Every now and then, in our endlessly bureaucratic world, a mistake will be made. An email sent to the wrong person is nothing too out of the ordinary.
What turns this small mishap into an unforgettable story however, is how people like comedian Paula Skaggs choose to respond to it.
When Paula (not a dentist) received an invitation to speak at an upcoming dental convention, she could have easily let the organizers know she was not, in fact, the Paula Skaggs they were looking for.
Instead, she took things in a more enjoyable direction.
*~*Some personal news*~*
I was mistakenly invited to speak at a conference for dentists (I am not a dentist), and now I can’t stop sending them proposals for my talk. pic.twitter.com/TE4C3JcsP1
— Paula Skaggs (@paulaskaggs) August 8, 2019
Paula began sending the convention’s organizers many thoughtful, thought-provoking ideas for her speech:
“Arts, Crafts, Teeth…and YOU!: Simple, Fun Art Projects to do with Discarded Teeth.
Are you sick and tired of throwing away perfectly good teeth after you take them from a patient’s mouth?!
Join the freakin’ club! In this fun, hands-on session, you’ll learn unique, easy art projects that you can use those discarded teeth with – including handmade necklaces, macrame and even a terrarium for a child’s room!
Come with clothes you don’t mind getting messy, a few bags of teeth, and a good attitude!”
And Paula wasn’t done there! Her next idea was even better:
“Teeth! What Are They Good for? (Absolutely Nothing), Think Again, Buddy!”: An In-Depth Look into How Teeth Can Be Beneficial: Are you sick and tired of patients coming to you and saying, “Rip these teeth of mine out! What are they even used for anyway?”
And not having an answer? Join the club, friend! In this talk, we’ll go over the many ways that teeth can actually be beneficial for the human experience – including eating, ripping open small plastic bags, and maybe more! Come with a notepad, pen, and a few bags of teeth.”
As a finale worthy of any orthodontist, Paul brought her improv skills to the table:
“‘Yes, AND…More Teeth Please!: How To Use Improv Comedy in the Dental Studio’ Whoever said that Novocaine is the best medicine has clearly never seen the 1998 film ‘Patch Adams!’ (Because it’s actually laughter that’s the best medicine!)
Next time a patient starts pleading for medicine during a routine dental surgery, why not put down the drugs and pick up…your imagination!
Using the skills of improv comedy, you’ll soon be making your patients laugh so hard that pain killers will be a thing of the past.
Learn the fundamental of improv, including moving a chair around the stage, miming that you’re digging a hole, and playing zip, zap, zop! Come with comfortable clothes and a few bags of teeth.”
It turns out being invited to the wrong convention is a fairly common situation:
My webpage has the word "accidental" in it and I keep getting nominated for dentist of the year awards.
— Leigh Anne Jasheway (@lajfun) August 8, 2019
Twitter users helped Skaggs think of her next big pitch:
Excellent topics. I would make it a little more political and ask the question: 'Teeth, why do they have to be white?' I hope the conference grabs you with both wisdom teeth:)
— regina kealy (@kealycopy) August 8, 2019
— wodfan (@wodfan) August 8, 2019
It’s amazing how many hilarious lines Paula was able to come up with by simply ignoring every typical rule of polite conduct.
And remember don’t forget the bags of teeth!! pic.twitter.com/eHQPGtdBLh
— The Velvet Dress (@daniellegold_) August 9, 2019
Paula, how are you this funny, it's quite frankly alarming
— Michael 🏳️🌈 (@Home_Halfway) August 8, 2019
People were ready to drop whatever they were doing to go catch any of these amazing speeches!
willing to bet all of my teeth that these are all better than the actual talks they are going to give at their conference
— llama (@LlamaInaTux) August 8, 2019
FWIW, I was also invited to speak at this conference. Also not a dentist. pic.twitter.com/sTnsjvSh7T
— Judy Chevalier (@judy_chevalier) August 8, 2019
Comedy of this caliber is practically a fine art.
— Art Or Not Art (@ArtDecider) August 9, 2019
Of course, that’s not to say Paula’s jokes didn’t have a few detractors.
you just want some bags of teeth
— goldfinch witness (@bklynharuspex) August 8, 2019
Cheerio means goodbye, you literally started an e-mail with goodbye.
— Pie (@Pie_Bakedgoods) August 9, 2019
But most people seemed to agree that these proposed speeches were comedy gold.
This is…the best thing I've ever seen?
— Lucy Huber (@clhubes) August 8, 2019
You are such a floss. Did they bite? Or they brushed it off?
— immigrant, grandson of immigrants, ggs of immgrnts (@etobian) August 8, 2019
So if you’ve got a bag of teeth you don’t know what to do with, don’t worry! Paula Skaggs has just the thing for you.
Finally a place me and my bags of teeth are welcome
— Kivan (@KivaBay) August 8, 2019