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Want to Be a Writer for Late Night? Emmy Award Winner Sara Schaefer Has Some Tips

Comedian Sara Schaefer has some experience when it comes to writing and TV. In 2009, she scored a job as the head blogger for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and two years later landed a job as a writer for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”

The tables turned when she and comedian Nikki Glaser began their own talk show on MTV–they were tasked with selecting their own writing staff. During the hiring process for “Nikki & Sara Live,” Schaefer read hundreds of submission packets. She was so surprised by the simple mistakes and mind-numbing turn-offs of several of the submissions that she decided to share some of her “secrets.”

In an interview with Fusion’s Alicia Menendez, Schaefer shares some really easy, basic tips for aspiring writers that could significantly improve their chances for landing that ever-so-elusive job in television.

“I can’t make you funny,” she told Menendez. But she can share what she learned while hiring her writing staff for “Nikki & Sara Live.” Sometimes it isn’t about standing out from the pack; it’s about not being tossed in the bottom of the pile. Misspellings, formatting and fonts go a long way.

Also: There’s a dog in this interview.

For the extended interview with Sara Schaefer click here.

Credit: Claudia Pou, Alicia Menendez, Victoria Moreno and Paola Bolano

Want to Be a Writer for Late Night? Emmy Award Winner Sara Schaefer Has Some Tips

Comedian Sara Schaefer has some experience when it comes to writing and TV. In 2009, she scored a job as the head blogger for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and two years later landed a job as a writer for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”

The tables turned when she and comedian Nikki Glaser began their own talk show on MTV–they were tasked with selecting their own writing staff. During the hiring process for “Nikki & Sara Live,” Schaefer read hundreds of submission packets. She was so surprised by the simple mistakes and mind-numbing turn-offs of several of the submissions that she decided to share some of her “secrets.”

In an interview with Fusion’s Alicia Menendez, Schaefer shares some really easy, basic tips for aspiring writers that could significantly improve their chances for landing that ever-so-elusive job in television.

“I can’t make you funny,” she told Menendez. But she can share what she learned while hiring her writing staff for “Nikki & Sara Live.” Sometimes it isn’t about standing out from the pack; it’s about not being tossed in the bottom of the pile. Misspellings, formatting and fonts go a long way.

Also: There’s a dog in this interview.

For the extended interview with Sara Schaefer click here.

Credit: Claudia Pou, Alicia Menendez, Victoria Moreno and Paola Bolano

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