Posts Tagged ‘$75’

So You Think You Can Write For Late Night – SEASON FINALE

May 10, 2010

Ok, so you’ve racked up 100 or so freelance jokes on Leno or Letterman and now you’re ready for a shot at a staff position.

Not so fast…

If you’re serious about nabbing a staff position at a late night/variety show, you’re going to need REPRESENTATION.

Without a rep or an amazing contact, you ain’t getting in.

An agent will do wonders for your comedy TV writing career since most are well-connected to networks.

That’s the good news.

The bad news: getting an agent – especially at one of the major agencies – is like trying to get Megan Fox to notice you.

Impossible.

But possible.

Freelance writers who get 100 or so jokes on a show like Leno or SNL are a dime a dozen.

So you ask yourself…

How can YOU stand out from the crowd?

Agencies are ALWAYS looking for the next big thing.

If you can FIND A WAY to catch their attention, they’ll be on you like Lawrence Taylor on an underage hooker.

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Andrew Wisot is a freelance writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and an US Weekly Fashion Cop who’s “between jobs.” Andrew will blog for LOLs until he’s employed again or 50,000 miles, whichever one comes first.

Email: andrew@willblogforlols.com

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So You Think You Can Write For Late Night 2

April 27, 2010

So hopefully by now, you’ve managed to score a freelance gig writing for late night.

I have some more guidelines for you that’ll be very helpful.

First off…don’t spend too much of your time writing jokes.

Seriously.

Spend only an hour at a time writing jokes.

Otherwise, you’ll go crazy writing joke after joke.

And the chances of getting a joke on late night TV as a freelance writer is less than 1%.

That’s right, less than 1%.

You’re competing against other freelancers.

And the show’s TV staff.

And it’s tough.

I remember when I’d write jokes like crazy for Leno.

I would sometimes spend the entire weekend writing jokes.

I would write – like – 15 pages of jokes.

15 pages!!!

And still get NOTHING on Monday night.

Just stick to the hour rule, and you’ll be okay.

Come to think of it, maybe you shouldn’t freelance jokes at all.

Too much competition and very little chance of getting your jokes on.

Tell you what…just let me handle the jokes.

Hey, you’re welcome.

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Andrew Wisot is a freelance writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and an US Weekly Fashion Cop who’s “between jobs.” Andrew will blog for LOLs until he’s employed again or 50,000 miles, whichever one comes first.

Email: andrew@willblogforlols.com

So You Think You Can Write For Late Night?

March 16, 2010

Have you always dreamed of being on Leno or Letterman’s writing staff?

Do your parents tell you all the time you’re really funny?

Do you wanna be paid millions of dollars to write for late night?

Well, today’s your lucky day…I’m going to tell you HOW TO WRITE FOR LATE NIGHT.

First, the GOOD NEWS: It’s easy to break into late night as a freelance writer.

Now the BAD NEWS:  You’re never going to work in late night as a staff writer.

Call it tough love, but it’s the awful truth.

Here’s the deal:

– There are about 100 staff writing jobs in late nite.

– There are 1000s who want to write for late nite.

– People rarely leave their late nite writing jobs.

So here’s how you can turn your talent into a little side career…

1.) Look around at the day’s top stories and write 10 jokes.

2.) Send them in to the shows’ head writers & tell them you wanna write for late night.

If you’re good, and the show takes freelance writers, you’ll hear back from them.

They’ll make you sign a release form.

Now you’re set to fax jokes or email jokes into your favorite show and get paid $75-$100 for each joke they use.

…but you’re not alone. Many aspiring comedy writers do this.

Leno previously used hundreds and thousands of freelance writers to help him out with his monologue jokes for “The Tonight Show.”

I’ve been freelancing for Leno for over 10 years.

I’ve gotten lots of jokes on.

Hundreds.

And I’ve never been asked to join his staff.

I know a guy who also freelances for Leno for about the same amount of time.

He’s gotten TRIPLE the amount of jokes as me.

TRIPLE!!!

And he’s STILL not on staff, either.

Don’t expect to be asked to join Leno or Letterman’s writing staff.

It won’t happen.

Ever.

Well okay, it could happen.

And the day it happens, Megan Fox will also hit on you.

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Andrew Wisot is a freelance writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and an US Weekly Fashion Cop who’s “between jobs.” Andrew will blog for LOLs until he’s employed again or 50,000 miles, whichever one comes first.

Email: andrew@willblogforlols.com