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, Writing

Episode 100 — How to Write a Pilot

Ali discusses what goes into writing a TV comedy pilot for this special 100th episode of the podcast! She talks about the two main things any pilot should accomplish as well as the difference between a premise pilot and an episodic pilot, drawing examples from some of her favorites while also talking about how the television landscape has changed over the years.

Here’s the article Ali mentions at the beginning of the episode: Good Place Creator Michael Schur on What We Lose When TV Gets Shorter.

TV Pilots

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, Interview, Television, Writing

Episode 66 — The World of Writing with David Steven Cohen

Ali interviews Emmy award-winning writer, lyricist and composer, David Steven Cohen, whose credits include Pee-wee’s Playhouse, ALF, Arthur, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Balto and many other projects, including serving as the head writer of Courage the Cowardly Dog. David shares how he got his start, notable moments in his career, favorite episodes and songs he’s written, his experience as the executive producer of the Writers Guild Awards, advice for up and coming writers, what he’s currently working on and much more!

Check out David’s website, dstevencohen.com, and be sure to follow him on Twitter.

David Steven Cohen
Interview, Television

Episode 13 — Talking TV with Jerry Perzigian

Ali interviews Emmy award-winning showrunner, writer and producer, Jerry Perzigian, who’s worked on many classic sitcoms including The Jeffersons, The Golden Girls, Frasier, Married… with Children and more. Jerry shares how he got his start in the industry, his most rewarding moments in his career, his thoughts on the current age of television, his advice for aspiring TV comedy writers and much more.

Jerry Perzigian