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Who’s Running the Show?

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MY WORST WRITING EXPERIENCE


“Getting fired–slash–quitting The Sarah Silverman Show. I was just getting my sea legs as a head writer, and when Comedy Central asked me what my strategy was going to be, I made the mistake of being sincere and saying, ‘I’ve never done this before, so my philosophy is, Let’s jump in and start doing it wrong and adapt.’ And they smiled and nodded, and the first day of work there was a writer, hired without my knowing and getting paid twice as much to effectively run the show from underneath me.”—Dan Harmon

“Joey. It was a talented staff, but we couldn’t figure out how to make it work. We were up until five in the morning, pounding our heads and watching it become a punch line before our eyes. The Dana Carvey Show wasn’t a bad experience, but the show also failed with incredible talent bringing their A game [cast: Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert; writers: Louis C.K., Robert Smigel, Jon Glaser, and Charlie Kaufman]. Which proves there are no sure things in this world.”—Robert Carlock


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