Because of my baseball schedule I can only do it once a year and this year it'll be on the weekend of November 14th in Los Angeles. Like before, registration is limited to just twenty.
Registration opens Noon EDT / 9AM Pacific, Monday, September 14 and closes as soon as twenty have signed up. If the past is any indication, that should be just a could of days.
I'm also planning to kick off the pre-SITCOM ROOM festivities with a live webcast on Wednesday (or tomorrow, which ever comes first). Everyone is welcome to join in for some fun behind-the-scenes stuff, even taking live questions from you guys. It's FREE.
Anyway, to get all the details, go here to the SITCOM ROOM website. And to get on the Alert List (where you get updates even before we know them), just go to the Sitcom Room Alert List. That's also where you'll get the scoop on how to access the free webcast.
Hope to see you. Now for actual content. I have a Twitter account for the SITCOM ROOM (I am SO social) and offer daily writing tweets. Here are a few of them.
When jokes don't work you can often blame the set up.
When pitching a joke in the room, never stand up. It better be damn good if you do.
Women writers are just as funny as men.
Always play characters to the top of their intelligence. Even the dumb ones.
Two pages can come out of every script. Page 11 and another one.
I'd put the first year of CHEERS up against the best year of any series.
Laugh at runthroughs, even at the stuff that sucks and you'll change.
Do not give athlete guest stars big jokes to do.
Average time to beat out a story: three days. And then two to change it.
Best punch up guy in television history: Bob Ellison.
When writing dialog, the hell with grammar. Write the way people talk.
When an actor is delivering a big joke, invariably an extra will walk right in front of him.
“One percenters”: jokes that only six people in America will get. But boy will those six laugh.
TV tapings are free. If you’re in LA go see one.