Nell Scovell

Nell Scovell


Robert Trachtenberg

You might not have heard of Nell Scovell, but you’ve definitely seen her work: She’s written for “The Simpsons,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” “Murphy Brown” and co-wrote the 2013 blockbuster book “Lean In” with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Her new memoir, “Just the Funny Parts,” reveals what it was like to break into the male-dominated TV industry. Nell talks to Kurt Andersen about crafting a classic episode of “The Simpsons” and writing jokes for Barack Obama, and reminisces about her first gig: writing for the magazine Andersen co-founded, Spy.

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