Episode #206: Nell Scovell

Who is Nell Scovell? She’s the creator of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, first staff writer hired for SPY magazine, second woman ever to write for The Simpsons, and one of only a handful of women to ever write for David Letterman. Scovell’s other TV credits include Murphy Brown, Coach and The Muppets. She also wrote […]

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A Great Comedy Resource: the ‘Conan’ Writers’ Transitions List

If the Workaholics writers’ board of terrible joke clichés is a solid resource for what phrases not to use as a writer or comedian, then the below so-called “transitions list” that Conan writer Laurie Kilmartin shared on Twitter earlier this week is the perfect resource for phrases that are perfectly acceptable to use when you’re feeling stuck in your joke writing. The list is a […]

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Here’s the Writing and Research Staff for Wyatt Cenac’s New HBO Series

Wyatt Cenac’s new late night docu-series Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas debuts next month, and HBO confirmed Cenac’s full writing and research staff with us today. In addition to Daily Show alum Hallie Haglund serving as an executive producer and head writer, Cenac’s team of writers – notably, 5 out of 7 are women – includes […]

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Colin Jost and Michael Che Promoted to Co-Head Writers at ‘SNL’

Saturday Night Live has made some changes to its writing staff. According to Variety, Weekend Update co-anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che have been named co-head writers at the show, joining Kent Sublette and Bryan Tucker. (Jost previously served as a head writer from seasons 38-40 but stepped down in 2015 presumably to focus on Update.) […]

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New Study Finds That Only 4.8% of TV Writers Are Black

A new study by a UCLA professor has resulted in some stunning proof that television still has a long, long way to go when it comes to diverse voices behind the camera. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the racial justice organization Color of Change has commissioned UCLA’s Darnell Hunt – who serves as dean of social […]

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The nightly late-night writing staffs for America’s TV talk shows in 2017

Something remarkable happened on Wednesday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. It wasn’t one of the many game shows within Fallon’s talk shows, or something his musical guest performed, or anything from Fallon’s monologue or from his overly enthusiastic interactions with his guests. Nor was it even particularly funny. After Hillary Clinton, the woman […]

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Here is the full writing staff for Season 43 of Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live announced new staff writer hires last week in advance of its 43rd season premiere. But SNL usually doesn’t put out press releases or make much ado about the comings and goings of its writers, whether because they don’t want to trumpet when someone gets hired only for a week or two, or […]

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Co-Head Writers Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly Have Left ‘SNL’ 

Saturday Night Live added three new cast members and seven new writers for season 43, but one of the biggest changes at the show wasn’t revealed until shortly before Saturday’s season premiere aired. According to Deadline, Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly have officially left the show this season, and going forward, Bryan Tucker and Kent […]

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Here’s the Writing Staff for Comedy Central’s ‘The Opposition with Jordan Klepper’

Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper debuts his own late night series The Opposition next week, and in addition to announcing the show’s team of “Citizen Journalists,” today Comedy Central confirmed the full writing staff with us. Klepper’s fellow Daily Show alum Owen Parsons – who also worked on Klepper’s gun control special that aired earlier this […]

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