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Sketchy Advice: A new segment from UCB Comedy. Established sketch writers from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre offer sketch students advice on being creative, the writing process, and adding to a writer’s room.
This week’s featured writer is Anna Rubanova, a writer for UCB’s Beta Team …
Anna wrote this article for UCBComedy all about sketch writing. It’s got some great advice, some videos to watch, and great recommendations for other funny things you should check out!
“ Right now we have a proposal in both the state Assembly and the state Senate to modify the very successful production tax credit to provide an incentive to hire New York writers; this proposal is focused on hiring women and people of color, who are particularly hard hit by the lack of employment opportunities, although of course everyone would benefit if more writing rooms were located here.”
Despite more and more projects being filmed in NYC, most writing rooms are still in LA. We have an opportunity to push for local writing hires, why not take advantage of it?
The above is a straight-forward script the WGAE has put together for members and non-members alike so they can easily call up their representatives and voice their support for the legislation.
All writers benefit from more writing rooms in NYC - not just the women and people of color who this legislation is aimed at - so everyone needs to do this.
In early December, Dan Chamberlain and I shot a Christmas music video for Funny or Die starring R. Kelly. No. Really. While we sat in holding for hours and hours (“Hey, guys. Thanks for sitting tight. R. Kelly was supposed to be here at 4. Now apparently he’ll be here at 6, but when he gets here, he’ll be having a lobster dinner first.”), we got a little loopy and started singing “I’m Like A Bird”, except with real bird specifics in the chorus. Like idiots. After shooting the video, we pitched it to our Maude Team, Legs for Days. Matt Starr wrote it up. So even though the R. Kelly video will apparently never see the light of day, it wasn’t for nothing.