Who is Larry?
Larry Hyatt has written radio comedy, sketch comedy and plays, produced television and radio, worked as a creative director for an arts and entertainment magazine, and published numerous humorous articles and essays. Originally from New Orleans he’s a former graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and attended Loyola University’s School of Music as a vocalist, went into radio broadcasting, has been a nightclub in house entertainer (Where he did theatre in a bar), produced and hosted television shows for LCN-TV, and started an entertainment magazine called the The Tri-Parish Navi-Gator, featuring theatre, music, dinning and the arts in South Louisiana. He hosts Larry Hyatt is the Morning on C-96.7 KCIL Radio in Houma, La.
In His Own Words
Oh, I have a muse. She inspires me to write. She has a name, Necessity. It sounds Greek to me.
I have a four hour morning show to come up with called Larry Hyatt in the Morning. It’s on C-96.7 KCIL, “The Bayou’s Best Country.” It airs in what we call the Tri-parish Area. It’s the cities of Houma (pronounced Ho’-ma) Thibodaux (Tib’-bo-do) and Morgan City. (You got that one.) It is Cajun Country, sixty miles south-west of New Orleans.
Thibodaux might actually be familiar to some. It’s referred to in a song from the 70’s by Jerry Reed called Amos Moses. The lyrics begin, “Amos Moses was a Cajun, he lived by himself in a swamp.” Lyrics in the chorus are, “bout 45 minutes south-east of Thibodaux Loo-siana,” Which would have you in the Gulf of Mexico.
I also do an afternoon show that I tape on Rock Hits Radio-LA 106.3. It’s in the same building. I fudge a bit with the writing for that one. If you hear a joke in the morning and hear it in the afternoon that means I thought it was very funny and used it again. I target the humor on the country station to women forty-two years old. On the rock station it’s more geared to men. I’ll do more sports bits and being an older demo because there is plenty of classic rock, more politics. Yes, Necessity. She whispers in my ear, “The show must go on.”
Deadlines inspire too. Some of the best things I’ve written were done rather quickly. The two award winning plays were done once I heard the contest dates were set. Now, I didn’t run to the keyboard. I waited till I felt, “I better get started in case something happens and I can’t finish.” I guess a looming deadline is my inspiration.
“When I finally get around to doing it,” that inspires me. I wanted to write a play so I thought the contests would have been a good time to get around to it. I did well in the competition. It sparked the book. I thought fiction was easy. I was wrong.
Someone giving me something to write inspires me. I’m flattered when someone asks to write a roast, toast, or boast, although it does scare the living hell out of me when I have to say it. It’s fear of failure but I agonize and do it anyway.
Writing contests with a theme inspires me. I find it challenging and I don’t get writer’s block when someone gives me the dang subject. If I send it in and don’t hear back I can blame them. My first play I put in a contest didn’t make it to the judges. I found that out when the judges said they didn’t get it. Of course that one must have been a good one.
Other people’s work inspires me, good or bad. The good writers, because I want to be like them, the bad because pride tells me I can do better.
Thinking or hearing a funny story inspires me. Sometimes I’ll rush to the keyboard and type a few lines just to start it. Finishing could inspire me at a later date.
So, when I read other people’s good work, with a looming deadline of my own, that someone has given me to go in a writer’s contest, I’ll need to make it work, because I got a show to write.
How to Reach for the American Dream… (And not get it)
How to Reach for the American Dream… (And not get it) is the fictional, comedic account of the life of an entertainer who from childhood had what it took to “make it.” You’ll laugh, cry, and cheer him on as he struggles to achieve what only a select few can through his television kid show debut, glee clubs, remedial college studies, gaining weight as a “starving” artist, dating women out of his league, nightclub entertainer, and romps through radio, television, and publishing.