Just the Funny Parts: ... And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys' Club

Just the Funny Parts: ... And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys' Club Review

FOREWORD BY SHERYL SANDBERG

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.”

 

Title:Just the Funny Parts: ... And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys' Club

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Tommy Van Norman

    "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 decis...

  • Lee Anne

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. Th...

  • Michelle Ruiz Andrews

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughted over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, ...

  • Liane

    Measured, thoughtful, and wickedly funny!...

  • Michelle

    Adored this book by Nell Scovell, creator of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV show, among many other things. I loved following the ascent of her career and was careful not to google because I didn't w...

  • Mediaman

    Four-star first half, shaky middle section, disastrous ending. This is a rare book that provides plenty of behind-the-scenes details into how TV shows get made, mainly from the writer's standpoint. Th...

  • Laura Hill

    Writing: 5; Importance: 4; Pleasure factor: 5Funny, personal, and important - all in one sparkling package! There’s been a recent spate of celebrity memoirs written by female comedians. I’ve read...

  • BMR, MSW, LSW

    At first, this memoir annoyed me. You don't need a punch line in every paragraph. That's one of the differences between people who are funny for a living, and people who are just plain funny. I guess ...

  • Robin

    This was a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed every page! Reading it gave me a totally new appreciation for TV writers. Even watching the shows my 5 year old granddaughter likes such as My Little Pon...

  • Erin

    I really love Scovell's behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to be the only female comedy writer in the room. Insightful and at times, disheartening, hopefully from her detailing the more difficul...