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The Movie Crypt

Oct 4, 2021

PUBLIC VERSION. Comedy writer Mike Scollins (LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen to discuss his career journey so far. From his post-college days taking sketch and improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB)… to the importance of finding his “people” and how those early relationships ultimately provided him with an opportunity to prove himself… to his very first paid gig writing jokes for a conservative talk show… to working as a guest writer on SNL for a season… to landing a spot on Seth Meyers’ staff for LATE NIGHT… to the various things that can go wrong with table reads… to the hurdles of writing political satire during a time period where reality and common sense have gone out the window and the real-life cast of political characters is already saying and doing things too ridiculous to believe in the first place… to the importance of learning how to resist “punching down”… to what it’s been like writing and performing for a nightly comedy show during the pandemic where he couldn’t physically be in the writers room, couldn’t be on set for every show taping, and couldn’t have a live audience to react to the jokes…  Scollins and the guys get extremely candid as they share their personal experiences from the development trenches with one another.

The boys nerd out over their love of horror/comedies, Green and Scollins discover that they share something very special from their High School theater days, and Dr. Arwen gives one of the very best “Hollywood Therapy” sessions of her career when she provides emotional support to a filmmaker who feels ready to tap out on his dream. 

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