Best Quotes by Nell Scovell

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I’m a little sad that they actually came up with the metaphor of waves for feminism. By definition, a wave goes in, and it comes out. I would really like it to be a tsunami that creates a flood that forever changes the landscape.

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I learned not to get too happy about good news or too distraught about bad.

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There have always been women who were successful against the odds. Now we need to change the odds so more women can be successful.

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If necessity is the mother of invention, urgency is the uncle of change. Without it, progress slows and then stops and then reverses.

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Male writers don’t want to be judged in the room. They want to be able to scarf an entire bag of potato chips while cracking fart jokes and making lewd comments without fear of feminine disapproval. But we’re your co-workers, not your wives.

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Given the long history of global anti-Semitism and continued calls for the destruction of Israel, it’s tough to be a Jew.

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Sensitivity training is a fine idea but isn’t taken seriously by those who need it most.

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When I write, I feel like an optometrist, constantly flipping between lenses and asking, ‘Is this better? Is this?’ Slowly, the work comes into focus.

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When blue-eyed Donald Trump married hazel-eyed Ivana Zelnickova, he probably figured his broad-shouldered DNA would dominate her girly alleles. But genetics played a cruel trick on Trump: Of the couple’s three children, only the youngest, Eric, wound up with his father’s fishy blue eyes.

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In over thirty years working in TV and movies, I’ve never had an exit interview or contributed to a 360 assessment.

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The desire to keep doing what we love supersedes the desire to penalize bad behavior.

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To be happy about the fall of one powerful man is to know there are another 10 that need to follow.

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The creative process is often wrapped up in bottomless anxiety, and when the world applauds the product of that process, it soothes the anxiety. Briefly. Then the anxiety returns and even intensifies.

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My first joke that ever aired on ‘Late Night’ was for a list of ‘Top 10 Least Popular Summer Camps.’ My contribution – ‘Camp Tick in beautiful Lyme, Connecticut’ – squeaked in at No. 10. Like a trip to Camp Tick, my time at ‘Late Night’ faded into memory like a short session at a dicey summer camp.

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Making someone laugh is the simplest, most basic positive human connection.

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Misogyny – and racism – are ‘hidden in plain sight,’ and the burden of eliminating them should fall on the institutions, not the victims.

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In her darkest hours, Diana, Princess of Wales, could have used a friend like Empress Elisabeth of Austria. The two lived similar lives, a century apart.

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Everyone – male and female – is biased. But no one wants to admit it, so our brains search for examples that disprove the accusation.

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Studies do show that in hierarchical structures, you do get more harassment. There’s more power concentrated at the top, which means there’s more abuse of power concentrated at the top. And every TV show is very much a hierarchy.

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I think, in all fields, there’s this motherhood pay penalty where, the second you become a mother – and this is true whether you give birth or adopt – you’re perceived to not be as committed to your job. Whereas men are perceived as breadwinners who now need more money and promotions because they’re fathers.

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By June 1990, I’d racked up ‘written by’ credits on both ‘Newhart’ and ‘The Simpsons.’

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My criticisms of late-night TV blew up some old friendships and sparked some new ones.

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I was the second female writer ever hired at ‘Late Night.’ When I applied for the job in 1988, I had no way of knowing how much the odds were stacked against me.

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I realize that ‘hire qualified women!’ is the sort of outraged demand that’s often met with a sigh. No one disagrees, and yet gender inequality in high-paying positions extends into all professions.

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An executive producer with an all-male writing staff once inadvertently revealed his deep, dark fear. While discussing a full-time position for me, he mused out loud, ‘I wonder if having a woman in the room will change everything.’ Of course, what he really meant was: ‘I wonder if having a woman in the room will change me.’

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Arts are a luxury, proof that a civilization has risen above ‘politics and war.’

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Arts are a luxury, proof that a civilization has risen above ‘politics and war.’

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The Kennedy Center Honors reflects our humanity and higher purpose. We are a great nation, in part, because we value culture.

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Smash together the Grammys, Oscars, Emmys, and Tonys, and you get the Green Room at the Kennedy Center Honors.

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Together, we must all remember that one of the most effective responses to hate speech is more speech.

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Garry Shandling’s stand-up specials were masterpieces of tightly crafted stories that delivered both hard jokes and hard truths. He was neurotic and self-deprecating, and his observations on life cut deep.

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Early on in my career, I was often the only woman in the room, writing for shows like ‘Late Night with David Letterman,’ ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Newhart,’ and ‘Coach,’ and sometimes I’d feel like I didn’t belong.

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Once, after a long week, I felt so insecure that I decided to make a list of people who thought I was funny even if I didn’t think I was. At the top of the list, I wrote, ‘Garry Shandling.’ His early praise protected me like a comedy-writer version of Harry Potter’s scar.

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Hated ‘The Imitation Game.’ Totally inaccurate. A gay man with a messy room? Don’t buy it.

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Albert Brooks. Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Larry David. The best comedic actors play broad and real simultaneously, coming across as both larger than life and all too human.

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Broad City’s first season is full of moments that are insane… and yet make total sense.

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One of the most rebellious things a woman can do is allow people to think she’s mean.

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Moms Mabley blazed a path for female stand-ups in a housecoat and floppy hat. Phyllis Diller worked equally hard to make herself unattractive to men and non-threatening to women.

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In March 2010, I attended an art opening for Kimberly Brooks’s show ‘The Stylist Project’ in Los Angeles. It was a starry celebration hosted by Dior and ‘Vanity Fair’ to benefit P.S. Arts. But even as fun-to-gape-at actresses like Christina Hendricks arrived, I couldn’t take my eyes off the oil portraits.

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It’s notoriously difficult to get actors to go on record speaking about other actors. Such requests are usually met with terse replies from publicists explaining that their clients are on set and too busy to reply.

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For me, TV had always been a medium for entertainment.

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Jenny McCarthy has used her celebrity and sex appeal to attract attention to autism. And while no one questions McCarthy’s determination and passion, many scientists have debunked her anti-vaccine message and her claims that a gluten-free diet can provide a cure.

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Constant exercise can keep the body trim and taut, but the face is another thing.

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I traveled to Israel in a small party assembled by Marty Peretz, the editor-in-chief of ‘The New Republic.’ Other guests included Senator Al Gore and his wife, Tipper. Like every tourist group, we climbed Masada, floated in the Dead Sea, and visited a kibbutz.

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The Pulitzer Prize was established when Joseph Pulitzer died in 1911, leaving a bequest to create the eponymous award. An immigrant from Hungary, Pulitzer struck it rich by combining the ‘St. Louis Post’ and the ‘St. Louis Dispatch’ to make the – wait for it – ‘St. Louis Post-Dispatch.’

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There have been many great newspapermen, but to my mind, only two have achieved immortality: Pulitzer for his endowment and William Randolph Hearst for his castle.

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Retaining a child-like sense of wonder is a boon for creative types like Steven Spielberg and J. K. Rowling.

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An ocean of ink – real and virtual – has been spilled critiquing the appearance of female politicians.

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Feminists cried, ‘Sexism!’ when New York Senator Hillary Clinton was judged not by the content of her character but by the color of her pantsuits.

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Howard Dean is no longer the brilliant mastermind of the Fifty State Strategy that enabled the Democrats to storm the White House and Congress. He’s the idiot wearing an ugly sweatshirt.

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The focus on male politicians extends beyond clothes, legs, and pretty faces. It’s hard to find an article about former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich that doesn’t mention his mop.

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Like Lindsay Lohan and Lauren Conrad, Barack Obama is addicted to his BlackBerry.

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