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

  • From the Publisher
May 4, 2018

You’ve almost cer­tain­ly laughed at Scov­el­l’s jokes – you just did­n’t know it until now. Just the Fun­ny Parts is a juicy and scathing­ly fun­ny insid­er look at how pop cul­ture gets made. For more than thir­ty years, writer, pro­duc­er and direc­tor Nell Scov­ell worked behind the scenes of icon­ic TV shows, includ­ing The Simp­sons, Late Night with David Let­ter­man, Mur­phy Brown, NCIS, The Mup­pets, and Sab­ri­na, the Teenage Witch, which she cre­at­ed and exec­u­tive pro­duced. In 2009, Scov­ell gave up her behind-the-scenes sta­tus when the David Let­ter­man sex scan­dal broke. Only the sec­ond woman ever to write for his show, Scov­ell used the moment to pub­licly call out the lack of gen­der diver­si­ty in late-night TV writ­ers’ rooms. 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 opens up with this fun, hon­est, and often shock­ing account. It’s part mem­oir, part how-to, and part sur­vival sto­ry. Or, as Scov­ell puts it, It’s like Unbro­ken, but fun­nier and with slight­ly less torture.”

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