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‘We Can’t Hire You’
Latino writer Alexis Pereira on the most discouraging TV job interview ever.
A Comedy Education From Late Legend Buck Henry
What working on
The Graduate, Get Smart,
and more taught him about making timeless humor.
the politics of fiction
Alexander Chee on How to Unlearn Everything
When it comes to writing the “other,” what questions are we not asking?
the politics of fiction
Who Gave You the Right to Tell That Story?
Ten authors on the most divisive question in fiction, and the times they wrote outside their own identities.
good one podcast
How Danny McBride Crafts the Perfect Opening Scene
On this week’s
McBride walks us through the first scenes of his projects, from
Eastbound & Down
The Righteous Gemstones.
Jesse David Fox
Against Style Guides — Sort Of
A new history of the semicolon shows that grammar guides have been ever with us and never particularly helpful.
Jonathan Russell Clark
How to Write a Female Serial Killer
Oyinkan Braithwaite on writing a protagonist who kills men, just because she feels like it.
Oyinkan Braithwaite as told to Lila Shapiro
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 […]
Love Seeing People Being Courteous on the Subway
Plus other things we learned from a questionnaire given to the five One Book, One New York contenders. (Big fans of
Wild Wild Country.)
Talking ‘Look Alive Out There’ and the Importance of Humor Writing with […]
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 […]
‘Veep,’ ‘BoJack Horseman,’ ‘Last Week Tonight,’ and More Win 2018 WGA […]
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, […]
2018 WGA Award Nominations Include ‘American Vandal,’ ‘Nathan for You,’ […]
The Writers Guild of America announced its list of 2018 WGA Award nominees today, which includes returning series like Nathan for You, Silicon […]
Dee Rees on Writing Racist Jokes and Directing Mary J. Blige
“If you’ve ever been at one of her concerts, it’s like a therapy session with 30,000 people.”
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 Late Sam Shepard Discusses Playwriting in a Clip From
Shepard is one of many typewriter aficionados who appear in the documentary.
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 […]
2017’s WGA Awards Winners Include ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Last Week Tonight,’ and […]
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 […]
2017 WGA Award Nominations Include ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Nathan for You,’ and […]
The Writers Guild of America announced its list of 2017 WGA Award nominees today, and among the comedy nominees are some new series, returning […]
How Many of These Joke Clichés Are You Guilty of Using?
Workaholics will air its seventh and final season on Comedy Central next year, and while the writing staff has contributed plenty of great […]
Read Dan Harmon’s Excellent Advice for Overcoming Writer’s Block
Dan Harmon fielded questions from fans in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and when one fan asked how to overcome writer’s block, Harmon responded with […]
‘Family Guy’ Hires Billy Domineau, the Writer Behind the 9/11 ‘Seinfeld’ […]
It’s been over two months since Billy Domineau’s 9/11 Seinfeld spec script blew up the internet, and fortunately the success from the script […]
Thank You For Your Submission to Moe’s Southwest Grill, by Jeff Vitkun
Thank you for your submission to Moe’s Southwest Grill. Unfortunately, this piece wasn’t right for us because unlike our competitor, […]
When Will Helen DeWitt Be Recognized As One of the Great American Novelists?
A flood of bad luck has kept her debut
The Last Samurai
out of print. Will a new edition finally change things?
Lindsay Lohan Is Writing a Book About ‘How to Overcome Obstacles’
“I hope that my words will connect with those who need some guidance when [or] if they are in a tough place.”
How Do You Know If Your Comedy Script Is Good?
If you’ve only shown your friends your script, how do you know if it’s really funny?
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Don DeLillo on Gun Violence, New York Life, and Writing
The acclaimed writer discussed violence in real life as well as his work.
Breaking Into Comedy Writing with ‘Key & Peele’, ‘Community’, and ‘Rick […]
Not many writers can break into Hollywood and land work on quality shows like Key and Peele, Rick and Morty, and Community all in one […]
Writers from ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Roseanne,’ ‘Reno 911!’ and More Share Their […]
Buzzfeed has a fun piece out today called “51 Writers Reveal The Favorite TV Moment They’ve Ever Written,” and among the responses are tons of […]
The Head Writer at the End of an Era
It was the summer of Watergate. The Senate panel held forth from every television. Sam Ervin: “That’s not executive privilege, that’s executive […]
How Improv Helps Television’s Best Comedy Writers
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 […]
Why We Need Terry Pratchett’s Brand of Moral Outrage
Comics superstar Kieron Gillen remembers the late author.
Video Game Comedy Is Hard, But it’s Getting Easier
Recently, I revisited one of my favorite games from last year, The Stanley Parable. Developed by Davey Wreden and released for Steam, it’s a […]
What a _________ Job: How Mad Libs Are Written
“There’s a very small number of people on this planet who have this very specific job.” That’s how Mad Libs editor Laura Marchesani describes […]
Should All Standup Comics Write Their Own Jokes?
I was thirteen when I first saw a comic glance at his notes on stage, and I remember wondering why I was surprised to see this. Did you think […]
Jeff Schaffer, Writer for ‘Seinfeld’, ‘Curb’, and More Explains How He […]
“I learned how to write comedy from Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld and it was all about structure. Structure, structure, structure. A Seinfeld […]
Dan Harmon Explains His Writing Process and Breaks Down a ‘Community’ […]
Community creator Dan Harmon wrote two Tumblr posts this weekend that are worth reading if you’re interested in his writing process. One is on […]
‘Seinfeld,’ ‘All in the Family’ Top the WGA’s List of the ‘101 Best […]
The Writers Guild of America this weekend released a list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time,” and several comedies ranked high on […]
Jonathan Ames Shares the Ins and Outs of Writing
“I think with every project we expect something more than what happens. We all love to be disappointed… The biggest crusher for me was that […]
Kelly Oxford Wants You to Know She’s Done More than Write a Few Tweets
Kelly Oxford has taken issue with how some have decided to portray her. Particularly The Chicago Tribune, who recently headlined an article […]
Jesse David Fox
A Look Back At Charlie Kaufman’s Sitcom Work
Charlie Kaufman isn’t exactly an impersonal writer. His attempts to adapt The Orchid Thief turned into Adaptation., a movie about a painfully […]
A Look Back At Joss Whedon’s ‘Roseanne’ Episodes
Before Joss Whedon convinced an absurdly large number of normal world citizens to see a movie about Norse gods, frozen past-men, and Robert […]
The Life Cycle of a Joke
Here’s a fun look at the development of one standup joke (by comedian Myq Kaplan) from its earliest conception, through workshopping in front […]
Twitter Advice From Champions of the 140 Character Count
Where the most relatable creative ambition was once to write the Great American Novel, it is now to maintain the Great American Twitter Feed. […]
A Nick Offerman–Penned
Parks and Rec
Episode Is Coming Your Way
More tiny hats, please.
Alan Zweibel and Dave Barry’s Long-Distance Writing Relationship
Did you know that Lunatics, the book that an upcoming Steve Carell movie is based on, was co-written by original SNL writer Alan Zweibel and […]
Nerdist Writers Panel #3 On TV Writing: ‘It’s always banana peels and stop […]
The Nerdist Writers Panel on TV Writing, featuring panelists Community’s Dan Harmon, The Middle Man’s Javier Grillo Marxuach, and The Good […]
George Saunders Talks About Getting Started as a Writer
George Saunders is, in my opinion, the best writer of humorous fiction out there today. He is also hugely inspiring when he talks about […]
How To Write Jokes For People Who Don’t Want To Be Funny
A lot of comedians complain about being asked to “say something funny.” Comedians take “say something funny” as a threat. It’s sort of the same […]
NYTVF Script Contest Offering Up $25,000 and a Development Deal with Fox
Attention, aspiring comedy writers: The New York Television Festival’s annual script-writing contest has been announced, and the winner gets […]