FOREWORD BY SHERYL SANDBERGYouve almost certainly laughed at Scovells jokesyou just didnt 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 its like to put words in the mouths of President Barack Obama, Mark Harmon, Candice Bergen, Bob Newhart, Conan OBrien, Alyssa Milano, and Kermit the Frog, among many others. Through her eyes, youll sit in the Simpson writers room stand on the Oscar red carpet pin a tail on Miss Piggybond with Star Treks 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, Its likeUnbroken,but funnier and with slightly less torture....
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Just the Funny Parts: ... And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys' Club Reviews
"Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'—just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funnier."
“Wish I could shake younger me and tell her, ‘If you are the only girl in the room it doesn’t mean you’re better. It means something is wrong.’”
I'll be honest - I didn't know who Nell Scovell was until I saw thi ...more
An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoir
Great memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profile positions.
Great memoir. She's done a lot of great shows and movies, and I mean a lot, but this one might be her best of all.
There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life.
If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford — who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought her job was on the line and then essentially fired her anyway — would get some sort of fourth-act comeuppance. But, as it is in the real world, the fourth act progresses just as Scovell says it does for any aging writer bei ...more
Reading about Nell Scovell’s career was both funny (she is primarily a comedic writer after all) and immensely frustrating as we see the obstacles and challenges she faced solely because of her gender.
Eye opening and engaging this book has me wondering why there isn’t more diversity in television.
It’s not enough to have made (small) progress in the level of diversity in the shows’ characters, we NEED diversity in the writing, producing, and directing aspects too. Diverse writers create ...more
One of the rare comedy books that translates well to the written page. Much comedy--especially by younger writers--depends on delivery, but this works in writing. As a comedy fan and woman working in the world, I found this hard to put down.
As someone who worked (very briefly) in "the industry," I very much enjoyed this book. Not laugh-out-loud funny but certainly insightful. Recommended for those curious to hear how things work in Hollywood--especially for women.
I listened to the audiobook, and found it helped me cover many miles across the state (including lots of backed up traffic) in a more pleasant way. I had to keep reminding myself that it was not Scovell herself reading this.
It was a mix of name dropping, comedy, and a bit of preachiness, but overall I found the book to be a somewhat positive account. Yes, some of the discrimination and harassment really disturbed me, but Scovell praised more people than she criticized; she even commented on wha ...more
Absolutely fantastic. Definitely the most compelling memoir I've ever read, and the audiobook recording really brought it to life.