Writer, Chris, SNL discussed on Scriptnotes Podcast


I'll tell you, I went to man and took a play writing, but I felt that I like pretty much learned nothing from play writing in college. I think the classes I took in terms of writing didn't help. He's not. The classes were bad. It's just that wasn't experiences that helped me. It was writing short plays for my friends to perform because that's when I got to see. Okay. What you actors like to say how to actress do because otherwise, when you're just taking class, you have no idea. You can write a one. I play try to write a. Full length play, but we've great professors, but none of that was really helpful. Frankly, none of that was really fun. It was all extracurriculars college. That kind of taught me what I wanted to do because I took improv and I would do these like short one I plays that. I'd put up at our like blackbox theatre Dharma's in. That's what was like, okay, we'll, this is really what I wanna do. So doing this extra things like, how did you did you find a tribe of really great smart fund people you could start to write for? Or what was the? How did you get into that stuff? Because what you're describing seems very with a lot of people like whatever the degree they got. Great. But it was everything else that was not part of the college curriculum that was relate what they learned during those years. It will you really helped me because I really wanted to make friends and I was nervous about making friends. So what helped me was as like, okay, I'm this loser who came to college. I have no friends. I really liked dynamic funny actor type personalities because they didn't know what a comedy writer was or anything back then. And so. So I met them, they're doing improv, and because I was like funny enough to get in the improv team though, not like the funniest person on the team by any measure. Those are the people that I started hanging out with, and then I was like, oh, it'd be fun to write for them. And what I found is often I would write myself parts and things simply because there is just at least in Dartmouth in the early two, thousands, there was not a ton of young women that were like, oh, I wanna really put myself out there as comedian. So I was, I kind of did it because we, I was like, oh, there's Mel roles and I loved the attention, but I was more scared of it. Now coming out of college. What was your plan and what were the actual? I kind of know months and years like come out of college at what was the next steps you did yet? That was a really exciting period. But if I look back in my life in think about the time when I felt the most like uneasy and depressed, I'm not a depressed person of the time that I felt like what's going to happen. Post college was really fucking hard and. I graduated twenty one in his office at twenty four. So we're talking three years, but it's at time when a single week feels like last year when you're so ambitious and no one knows you are known as giving you an outlet and it was really hard because at the time by the time they ended my time at Dr meant I was like a big like I was like a big star in the drama, comedy performing world, like it was great that I went there because I would not have been the case. If I'd gone to like an actual artsy school like Yale or you're something I would never have continued onto be writer, but because nobody really wanted to, I wanted to do their this is like, well, past fill in Chris where all ready had already graduated. I didn't overlap with them at all. Like I was felt like such a big shot on that campus and then went to New York. And it was just that thing that I didn't think would happen to me, which was that nobody cared. I was babysitter. I couldn't get that one. I wanted to just go straight to SNL. We'd. Have like a Harvard lampoon. We had like comedies paper guy used to write for, but it didn't have that kind of pre professional edge to it, and it wasn't like an alumni network that can sort of get you in places..

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