I live in New York. I am a comedian, writer and actor. My day job is blogging for VH1.com. I write about the silly things celebrities and pop stars do, so you know...God's work.
You may have seen my writing on many other reputable websites (McSweeney's, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, xojane.com, The Hairpin, Splitsider, The FW, etc.). I also write crazy blogs about Game of Thrones, Magneto and Jeff Goldblum.
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Ahhhh! This happened! Gaby and I interviewed EACH OTHER! Whoa!
by: Meghan O’Keefe
This is a new column at 100 Interviews wherein two people interview each other over the Google chatting mechanism, GChat. Then, we post the nearly unedited conversation and expose their crazy. Because GChat saves everything. GChat knows.
The first in this series, Dorkwad on Dorkwad, is with 100 Interviews founder Gaby Dunn and HelloGiggles blogger Meghan O’Keefe. They are both writers and comedians in New York City, and knew each other prior to this interview. Sometimes in this column, the people will not know each other! Isn’t that quirky? This is not one of those times. Also, this is split into three parts. The first is about comedy.
Sloane: For most of the young women I meet, laziness is really not the issue. The younger women who come to my readings are smart and so funny and put-together and frighteningly ambitious...But the flip side of that is that want everything to be perfect out of the gate. I believe they paralyze themselves with this fear. That’s what Jenny [Egan] was saying. Basically: get over yourself, have a little faith in your own talent, do something new that only you can and produce above all.
Erin: I love that. Fear, perfectionism and unwillingness to make mistakes only lead to avoidance or failure. You have to know that each time you screw up, you’re just that much closer to your victory. Man, when I started baking, everything was naaaasty and I was often on the floor crying! But instead of laying there in a tear fest, I’d visualize the bakery, breathe in that joy and pick myself up and start over.
After reading this (poorly written People magazine) article from 1977, I feel more certain then ever that Gilda Radner is my dream best friend. She would totally get me.
Seriously, read the article. It’s interesting what topics weren’t taboo in the 1970’s, backstage SNL gossip, and there’s stuff about how Gilda felt about being a woman in comedy. Most of all, it’s really hard to find stuff where she talks about herself in her own words—because everything is a “tribute” now—but she does so here.
Rachael Mason: How many jokes do the writers write per day?
Jeremy Bronson: I would say about 100 per day.
Meep. How many jokes have I written today? None, of course! I’ve been too busy reading IMDB’s Beautiful Girls memorable quotes page!
From Rachael Mason’s Splitsider interview with Jeremy Bronson, head monologue writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.