“Basically, it’s hotter than a snake’s ass in a wagon rut.”

ThermometerI just came back from a dance lesson (yes, I’m taking dance lessons… more on that later), and the one block walk from the dance studio — it’s over Hennessey’s bar! — to my apartment was just a murky mess. I’ve finally stopped sweating, about 30 minutes after coming back to my AC-bathed home (and that’s a victory in and of itself, considering how poorly the AC has worked in my building over the last few summers).

Anyway, my Andy Breckman profile has finally been posted at New Jersey Monthly‘s web site, complete with the sidebar about Breckman’s writing staff at Monk (which was completely rewritten, save for the quotes I got. But the larger article is 95% how I wrote it, which is pretty satisfying to me, considering how long it is). It was a fun article to do, as I followed Breckman around for two days, from the show’s offices to the studios of WFMU, where he does a weekly radio show, to his home. The writers’ room experience was interesting, especially seeing how Andy and his crew break down the story of an episode into acts and scenes within those acts. And that’s before the script is even written.

Oh, and being in the writers’ room led me to another story lead, which I can’t talk about right now. But it’s an exciting one.

By the way, the line in the post’s title is from Good Morning, Vietnam. No, I don’t know what it means, either. But it was probably the last live-action movie where Robin Williams’ random improvised humor was actually funny. Unfortunately, it also led other filmmakers to make movies where Robin “winged it,” leading to pretty ugly results.

3 thoughts on ““Basically, it’s hotter than a snake’s ass in a wagon rut.”

  1. CL says:

    So much suspense here! I won’t ask about the new story lead, but…what’s up with the dance lessons, eh? I could use some, but I will likely just trip over the Boy’s feet when the time comes.

  2. Caren, the dance lessons are basically a fun way for me to get some regular exercise. The added bonus is that I learn to do something that makes women swoon :).

    The “mystery assignment” is a mystery because I’m just working on it in the background until the subject of the assignment has a project that we can peg a story to. But I will say that it is for NJ Monthly, and it’s about a writer who has worked with many of the biggest comedy legends of the last thirty years. I’m also doing a bunch of music-related articles for NJM as well; more on that later.

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