Brian Gallivan gained fame as the eponymous Sassy Gay Friend in the hit YouTube series. His pilot “The McCarthys” was picked up to series by CBS.
Making the transition from improv and sketch comedy to writing half-hour pilots hasn’t been a breeze, he admits.
“Maybe some people are wonderful and write an amazing first pilot, but I feel like everyone has to write their first pilot that people read and say ‘You’re funny! You have a voice! And you know nothing about structure.’ “
Gallivan says both his comedy pilots are “loosely” based on his family, whom he describes “funny but litigious.” His father and three of his five siblings are teachers, and Brian tried teaching, too, but gave it up for improv comedy.
The memory of teaching middle school proved useful during moments when his career seemed stalled, after he moved to Los Angeles.
“I was like, ‘Well, are you going to go back to teaching?’ My answer was always a resounding ‘No.’”
Rep: Susie Fox, CAA
Lawyer: Patti Felker, Felker Toczek Gellman Suddleson
Inspirations: The writers of “Cheers” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”
— David S. Cohen