Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lessons from Late Night

Tina Fey has another article in the New Yorker this week, "Lessons from Late Night". It's very enjoyable. I'd link to it, but, it's the New Yorker and unless you have an account, then you can't read it in full. I'd find it somewhere on the internet for you - or type it out for you - but, there's a piece of glass in my foot.

She talks about her time on "SNL" and what she learned from Lorne Michaels. And then she talked about women in comedy and the differences between women and men and I was glad to see we have the same view! (Because some people's views vary and a lot of people are idiots.) Of course, I changed my view once I read what hers was.


Here were my favorite parts (out of many):

"You can't be the kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute. (And I'm from a generation in which a lot of people died on waterslides, so this was a very important lesson for me to learn.)" - on not overthinking what you're doing, just do it. Because the show went on at 11:30 whether anyone was ready or not.

"There is an actual difference between male and female comedy writers, and I'm going to reveal it now. The men urinate in cups. And sometimes jars... Not all men at "SNL" whizzed in cups. But four or five out of twenty did, so the men have to own that one. Anytime there's a bad female standup somewhere, some idiot Interblogger will deduce that 'women aren't funny'. Using the same math, I can deduce that male comedy writers piss in cups. Also, they like to pretend rape each other. It's... don't worry about it. It's harmless, actually."

"I realized there was no 'institutionalized sexism' at this place - sometimes guys just literally didn't know what we were talking about."

Update: I scanned and uploaded it to Google Docs. You can read the essay here.


Anonymous said...

Post more parts!! I don't have access to it :(

Patty Barrett said...

Just added a link!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I've been looking for this. Appreciate the scan.


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