Friday, October 30, 2009

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

Below a section from this article: http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/10/28/scovell.letterman.vanityfair/index.html

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.)


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