I’ve bitched in the past about the frustrations of being a TV comedy writer -- notes, crappy food, etc. So you might ask: “why WOULD I want to become a TV comedy writer? What are the pluses?”
Okay, how about these?
First – a disclaimer: these points apply to when you’re in a good working situation. No matter how “dream”
the “dream job” is, if your boss is a monster, your co-workers are the
Manson family, and the working conditions are a notch below the Triangle
Shirt Factory you’re going to be in the sixth ring of hell. But
assuming you’re in a decent situation (and many of them are):
get to work in a big Hollywood movie studio (or maybe a warehouse in
Chatsworth but there are still sound stages and stuff).
Parking is provided (usually)!
spend all day working with funny people. And I don’t mean “Funny
People” like the Judd Apatow movie – these people are ACTUALLY funny.
So all day long you laugh and
make them laugh. Can you think of a better way of making a living once
you’re too old to be a porn star?
Without having to give thousands of dollars to charity first, sometimes hot actors and actresses on your show will hug you.
You see your name on television.
People who thought you were a total loser see your name on television.
Words that you write get performed. Not by waiters but former waiters who are now TV stars.
You’re fed all day long. This is great for the first couple of years.
You hear amazing showbiz stories. Every so often one is true!
You receive a birthday cake from your agent. And, as a bonus, he doesn’t drop you!
have scripts to donate for your kids’ school silent auction. (But do
yourself a favor and don’t compare what your script brings in versus the MODERN FAMILY that another parent donates.)
As you hear other writers discuss their upbringing, you suddenly feel sooooo much better about yours.
know the expression “women are attracted to men with a sense of humor”?
The REAL expression is “women are attracted to men with a sense of
humor who are getting paid for it.”
You sometimes get nominated for awards...
You sometimes win...
a show that you write goes into syndication and pays residuals. In how
many professions can you make money while you sleep?
People will follow you on Twitter.
When you have a blog in twenty years people will bookmark it.
You get show SWAG. I still get compliments on my WINGS jacket.
most of all it’s that laughing thing. For all the hours and
aggravation, being able to laugh all day is a wonderful way to your
spend your life. Hopefully the bad food won’t shorten it.