Sitcom Writer

Sitcom Writer

SitcomWriter

Los Angeles, CA

Female, 33

For over ten years, I’ve had the extreme pleasure of being staffed on several half-hour network sitcoms, rising in the ranks from Staff Writer to Co-Executive producer. My writing partner and I are now developing our own material.

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Last Answer on December 19, 2012

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Do most sitcom writers start by being a writer's room PA or Writer's assistant?

Asked by funnygirl over 6 years ago

Short answer -If not most at least a good chunk. If you're starting from scratch it is the easiest (not easy) way to get on a staff. Most of the shows I've been on the most senior writers' assistant gets to write a script. If it's good you might even get moved up to staff writer. At the least you learn the ins and outs of a writers' room. You meet all the writers and if you have any talent we are all dying to help you out. (that is 100% sarcasm free - we know how hard the assistants work and we want them to succeed) I would say the second most common way to get your foot in the door is through one of the fellowships or writing programs some of the networks and studios offer.

Given the explosion of so many great hour-long dramas (e.g. Breaking Bad, Homeland, Justified), is there any concern that shows like these will start eating into sitcom audiences?

Asked by walterwhite over 6 years ago

No. You know what's funny? When I started working in sitcoms (about 10 years ago) I was told I just missed the sitcom Boom. The era of Friends and Seinfeld etc. where sitcoms were king, sitcom writers got huge deals and you had your pick of jobs. It's not like that anymore. It hasn't been for a long, long time. But recently I've seen sitcoms getting a little more heat. Modern Family - CBS's whole line up - The New Girl. Sitcoms are getting ratings again. So I would say it's kind of the reverse of the question. I have faith sitcoms are making a resurgence.

Can any sitcom in the color television era outshine NBC's current offering Whitney for the "dollars-spent-advertising to actual-quality-of-show ratio" blue ribbon?

Asked by Kyle over 6 years ago

Have faith! Of course there can be!

Who was the toughest actor you ever had to write for, and what made it so difficult?

Asked by ALF over 6 years ago

I don't want to name names. But one that comes to mind was a fine actor, great with the dramatics. But was not as funny as the rest of the cast. Unfortunately they saw themselves as the the comedic lead and since they were the big name attached what they saw mattered. I can't tell you how many times scenes would come back with the note "funny up ACTOR NAME".

I have a great idea for a sitcom but don't want to share it because someone else might take the idea and use it for them selves. What should I do to introduce it to someone that will not take it from me or try using it themselves. Who can I trust?

Asked by wilcox almost 5 years ago

 

What do you believe landed you the job aside from your sense of humor.did you go to an ivy league collegeour is there a large degree of luck involved?

Asked by Ashi over 4 years ago

 

I want to pitch a idea for a sitcom. I have some scrips written for my show as well for other famous sitcoms. How do I get in contact with an agent or a producer?

Asked by Luis over 4 years ago