Just the Funny Parts: ... And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys' Club

Just the Funny Parts: ... And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys' Club

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 Lette FOREWORD BY SHERYL SANDBERG You?ve almost certainly laughed at Scovell?s jokes?you just didn?t...

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Title:Just the Funny Parts: ... And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys' Club
Author:Nell Scovell
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ISBN:0062473506
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Number of Pages:316 pages pages

Just the Funny Parts: ... And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys' Club Reviews

  • Laura
    Jul 04, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes world of script writing, (and yes, I was one of those teens with Sabrina the Teenage Witch posters in my room) as well as a sobering account of the lack of women given opportunities in this field. The world ne...

    An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoir Great memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profi...

    I listened to an audio version of this book and loved it. The story line ? the tale of her career and how it tracks the same feminist awakening that I think every woman goes through where weird sexist things happen to you in your 20s but you don?t realize it until a decade later ?...

  • Michelle
    Apr 02, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes world of script writing, (and yes, I was one of those teens with Sabrina the Teenage Witch posters in my room) as well as a sobering account of the lack of women given opportunities in this field. The world ne...

    An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoir Great memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profi...

    I listened to an audio version of this book and loved it. The story line ? the tale of her career and how it tracks the same feminist awakening that I think every woman goes through where weird sexist things happen to you in your 20s but you don?t realize it until a decade later ?...

    As someone who worked (very briefly) in "the industry," I very much enjoyed this book. Not laugh-out-loud funny but certainly insightful. Recommended for those curious to hear how things work in Hollywood--especially for women. ...

    One of the rare comedy books that translates well to the written page. Much comedy--especially by younger writers--depends on delivery, but this works in writing. As a comedy fan and woman working in the world, I found this hard to put down. ...

    Writing: 5; Importance: 4; Pleasure factor: 5 Funny, personal, and important - all in one sparkling package!   There?s been a recent spate of celebrity memoirs written by female comedians. I?ve read (or tried to read) them all:  Tina Fey?s Bossypants, Anna Ferris? Unqual...

    Fast funny/sad memoir of being the woman in the writing room of comedy shows. ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Definitely the most compelling memoir I've ever read, and the audiobook recording really brought it to life. ...

    Measured, thoughtful, and wickedly funny! ...

    3.5 stars Reading about Nell Scovell?s career was both funny (she is primarily a comedic writer after all) and immensely frustrating as we see the obstacles and challenges she faced solely because of her gender. Eye opening and engaging this book has me wondering why there isn?t ...

    Adored this book by Nell Scovell, creator of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV show, among many other things. I loved following the ascent of her career and was careful not to google because I didn't want to know what happened next. (Although we know from the start she co-authored Lean ...

  • Ally
    Jun 26, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes world of script writing, (and yes, I was one of those teens with Sabrina the Teenage Witch posters in my room) as well as a sobering account of the lack of women given opportunities in this field. The world ne...

    An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoir Great memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profi...

    I listened to an audio version of this book and loved it. The story line ? the tale of her career and how it tracks the same feminist awakening that I think every woman goes through where weird sexist things happen to you in your 20s but you don?t realize it until a decade later ?...

    As someone who worked (very briefly) in "the industry," I very much enjoyed this book. Not laugh-out-loud funny but certainly insightful. Recommended for those curious to hear how things work in Hollywood--especially for women. ...

    One of the rare comedy books that translates well to the written page. Much comedy--especially by younger writers--depends on delivery, but this works in writing. As a comedy fan and woman working in the world, I found this hard to put down. ...

    Writing: 5; Importance: 4; Pleasure factor: 5 Funny, personal, and important - all in one sparkling package!   There?s been a recent spate of celebrity memoirs written by female comedians. I?ve read (or tried to read) them all:  Tina Fey?s Bossypants, Anna Ferris? Unqual...

    Fast funny/sad memoir of being the woman in the writing room of comedy shows. ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Definitely the most compelling memoir I've ever read, and the audiobook recording really brought it to life. ...

    Measured, thoughtful, and wickedly funny! ...

    3.5 stars Reading about Nell Scovell?s career was both funny (she is primarily a comedic writer after all) and immensely frustrating as we see the obstacles and challenges she faced solely because of her gender. Eye opening and engaging this book has me wondering why there isn?t ...

    Adored this book by Nell Scovell, creator of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV show, among many other things. I loved following the ascent of her career and was careful not to google because I didn't want to know what happened next. (Although we know from the start she co-authored Lean ...

    This memoir is as funny and informative, and feminist, as you would expect from its title. In other words, its great. ...

    Four-star first half, shaky middle section, disastrous ending. This is a rare book that provides plenty of behind-the-scenes details into how TV shows get made, mainly from the writer's standpoint. The Simpsons chapter alone is one to use in the classroom. But the author overstates her...

    A combination memoir/advice book; I enjoyed the memoir portion tremendously,the advice less (I?m just not a Lean In fan). ...

    If you like to read insider name dropping memoirs about late 20th century TV, this is the book for you. I don't think I realized that's what it was going to be. I thought it would be more thoughtful. I actually quit reading it about 70% through it, as I found myself dreading opening my...

    Well, that was fantastic. First off, it's funny. Yeah, that helps a lot. Second, it's interesting as Scovell right has been on a lot of well-known shows. She gives a sense of what it was like working on them without ever feeling like she was just rehashing tawdry gossip. Even when dirt...

    Interesting to see the behind the scenes of the very white male writing world of tv. Nell experienced so many egregious situations of sexual harassment, hostile workplace, and basic inability to get close to a job because she was woman--that it makes any one experience feel less li...

    Absolutely loved this book and wish I had known of Nell Scovell earlier. I've never really watched any of the shows she's written for, but she is all about my kind of humor. Example; "I first laid eyes on Sheryl Sandberg when friends started emailing me the link to her 2010 TED T...

    This book is hard to listen to at times, and had me saying, "Are you fucking kidding me?" a lot out loud. But she isn't kidding, and sadly this book is extremely representative of what it?s like to be a female writer in Hollywood. She has decades worth of terrible stories, and rememb...

  • Amy
    May 06, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

  • Christal
    Apr 25, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

  • Lee Anne
    Apr 01, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

  • Sarah
    Jun 02, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes world of script writing, (and yes, I was one of those teens with Sabrina the Teenage Witch posters in my room) as well as a sobering account of the lack of women given opportunities in this field. The world ne...

    An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoir Great memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profi...

    I listened to an audio version of this book and loved it. The story line ? the tale of her career and how it tracks the same feminist awakening that I think every woman goes through where weird sexist things happen to you in your 20s but you don?t realize it until a decade later ?...

    As someone who worked (very briefly) in "the industry," I very much enjoyed this book. Not laugh-out-loud funny but certainly insightful. Recommended for those curious to hear how things work in Hollywood--especially for women. ...

    One of the rare comedy books that translates well to the written page. Much comedy--especially by younger writers--depends on delivery, but this works in writing. As a comedy fan and woman working in the world, I found this hard to put down. ...

  • Marjorie Ingall
    Jun 13, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

  • Susie
    Jul 14, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes world of script writing, (and yes, I was one of those teens with Sabrina the Teenage Witch posters in my room) as well as a sobering account of the lack of women given opportunities in this field. The world ne...

    An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoir Great memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profi...

    I listened to an audio version of this book and loved it. The story line ? the tale of her career and how it tracks the same feminist awakening that I think every woman goes through where weird sexist things happen to you in your 20s but you don?t realize it until a decade later ?...

    As someone who worked (very briefly) in "the industry," I very much enjoyed this book. Not laugh-out-loud funny but certainly insightful. Recommended for those curious to hear how things work in Hollywood--especially for women. ...

    One of the rare comedy books that translates well to the written page. Much comedy--especially by younger writers--depends on delivery, but this works in writing. As a comedy fan and woman working in the world, I found this hard to put down. ...

    Writing: 5; Importance: 4; Pleasure factor: 5 Funny, personal, and important - all in one sparkling package!   There?s been a recent spate of celebrity memoirs written by female comedians. I?ve read (or tried to read) them all:  Tina Fey?s Bossypants, Anna Ferris? Unqual...

    Fast funny/sad memoir of being the woman in the writing room of comedy shows. ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Definitely the most compelling memoir I've ever read, and the audiobook recording really brought it to life. ...

    Measured, thoughtful, and wickedly funny! ...

    3.5 stars Reading about Nell Scovell?s career was both funny (she is primarily a comedic writer after all) and immensely frustrating as we see the obstacles and challenges she faced solely because of her gender. Eye opening and engaging this book has me wondering why there isn?t ...

    Adored this book by Nell Scovell, creator of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV show, among many other things. I loved following the ascent of her career and was careful not to google because I didn't want to know what happened next. (Although we know from the start she co-authored Lean ...

    This memoir is as funny and informative, and feminist, as you would expect from its title. In other words, its great. ...

    Four-star first half, shaky middle section, disastrous ending. This is a rare book that provides plenty of behind-the-scenes details into how TV shows get made, mainly from the writer's standpoint. The Simpsons chapter alone is one to use in the classroom. But the author overstates her...

    A combination memoir/advice book; I enjoyed the memoir portion tremendously,the advice less (I?m just not a Lean In fan). ...

    If you like to read insider name dropping memoirs about late 20th century TV, this is the book for you. I don't think I realized that's what it was going to be. I thought it would be more thoughtful. I actually quit reading it about 70% through it, as I found myself dreading opening my...

    Well, that was fantastic. First off, it's funny. Yeah, that helps a lot. Second, it's interesting as Scovell right has been on a lot of well-known shows. She gives a sense of what it was like working on them without ever feeling like she was just rehashing tawdry gossip. Even when dirt...

    Interesting to see the behind the scenes of the very white male writing world of tv. Nell experienced so many egregious situations of sexual harassment, hostile workplace, and basic inability to get close to a job because she was woman--that it makes any one experience feel less li...

    Absolutely loved this book and wish I had known of Nell Scovell earlier. I've never really watched any of the shows she's written for, but she is all about my kind of humor. Example; "I first laid eyes on Sheryl Sandberg when friends started emailing me the link to her 2010 TED T...

    This book is hard to listen to at times, and had me saying, "Are you fucking kidding me?" a lot out loud. But she isn't kidding, and sadly this book is extremely representative of what it?s like to be a female writer in Hollywood. She has decades worth of terrible stories, and rememb...

    I listened to the audiobook, and found it helped me cover many miles across the state (including lots of backed up traffic) in a more pleasant way. I had to keep reminding myself that it was not Scovell herself reading this. It was a mix of name dropping, comedy, and a bit of preac...

  • Liane
    Mar 22, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes world of script writing, (and yes, I was one of those teens with Sabrina the Teenage Witch posters in my room) as well as a sobering account of the lack of women given opportunities in this field. The world ne...

    An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoir Great memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profi...

    I listened to an audio version of this book and loved it. The story line ? the tale of her career and how it tracks the same feminist awakening that I think every woman goes through where weird sexist things happen to you in your 20s but you don?t realize it until a decade later ?...

    As someone who worked (very briefly) in "the industry," I very much enjoyed this book. Not laugh-out-loud funny but certainly insightful. Recommended for those curious to hear how things work in Hollywood--especially for women. ...

    One of the rare comedy books that translates well to the written page. Much comedy--especially by younger writers--depends on delivery, but this works in writing. As a comedy fan and woman working in the world, I found this hard to put down. ...

    Writing: 5; Importance: 4; Pleasure factor: 5 Funny, personal, and important - all in one sparkling package!   There?s been a recent spate of celebrity memoirs written by female comedians. I?ve read (or tried to read) them all:  Tina Fey?s Bossypants, Anna Ferris? Unqual...

    Fast funny/sad memoir of being the woman in the writing room of comedy shows. ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Definitely the most compelling memoir I've ever read, and the audiobook recording really brought it to life. ...

    Measured, thoughtful, and wickedly funny! ...

  • Laura Hill
    Apr 07, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes world of script writing, (and yes, I was one of those teens with Sabrina the Teenage Witch posters in my room) as well as a sobering account of the lack of women given opportunities in this field. The world ne...

    An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoir Great memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profi...

    I listened to an audio version of this book and loved it. The story line ? the tale of her career and how it tracks the same feminist awakening that I think every woman goes through where weird sexist things happen to you in your 20s but you don?t realize it until a decade later ?...

    As someone who worked (very briefly) in "the industry," I very much enjoyed this book. Not laugh-out-loud funny but certainly insightful. Recommended for those curious to hear how things work in Hollywood--especially for women. ...

    One of the rare comedy books that translates well to the written page. Much comedy--especially by younger writers--depends on delivery, but this works in writing. As a comedy fan and woman working in the world, I found this hard to put down. ...

    Writing: 5; Importance: 4; Pleasure factor: 5 Funny, personal, and important - all in one sparkling package!   There?s been a recent spate of celebrity memoirs written by female comedians. I?ve read (or tried to read) them all:  Tina Fey?s Bossypants, Anna Ferris? Unqual...

  • Ami
    May 08, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes world of script writing, (and yes, I was one of those teens with Sabrina the Teenage Witch posters in my room) as well as a sobering account of the lack of women given opportunities in this field. The world ne...

    An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoir Great memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profi...

    I listened to an audio version of this book and loved it. The story line ? the tale of her career and how it tracks the same feminist awakening that I think every woman goes through where weird sexist things happen to you in your 20s but you don?t realize it until a decade later ?...

    As someone who worked (very briefly) in "the industry," I very much enjoyed this book. Not laugh-out-loud funny but certainly insightful. Recommended for those curious to hear how things work in Hollywood--especially for women. ...

    One of the rare comedy books that translates well to the written page. Much comedy--especially by younger writers--depends on delivery, but this works in writing. As a comedy fan and woman working in the world, I found this hard to put down. ...

    Writing: 5; Importance: 4; Pleasure factor: 5 Funny, personal, and important - all in one sparkling package!   There?s been a recent spate of celebrity memoirs written by female comedians. I?ve read (or tried to read) them all:  Tina Fey?s Bossypants, Anna Ferris? Unqual...

    Fast funny/sad memoir of being the woman in the writing room of comedy shows. ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Definitely the most compelling memoir I've ever read, and the audiobook recording really brought it to life. ...

    Measured, thoughtful, and wickedly funny! ...

    3.5 stars Reading about Nell Scovell?s career was both funny (she is primarily a comedic writer after all) and immensely frustrating as we see the obstacles and challenges she faced solely because of her gender. Eye opening and engaging this book has me wondering why there isn?t ...

  • Gretchen Alice
    May 21, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

  • Kristin Boldon
    Jun 12, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes world of script writing, (and yes, I was one of those teens with Sabrina the Teenage Witch posters in my room) as well as a sobering account of the lack of women given opportunities in this field. The world ne...

    An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoir Great memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profi...

    I listened to an audio version of this book and loved it. The story line ? the tale of her career and how it tracks the same feminist awakening that I think every woman goes through where weird sexist things happen to you in your 20s but you don?t realize it until a decade later ?...

    As someone who worked (very briefly) in "the industry," I very much enjoyed this book. Not laugh-out-loud funny but certainly insightful. Recommended for those curious to hear how things work in Hollywood--especially for women. ...

    One of the rare comedy books that translates well to the written page. Much comedy--especially by younger writers--depends on delivery, but this works in writing. As a comedy fan and woman working in the world, I found this hard to put down. ...

    Writing: 5; Importance: 4; Pleasure factor: 5 Funny, personal, and important - all in one sparkling package!   There?s been a recent spate of celebrity memoirs written by female comedians. I?ve read (or tried to read) them all:  Tina Fey?s Bossypants, Anna Ferris? Unqual...

    Fast funny/sad memoir of being the woman in the writing room of comedy shows. ...

  • Jonathan Maas
    Apr 30, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes world of script writing, (and yes, I was one of those teens with Sabrina the Teenage Witch posters in my room) as well as a sobering account of the lack of women given opportunities in this field. The world ne...

    An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoir Great memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profi...

  • GoldGato
    Jun 03, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

  • Leigh
    Jun 14, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes world of script writing, (and yes, I was one of those teens with Sabrina the Teenage Witch posters in my room) as well as a sobering account of the lack of women given opportunities in this field. The world ne...

    An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoir Great memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profi...

    I listened to an audio version of this book and loved it. The story line ? the tale of her career and how it tracks the same feminist awakening that I think every woman goes through where weird sexist things happen to you in your 20s but you don?t realize it until a decade later ?...

    As someone who worked (very briefly) in "the industry," I very much enjoyed this book. Not laugh-out-loud funny but certainly insightful. Recommended for those curious to hear how things work in Hollywood--especially for women. ...

    One of the rare comedy books that translates well to the written page. Much comedy--especially by younger writers--depends on delivery, but this works in writing. As a comedy fan and woman working in the world, I found this hard to put down. ...

    Writing: 5; Importance: 4; Pleasure factor: 5 Funny, personal, and important - all in one sparkling package!   There?s been a recent spate of celebrity memoirs written by female comedians. I?ve read (or tried to read) them all:  Tina Fey?s Bossypants, Anna Ferris? Unqual...

    Fast funny/sad memoir of being the woman in the writing room of comedy shows. ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Definitely the most compelling memoir I've ever read, and the audiobook recording really brought it to life. ...

    Measured, thoughtful, and wickedly funny! ...

    3.5 stars Reading about Nell Scovell?s career was both funny (she is primarily a comedic writer after all) and immensely frustrating as we see the obstacles and challenges she faced solely because of her gender. Eye opening and engaging this book has me wondering why there isn?t ...

    Adored this book by Nell Scovell, creator of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV show, among many other things. I loved following the ascent of her career and was careful not to google because I didn't want to know what happened next. (Although we know from the start she co-authored Lean ...

    This memoir is as funny and informative, and feminist, as you would expect from its title. In other words, its great. ...

    Four-star first half, shaky middle section, disastrous ending. This is a rare book that provides plenty of behind-the-scenes details into how TV shows get made, mainly from the writer's standpoint. The Simpsons chapter alone is one to use in the classroom. But the author overstates her...

    A combination memoir/advice book; I enjoyed the memoir portion tremendously,the advice less (I?m just not a Lean In fan). ...

  • Amy Allen
    Mar 31, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes world of script writing, (and yes, I was one of those teens with Sabrina the Teenage Witch posters in my room) as well as a sobering account of the lack of women given opportunities in this field. The world ne...

    An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoir Great memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profi...

    I listened to an audio version of this book and loved it. The story line ? the tale of her career and how it tracks the same feminist awakening that I think every woman goes through where weird sexist things happen to you in your 20s but you don?t realize it until a decade later ?...

    As someone who worked (very briefly) in "the industry," I very much enjoyed this book. Not laugh-out-loud funny but certainly insightful. Recommended for those curious to hear how things work in Hollywood--especially for women. ...

    One of the rare comedy books that translates well to the written page. Much comedy--especially by younger writers--depends on delivery, but this works in writing. As a comedy fan and woman working in the world, I found this hard to put down. ...

    Writing: 5; Importance: 4; Pleasure factor: 5 Funny, personal, and important - all in one sparkling package!   There?s been a recent spate of celebrity memoirs written by female comedians. I?ve read (or tried to read) them all:  Tina Fey?s Bossypants, Anna Ferris? Unqual...

    Fast funny/sad memoir of being the woman in the writing room of comedy shows. ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Definitely the most compelling memoir I've ever read, and the audiobook recording really brought it to life. ...

    Measured, thoughtful, and wickedly funny! ...

    3.5 stars Reading about Nell Scovell?s career was both funny (she is primarily a comedic writer after all) and immensely frustrating as we see the obstacles and challenges she faced solely because of her gender. Eye opening and engaging this book has me wondering why there isn?t ...

    Adored this book by Nell Scovell, creator of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV show, among many other things. I loved following the ascent of her career and was careful not to google because I didn't want to know what happened next. (Although we know from the start she co-authored Lean ...

    This memoir is as funny and informative, and feminist, as you would expect from its title. In other words, its great. ...

    Four-star first half, shaky middle section, disastrous ending. This is a rare book that provides plenty of behind-the-scenes details into how TV shows get made, mainly from the writer's standpoint. The Simpsons chapter alone is one to use in the classroom. But the author overstates her...

    A combination memoir/advice book; I enjoyed the memoir portion tremendously,the advice less (I?m just not a Lean In fan). ...

    If you like to read insider name dropping memoirs about late 20th century TV, this is the book for you. I don't think I realized that's what it was going to be. I thought it would be more thoughtful. I actually quit reading it about 70% through it, as I found myself dreading opening my...

  • Sheri
    Apr 28, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes world of script writing, (and yes, I was one of those teens with Sabrina the Teenage Witch posters in my room) as well as a sobering account of the lack of women given opportunities in this field. The world ne...

    An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoir Great memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profi...

    I listened to an audio version of this book and loved it. The story line ? the tale of her career and how it tracks the same feminist awakening that I think every woman goes through where weird sexist things happen to you in your 20s but you don?t realize it until a decade later ?...

    As someone who worked (very briefly) in "the industry," I very much enjoyed this book. Not laugh-out-loud funny but certainly insightful. Recommended for those curious to hear how things work in Hollywood--especially for women. ...

    One of the rare comedy books that translates well to the written page. Much comedy--especially by younger writers--depends on delivery, but this works in writing. As a comedy fan and woman working in the world, I found this hard to put down. ...

    Writing: 5; Importance: 4; Pleasure factor: 5 Funny, personal, and important - all in one sparkling package!   There?s been a recent spate of celebrity memoirs written by female comedians. I?ve read (or tried to read) them all:  Tina Fey?s Bossypants, Anna Ferris? Unqual...

    Fast funny/sad memoir of being the woman in the writing room of comedy shows. ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Definitely the most compelling memoir I've ever read, and the audiobook recording really brought it to life. ...

    Measured, thoughtful, and wickedly funny! ...

    3.5 stars Reading about Nell Scovell?s career was both funny (she is primarily a comedic writer after all) and immensely frustrating as we see the obstacles and challenges she faced solely because of her gender. Eye opening and engaging this book has me wondering why there isn?t ...

    Adored this book by Nell Scovell, creator of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV show, among many other things. I loved following the ascent of her career and was careful not to google because I didn't want to know what happened next. (Although we know from the start she co-authored Lean ...

    This memoir is as funny and informative, and feminist, as you would expect from its title. In other words, its great. ...

    Four-star first half, shaky middle section, disastrous ending. This is a rare book that provides plenty of behind-the-scenes details into how TV shows get made, mainly from the writer's standpoint. The Simpsons chapter alone is one to use in the classroom. But the author overstates her...

    A combination memoir/advice book; I enjoyed the memoir portion tremendously,the advice less (I?m just not a Lean In fan). ...

    If you like to read insider name dropping memoirs about late 20th century TV, this is the book for you. I don't think I realized that's what it was going to be. I thought it would be more thoughtful. I actually quit reading it about 70% through it, as I found myself dreading opening my...

    Well, that was fantastic. First off, it's funny. Yeah, that helps a lot. Second, it's interesting as Scovell right has been on a lot of well-known shows. She gives a sense of what it was like working on them without ever feeling like she was just rehashing tawdry gossip. Even when dirt...

    Interesting to see the behind the scenes of the very white male writing world of tv. Nell experienced so many egregious situations of sexual harassment, hostile workplace, and basic inability to get close to a job because she was woman--that it makes any one experience feel less li...

    Absolutely loved this book and wish I had known of Nell Scovell earlier. I've never really watched any of the shows she's written for, but she is all about my kind of humor. Example; "I first laid eyes on Sheryl Sandberg when friends started emailing me the link to her 2010 TED T...

  • Chris Jaffe
    May 04, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes world of script writing, (and yes, I was one of those teens with Sabrina the Teenage Witch posters in my room) as well as a sobering account of the lack of women given opportunities in this field. The world ne...

    An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoir Great memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profi...

    I listened to an audio version of this book and loved it. The story line ? the tale of her career and how it tracks the same feminist awakening that I think every woman goes through where weird sexist things happen to you in your 20s but you don?t realize it until a decade later ?...

    As someone who worked (very briefly) in "the industry," I very much enjoyed this book. Not laugh-out-loud funny but certainly insightful. Recommended for those curious to hear how things work in Hollywood--especially for women. ...

    One of the rare comedy books that translates well to the written page. Much comedy--especially by younger writers--depends on delivery, but this works in writing. As a comedy fan and woman working in the world, I found this hard to put down. ...

    Writing: 5; Importance: 4; Pleasure factor: 5 Funny, personal, and important - all in one sparkling package!   There?s been a recent spate of celebrity memoirs written by female comedians. I?ve read (or tried to read) them all:  Tina Fey?s Bossypants, Anna Ferris? Unqual...

    Fast funny/sad memoir of being the woman in the writing room of comedy shows. ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Definitely the most compelling memoir I've ever read, and the audiobook recording really brought it to life. ...

    Measured, thoughtful, and wickedly funny! ...

    3.5 stars Reading about Nell Scovell?s career was both funny (she is primarily a comedic writer after all) and immensely frustrating as we see the obstacles and challenges she faced solely because of her gender. Eye opening and engaging this book has me wondering why there isn?t ...

    Adored this book by Nell Scovell, creator of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV show, among many other things. I loved following the ascent of her career and was careful not to google because I didn't want to know what happened next. (Although we know from the start she co-authored Lean ...

    This memoir is as funny and informative, and feminist, as you would expect from its title. In other words, its great. ...

    Four-star first half, shaky middle section, disastrous ending. This is a rare book that provides plenty of behind-the-scenes details into how TV shows get made, mainly from the writer's standpoint. The Simpsons chapter alone is one to use in the classroom. But the author overstates her...

    A combination memoir/advice book; I enjoyed the memoir portion tremendously,the advice less (I?m just not a Lean In fan). ...

    If you like to read insider name dropping memoirs about late 20th century TV, this is the book for you. I don't think I realized that's what it was going to be. I thought it would be more thoughtful. I actually quit reading it about 70% through it, as I found myself dreading opening my...

    Well, that was fantastic. First off, it's funny. Yeah, that helps a lot. Second, it's interesting as Scovell right has been on a lot of well-known shows. She gives a sense of what it was like working on them without ever feeling like she was just rehashing tawdry gossip. Even when dirt...

  • Mediaman
    Apr 15, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes world of script writing, (and yes, I was one of those teens with Sabrina the Teenage Witch posters in my room) as well as a sobering account of the lack of women given opportunities in this field. The world ne...

    An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoir Great memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profi...

    I listened to an audio version of this book and loved it. The story line ? the tale of her career and how it tracks the same feminist awakening that I think every woman goes through where weird sexist things happen to you in your 20s but you don?t realize it until a decade later ?...

    As someone who worked (very briefly) in "the industry," I very much enjoyed this book. Not laugh-out-loud funny but certainly insightful. Recommended for those curious to hear how things work in Hollywood--especially for women. ...

    One of the rare comedy books that translates well to the written page. Much comedy--especially by younger writers--depends on delivery, but this works in writing. As a comedy fan and woman working in the world, I found this hard to put down. ...

    Writing: 5; Importance: 4; Pleasure factor: 5 Funny, personal, and important - all in one sparkling package!   There?s been a recent spate of celebrity memoirs written by female comedians. I?ve read (or tried to read) them all:  Tina Fey?s Bossypants, Anna Ferris? Unqual...

    Fast funny/sad memoir of being the woman in the writing room of comedy shows. ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Definitely the most compelling memoir I've ever read, and the audiobook recording really brought it to life. ...

    Measured, thoughtful, and wickedly funny! ...

    3.5 stars Reading about Nell Scovell?s career was both funny (she is primarily a comedic writer after all) and immensely frustrating as we see the obstacles and challenges she faced solely because of her gender. Eye opening and engaging this book has me wondering why there isn?t ...

    Adored this book by Nell Scovell, creator of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV show, among many other things. I loved following the ascent of her career and was careful not to google because I didn't want to know what happened next. (Although we know from the start she co-authored Lean ...

    This memoir is as funny and informative, and feminist, as you would expect from its title. In other words, its great. ...

    Four-star first half, shaky middle section, disastrous ending. This is a rare book that provides plenty of behind-the-scenes details into how TV shows get made, mainly from the writer's standpoint. The Simpsons chapter alone is one to use in the classroom. But the author overstates her...

  • Donnell
    May 27, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes world of script writing, (and yes, I was one of those teens with Sabrina the Teenage Witch posters in my room) as well as a sobering account of the lack of women given opportunities in this field. The world ne...

    An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoir Great memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profi...

    I listened to an audio version of this book and loved it. The story line ? the tale of her career and how it tracks the same feminist awakening that I think every woman goes through where weird sexist things happen to you in your 20s but you don?t realize it until a decade later ?...

    As someone who worked (very briefly) in "the industry," I very much enjoyed this book. Not laugh-out-loud funny but certainly insightful. Recommended for those curious to hear how things work in Hollywood--especially for women. ...

    One of the rare comedy books that translates well to the written page. Much comedy--especially by younger writers--depends on delivery, but this works in writing. As a comedy fan and woman working in the world, I found this hard to put down. ...

    Writing: 5; Importance: 4; Pleasure factor: 5 Funny, personal, and important - all in one sparkling package!   There?s been a recent spate of celebrity memoirs written by female comedians. I?ve read (or tried to read) them all:  Tina Fey?s Bossypants, Anna Ferris? Unqual...

    Fast funny/sad memoir of being the woman in the writing room of comedy shows. ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Definitely the most compelling memoir I've ever read, and the audiobook recording really brought it to life. ...

    Measured, thoughtful, and wickedly funny! ...

    3.5 stars Reading about Nell Scovell?s career was both funny (she is primarily a comedic writer after all) and immensely frustrating as we see the obstacles and challenges she faced solely because of her gender. Eye opening and engaging this book has me wondering why there isn?t ...

    Adored this book by Nell Scovell, creator of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV show, among many other things. I loved following the ascent of her career and was careful not to google because I didn't want to know what happened next. (Although we know from the start she co-authored Lean ...

    This memoir is as funny and informative, and feminist, as you would expect from its title. In other words, its great. ...

    Four-star first half, shaky middle section, disastrous ending. This is a rare book that provides plenty of behind-the-scenes details into how TV shows get made, mainly from the writer's standpoint. The Simpsons chapter alone is one to use in the classroom. But the author overstates her...

    A combination memoir/advice book; I enjoyed the memoir portion tremendously,the advice less (I?m just not a Lean In fan). ...

    If you like to read insider name dropping memoirs about late 20th century TV, this is the book for you. I don't think I realized that's what it was going to be. I thought it would be more thoughtful. I actually quit reading it about 70% through it, as I found myself dreading opening my...

    Well, that was fantastic. First off, it's funny. Yeah, that helps a lot. Second, it's interesting as Scovell right has been on a lot of well-known shows. She gives a sense of what it was like working on them without ever feeling like she was just rehashing tawdry gossip. Even when dirt...

    Interesting to see the behind the scenes of the very white male writing world of tv. Nell experienced so many egregious situations of sexual harassment, hostile workplace, and basic inability to get close to a job because she was woman--that it makes any one experience feel less li...

  • M. Langlinais
    May 22, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes world of script writing, (and yes, I was one of those teens with Sabrina the Teenage Witch posters in my room) as well as a sobering account of the lack of women given opportunities in this field. The world ne...

    An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoir Great memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profi...

    I listened to an audio version of this book and loved it. The story line ? the tale of her career and how it tracks the same feminist awakening that I think every woman goes through where weird sexist things happen to you in your 20s but you don?t realize it until a decade later ?...

    As someone who worked (very briefly) in "the industry," I very much enjoyed this book. Not laugh-out-loud funny but certainly insightful. Recommended for those curious to hear how things work in Hollywood--especially for women. ...

  • Tali Nay
    Jul 18, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes world of script writing, (and yes, I was one of those teens with Sabrina the Teenage Witch posters in my room) as well as a sobering account of the lack of women given opportunities in this field. The world ne...

  • Kate Stericker
    Jul 06, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes world of script writing, (and yes, I was one of those teens with Sabrina the Teenage Witch posters in my room) as well as a sobering account of the lack of women given opportunities in this field. The world ne...

    An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoir Great memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profi...

    I listened to an audio version of this book and loved it. The story line ? the tale of her career and how it tracks the same feminist awakening that I think every woman goes through where weird sexist things happen to you in your 20s but you don?t realize it until a decade later ?...

    As someone who worked (very briefly) in "the industry," I very much enjoyed this book. Not laugh-out-loud funny but certainly insightful. Recommended for those curious to hear how things work in Hollywood--especially for women. ...

    One of the rare comedy books that translates well to the written page. Much comedy--especially by younger writers--depends on delivery, but this works in writing. As a comedy fan and woman working in the world, I found this hard to put down. ...

    Writing: 5; Importance: 4; Pleasure factor: 5 Funny, personal, and important - all in one sparkling package!   There?s been a recent spate of celebrity memoirs written by female comedians. I?ve read (or tried to read) them all:  Tina Fey?s Bossypants, Anna Ferris? Unqual...

    Fast funny/sad memoir of being the woman in the writing room of comedy shows. ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Definitely the most compelling memoir I've ever read, and the audiobook recording really brought it to life. ...

  • Terri Naughton
    May 18, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

  • Tommy Van Norman
    Apr 03, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

  • Michelle Ruiz Andrews
    Mar 04, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

  • K.Haas
    May 01, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

  • Dianne Everson
    Jun 27, 2018

    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollyw...

    When people conclude that it must be "soooo much fun" to work on The Muppets, it's like assuming the Oompa Loompas love every minute working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. To outsiders, it's all chocolate waterfalls and funny songs. But late at night, someone's got to clean up a...

    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I only wish I knew t...

    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'?just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funn...

    I generally like show-biz memoirs, but this one was a bit too show-bizzy for me. I guess it doesn't help that the shows the author was involved with are not ones that I tend to watch. A lot of name-dropping; not a lot of substance. ...

    This book does just what it says on the tin -- a straightforward memoir of Scovell's writing career, with a few personal-life tidbits thrown in for good measure -- and I've been recommending it to everyone for the past week or so. She really digs into what it's like and what it means t...

    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood. ...

    Short, tightly written, sharp. And very funny. It's less a memoir than a class by the most charismatic professor you had in college, about comedy writing AND about the barriers faced by women in comedy writing. Scovell was Sheryl Sandberg's co-author (I've been a co-author; guess what,...

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was my first televised obsession. My first ship, my first style idol, my first time trying to rearrange plans so I didn't have to miss an episode of my favorite show. (That really happened, by the way. My parents made me go to my uncle's house for dinner anywa...

    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life. If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford ? who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought he...

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes world of script writing, (and yes, I was one of those teens with Sabrina the Teenage Witch posters in my room) as well as a sobering account of the lack of women given opportunities in this field. The world ne...

    An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoir Great memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profi...

    I listened to an audio version of this book and loved it. The story line ? the tale of her career and how it tracks the same feminist awakening that I think every woman goes through where weird sexist things happen to you in your 20s but you don?t realize it until a decade later ?...

    As someone who worked (very briefly) in "the industry," I very much enjoyed this book. Not laugh-out-loud funny but certainly insightful. Recommended for those curious to hear how things work in Hollywood--especially for women. ...

    One of the rare comedy books that translates well to the written page. Much comedy--especially by younger writers--depends on delivery, but this works in writing. As a comedy fan and woman working in the world, I found this hard to put down. ...

    Writing: 5; Importance: 4; Pleasure factor: 5 Funny, personal, and important - all in one sparkling package!   There?s been a recent spate of celebrity memoirs written by female comedians. I?ve read (or tried to read) them all:  Tina Fey?s Bossypants, Anna Ferris? Unqual...

    Fast funny/sad memoir of being the woman in the writing room of comedy shows. ...

    Absolutely fantastic. Definitely the most compelling memoir I've ever read, and the audiobook recording really brought it to life. ...

    Measured, thoughtful, and wickedly funny! ...

    3.5 stars Reading about Nell Scovell?s career was both funny (she is primarily a comedic writer after all) and immensely frustrating as we see the obstacles and challenges she faced solely because of her gender. Eye opening and engaging this book has me wondering why there isn?t ...

    Adored this book by Nell Scovell, creator of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV show, among many other things. I loved following the ascent of her career and was careful not to google because I didn't want to know what happened next. (Although we know from the start she co-authored Lean ...

    This memoir is as funny and informative, and feminist, as you would expect from its title. In other words, its great. ...