A Composer and Nine Comedy Writers Walk into a Bar...
Back when subscribing to Netflix meant waiting for DVDs in the mail, I decided to go through every season of the Simpsons. I was never allowed to watch the show as a child - my parents thought it too rude, too sarcastic. I missed its heydey. But now, with a DVD subscription service, I could finally finally watch all those . And it was glorious. The show is so smart, so funny that it's unfair. How could something be so great? These writers were brilliant!
Which leads me to what I liked best about those DVDs: commentary with the writers. I got to hear insights from Bill Oakley & Josh Weinstein, Brad Bird, Jon Vitti, Jeff Martin, and so many more (always fascinating when Al Jean would talk, too. That man is something else). It was really cool to think about all these guys in a room writing, at work, pitching jokes, and unknowingly creating a landmark in comedy.
Well, today we started working on a show at Second City, and we're trying out a brand new writing process - developing a show with a writer's room. Today me, Rani O'Brien (our director), Marc Warzecha (our executive producer), and seven writers who were so intelligent and funny it made my head spin. However, I got to live out my dreams of being a comedy writer, just like those guys on the Simpsons commentary tracks! I'm sure the actual comedy writers in the room were annoyed that the composer/music director was talking so much and cracking wise, but I couldn't help myself. I was caught up! (Since I'm not sure if I'm allowed to divulge information about the show, I'll refrain for right now. But rest assured, I'll talk more about it in the coming weeks)
As for my Simpsons watching, I only made it through season 10 before I moved on to a different show. Most die-hard Simpsons fans tell me I stopped at the right time.