Just the Funny Parts
FOREWORD BY SHERYL SANDBERGYou’ve almost certainly laughed at Scovell’s jokes—you just didn’t know it until now.Just the Funny Parts is a juicy and scathingly funny insider look at how pop culture gets made. For more than thirty years, writer, producer and director Nell Scovell worked behind the scenes of iconic TV shows, including The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman, Murphy Brown, NCIS, The Muppets, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, which she created and executive produced.  In 2009, Scovell gave up her behind-the-scenes status when the David Letterman sex scandal broke. Only the second woman ever to write for his show, Scovell used the moment to publicly call out the lack of gender diversity in late-night TV writers’ rooms. “One of the boys” came out hard for “all of the girls.” Her criticisms fueled a cultural debate. Two years later, Scovell was collaborating with Sheryl Sandberg on speeches and later on Lean In, which resulted in a worldwide movement.Now Scovell is opening up with this fun, honest, and often shocking account. Scovell knows what it’s like to put words in the mouths of President Barack Obama, Mark Harmon, Candice Bergen, Bob Newhart, Conan O’Brien, Alyssa Milano, and Kermit the Frog, among many others. Through her eyes, you’ll sit in the Simpson writers’ room… stand on the Oscar red carpet… pin a tail on Miss Piggy…bond with Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy… and experience a Stephen King-like encounter with Stephen King.Just the Funny Parts is a fast-paced account of a nerdy girl from New England who fought her way to the top of the highly-competitive, male-dominated entertainment field. The book delivers invaluable insights into the creative process and tricks for navigating a difficult workplace. It's part memoir, part how-to, and part survival story. Or, as Scovell puts it, “It’s like Unbroken, but funnier and with slightly less torture.” 

Just the Funny Parts Details

TitleJust the Funny Parts
Author
ReleaseMar 20th, 2018
PublisherDey Street Books
ISBN-139780062473509
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor, Biography Memoir

Just the Funny Parts Review

  • Michelle Ruiz Andrews
    January 1, 1970
    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughted 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 Hollywood and, now, rightfully will go down as a feminist hero for co-writing Lean In. She’s self-deprecating and genius and doesn’t spare herself (while also dishing about Dave Letterman) in her memories of her awesome Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughted 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 Hollywood and, now, rightfully will go down as a feminist hero for co-writing Lean In. She’s self-deprecating and genius and doesn’t spare herself (while also dishing about Dave Letterman) in her memories of her awesome career. Nell is one of the greats.
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  • Liane
    January 1, 1970
    Measured, thoughtful, and wickedly funny!
  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn’t sure what to expect from Just the Funny Parts — I don’t always love memoirs, and I’m easily vicariously embarrassed. This was everything I didn’t know I wanted. Nell manages to talk about her (often infuriating) entertainment experiences with both grace and a high joke ratio. I loved the gossipy asides, I loved the self-aware description of a career that doesn’t follow a perfect path, and after staying up late because I had to finish, I’m left hoping for an improbable friend meet-cute s I wasn’t sure what to expect from Just the Funny Parts — I don’t always love memoirs, and I’m easily vicariously embarrassed. This was everything I didn’t know I wanted. Nell manages to talk about her (often infuriating) entertainment experiences with both grace and a high joke ratio. I loved the gossipy asides, I loved the self-aware description of a career that doesn’t follow a perfect path, and after staying up late because I had to finish, I’m left hoping for an improbable friend meet-cute so that I can keep learning more. Nell, in case you still read the comments, thank you for writing this fantastic book!
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  • John Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliantly written.I love stories about how people find their way into and through a career. Nell has filled these pages with wonderfully interesting stories. Candid, rich in details. Smart and funny. I felt as if she was sitting next to me telling these tales. I won't make this review too long. Just scroll back up on Amazon to the purchase buttons and treat yourself to this book.
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  • Amy Allen
    January 1, 1970
    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 Kindle. As soon as I stopped reading it and began reading a novel, my happiness returned. So, I may be cheating on my book count. I'll do better, I promise.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    This is called Just the Funny Parts but.... man did it really make me mad! All she did was tell it like it was, being a woman in all of those boys-club writers' rooms. It had a lot of funny parts and I highly recommend it but it made me feel a little despair.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    Washington Post review: Review
  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    Meh.
  • Jackie Clary
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it!
  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    Just like the title saysIt’s funny and very relevant even in my job in IT. I love her work and as inspired me to keep writing.
  • Paul Miller
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, insightful, and a peek behind the curtain of how TV is made.
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