Early Praise

“This clear-eyed account of 30 years in a profoundly flawed industry is the funniest, most unflinching book I’ve read in a long time. I laughed out loud so many times. If you’ve ever watched TV, you should read this book. And if you’ve ever read a book, you should read this one, too.”  John Oliver

“First things first. Just the Funny Parts is, like Nell Scovell herself, funny as hell. Laugh-out-loud chuckles, eye rolls, embarrassed (for Nell) giggles—it’s all there. But there’s a lot more, too. This is a smart, wise book about growing up, growing old(er), and most of all, what it means to be a woman in a man’s world. That’s no joke. (But it is, as I mentioned, funny.)”  Jeffrey Toobin, author of American Heiress

“Nell Scovell has finally written the book that everyone in the comedy world has been waiting for!  Besides being one of the funniest people I know, she has not just survived, but she has thrived. How the hell did she do it??  Crack it open and find out!”  Bette Midler

“This book is soooo good! Nell not only recalls her comedy writing career with wit but also transports us there to sit alongside her as witness. Just the Funny Parts could easily be called Just The Brave Parts.”  Larry Wilmore

“Nell is an incredible writer, and this book is just as amazing as I would expect. I particularly liked page 213.”  Samantha Bee, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee 

“In Just the Funny Parts, Nell Scovell offers readers an unvarnished look into a writer’s life.  Through her unique lens, she bravely confronts some uncomfortable truths, and yet keeps you laughing the whole way through.”  George Lucas, yeah that George Lucas

“Nell Scovell’s hilarious Just the Funny Parts takes you into a career in show business in a way that’s so immediate, personal and real that you’ll end up calling the WGA to demand your residual checks. This book is wonderful.”  — Jane Espenson, writer/producer Once Upon a Time

“I’ve known for a while that Nell is an unusually talented and funny writer, but I had no idea just how much she shaped the TV that I’ve watched for decades—or how much bias she faced along the way. Despite that (and sometimes because of it), this book was a delight to read. It’s full of jokes that made me laugh and sharp analyses that made me think.”  Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals, and co-author of Option B

“In this illuminating memoir, Scovell details her career as a highly successful television writer over the last three decades, during which she was usually the only woman in the room… Scovell has repeatedly felt the sting of toiling in Los Angeles, “where rejection and failure are the bread and butter of this gluten-free, nondairy town,” and in an industry that continually looked for a cheaper, younger version of her. But in working with Sheryl Sandberg as the co-writer on Lean In, she was reminded of a timeless lesson: doing something that is meaningful to oneself might also have an impact on others. Scovell’s memoir is wonderfully entertaining and ultimately uplifting.”  Publishers Weekly

“Scovell minces few words when skewering the toxic atmosphere for female talent in Hollywood….Her fearlessness was clearly evidenced when the David Letterman sex scandal broke and the author made a controversial and risky career move by speaking out about a marked lack of gender diversity in the late-night TV arena….A breezy, affably written amalgam of memoir, advice, and workplace survival guide from the front lines of the entertainment industry.”  Kirkus Reviews

“A smart, energetic, determined woman, someone who is always shooting for greater success and who really hates it when she fails at something.  A revealing and timely portrait of a professional writer and the industry in which she works.”  Booklist