In-Depth Interview – Alec Berg

I just found out Alec Berg has written for some of my favorite comedies, and it’s no wonder because “Silicon Valley” has been generating a crazy amount of laughs out of me these past few years. It’s definitely one of the shows I look most forward to watching each year.

Alec Berg was recently nominated at the Emmy’s for writing “Silicon Valley.” You can find a list of the winners and the rest of the nominees here: Emmy Winners 2017He’ most well known for having written “Seinfeld,” “The Dictator,” “Eurotrip,” and “Shark Tale.” A fun fact about how he got started on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is that he got paid $100 per episode on season 5. More details are in the article. Pretttyyyy pretttyyyy pretty cool.

Here are a few questions from the interview:

“How did you get to where you are now, and specifically how did you get into comedy?”

“What was your playbook? When you wanted someone to talk to you, what did you say to them?”

“How did Silicon Valley start and what’s the story there?”

If you want to know more about Alec Berg, and how he became the show runner of “Silicon Valley,” this is a great interview (and it’s in podcast form too!) – Insider: ‘Silicon Valley’ showrunner Alec Berg on how to become a top comedy writer in TV and the challenges of satire


In-Depth Interview – The Duffer Brothers

I binge-watched “Stranger Things” all in the same day, and let me tell you that was a great life decision. It wasn’t my intention, but once the first episode started rolling I was in a trance. If you haven’t seen the Netflix Original that swept the nation off of it’s feet, you’re just in time for season 2.

The Duffer Brothers were recently nominated for the Best Written Drama at the Emmy’s. If you’d like to see a full list of nominees, you can find them here: Emmy Winners 2017. They have a really interesting story, and share some great insights on their inspirations for “Stranger Things” in this interview:

Los Angeles Times: Matt and Ross Duffer Discuss ‘Stranger Things,’ a Nightmare on ’80s Street

A few of the questions:

What was your pitch for this show?”

When you were kids, what scared you?”

How long did it take to cast the kids?”

Season 2 releases on Friday, the 27th, and I hope you’re ready and caught up. You don’t want to make the Demogorgon wait… well it won’t wait. It waits for nothing.

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Top Horror Movies of 2017 (So Far)

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Why do we like to get scared? I have no idea! It makes no sense, but with the right group of people it can be a damn good time. If you’re looking for a little inspiration as a horror writer, or you just want to shout out for your momma and pee your pants a little, here is a great list of the top horror films of 2017.

Vulture: The Best Horror Films of 2017 (So Far)

One thing all lists had in common, is that “Get Out” is THE scary movie to watch this year. I wholeheartedly agree, so put that on your list if you haven’t seen it yet.

Also, last year I shared The Top 100 Horror MoviesBe sure to check that out for some classics.

In-Depth Interview – Donald Glover

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My first exposure to Donald Glover was in “Community,” where episode after episode he’d make me laugh my ass off. I miss the good old days of “Troy and Abed in the Morning,” but ever since his departure he’s been on an explosive path of success. He started up as a very successful musician under the name of Childish Gambino, has played some great roles in recent films, and has created and acts in his show, “Atlanta,” which was recently nominated at the Emmy’s for two episodes in Writing for a Comedy Series. If you’re interested in seeing the winners and other nominations, you can find them here: Emmy Winners 2017

If anything is clear, Donald Glover is only starting in his successful path. He’s young talent, and has a long ways to go. Here are a couple of quotes from his interview:

“You seem like one of those people who carries their world with them—very confident, very distinct; is that how you feel and has it always been the case?”

What keeps you going? You’ve been successful commercially, but at what point did you consider yourself successful on your own terms?”

What was the genesis of Atlanta—when did you think, ‘This is something I want to spend years of my life on’?”

You can find the full interview here: Deadline: Donald Glover On ‘Atlanta’, Defining Success And Walking In Lando Calrissian’s Shoes