Aloha. I’m going to use this Friday question day to do a little experiment.
Someone who didn’t leave his name asks:
Where is the best place to find a comedy writing partner if you don't know anyone personally or have contacts? Are there online forums for aspiring comedy writers?
So if you do find a partner will the credit read “Written by Joe Blow & Anonymous”?
Writing classes is the best source to meet potential collaborators. I think a couple of people from one of my Sitcom Room seminars have hooked up. I’m proud or take no responsibility depending on how it turns out.
Ask the instructors. Sometimes they can be good matchmakers.
Hang out anywhere you can network with other writers. Westside Starbucks are always popular (if you live in Los Angeles. I doubt many Starbucks patrons in Kalamazoo are working on their spec WORST WEEKS.) Sometimes show runners speak on panels at colleges, conferences, or the Guild. Attend and schmooze (and possibly learn something from the panel). However, if you go to the Comic-Con convention hoping to snare a partner, don’t dress in any costume.
I’ve heard that the WGA has held speed dating type events for finding writing partners. I did a post on that last year.
I’m sure Facebook and MySpace have tons of writing groups. Your favorite sitcom must have a website with forums. You might snare someone through that.
Gravitate towards funny people. Frequent comedy clubs. Take improv classes.
I met my partner in the army. But until you see comedy writing as a recruiting campaign look for other avenues.
So here’s the experiment, which might be fun or a huge bust): I’m inviting anyone who is interested in finding a partner to post your info in today’s comments section. A little about who you are, where you are, what genre you want to write, and contact info.
Good luck. Maybe the next Blow-Anonymous team will be discovered right here.