Comedy writer Nell Scovell talks late night, feminism, and breaking into the comedy boys club.

The Co-Author of Lean In Goes Beyond That Mantra When it Comes to the Comedy Industry.

The Co-Author of Lean In Goes Beyond That Mantra When it Comes to the Comedy Industry.

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
May 18 2018 7:55 PM

Breaking Up Comedy’s Boys Club

Nell Scovell, the co-author of Lean In, has a simple solution for getting more women into writers’ rooms, and it rhymes with “conclusion glider.”

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Nell Scovell on Feb. 26, 2016, in Culver City, California.

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We’re not playing “Is That Bulls--t” on the show today, but if we were, comedy writer Nell Scovell would probably say, “Yes.” Yes, the dearth of women in late-night writers’ rooms is bulls--t. Yes, men’s explanations are bulls--t. And, yes, sometimes women themselves willingly succumb to the bulls--t because, as Scovell says, “Look, this s--t is deep.” Her new book is Just the Funny Parts.

In the Spiel, denigrating the top 80 books sold on Amazon.

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