings, and is at first pleased when his wife, Mary, gifts him with a tooth that seems to depict the story of Jonah and the whale for his 70th birthday. However, he's confused when he finds a small twig of wood inside a cavity in the tooth. Upon holding the twig, he's struck with a vision of a familiar face dying in a gruesome way. He tries to dismiss the vision as a hallucination, until a few nights later, that same face--belonging to a famous late night comedian--is found dead in the exact same way Tim had predicted.

    Tim's wife is reluctant to believe that her husband is experiencing anything other than early stages of losing his mind, but Tim assures her that if his next vision doesn't come to pass, he will go to see a doctor. His next vision is of another late night comedian getting struck by lightning, and sure enough, that comedian is killed a little over a week later by a lightning bolt. Tim tries to find out why God seems to be targeting late night comedians. He finds an article that claims that millennials get all of their news from late night comedians, and sees this as God's way of stopping the culture of divisiveness in America. Mary suggests they set up a Twitter account, @Jonah, for Tim to warn others of his predictions. Tim agrees and after a while, @Jonah has some new followers, if only for the people wondering about this crazy guy victim blaming recently dead comedians. Tim has a new vision about a female comedian turning into a pillar of salt and tweets about it. The female comedian named gets hit by a truck carrying salt and drowns to death in thousands of pounds of salty cargo. This alerts the attention of comedian Kyle James, another divisive comedian who Tim views as a sinner. On Twitter, Tim publicly asks to go on the Kyle James show to get his message out, and says he will meet with the FBI later. Kyle agrees, and so Tim and Mary travel to New York to go on the show.

    Tim turns his wooden staff into a snake on the show, amazing the audience. He then has a vision of Kyle James dying on a boat, and when he opens his hand reveals that his staff has crumbled to dust. He tells Kyle that he can avoid this miserable fate if he keeps his comedy clean and doesn't attack anyone with it, and Kyle vows to do so. Later, Tim reveals to his wife that he had crushed the staff to avoid having to give it to law enforcement. Late-night comedians all over the world stop doing such divisive sets, but their ratings go down so they're soon replaced with comedians who will cause more drama and get more views.

    About The Author

    In addition to An Accidental Prophet, Robert Lerner has also published The Cinderella Vessel, and as part of Multi-Media Publications’ Lessons From History Series, three non-fiction books that interweave Ancient Roman business practices with the modern workplace - Entrepreneurship and Ethics in Ancient Rome: The Management Lessons of Pliny the Younger, Career Turbulence: Ancient Lessons for Survival in the Modern Workplace and Customer Acquisition Strategies: Modern Lessons from Ancient Rome’s Greatest Entrepreneurs.