‘SNL’s Weekend Update Is No Longer Accepting Freelance Joke Submissions
Bad news for joke writers: We’ve learned that starting this season, Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update is no longer accepting freelance joke submissions for the segment. While the show hasn’t officially confirmed the news, at least one writer who submitted a packet this year has ... [Read More]
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 th... [Read More]
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 th... [Read More]
How Improv Helps Television's Best Comedy Writers
by Megh Wright The best comedy lives in the moment, and improvisation is as in-the-moment as it gets. Improv proves you can create great comedy on the spot by listening, taking big chances, and working alongside a team, which is probably why the writing staffs of most television comedies today count... [Read More]
The "NBC Playground" Contest Couldn't Find Any Ideas Outside of New York, LA, or Chicago
by Megh Wright Remember when NBC announced its new "grassroots" talent initiative NBC Playground last year in hopes to — in the words of the network — find talented comedy writers by "reaching beyond the traditional talent labs of film schools and NY/LA comedy clubs"? Well, NBC announced... [Read More]
Bob Odenkirk's Advice to Aspiring Comedy Writers: "Don't Ever Look at What's Happening Now"
by Megh Wright "But I honestly would tell anyone young to start looking at stories and learning story, because I think that’s the next step after people go, 'OK, I've had enough of that improvisation, I've had enough of those short comedy bits. Tell me a story, tell me a more complex story, so... [Read More]
NBC Reaches Out to Aspiring TV Writers in New "Comedy Playground" Initiative
by Megh Wright NBC is looking to develop brand new talent through a new initiative they're calling the "Comedy Playground." Starting on May 1st, the initiative will begin accepting video submissions from aspiring comedy writers for new show concepts, and they've enlisted a star-studded "Advisory Boa... [Read More]
'Seinfeld' Writer/Producer Peter Mehlman Gives TV Writing Advice
by Megh Wright "Laughter is such a strong spice, it’s hard to taste anything else. If you write something funny enough, you can get away with murder." - Former Seinfeld writer/producer Peter Mehlman wrote a piece for this month's Reader's Digest Magazine called "How to Write a TV Show," and it... [Read More]
What's Every Former 'Kids in the Hall' Writer Up To Now?
by Jimmy Callaway “I got that one from the kids in the hall.”–Sid Caesar, blaming his writers whenever a joke would bomb It's taken me many years to wrap my head around the concept of television writers. It seems like I've always more or less operated under the assumption that peop... [Read More]