Friday, January 25, 2013

Sara Schaefer offers advice on writing late-night submission packets

Sara Schaefer, comedian and co-host of MTV's Nikki & Sara (debuting Jan 29 at 11 pm on MTV), has written an extensive, helpful post about submitting a writing packet to be considered for late-night. Here's just one snippet:
I hate to break it to you, but we are all unoriginal. I was shocked to find that almost everyone would make the same jokes OVER AND OVER AND OVER. Some jokes were verbatim, and I’d start getting confused and paranoid that everyone had conspired and written jokes together. Turns out, the first joke that comes to mind about a current event is probably similar to the one everyone else will make (myself included!). That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to make that obvious joke. Make it – but make it special. Give it a second pass and come up with an alternate angle or wording. A joke may be hilarious the first time I read it, but after reading it 25 times, it starts to sound hacky (even if it’s truly funny!). Try to protect yourself from that situation.
If you want to write for late-night shows, be sure to check it out!

Related post: How to write for late-night television

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