Get a group of your most sarcastic friends together in a room, preferably windowless, and try to make each other laugh by outdoing one another with a steady stream of the most offensive, sophomoric and vulgar set of jokes and set-ups that you can possibly imagine — things that could never air on TV, not even pay cable. Add in lots of takeout food and soft drinks and repeat for a few weeks on end. If your heart soars and body tingles every time you make the room snicker, you just might be cut out to be a television writer.
At least that’s the quick-and-easy career counseling that Selman (pictured right), an Emmy-winning scribe for “The Simpsons” and co-writer of “The Simpsons Movie,” offered Tuesday night during the “Sublime Primetime” dish sesh with a clutch of Emmy-nommed scribes, hosted by the WGA West and Variety at the Writers Guild Theater in BevHills.
“Don’t wait for the industry to give you money,” Selman instructed. “Take any opportunity to (try writing). The joy of writing is just as fun to do … if you’re on the worst show on television or the best show…Find a group of friends and make each other laugh. Riff off each other. Go on super-offensive runs about degrading subjects.”