Friday, October 30, 2009

why women aren't writing for the late night comedy shows

Below a section from this article:

There are no women writing for the Letterman, Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien shows, Scovell said, and it's not because there aren't any who are interested in applying.

"[Women] certainly don't [apply] in the same numbers as men. But that's partly because the shows often rely on current (white male) writers to recommend their funny (white male) writers," she wrote. "I'm also aware of several worthy females who have submitted material and never heard back."

She wonders if women aren't on the staffs because male writers believe they would throw off the workroom dynamic.

"[Men] want to be able to scarf an entire bag of potato chips while cracking fat jokes and making lewd comments without fear of feminine disapproval," she said. "But [women writers] are co-workers, not wives. Crack a decent fart joke and, as professionals, [women] will laugh."

to add to the fantasy to-do list:
BE the gosh darned late night comedy talk show host.
(but honestly I'd rather write/direct/perform in episodic comedy television and films. still. there's people who've been considered for these jobs when i was at their level. so. i'm still doing something about it. just that, well. better freaking be able to crack the system sooner or later.)

also related:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

NEW VIDEO: The Uniform?

Female comedians can't be too distracting with their boobies and such! Or can they? Maybe they just have to be funny or talented and nobody cares what they look like.

I met Angela Trimbur back in June at UCB and thought she was amazing. We commiserated about the experience of being a lady comedian. When she visited NYC this summer, we thought - let's do a video together! So here's what we whipped together. Enjoy.

Written/Directed by Heather Fink
Angela Trimbur
Heather Fink
Trevor Williams
Jordan Brown
Bob Acevedo
Sarah Nusya -Natochenny
Lizette Garcia

Cameramen: Dan Zimmer and Trevor Williams
Edited by: Ed Mundy

Filmed at Cake Shop

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

So as a part of my film program, classes stop for 4 weeks when we shoot each other's films. We are a class of 36 divided into 6 groups of 6. We each take turns doing all of the roles in the crew - writer/director, director of photography (cameraman), assistant camera, sound, and producer/ad. And we each get one shoot off. Most shoots are 3 days. We did mine first! Now I'm sound person. It involves a lot of stress and running around and hurting your back and being up at 5am and standing outside in the cold. I'm tired, but I'm also quite happy. I had some scary times with the handling of my film itself, but I think all will end well. Best of all we had lots of fun and my parents spoiled us (our shoot took place in suburbia near my parents house), my actors Ann Carr, Rob Lathan, and Adam Good were amazing, so was my makeup artist ... ugh I'll wait till the film is done and share all of the great credits cause now I'm getting tired again.

In the meantime, a photo of young Martha Stewart when she was a model:

an article about lots of dead bodies in Washington Square Park

a creepy weird Martin Lawrence monologue for SNL back in the day

an interesting discussion on the topic of O sounds

and a photo of your parents

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

the masochism of doing the right thing

When you break up with someone, it feels unavoidably terrible. And you just have to get through it.

So. There you have it. I must accept that terrible feeling of repetitive stabbing pain as necessary and essential.

Living each day to the fullest doesn't quite apply when you subject yourself to the masochism of doing the right thing.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The damned kids these days and their Lady Gaga.

Look at her here.
Don't you SEEEEE!
Don't you seeeeeeeeee!
See it!


Darn kids and their blinking sneakers and portable cd players. They make me wanna sit on my own hands so they can't be useful or pick up any stuff.

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