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
Writing: 5; Importance: 4; Pleasure factor: 5
Funny, personal, and important - all in one sparkling package!
There’s been a recent spate of celebrity memoirs written by female comedians. I’ve read (or tried to read) them all: Tina Fey’s Bossypants, Anna Ferris’ Unqualified, Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me?, etc. This one is much, much, better — no doubt due to the fact that Nell Scovell is a comedy writer rather than a comedy performer and therefore can really write!
This memoir is part sitcom, part ...more
A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood.
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
Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed 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, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollywood and, now, rightfully will go down as a feminist hero for co-writing Lean In. She’s self-deprecating and genius and doesn’t spare herself (while also dishing about Dave Letterman) in her memories of her awesome ...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.
I listened to an audio version of this book and loved it. The story line — the tale of her career and how it tracks the same feminist awakening that I think every woman goes through where weird sexist things happen to you in your 20s but you don’t realize it until a decade later — is great, and made me reflective about my own career and how gender has played a role. The sexism in Hollywood is on full display when her career opportunities in Hollywood dry into a trickle in her 40s but then she en ...more
This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means to be the only woman in the room, how it happens, and how it changes. Plus: jokes!
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. The Simpsons chapter alone is one to use in the classroom. But the author overstates her importance quite a bit while writing a few episodes of some major shows. Her producing credits are weak, creating Sabrina the Teenage Witch and working on the horrible adult Muppets disaster. Overall she provides ...more