How to Write Female Driven Comedies That Pop

Hosted by David Shecter

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Webinar hosted by: David Shecter

Writer (2 BROKE GIRLS, IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA)

David Shecter has has been in the industry for over a decade. David was first acclimated into TV production when he worked on season 5 of “IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA". Eventually David landed on the pilot of the CBS show 2 BROKE GIRLS where he worked his way up as a staff writer on the 6th and final season of the show. He has written and produced two episodes of 2 BROKE GIRLS. From his early years in the industry he has cultivated strong relationships with Emmy winners Michael Patrick King (SEX AND THE CITY, THE COME BACK, 2 BROKE GIRLS) Max Mutchnick & Dave Kohan (WILL AND GRACE), Greg Malins (WILL AND GRACE), and John Riggi (30 ROCK, THE COMEBACK). He is currently developing a female driven action comedy cop show with New Form and STX Entertainment. Most recently David was named one of the WGA TV Writer access honorees for his script FOR WORSE.    Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

For far too long women have been over-sexualized in print, TV, and film.

I'm here to show you there’s much much more to the gender and a better way to write for them that isn’t so CLICHE. It’s true, sex sells, but don’t rely on that and put yourself in a box. Color outside the lines and think of the bigger picture. In this webinar I'll go over the keys to writing funny female characters. And never limit yourself to “Well a woman wouldn’t or couldn’t do that.” It’s 2019. Anything is possible. So don’t perpetuate a stereotype of just sex, or the damsel in distress. Help pave the way for new characters to be seen.

And I know what you’re thinking… “Who the hell is this MAN telling me how to write women characters?” Well, let me tell you a little bit about myself.

I love writing funny female characters. I've worked on of IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA and 2 BROKE GIRLS and am now developing a female action comedy cop show with New Form and STX Entertainment. And, I'm here exclusively for Stage 32 to teach you how to make female characters in comedies pop.

What You'll Learn

My Background:

  • Why Comedy?
  • Writing for 2 BROKE GIRLS, working on IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA and developing a new female comedy show with STX and New Form 
  • How my family and upbringing influenced my writing
  • My writing partner

The difference between men and women when writing comedy:

  • Expectation vs. reality
  • Anything he can do she can do (better)
  • We’ll go over a list of great female comedy actors and what makes them so funny

Don’t be cliché:

  • What is a cliché?
  • How much sex appeal is too much sex appeal?
  • Flipping the gender and role reversals

How to make a female driven concept POP:

  • Where’s the line in the sand? And how far past it should you go?
  • Is there some personal connection?
  • What is in vogue right now?

One dimensional vs. multidimensional:

  • The most important step before writing your script
  • The biggest no no for a female character
  • What’s in a character description?

Case Study: My STX Entertainment & New Form pilot LADY COPPED:

  • What is Lady Copped?
  • Why make a female driven comedy?
  • What does my dream cast look like? Spoiler alert. It’s not what the network wants.

 

Still don’t believe me? Watch Beyoncé’s Lemonade and you’ll see why even The king of the jungle shouldn’t mess with a lioness.

About Your Instructor

David Shecter has has been in the industry for over a decade. David was first acclimated into TV production when he worked on season 5 of “IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA". Eventually David landed on the pilot of the CBS show 2 BROKE GIRLS where he worked his way up as a staff writer on the 6th and final season of the show. He has written and produced two episodes of 2 BROKE GIRLS.

From his early years in the industry he has cultivated strong relationships with Emmy winners Michael Patrick King (SEX AND THE CITY, THE COME BACK, 2 BROKE GIRLS) Max Mutchnick & Dave Kohan (WILL AND GRACE), Greg Malins (WILL AND GRACE), and John Riggi (30 ROCK, THE COMEBACK).

He is currently developing a female driven action comedy cop show with New Form and STX Entertainment. Most recently David was named one of the WGA TV Writer access honorees for his script FOR WORSE. 

 

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