Just the Funny Parts by Nell Scovell
… And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys’ Club

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A breezy, affably written amalgam of memoir, advice, and workplace survival guide from the front lines of the entertainment industry.
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FOREWORD BY SHERYL SANDBERG

You’ve almost certainly laughed at Scovell’s jokes—you just didn’t know it until now.

Just the Funny Parts is a juicy and scathingly funny insider look at how pop culture gets made. For more than thirty years, writer, producer and director Nell Scovell worked behind the scenes of iconic TV shows, including The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman, Murphy Brown, NCIS, The Muppets, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, which she created and executive produced.  

In 2009, Scovell gave up her behind-the-scenes status when the David Letterman sex scandal broke. Only the second woman ever to write for his show, Scovell used the moment to publicly call out the lack of gender diversity in late-night TV writers’ rooms. “One of the boys” came out hard for “all of the girls.” Her criticisms fueled a cultural debate. Two years later, Scovell was collaborating with Sheryl Sandberg on speeches and later on Lean In, which resulted in a worldwide movement.

Now Scovell is opening up with this fun, honest, and often shocking account. Scovell knows what it’s like to put words in the mouths of President Barack Obama, Mark Harmon, Candice Bergen, Bob Newhart, Conan O’Brien, Alyssa Milano, and Kermit the Frog, among many others. Through her eyes, you’ll sit in the Simpson writers’ room… stand on the Oscar red carpet… pin a tail on Miss Piggy…bond with Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy… and experience a Stephen King-like encounter with Stephen King.

Just the Funny Parts is a fast-paced account of a nerdy girl from New England who fought her way to the top of the highly-competitive, male-dominated entertainment field. The book delivers invaluable insights into the creative process and tricks for navigating a difficult workplace. It's part memoir, part how-to, and part survival story. Or, as Scovell puts it, “It’s like Unbroken, but funnier and with slightly less torture.”

 

 

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Published March 20, 2018 by Dey Street Books. 341 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Jan 11 2018

A breezy, affably written amalgam of memoir, advice, and workplace survival guide from the front lines of the entertainment industry.

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Reviewed by Melena Ryzik on Mar 19 2018

There’s no time to wallow, now, in that era’s ending; there’s too much to fix. Though no doubt Scovell would have had it otherwise, the fact that “Just the Funny Parts” is landing at such a charged moment — when women are exquisitely, bruisingly fed up — may be a stroke of luck.

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