Sitcom Writers Talk Shop: Lessons from the Masters

Event Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 || Speaker: Paula Finn  || Check-in: 12:30 pm ||

This event is with Paula Finn, Author of Sitcom Writers Talk Shop: Behind the Scenes with Carl Reiner, Norman Lear, and Other Geniuses of TV Comedy (from Rowman & Littlefield, Sept. 2018). Paula will share the most important takeaways from her conversations with the creators of such classics as The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Tyler Moore, Roseanne, and Everybody Loves Raymond. Emmy-winning Cheers and Taxi producer Ken Estin will join in the Q&A. See more details below:


**The deadline has passed and REGISTRATION is now CLOSED for this event. Please view our calendar for upcoming events.



More details:

You’ll learn the answers to such questions as:

  • What does a dead frog have to do with creating comedy?
  • How did Larry David’s stomach flu inspire a memorable Seinfeld episode?
  • What’s it like in the “writer’s tunnel”?
  • What’s the best way to integrate drama and emotion with humor?
  • What’s a simple cure for first-page jitters?
  • Which legendary writer spent years weeping and vomiting from anxiety over deadlines?

Packed with plenty of behind-the-scenes anecdotes, this lecture will make it clear that the job of a comedy writer isn’t all laughs!



As the daughter of Honeymooners writer Herbert Finn, Author Paula Finn grew up in the culture, surrounded by the brilliance and wit of her father and his colleagues. A former college English teacher and TV documentary researcher, she has authored ten gift books including When Love Isn’t Easy and Make This Your Day.

Follow Paula:
Twitter and Facebook user name is @TalkingComedy.
Website (in progress) is


Join us on the Third Saturday every month at:

CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604


Free Parking — Enter the CBS* lot at the main gate & inform security you are there for the Scriptwriters Network event.

*You must RSVP by the deadline mentioned above in order to be on our RSVP list for Security clearance onto CBS’ lot. If you do not RSVP by the date above, you will not be allowed onto CBS’ lot.

You’ll be asked for your government issued photo ID and then given directions to the meeting location. CBS’ Security will also direct you to a parking spot.

As this is a professional event, we ask that you please arrive prior to the event start time for networking.


Meeting Timeframe: 1:00 pm to approximately 3:00 pm

Please remember to bring a picture ID!

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