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Episode 6: Comedy Showrunners


Six showrunners of TV's most impactful comedies discuss the balancing act between drama and funny and using real-life experience to plot a show.

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The showrunners on this episode don't unilaterally agree with the category "Comedy." Six writer-producers, who oversee some of the most impactful comedies of the year, discuss the balancing act between drama and funny, using real-life experiences to plot a show and share their techniques for managing a writers’ room. Alec Berg (Silicon Valley), Jill Soloway (Transparent), Steve Levitan (Modern Family), Kenya Barris (Black-ish), Robert Carlock (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Jay Duplass (Togetherness) reveal their most panicked moments on set and why they no longer loathe network notes. Listen in as they talk about one of TV's toughest gigs and its occupational hazards.