Just the Funny Parts: ... and a Few Hard Truths about Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys' Club

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About the Author

Nell Scovell is a television writer, producer, and director. She collaborated with Sheryl Sandberg on the #1 New York Times bestseller Lean In and is the creator of the television series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Other credits include The Simpsons, Coach, Monk, Murphy Brown, Charmed, and NCIS. She has directed two movies for cable and an episode of Awkward for MTV. She has contributed to SPY magazine, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and the New York Times.

She and her husband, Colin Summers, have two college-age sons. Despite Blue Oyster Cult's well-reasoned arguments, she still fears the reaper.

SHERYL SANDBERG is chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing the firm's business operations. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Clinton, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an economist with the World Bank. Sheryl received a BA summa cum laude from Harvard University and an MBA with highest distinction from Harvard Business School. Sheryl is the co-author of Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy with Wharton professor and bestselling author Adam Grant, which will be released April 24, 2017. She is also the author of the bestsellers Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and Lean In for Graduates. She is the founder of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to build a more equal and resilient world through two key initiatives, LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org (launching April 2017). Sheryl serves on the boards of Facebook, the Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, ONE, and SurveyMonkey.


"This clear-eyed account of 30 years in a profoundly flawed industry is the funniest, most unflinching book I've read in a long time. I laughed out loud so many times. If you've ever watched TV, you should read this book. And if you've ever read a book, you should read this one, too."--John Oliver
"First things first. Just the Funny Parts is, like Nell Scovell herself, funny as hell. Laugh-out-loud chuckles, eye rolls, embarrassed (for Nell) giggles--it's all there. But there's a lot more, too. This is a smart, wise book about growing up, growing old(er), and most of all, what it means to be a woman in a man's world. That's no joke. (But it is, as I mentioned, funny.)"--Jeffrey Toobin, author of American Heiress
"Nell Scovell has finally written the book that everyone in the comedy world has been waiting for! Besides being one of the funniest people I know, she has not just survived, but she has thrived. How the hell did she do it Crack it open and find out!"--Bette Midler
"This book is soooo good! Nell not only recalls her comedy writing career with wit but also transports us there to sit alongside her as witness. Just the Funny Parts could easily be called Just The Brave Parts."--Larry Wilmore
"Nell is an incredible writer, and this book is just as amazing as I would expect. I particularly liked page 213."--Samantha Bee, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
"In Just the Funny Parts, Nell Scovell offers readers an unvarnished look into a writer's life. Through her unique lens, she bravely confronts some uncomfortable truths, and yet keeps you laughing the whole way through."--George Lucas, yeah that George Lucas
"I've known for a while that Nell is an unusually talented and funny writer, but I had no idea just how much she shaped the TV that I've watched for decades--or how much bias she faced along the way. Despite that (and sometimes because of it), this book was a delight to read. It's full of jokes that made me laugh and sharp analyses that made me think."--Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals, and co-author of Option B
"In this illuminating memoir, Scovell details her career as a highly successful television writer over the last three decades, during which she was usually the only woman in the room... Scovell has repeatedly felt the sting of toiling in Los Angeles, "where rejection and failure are the bread and butter of this gluten-free, nondairy town," and in an industry that continually looked for a cheaper, younger version of her. But in working with Sheryl Sandberg as the co-writer on Lean In, she was reminded of a timeless lesson: doing something that is meaningful to oneself might also have an impact on others. Scovell's memoir is wonderfully entertaining and ultimately uplifting."--Publishers Weekly
"Scovell minces few words when skewering the toxic atmosphere for female talent in Hollywood....Her fearlessness was clearly evidenced when the David Letterman sex scandal broke and the author made a controversial and risky career move by speaking out about a marked lack of gender diversity in the late-night TV arena....A breezy, affably written amalgam of memoir, advice, and workplace survival guide from the front lines of the entertainment industry."--Kirkus Reviews
"A smart, energetic, determined woman, someone who is always shooting for greater success and who really hates it when she fails at something. A revealing and timely portrait of a professional writer and the industry in which she works."--Booklist
"Get ready to laugh out loud as writer, producer, and director Nell Scovell takes you behind the scenes of your favorite comedic shows, including The Simpsons, Murphy Brown, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and more in her hilarious and heartfelt memoir about making it in the male-dominated world of entertainment. Sharp and insightful, Just the Funny Parts is an wild romp through the world of TV that is as entertaining as it is inspiring."--Bustle
"An honest and demystifying glimpse into the world of men (and some women) behind the comedy curtain. Like Liz Lemon, Scovell is a wry and relatively grounded observer of the soaring self-regard and bottomless neediness that characterizes the professionally funny." --Slate
"Scovell's laugh-out-loud account of her struggles in the male-dominated world of TV is a worthy read. [...] Scovell's compelling story of her life, leavened with much good humor, lets readers know the Hollywood world judged her often as a "woman writer" when she was seeking to be known as a writer, yet she never gives up. For all readers interested in Hollywood and how it works."--Library Journal