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  1. advice
    How to Overcome Accent Anxiety in 4 Simple StepsFew things scare an actor more than mangling an accent — so say their dialect coaches. Here, the pros offer a few words of advice.
  2. humor writing
    Reclusive Former Simpsons Writer John Swartzwelder Emerges With Writing Advice“It’s like a crappy little elf has snuck into my office and badly done all my work for me, and then left with a tip of his crappy hat.”
  3. advice
    24 Comedians Give Advice to Their Pre-Pandemic Selves“Don’t cancel any shows. Talk to everyone — you are about to essentially lose your personality.”
  4. advice
    What’s the Best Way to Find a Mentor in Hollywood During Lockdown?Some of the most helpful people in this business are those who have just gotten a foot in the door and are holding it open for you as well.
  5. follow friday
    Priyanka Mattoo’s Career Advice Is a Bright Light in Dark TimesTaylor Garron’s Instagram Live chat with our comedy advice columnist will make you feel good. We promise.
  6. #gulmantip
    Gary Gulman’s Comedy Tips: The Complete Collection366 bits of wisdom, advice, and encouragement from the stand-up veteran.
  7. advice
    How Do I Stay Creatively Motivated When the World Is Ending?Stuck at home due to the coronavirus and feeling pressured to write your big masterpiece? Here’s some advice.
  8. stand-up
    It’s Time for Stand-ups to Prepare for the WorstComedy clubs are shutting down due to the coronavirus. The Daily Show’s Roy Wood Jr. has some tough advice.
  9. advice
    Eddie Murphy Shares the Bad Comedy Advice He Got From Rodney Dangerfield“Hey, who knew?”
  10. humor writing
    Don’t Be a Jerk to Your Online Humor EditorThe editor of McSweeney’s shares some helpful tips about rejection.
  11. the politics of fiction
    Alexander Chee on How to Unlearn EverythingWhen it comes to writing the “other,” what questions are we not asking?
  12. money
    How Do I Survive in Hollywood on an Assistant’s Salary?It’s not so easy if you aren’t one of the rich kids.
  13. movies
    I Don’t Know Who Needs to Hear This But Please Don’t F*ck Your BrotherA memo to the adults in Frankie and A Simple Favor, and Élite’s horny teens.
  14. advice
    Hasan Minhaj Tells Lilly Singh the Advice He Got from Jon Stewart“He would give me no notes. None!”
  15. speeches
    Jennifer Garner’s Very Earnest Grad Advice Involves Dressing Like a Mailbox“Nothing looks better in your 50s than sunscreen in your 20s!”
  16. advice
    What 4 Showrunners Look for When Staffing a Writers RoomMike Schur, Nahnatchka Khan, Liz Flahive, and Carly Mensch offer some helpful advice.
  17. hollywood
    What’s the Difference Between an Agent and a Manager?As the WGA-ATA dispute continues, let’s break down these two similar but separate gigs.
  18. literati
    The Best Reporting Advice Robert Caro Bestows in His New Book, Working“Silence is the weapon.”
  19. books
    You Can Read Ali Wong’s New Book Dear Girls in OctoberWong wrote a bunch of letters to her daughters, and we all get to read them!
  20. wisdom
    17 Comedians Share the Lessons They Learned the Hard Way“Don’t run your jokes by your mom.”
  21. advice
    Fighting the Scourge of the ‘30 Under 30’ ListThe big things you want are entirely unrelated to when the world decides it wants to notice you.
  22. advice
    Will Having a Baby Slow Down My Career?Women in the business should be asking for (and getting) everything right now.
  23. advice
    Rita Ora Is the Advice Queen We Need“Stop shopping, vaping and drinking.”
  24. advice
    A Pep Talk for the Hopeless Aspiring Comedy Writer“There are no prizes for carving out the quickest path to acting or writing.”
  25. guides
    How to Leave the Boring Job You Don’t Like and Break Into ComedyWant to get into comedy but have no idea how? Here’s a handy guide.
  26. casting call
    You’re Not Seeing Double, Natalie Portman to Play Feuding Twin Advice ColumnistsDear Abby versus Ann Landers.
  27. advice
    How Do I Amicably Break Up With My Writing Partner?Breakups can be rough — even professional ones.
  28. advice
    How Do I Deal With Harassment at My New TV Writing Job?“These bullies are very much a type in Hollywood that I’ve seen many times over.”
  29. 30 Comedians Give Advice to Their Younger SelvesColin Jost, Michael Che, Julie Klausner, Pete Holmes, Chris Gethard, and more.
  30. How Do I Get My Web Series Noticed by the Right People?It’s so discouraging to feel like you keep sending your work out into a void, isn’t it?
  31. How I Bought a House at 25 by Saving Up and Also Being the Daughter of the […] As a millennial, I’m so frustrated when I see my peers complaining about their circumstances. The idea that my generation is entirely helpless […]
  32. advice
    What Whoopi Goldberg Told Tiffany Haddish Before Her SNL Episode“I Googled and saw that Whoopi Goldberg had been on SNL, so I reached out to her.”
  33. The Business of Being a Young Woman in the BusinessIs it possible to be successful and maintain morals in this industry when you feel like “the bad guys” are winning?
  34. get out
    Is Get Out Scary? Not Too Much for Wimps Like MeIt’s not gory, and there are only a few jump scares.
  35. Ali Wong Is Writing a Book of Advice to Her One-Year-Old DaughterStandup Ali Wong is writing her first book. Entertainment Weekly reports that Wong, whose Netflix standup special Baby Cobra debuted last year, […]
  36. ‘Don’t Leave the House When You’re Drunk’ and Other Important Life Advice […]During last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, comedy legend Lily Tomlin used most of her time on the stage accepting a Lifetime Achievement […]
  37. The Road Less Traveled: the Upside of DIY Touring for Unsigned Comedians There is no more divisive place in comedy than the road. However alluring or disheartening the stories you’ve heard, the truth is that the […]
  38. letters of note
    Read Frank Sinatra’s Open Letter to George Michael From 1990“Come on, George. Loosen up. Swing, man.”
  39. Read Dan Harmon’s Excellent Advice for Overcoming Writer’s BlockDan Harmon fielded questions from fans in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and when one fan asked how to overcome writer’s block, Harmon responded with […]
  40. Will Forte Published a Book of Cartoons Called ‘101 Things to Definitely […]One of Will Forte’s finest pre-SNL creations is now available in book form. Titled 101 Things to Definitely Not Do if You Want to Get a Chick, […]
  41. Ben Schwartz to Co-Write a Dating Advice Book Called ‘Things You Should […]Ben Schwartz and writer Laura Moses are teaming up to give millennials dating advice. According to Entertainment Weekly, the two are writing an […]
  42. advice
    How Does a Book Get Optioned and Become a Movie?As a former comedy agent at UTA and WME, Priyanka represented numerous big-name writers and performers before leaving to start a TV production […]
  43. Do Film School Grads Have an Advantage Entering the Industry?As a former comedy agent at UTA and WME, Priyanka represented numerous big-name writers and performers before leaving to start a TV production […]
  44. How Does One Become a Successful Comedic Actor?As a former comedy agent at UTA and WME, Priyanka represented numerous big-name writers and performers before leaving to start a TV production […]
  45. How Does an Aspiring TV Writer Get Discovered by an Agent?So you want to be a TV writer but you’ve written pilot scripts that haven’t really gone anywhere. Here’s how to get an agent’s attention.
  46. Tom Scharpling Has Some Great Advice for Struggling Comedy Writers and […]Tom Sharpling recently sat down with Dangerous Minds for an interview to promote the Best Show boxed set, and among the many insights from the […]
  47. Haim Returns for More Awful Advice from Vanessa BayerLast year, two-thirds of the Haim sisters subjected themselves to some awful advice from Vanessa “Janessa” Bayer as part of her ongoing web […]
  48. Nick Offerman, Paul Rudd, and John Hodgman Gave Advice to Their Younger […]At BookCon over the weekend, Nick Offerman was joined by Paul Rudd and John Hodgman on a panel promoting his new book Gumption, and one […]
  49. Watch Vanessa Bayer and Jenny Lewis Talk Sad Music, Gel Manicures, and Weed Here’s the latest episode of Vanessa Bayer’s Above Average web series Sound Advice featuring guest Jenny Lewis, who takes all of Janessa […]
  50. The Year in InterviewsIn 2014, the Splitsider team did over 150 interviews to get the inside information about your favorite things in comedy. Here’s a collection of […]
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