Anne Beatts is a legendary pioneer in comedy writing. She was the first female editor on the National Lampoon, wrote for the National Lampoon Radio Hour, and was an original writer on Saturday Night Live. After leaving SNL, she created the critically-acclaimed sitcom Square Pegs, which featured a breakthrough performance from Sarah Jessica Parker.
Today, Beatts is a screenwriting professor at the University of Southern California. She also teaches sketch comedy writing workshops privately. You can find out more about the courses on her MySpace page.
You can see portions of our interview in video form here and here.
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Our intersititial music is provided by Dan Wally
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