Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Women in the Writing Room


I'm in a shitty mood. But I like this. I totally agree. I've heard women sit around and complain about this {even improvisers} and I'm like, "What the F are you talking about?" There are less women on House Teams at IA and I'm typically the only girl on teams because WHO ELSE IS THERE? Nobody else is going out for it! At an audition there might be 60 people, 7 of which are women.

Comedy is a ballsy and gutsy place to be. And typically, guys are more willing to be ballsy {they have balls!}. But there are girls there! Girls are doing it! Just less of them. Dan Harmon is great. "Community" is awesome.
"They’re harder to find. It’s definitely not because women ain’t funny, because I’m finding the opposite. It’s because there’s fewer of them. The statistical probability of picking up a shitty script, it’s compounded for women. There’s the same percentage of genius happening in both genders, but there’s less women writing scripts and out there looking for the job. So you dig a little extra-hard, and you end up with a staff that took a few extra meetings and a few extra shitty scripts to read. Now you have a staff that is just as good as the staff you would have had, but happens to be half women... And the male writers across the board, from top to bottom, in their most private moments drinking with me, when they’re fully licensed to be as misogynist, reactive, old-boy-network as they want, all they can say is, 'This turned out to be a great thing.' The energy is different [in the room]. It doesn’t keep anybody polite. We’re not doffing our caps or standing up when they enter the room. They do more dick jokes than anybody, because they’ve had to survive, they have to prove, coming in the door, that they’re not dainty. That’s not fair, but women writers, they acquire the muscle of going blue fast because they have to counter the stigma... I think women are different, and I think having them in the room is crucial to a family comedy, ensemble comedy, television comedy, where half the eyeballs on your show are women. As it turns out, I think Megan’s the only female writer who’s staying this year, so now, even though Bromstad’s gone, now I’m carrying this legacy, going, 'Eh, guys, we really need a half-female writing staff.' I would teach it. I think we have to stop thinking of it as a quota thing and think of it as a common-sense thing."

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