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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Kat Radley on Women in Comedy Festivals, and in the writer’s rooms

Kat Radley spent the better parts of 2016 and 2017 submitting writer’s packets to late-night comedy shows. “I think I lost count at one point, but if you name a show, I pretty much sent a packet for it,” Radley told me. Last August, the first packet she’d submitted turned into a job offer. Since […]

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Talking ‘Look Alive Out There’ and the Importance of Humor Writing with Sloane Crosley

Sloane Crosley may be an accomplished writer, but she’s still humble. Crosley is the acclaimed author of essay collections I Was Told There’d Be Cake, How Did You Get This Number, today’s release Look Alive Out There, and the very funny novel The Clasp, which deals with jackhammering outside her apartment and the general day-to-day grind of living in […]

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‘Veep,’ ‘BoJack Horseman,’ ‘Last Week Tonight,’ and More Win 2018 WGA Awards

The 2018 Writers Guild Awards were handed out in New York and Los Angeles last night, and when it comes to this year’s comedy nominees, Veep, BoJack Horseman, Saturday Night Live, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and Will & Grace took home awards this year. In the New Series category, Netflix comedies GLOW and […]

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2018 WGA Award Nominations Include ‘American Vandal,’ ‘Nathan for You,’ ‘The President Show,’ and More

The Writers Guild of America announced its list of 2018 WGA Award nominees today, which includes returning series like Nathan for You, Silicon Valley, and Veep as well as new series like GLOW, The President Show, and Netflix’s mockumentary series American Vandal. Nathan for You earned noms in both the Variety Sketch and Variety Special […]

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Talking Comedy and Politics with Former Obama Speechwriter David Litt

Not many people can claim that they landed their first post-college job as a 24-year-old speechwriter and joke writer for the President of the United States, which is just part of what makes David Litt’s new book Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years, out today, so fascinating. Now head writer at Funny or Die’s new DC […]

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Inside James Taylor Johnston’s ‘Stinker Lets Loose!’ with Mike Sacks

Author Mike Sacks is reviving a lost genre with his new book Stinker Lets Loose! Sacks, who has penned five popular comedy books, including two interview collections (2009’s And Here’s the Kicker and the 2014 New York Times bestseller Poking a Dead Frog) is now reminding readers about the forgotten, halcyon, beer-infused days of truck […]

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2017’s WGA Awards Winners Include ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Last Week Tonight,’ and ‘Triumph’s Election Special’

The 2017 Writers Guild Awards were handed out over the weekend, and in addition to Donald Glover’s new FX show Atlanta winning two awards for Comedy Series and New Series, writers from BoJack Horseman, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Saturday Night Live, and Triumph’s Election Special 2016 took home awards for their work […]

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