Happily for the writers, few ideas were off limits. Most weeks, they approached Ms. Ball to ask her some variation on the following:
Can we tie you to a chair? Roll you in a rug? Hang you out the window? Can we fly you through the air? Put you on stilts? Put four dozen eggs down your blouse? Will you bark like a seal? Work with an elephant? Sing to a sheep?
Can we dip you in chocolate? Coat you in clay? Splatter you with mud? Will you fight with a woman in a vat full of grapes? Work on an out-of-control conveyor belt in a candy factory? Can we put you in handcuffs? Blacken your teeth? Set your nose on fire?
Ms. Ball, resilient, agreed to everything.
This is the secret to success: Flexibility.