The Gist

Breaking Up Comedy’s Boys Club

Nell Scovell, the co-author of Lean In, has a simple solution for getting more women into writers’ rooms, and it rhymes with “conclusion glider.”

Nell Scovell on Feb. 26, 2016, in Culver City, California.

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We’re not playing “Is That Bulls–t” on the show today, but if we were, comedy writer Nell Scovell would probably say, “Yes.” Yes, the dearth of women in late-night writers’ rooms is bulls–t. Yes, men’s explanations are bulls–t. And, yes, sometimes women themselves willingly succumb to the bulls–t because, as Scovell says, “Look, this s–t is deep.” Her new book is Just the Funny Parts.

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