Just the Funny Parts by Nell Scovell

Just the Funny Parts

FOREWORD BY SHERYL SANDBERGYou’ve almost certainly laughed at Scovell’s jokes—you just didn’t know it until now.Just the Funny Parts is a juicy and scathingly funny insider look at how pop culture gets made. For more than thirty years, writer, producer and director Nell Scovell worked behind the scenes of iconic TV shows, including The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman, Murphy Brown, NCIS, The Muppets, and Sabrina, the Teenage Wit...

Details Just the Funny Parts

TitleJust the Funny Parts
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
PublisherDey Street Books
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor, Biography Memoir, Biography

Reviews Just the Funny Parts

  • Lee Anne
    Behind-the-scenes television gossip combined with feminist words of encouragement. Nell Scovell worked at Spy magazine, on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and many other pop culture favorites of mine. This memoir is a good read for fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.I only wish I knew the names behind the blind items!
  • Michelle Ruiz Andrews
    Not since Bossypants have I loved and laughed over a memoir so much. This book was my heaven: a hilariously funny and frank look at writing and creativity and celebrities and TV and, lest we forget, fighting sexism in the workplace. Nell Scovell was and is a pioneer for women in Hollywood and, now, rightfully will go down as a feminist hero for co-writing Lean In. She’s self-deprecating and genius and doesn’t spare herself (while also dishing...
  • Tommy Van Norman
    "Both Nell and I look forward to the day when there are no 'female writers'—just writers. We share an unshakeable belief that having an equal number of men and women sitting at the table where decisions are made will make this world fairer and better. It will also make the world funnier."“Wish I could shake younger me and tell her, ‘If you are the only girl in the room it doesn’t mean you’re better. It means something is wrong.’”I'l...
  • Christal
    A must read for pretty much all working women, even if you're not in Hollywood.
  • Jonathan Maas
    An at times hilarious, and at times terrifying, but always inspiring memoirGreat memoir by a legendary comedienne, or rather writer. Hilarious and inspiring, Nell Scovell takes us on her rocket ship of a career, and together we navigate through the asteroid field of such high profile positions.Great memoir. She's done a lot of great shows and movies, and I mean a lot, but this one might be her best of all.
  • Laura Hill
    Writing: 5; Importance: 4; Pleasure factor: 5Funny, personal, and important - all in one sparkling package! There’s been a recent spate of celebrity memoirs written by female comedians. I’ve read (or tried to read) them all:  Tina Fey’s Bossypants, Anna Ferris’ Unqualified, Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me?, etc.  This one is much, much, better — no doubt due to the fact that Nell Scovell is a comedy writer rather than a comedy performer...
  • Liane
    Measured, thoughtful, and wickedly funny!
  • Michelle
    Adored this book by Nell Scovell, creator of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV show, among many other things. I loved following the ascent of her career and was careful not to google because I didn't want to know what happened next. (Although we know from the start she co-authored Lean In with Sheryl Sandberg). Well-written and funny. My only complaint is that I listened to it in audio format and I wish she'd been the one to narrate.
  • Chris Jaffe
    Well, that was fantastic. First off, it's funny. Yeah, that helps a lot. Second, it's interesting as Scovell right has been on a lot of well-known shows. She gives a sense of what it was like working on them without ever feeling like she was just rehashing tawdry gossip. Even when dirty laundry gets aired, there is a larger point she's trying to make. OK, all of the above means it's a good memoir. But good just gets you four stars out of five. Bu...
  • Mediaman
    Four-star first half, shaky middle section, disastrous ending. This is a rare book that provides plenty of behind-the-scenes details into how TV shows get made, mainly from the writer's standpoint. The Simpsons chapter alone is one to use in the classroom. But the author overstates her importance quite a bit while writing a few episodes of some major shows. Her producing credits are weak, creating Sabrina the Teenage Witch and working on the horr...
  • K.Haas
    There are moments in "Just the Funny Parts" where you wish it was another of Nell Scovell's sitcoms, rather than an unflinching look at her real life.If only it were a work of fiction, real-life characters like Jim Stafford — who coerced her into a sexual act when she thought her job was on the line and then essentially fired her anyway — would get some sort of fourth-act comeuppance. But, as it is in the real world, the fourth act progresse...
  • Sheri
    Absolutely loved this book and wish I had known of Nell Scovell earlier. I've never really watched any of the shows she's written for, but she is all about my kind of humor. Example; "I first laid eyes on Sheryl Sandberg when friends started emailing me the link to her 2010 TED Talk with subject lines like, "You have to watch this!!!" Or "Have you seen????" I assumed her talk advised women to use multiple punctuation marks.I laughed aloud for a g...
  • Ellen
    Overall, I liked this one, but it lulled for me in the middle and I didn’t love it. Nell is an awesome, spunky, persistent comedy writer, and I did enjoy all of the behind-the-scenes insights into a writer’s life. At times, I (sheepishly) wanted some more big names or stories about shows or celebrities that I’m personally a bigger fan of. But, in general, reading Nell’s take on Hollywood, the writer’s life, the pervasive sexism in show ...
    At first, this memoir annoyed me. You don't need a punch line in every paragraph. That's one of the differences between people who are funny for a living, and people who are just plain funny. I guess people who are funny for a living always think they are being paid per joke... Also, the author was so focused on the lack of women in the writers rooms, that she did not notice the lack of people of color at the same time. Nell was occasionally awar...
  • Robin
    This was a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed every page! Reading it gave me a totally new appreciation for TV writers. Even watching the shows my 5 year old granddaughter likes such as My Little Pony Friends are magic on Netflix, I kept thinking: someone wrote these words! I know, I know, how is that such a revelation to a reader and TV viewer like myself? I don't know but getting behind the scenes with Nell Scovell made me think of these shows...
  • Erin
    I really love Scovell's behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to be the only female comedy writer in the room. Insightful and at times, disheartening, hopefully from her detailing the more difficult times, things can truly start to change---but that will only happen from having more women in positions of power. My favorite lines from the book come from the end, when Scovell talks about her time working on LEAN IN with Sheryl Sandberg, Sandberg...
  • Stuart
    I loved loved loved loved this book. But I am biased biased biased. I met Nell when I came to work on Sabrina The Teenage Witch ( I edited something like 140 episodes). We became close friends there after. The book so well exhibits her sparkling, jaded, wise, cheerful, cynical and heroic wit. We follow her journey through publications, TV writer's rooms, executive's offices, celebrities' lives, and best of all the friends who were on her side fig...
  • Dennis Hogan
    Just finished Just The Funny Parts: And A Few Truths About Sneaking Into The Hollywood Boys Club by Nell Scovell, a legendary comedy and dramatic writer, director, show-runner, producer. An illuminating book about the direct assault on gender equality and the equally insidious indirect assault, occasionally by women who have been conditioned to accept less. Nell Scovell collaborated with Sheryl Sandberg in writing Lean In but this book takes plac...
  • Joni Daniels
    A funny, feminist, honest and sometimes eye opening look from writer, director, producer Nell Scovell, at what goes on behind the scenes, in the halls, and in the offices of some of our favorite shows. The reader learns not just about the competitive, male-dominated world of writing comedy, but about what it takes to not just survive, but thrive in that world. Lessons learned are shared and Nell doesn’t just face challenges, she shares her obse...
  • Grace
    I wasn’t sure what to expect from Just the Funny Parts — I don’t always love memoirs, and I’m easily vicariously embarrassed. This was everything I didn’t know I wanted. Nell manages to talk about her (often infuriating) entertainment experiences with both grace and a high joke ratio. I loved the gossipy asides, I loved the self-aware description of a career that doesn’t follow a perfect path, and after staying up late because I had t...
  • Rob
    There are many books about making it in Hollywood, but few are from the perspective of a female writer. Coming on the heels of the #MeToo movement, Scovell's memoir of being a woman in a man's world is a funny and sometimes disturbing look at the entertainment industry, working on shows like the Simpsons, NCIS, The Muppetts, Coach, Murphy Brown, Newhart, and Late Night With David Letterman. Nell shares her disappointments and triumphs. And while ...
  • Casey
    Fantastic. Part a behind-the-scenes look at the entertainment industry from a writer's perspective and part women's empowerment anthem. The audio was really well done even if I thought it was odd the writer didn't narrate it herself. She has a producing credit on the audio, though, so I think she had a heavy hand in making it feel authentic. The only part I thought dragged was the very detailed description of her process of writing one episode fo...
  • Christa Van
    Nell Scovell has had a successful career writing for TV and movies despite being a WOMAN. She tells of being the only women in the writers room...pretty much forever. It is really illuminating to hear about what goes on behind the scene at some of your favorite shows. Nell has a wonderful way of discussing some prickly topics without over-reacting or bringing too much drama. I found the development of some comedic ideas fascinating and enjoyed he...
  • Gay Dorsey
    Loved, loved, loved this book. Nell Scovell is a writer, mainly a comedy writer, so of course her book is funny. All about how she broke into TV writing and became a quite famous and called-upon writer for many many shows: comedies, dramas, sci-fi, mystery, crime, and everything in between. Then she winds up with a treatise on women’s rights, inclusivity, and leaning in. I’d love to meet her in person.
  • John Brown
    Brilliantly written.I love stories about how people find their way into and through a career. Nell has filled these pages with wonderfully interesting stories. Candid, rich in details. Smart and funny. I felt as if she was sitting next to me telling these tales. I won't make this review too long. Just scroll back up on Amazon to the purchase buttons and treat yourself to this book.
  • Jason
    This book was like sitting down with a long lost friend. Funny, charming and filled with anecdotes new old. Several times as I read, I thought, I vaguely remember hearing something about that and then getting all the details. TW - she does discuss sexual harassment and assault as she details her hard earned breaks into TV writing and how hard she had to fight to stay in and her ventures to grow and direct.A lovely way to spend a few hours. Highly...
  • Joanne
    i really enjoyed this. I listened to the audio and the narrator was fantastic. It was a behind the scenes look at being one of the token females in the writer's room of various shows. Unfortunately not much has changed since the writer was at the peak of her career. I love her feministic point of view and her and Albert Brooks' conviction that the more diverse the writers the better and funnier it will be. If only the males in power felt that way...
  • Andrea Proser
    *audiobook*Stories should have shocked me, but mostly rang familiar and “sounds about right” to me - and probably most female corporate execs. Entertaining and bold behind-the-scenes stories from a fancy writing career. I have to wonder, though, when the powers-that-be hear these statistics about female writers in Hollywood, how are they not motivated and infuriated? (NIMBY, I guess.) Crazy stuff.
  • Amy Allen
    If you like to read insider name dropping memoirs about late 20th century TV, this is the book for you. I don't think I realized that's what it was going to be. I thought it would be more thoughtful. I actually quit reading it about 70% through it, as I found myself dreading opening my Kindle. As soon as I stopped reading it and began reading a novel, my happiness returned. So, I may be cheating on my book count. I'll do better, I promise.
  • Ml Lalonde
    An enlightening peek into the daily grind of a successful female comedy writer who made it in a man's world. Scovell's prose is light but her message is serious - that we are a long way from diversity in many fields and it will take a lot of "leaning in" (which she co-wrote) to balance the playing field for women. Some amusing anecdotes about some of the shows she wrote for - including Letterman - and some keeping it real moments for Mums.