Just the Funny Parts

Just the Funny Parts

And A Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys' Club

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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You've almost certainly laughed at Scovell's jokes--you just didn't know it until now.

Just the Funny Parts is a juicy and scathingly funny insider look at how pop culture gets made. For more than thirty years, writer, producer and director Nell Scovell worked behind the scenes of iconic TV shows, including The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman, Murphy Brown, NCIS, The Muppets, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, which she created and executive produced.

In 2009, Scovell gave up her behind-the-scenes status when the David Letterman sex scandal broke. Only the second woman ever to write for his show, Scovell used the moment to publicly call out the lack of gender diversity in late-night TV writers' rooms. "One of the boys" came out hard for "all of the girls." Her criticisms fueled a cultural debate. Two years later, Scovell was collaborating with Sheryl Sandberg on speeches and later on Lean In, which resulted in a worldwide movement.

Now Scovell is opening up with this fun, honest, and often shocking account. Scovell knows what it's like to put words in the mouths of President Barack Obama, Mark Harmon, Candice Bergen, Bob Newhart, Conan O'Brien, Alyssa Milano, and Kermit the Frog, among many others. Through her eyes, you'll sit in the Simpson writers' room... stand on the Oscar red carpet... pin a tail on Miss Piggy...bond with Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy... and experience a Stephen King-like encounter with Stephen King.

Just the Funny Parts is a fast-paced account of a nerdy girl from New England who fought her way to the top of the highly-competitive, male-dominated entertainment field. The book delivers invaluable insights into the creative process and tricks for navigating a difficult workplace. It's part memoir, part how-to, and part survival story. Or, as Scovell puts it, "It's like Unbroken, but funnier and with slightly less torture."

Publisher: New York : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062473486
Branch Call Number: 791.45023092 Scove
Characteristics: xi, 316 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Sandberg, Sheryl

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lw_10
Feb 18, 2019

Well-written and hard to put down, this is a fascinating look into the process of how t.v. shows get written and made. The very funny author, who has written scripts for many, many shows (The Simpsons, Monk, etc.), has experienced numerous "we will hire only one woman and you are (or are not) it" scenarios. This Hollywood memoir contains plenty of lessons for aspiring screenwriters, but, warning, the author describes a pretty awful #metoo moment which makes me think her book is most appropriate for those ages 18 and older.

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yycdaisy
Jan 31, 2019

Interesting memoire that details the ups and downs of a screen writer's life. All the revelations about female screen writer's difficulties in a male dominated profession was eye-opening.

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Indoorcamping
Dec 07, 2018

Authors are always so interesting and funny when they're on tour selling their books. Almost every author, no matter how uninterested you might be in their subject matter or genre, is so interesting and full of stories about their story. It is all you can do not to go run to the bookstore and pick up a copy of whatever they're selling.

Hearing Nell Scovell on about a dozen podcasts, I resisted the urge to go get her book. She was delightful, funny, interesting, and seemed like she knew a lot about something maybe you want to know more about? Hollywood? Mmm, no. But being a woman writer in a sea of only white men, in a creative field that rewards only white men seemed compelling, at least the way she framed it. Adding her "Lean In" credentials, cowriting Sheryl Sandberg's books, and she must be really good at her job, and have a lot of stories to tell. And an interesting angle.

Still, I'm the kind of person who fights something even after making the decision to do that thing. And I told myself I'd give myself 20 pages, rather than the usual 50, to read before I gave up. I didn't even need that many. I zoomed through this memoir as if it was birthday cake, or candy at halloween, or hidden chocolate or ice cream: whatever your drug of choice. Honestly, it felt like reading the book version of delicious dark chocolate, with nuts, with unexpected notes of flavor, and better than you expected, even though it's chocolate. Or in this case, a somewhat light memoir by a TV/movie comedy writer.

Unlike chocolate, I don't regret reading it all at once. Although I wish it were a sitcom or a movie so I could enjoy it all over again, without calories and without regret. It was everything you want in a memoir: pull yourself up from your bootstraps, overcoming obstacles, happy sad serendipity, horrible colleagues and bosses. It was, in fact, delicious.

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Feb 18, 2019

lw_10 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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