A few years ago, I wrote a pilot on spec and submitted it to some shitty Bravo show. Even though it was the first script I wrote, it came out pretty well and I think most of it still holds up.
I used it as a writing sample and never bothered shopping it around. Then I heard about Dog Bites Man, which starts in two weeks on Comedy Central. It follows a fake local news team as they interview real people, in a half-scripted, half-improv style like Reno 911.
My pilot spec was all scripted and centered around a British news team who travelled across America, interviewing its weirdos and losers. Not exactly the same, but it’s similar enough for me to kick myself for not doing anything with it.
Now I have to come up with an all new premise and write another pilot. Boo. At least Dog Bites Man will be good. And anything with Zach Galifianakis and Matt Walsh will help counteract the mediocrity that is Carlos Mencia.