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“Just The Funny Parts:” One Woman’s Mark on TV Comedy

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A woman walks into a room. She’s the only female comedy writer there. She leans in, writes a funny book, and has the last laugh. Lots of laughs. Just the Funny Parts (Dey Street Books) is Nell Scovell’s story of how she went from wise-cracking kid to writing for David Letterman to Hollywood, where she put funny words in the mouths of Homer Simpson, Bob Newhart, Kermit the Frog, Coach, Murphy Brown, Lily Tomlin Stephen Colbert, and even Barak Obama for a White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Millions have laughed at her jokes, including, probably, you. Who can forget the hilarious, heartbreaking moment when Miss Piggy, on the Red Carpet, has a wardrobe malfunction and her tail pops out. “I’m a lady, and…

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Live, from New York! It’s 40 years of SNL

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Forty years ago, Saturday late-night television was a wasteland, the realm of bad movies and sports highlights and Johnny Carson re-runs. If you were home watching TV late on a Saturday night, it was because you had no life and literally nothing better to do. That changed on October 17, 1975, when shortly after 11:30 p.m., an unknown comedian named Chevy Chase looked into a camera in Studio 8H in Rockefeller Plaza and exclaimed, “Live, from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” On Sunday, February 15, a battalion of SNL regulars, guest hosts, and musical guests including Eddie Murphy, Robert DiNiro, Alec Baldwin, Dan Ackroyd, Betty White, Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, Emma Stone, Paul McCartney, Melissa McCarthy, Tina Fey and Amy…

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