I looked back at some high school journals and discovered that I definitely wanted to be a writer, but not necessarily comedy.
Writing is just my first love. And I still have some issues with telling people what to do.
Women are often pushed into the idea that they write softer, more character-driven jokes.
I actually write some pretty tough jokes. I don't want to push the "soft" angle too much.
I remember one guy saying, "You're the only human out of all of them," and feeling a little concerned that somehow that meant I wasn't as funny.
I did improv at Yale, with the Exit Players. It was great, but they played a little rough.
I've met a surprising number of comedy writers whose parents are scientists. Both have an antiauthoritarian slant - they're both skeptics.
I do love science. My father is a scientist.
In high school, I was performing "forensics." You take a section of a play and portray all the characters. I even went to camp for forensics.
The morning, when I need to have opinions and answers across the board very quickly, is a constant fight between ease and inspiration, what will make our lives easier versus what will make us excited because we were ambitious.
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