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

  • Laura
    Jul 04, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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 ?...

    I really enjoyed this book - 4.5 stars. She describes going from just being in the system of a female in a male dominated place, but not understanding everything to totally standing up for herself and others and sharing her funny insights along the way. ...

    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. ...

    Nell Scovell is funny and smart and amazing and brave and I wish I knew her and we could be friends. Plus, she loves Joel Hodgson (like they?re friends and love one another) and they?ve worked together AND she?s worked with Frank Conniff (she created Sabrina the Teenage Witch and...

    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 ...

  • Amy
    May 06, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

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

  • Gina Boyd
    Sep 03, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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 ?...

    I really enjoyed this book - 4.5 stars. She describes going from just being in the system of a female in a male dominated place, but not understanding everything to totally standing up for herself and others and sharing her funny insights along the way. ...

    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. ...

    Nell Scovell is funny and smart and amazing and brave and I wish I knew her and we could be friends. Plus, she loves Joel Hodgson (like they?re friends and love one another) and they?ve worked together AND she?s worked with Frank Conniff (she created Sabrina the Teenage Witch and...

  • Lee Anne
    Apr 01, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Ruthie
    Aug 25, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

  • Sarah
    Jun 02, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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 ?...

    I really enjoyed this book - 4.5 stars. She describes going from just being in the system of a female in a male dominated place, but not understanding everything to totally standing up for herself and others and sharing her funny insights along the way. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

  • Amber Spencer
    Sep 10, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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 ?...

    I really enjoyed this book - 4.5 stars. She describes going from just being in the system of a female in a male dominated place, but not understanding everything to totally standing up for herself and others and sharing her funny insights along the way. ...

  • Liane
    Mar 22, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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 ?...

    I really enjoyed this book - 4.5 stars. She describes going from just being in the system of a female in a male dominated place, but not understanding everything to totally standing up for herself and others and sharing her funny insights along the way. ...

    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. ...

    Nell Scovell is funny and smart and amazing and brave and I wish I knew her and we could be friends. Plus, she loves Joel Hodgson (like they?re friends and love one another) and they?ve worked together AND she?s worked with Frank Conniff (she created Sabrina the Teenage Witch and...

    Measured, thoughtful, and wickedly funny! ...

  • Laura Hill
    Apr 07, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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 ?...

    I really enjoyed this book - 4.5 stars. She describes going from just being in the system of a female in a male dominated place, but not understanding everything to totally standing up for herself and others and sharing her funny insights along the way. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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 ?...

    I really enjoyed this book - 4.5 stars. She describes going from just being in the system of a female in a male dominated place, but not understanding everything to totally standing up for herself and others and sharing her funny insights along the way. ...

    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. ...

    Nell Scovell is funny and smart and amazing and brave and I wish I knew her and we could be friends. Plus, she loves Joel Hodgson (like they?re friends and love one another) and they?ve worked together AND she?s worked with Frank Conniff (she created Sabrina the Teenage Witch and...

    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 ...

  • Anne Libera
    Apr 21, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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 ?...

    I really enjoyed this book - 4.5 stars. She describes going from just being in the system of a female in a male dominated place, but not understanding everything to totally standing up for herself and others and sharing her funny insights along the way. ...

    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. ...

    Nell Scovell is funny and smart and amazing and brave and I wish I knew her and we could be friends. Plus, she loves Joel Hodgson (like they?re friends and love one another) and they?ve worked together AND she?s worked with Frank Conniff (she created Sabrina the Teenage Witch and...

    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). ...

    I'm only slightly peeved that we got a whole chapter on a single "Simpsons" episode that Nell wrote, and only two pages on "Charmed" which Nell spent over a season working on (not that I didn't thoroughly enjoy the "Simpsons" sections because it was an episode I'm really familiar with,...

    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...

    Pretty much everything I want in a memoir of this sort. Useful comedy knowledge. Great examples. Genuine feminism and truth-telling. And I kind of want to write her a fan letter. That is all. ...

  • Morgan
    May 05, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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 ?...

    I really enjoyed this book - 4.5 stars. She describes going from just being in the system of a female in a male dominated place, but not understanding everything to totally standing up for herself and others and sharing her funny insights along the way. ...

    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. ...

    Nell Scovell is funny and smart and amazing and brave and I wish I knew her and we could be friends. Plus, she loves Joel Hodgson (like they?re friends and love one another) and they?ve worked together AND she?s worked with Frank Conniff (she created Sabrina the Teenage Witch and...

    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). ...

    I'm only slightly peeved that we got a whole chapter on a single "Simpsons" episode that Nell wrote, and only two pages on "Charmed" which Nell spent over a season working on (not that I didn't thoroughly enjoy the "Simpsons" sections because it was an episode I'm really familiar with,...

  • Gretchen Alice
    May 21, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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 ?...

    I really enjoyed this book - 4.5 stars. She describes going from just being in the system of a female in a male dominated place, but not understanding everything to totally standing up for herself and others and sharing her funny insights along the way. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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 ?...

    I really enjoyed this book - 4.5 stars. She describes going from just being in the system of a female in a male dominated place, but not understanding everything to totally standing up for herself and others and sharing her funny insights along the way. ...

    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. ...

    Nell Scovell is funny and smart and amazing and brave and I wish I knew her and we could be friends. Plus, she loves Joel Hodgson (like they?re friends and love one another) and they?ve worked together AND she?s worked with Frank Conniff (she created Sabrina the Teenage Witch and...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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 ?...

    I really enjoyed this book - 4.5 stars. She describes going from just being in the system of a female in a male dominated place, but not understanding everything to totally standing up for herself and others and sharing her funny insights along the way. ...

    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. ...

    Nell Scovell is funny and smart and amazing and brave and I wish I knew her and we could be friends. Plus, she loves Joel Hodgson (like they?re friends and love one another) and they?ve worked together AND she?s worked with Frank Conniff (she created Sabrina the Teenage Witch and...

    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). ...

    I'm only slightly peeved that we got a whole chapter on a single "Simpsons" episode that Nell wrote, and only two pages on "Charmed" which Nell spent over a season working on (not that I didn't thoroughly enjoy the "Simpsons" sections because it was an episode I'm really familiar with,...

    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...

  • Mediaman
    Apr 15, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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 ?...

    I really enjoyed this book - 4.5 stars. She describes going from just being in the system of a female in a male dominated place, but not understanding everything to totally standing up for herself and others and sharing her funny insights along the way. ...

    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. ...

    Nell Scovell is funny and smart and amazing and brave and I wish I knew her and we could be friends. Plus, she loves Joel Hodgson (like they?re friends and love one another) and they?ve worked together AND she?s worked with Frank Conniff (she created Sabrina the Teenage Witch and...

    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...

  • M. Langlinais
    May 22, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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 ?...

    I really enjoyed this book - 4.5 stars. She describes going from just being in the system of a female in a male dominated place, but not understanding everything to totally standing up for herself and others and sharing her funny insights along the way. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    I began reading this book thinking it would be a fun read with some juicy gossip. It was that, and so much more! This book is about chasing dreams, changing course, failing- and moving forward, finding your voice and many more career and life lessons. It shows the value of mentors and ...

    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,...

    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. ...

    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 ?...

    I really enjoyed this book - 4.5 stars. She describes going from just being in the system of a female in a male dominated place, but not understanding everything to totally standing up for herself and others and sharing her funny insights along the way. ...

    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. ...

    Nell Scovell is funny and smart and amazing and brave and I wish I knew her and we could be friends. Plus, she loves Joel Hodgson (like they?re friends and love one another) and they?ve worked together AND she?s worked with Frank Conniff (she created Sabrina the Teenage Witch and...

    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. ...