Animation, Interview, Television, Writing

Episode 111 — TV Writing with Alison Tafel

Ali interviews TV writer, Alison Tafel. She shares how she got her start in the industry, her first day in the BoJack Horseman writers’ room and insight into each of the episodes she wrote for the show: “Stupid Piece of Sh*t,” “INT. SUB,” “Feel-Good Story” and “The View From Halfway Down.” She also talks about her experience writing for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and she gives advice for writers trying to break into the industry as well as when you’re in the industry.

Be sure to follow Alison on Twitter and Instagram.

Alison Tafel

Animation, Television

Episode 101 — Character Study: Beatrice Horseman

Ali discusses the defining moments of Beatrice Horseman (née Sugarman) as seen in flashbacks of BoJack’s terrible childhood, her own tragic childhood depicted in the season 4 episode, “The Old Sugarman Place,” further exploration of pivotal points in her life that led to her bitter adulthood all shown through her shaky memories in the fantastic penultimate episode of season 4, “Time’s Arrow,” BoJack delivering her eulogy in the standout episode of season 5, “Free Churro,” and finally her last appearance in the phenomenal penultimate episode of the series, “The View From Halfway Down.”

Be sure to also check out Episode 80 — The Final Season of BoJack Horseman + “Nothing Unsaid” and Episode 4 — BoJack Horseman + “Temporarily Forget.”

Beatrice Horseman
Animation, Interview, Television, Writing

Episode 89 — Network and Niche TV with Nick Adams

Ali interviews author and TV writer, Nick Adams, whose writing credits include New Girl, black•ish, People of Earth, Tuca & Bertie and BoJack Horseman. Nick shares what his process was for writing his book, Making Friends with Black People, what it’s like working in a TV writers’ room, favorite jokes he’s contributed, hitting a crucial story beat in one of the final episodes of BoJack he wrote, “Xerox of a Xerox,” plus his advice for aspiring TV writers.

Be sure to follow Nick on Twitter.

Nick Adams

Animation, Short Story, Television

Episode 80 — The Final Season of BoJack Horseman + “Nothing Unsaid”

Ali discusses the last season of BoJack Horseman, sharing her thoughts on the final arcs for BoJack, Diane, Princess Carolyn, Todd and Mr. Peanutbutter. She also talks about the brilliant penultimate episode, “The View From Halfway Down,” sharing a few behind-the-scene tidbits along the way, and she praises the series finale, “Nice While It Lasted,” as a wonderful send-off to this exceptional show. Afterward, she shares a BoJack Horseman story she wrote to coincide with the final season called “Nothing Unsaid.”

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Be sure to also check out Episode 4 — BoJack Horseman + “Temporarily Forget.”

BoJack Horseman Season 6
Animation, Movie, Short Story

Episode 54 — Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus + “Sitting in a Tree”

Ali discusses the movie, Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus, written by series creator, Jhonen Vasquez. She shares everything she loved about the movie in all of its ridiculous glory, from the incredible visuals to the hilarious dialogue to the surprisingly sweet moments. Afterward, she shares another Invader ZIM story she wrote called “Sitting in a Tree.”

Be sure to also check out Episode 9 — Invader ZIM + “Dodgeball of Doom.”

Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus

Animation, Movie

Episode 52 — Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling with Sylvie

Ali and special guest, Sylvie, discuss the Netflix special, Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, written by series creator, Joe Murray, with additional writing from Mr. Lawrence, Martin Olson, Cosmo Segurson, Dan Becker and Tom Smith. They discuss first reactions to finding out Rocko’s Modern Life was getting a special, favorite meta jokes and callbacks, thoughts on the overall theme and message, their opinions on how this special compares to other Nicktoon reboots and much more!

Check out Sylvie’s podcasts, the Sylvie Soul Writing podcast and The Vacant Lot – a Hey Arnold! podcast, as well as her website, sylviesoul.com. Be sure to also follow her on Twitter.

Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling

 

Animation, Short Story, Television

Episode 4 — BoJack Horseman + “Temporarily Forget”

Ali discusses the adult animated Netflix series, BoJack Horseman, created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. She talks about why it’s one of her all-time favorite television shows, citing its many innovative storytelling devices as well as favorite running gags, lines that make her laugh, moments that make her cry, pivotal themes and much more. Afterward, she shares a BoJack Horseman story she wrote called “Temporarily Forget.”

BoJack Horseman season 4