How to Become the Next Tina Fey
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The path that leads to a career working for Saturday Night Live, becoming a situation comedy screen play writer and starring in it.
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Video: Another fiscal cliff scenario, as predicted by 'Saturday Night Live' - GovExec.com

Video: Another fiscal cliff scenario, as predicted by 'Saturday Night Live' - GovExec.com | How to Become the Next Tina Fey | Scoop.it
Video: Another fiscal cliff scenario, as predicted by 'Saturday Night Live' GovExec.com 21, 2012, and perhaps the Mayans were right, so here's another scenario as laid out by a Saturday Night Live skit from a couple weeks ago: President Obama gives...
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This sketch was from the cold open of a Saturday Night Live episode. It is the perfect example of a sketch from Saturday Night Live. It makes fun of people in political offices, President Obama and Congressman Boehner. It gives a funny yet completely made up explanation for something that happened in American government. It was obviously live because one of the actors messed up his line. And finally, it was offensive to many people. Saturday Night Line is a famous satyr. It is known for being edgy and offensive and for pushing the envelope just enough that its outragous, but Lorne Michaels is no Seth Macfarlane. 

The article that attached to this video mentioned that the fiscal cliff was predicted by SNL, which is a good point. Saturday Night Live has a much bigger influence on the government than anyone intended. It influences the voters by poking fun at both republicans and democrats, while still being biased towards the democrats. For example, during the 2008 electio, a very famous serious of skits came out about Sarah Palin, where every skit made her out to be a dumb, mindless, attractive woman that shouldn't be allowed to run the country. These skits really hurt John McCain's campaign, I don't know if the writers intended to do this when they wrote the skits, but those skits were perfect examples of the influence Saturday Night Live has on the government. 

 

http://www.govexec.com/management/2012/12/another-fiscal-cliff-scenario-predicted-saturday-night-live/60333/ ;

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Tina Fey: '30 Rock' Star's Success Secret: 'Say Yes'

Tina Fey: '30 Rock' Star's Success Secret: 'Say Yes' | How to Become the Next Tina Fey | Scoop.it
When we found out that writer-comedian Tina Fey ("30 Rock's" creator) was co-hosting the 2013 Golden Globes, we couldn't help but think of this O Magazine article wherein she discusses the three-letter word to which she ...
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First of all, having a scoop.it page like mine having an article from the woman who's carrer is exactly what I want is imparative. She wrote in the article that she followed the moto "Say yes now and figure it out later." For someone like me who's shy and sheltered, and doesn't like taking many risks hearing that at first seems a little offputting. But then she explained that no matter how terrified she was when someone gave her an oppertunity in business she took it, because of this moto. It does make a lot of sense. It was why she moved to New York to do Saturday Night Live, it was why she became one of the head writers, and it was why she did Weekend Update. Well, if it did all that for her, maybe it wouldn't kill me to give that a try. 

She also mentioned how she was in "Second City" an improve troop in Chicago. She also mentioned how it essentially got her to where she is today. If it wasn't that for that school she wouldn't have had the training or the drive to become what she is today. It was one of her teachers there that taught her to use he "Say yes now and figure it out later" moto. There's no doubt that she is an amazing talent, but I don't know how she got so lucky to do everything that she has. Maybe the stars were aligned for her, maybe she has a special gaurdian angel looking out for her, but somehow she was able to create such a sucessful career doing what she loves, win several Emmies, and the Mark Twain Award for American Humor, which is a new award that is given to people who have exceptional careers in the comedy business. She was the second person to win it, the first was Bill Cosby, and next will be Ellen DeGeneres will be awarded it next. 

Who's to say how she got where she is today. It may have been amazing talent, exceptional training, pure luck, or just a serious of mistakes made by executives that led her to keep being promoted and offered jobs. However it happened it was worth it. She is an exceptional entertainer and someone who I am proud to call my roll model. And I can only pray to have a career like hers. 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/12/tina-fey-30-rock-star-success_n_2458102.html ;

 

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Weekend Update: Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party - Christmas | Video | Saturday Night Live | NBC

Weekend Update: Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party - Christmas | Video | Saturday Night Live | NBC | How to Become the Next Tina Fey | Scoop.it
Seth welcomes the girl you wish you hadn't started a conversation with at a party to talk about what rubs her the wrong way around the holidays.
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I rescooped this post on my own which is about "How to become the next Tina Fey."Tina Fey started her career at Saturday Night Live, first writing for it and then doing weekend update. Seth Meyers, who currently does Weekend Update, is someone who I also admire and "Girl you wish you Hadn't met at a party" is one of my favorite "interviews" that he does. Saturday Night Live is the perfect combination of improversation, scripted television, satyrs, and humors. Are all the sketches they do perfect? Absolutly not. But when I watch it every Saturday at the end of it I am never dissapointed.

This clip basically shows this girl who goes off on a rant about a bunch of social issues and then when she tries to make a point they never make sense and she comes off as an idiot. There are a lot of ways to make something like this boring, or overkill, or just not funny, but somehwo the writers at SNL have found a way to make anything, even the most idiodic sketches enjoyable. Weekend Update is in my opinion the best part of the show because they're quick satyrs on public figures, news stories, or events that have occured that shouldn't be funny but they find a way. It never seems interminable and whenever it ends I always want more. 

 

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/weekend-update-girl-you-wish-you-hadnt-started-a-conversation-with-at-a-party-christmas/1427014/&nbsp

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The motto that can help you plot your novel or screenplay - Time to Write

The motto that can help you plot your novel or screenplay - Time to Write | How to Become the Next Tina Fey | Scoop.it
There's a motto that can give you the key to coming up with a stronger plot for your novel or screenplay. John Lennon put it into his song, "Beautiful Boy," but the first person to have said it seems to...
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The motto "Life happens when you're making other plans" doesn't seem like it has anything to do with writing a screenplay, but as the author wrote, using this motto is extremely useful when you can't think of what to write, or when you think that your plot is dry. You use the motto by instead of having your characters wait around for the storyline to start, and then it ends. While it may  be the storyline you were looking for it may leave you and the audience dissatisfied with how it turned out. To avoid this add an unexpected twist to the storyline. No one likes a movie with no conflict, and no one likes a movie were the resolution is too predictable. I've sat through so many romantic comedies where just by watching the promos you know that the nerdy girl next door and her attractive boss who's never given her the time of day are going to get together. 

The author gave a great example: "A woman is looking for her son that she gave up 35 years ago." There is a lot that you can do with that to make sure that it is interesting and unpredictable. Here's an example of how to use that modo: "A woman is looking for her son that she gave up 35 years ago only to discover that its been her asistant the entire time." See, her son was there all along while she was out looking for him. Life happens when you're making other plans. 

 

http://timetowrite.blogs.com/weblog/2012/08/the-motto-that-can-help-you-plot-your-novel-or-screenplay.html ;

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rabioheab: i think my neighbourhood deserves a...

rabioheab:
“ i think my neighbourhood deserves a sitcom because there’s
• me, the teen blogger
• a house with 8 nuns
• a drug dealer who drives a hummer
• a scottish man who only ever wears a kilt and...
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I would watch this show. This has so many ridiculous aspects to it, it has more than enough to make a situation comedy. Not every sitcom has to be entirely realistic, and honestly there is no sitcom that is completely realistic. Every comedy show has to exagerate something to make it funny. Even with something like "the Office" that has a completly realistic premise, there is nothing realistic about the characters or the storylines on that show. However the formula for that show that this scoop wrote about may be a bit extreme, but extreme doesn't mean it won't be funny.

Honestly, if I were a television executive and I heard a pitch like that, I pick that piolet up. Pitches are incredibly important. If you don't sell your piolet correctly to television executives, your show isn't going to be made. 

When I heard the story about how the creators "Seinfeld"pitched the show, I almost fell out of my chair laughing. They went into the NBC executive's office, this was their one big shot, and they begin by saying, "This is a show about nothing."The show was picked in spite of that and it became one of the most famous sitcoms of all time. 

What makes a sitcom sucessful is not how realistic or unbelievable it is. It has to be funny. If its genuinely funny, and is not chessy or so ridiculous and random that you just wind up laughing, then a show will get ratings. That's how two creators could walk into an executive's office and say "This is a show about nothing." If you can write something that people will like, or at the very least, watch once a week and enjoy it enough to watch it again and again, then you can write a sitcom. 

 

http://holyjinkisbatman.tumblr.com/post/40451193259/rabioheab-i-think-my-neighbourhood-deserves-a ;

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Single Women and the Sitcom - The New York Review of Books

Single Women and the Sitcom - The New York Review of Books | How to Become the Next Tina Fey | Scoop.it
Sitcoms like The Mindy Project, of course, are at least as convention-bound as romantic comedies like When Harry Met Sally. But because of the conditions of their production, they tend to have something in common with life ...
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The first part of the article talked about how sitcoms about someone's romantic endevours are much harder to write than a movie. I completely agree. Sitcoms are much harder to write than movies even if they have basically the same plotline. If a movie goes into a production, all the writers have to do is write the movie and pray that the movie makes it into theatures, if it doesn't, that doesn't affect the storyline because the movie was never made. But the writers of a sitcom have a totally different situation to deal with, because it all has to do with ratings. If a show doesn't have the desired ratings it gets cancelled. Yes a movie has boxoffice sales but at that point the movie's already been made. Television writers in general don't know when a show will be canceled, so they can't really plan out where the storyline will go. It could be canceled after eight seasons or eight episodes which means that writers have to stay on their toes to make sure the show has enough too it to give them enough ideas for episodes to last the duration of the series, and they also have to make sure that at every plot twist and milestone they have a way to create a satisfying finale. 

Perfect example of not knowing how long a show will last: Tina Fey's very own 30 Rock. She mentions in her book "Bossypants" that in the very begining of the show it didn't have the ratings to last very long, and she just had to make it eight episodes, at that point she thought it would be canceled. But the show wasn't. She had originally only wanted six seasons, well now its finshing its seventh and last. The shows main idea is the story of a comedy writer who is trying to "Have it all," meaning the job, the family, the balanced life, etc. During the duration of the series she's had a few serious boyfriends, but had never gotten married. But now in the last season she got married and is planning on having a child. Even though the writers of that show didn't know how long the show would last, they never ran out of ideas, were able to resolve every conflict that Liz Lemon faced, and even let her "have it all."

Another perfect example of a show not running out of ideas: the hit show Friends. The show lasted ten years as a number one hit, and the writers always had a plot line or a twist (Monica and Chandler getting together, Rachel getting pregnant). They never ran out of ideas, and no matter how many changes the writers threw at the audience it was always entertaining.

When writers don't know how to write the ending, or run out of ideas for episodes it is really obvious and it looks really bad. Which is why it is so much easier to write a movie.

 

 http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2013/jan/03/sitcoms-single-women/ ;

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The secret of writing good dialogue for your novel or screenplay - Time to Write

The secret of writing good dialogue for your novel or screenplay - Time to Write | How to Become the Next Tina Fey | Scoop.it
Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson said this about bad movie dialogue: “Bad movie dialogue speaks in complete sentences without any overlapping or interruption, and avoids elliptical speech which is truer to how people actually speak.” Of course...
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Something that can kill a movie or a television show is bad dialogue. If it's too wordy, too confusing, has vulgarity in every sentence (which is just lazy), or if it seems too improvised (basically means that there it seems like there was a rough basis for what the actors are supposed to say and they just ran with it. Which means that they constantly cut each other off, speak over each other, repeat their points over and over again, and get way off topic. While this is easier for the writers and actors, its simply painful to sit through and watch.) What was said in this article is that a writer has to find that perfect middle in which it seems like a realistic conversation, but there is still story progression and scenes don't drag on.

 

This is really hard to do. When someone writes something they either can't find any flaws or they're too hard on their work. I do both. When someone comes up to me and says this is confusing to them its not to me because the story is so clear in my head. Or sometimes I'll right something and think it's good and then the next day think that its awful. So for a writer to have to judge his/her work and ask him/herself "does this scene drag on?" "Is this too wordy?" "Can I get the point across with less?" is very difficult. 

 

http://timetowrite.blogs.com/weblog/2013/01/the-secret-of-writing-good-dialogue-for-your-novel-or-screenplay.html ;

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