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Smash Cut To: S2 E7 - The Art of Pop-Culture References

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Hello! I’m Hari, and this is Smash Cut To, my weekly newsletter about my adventures in trying to become a comedy writer-director.
It’s been a busy week!
On Thursday, I had a great session with script consultant Chris Head, to discuss the latest draft of my pilot. And on Friday, I went to James Cary’s excellent (but jokingly titled) “Write A Sitcom In A Day” workshop.
I’m going to write about them in a future blog post, but long story short: they both reminded me that there’s still a sizeable gap between where my work is now and where I’d like it to be.
So while that realisation might have been a little disheartening at first, I know that I’ll get there eventually if I just keep going long enough… 🥳
(And I’m still going to celebrate the win of finishing that latest draft!)

✍🏾 This Week's Blog
The Art of Pop-Culture References
🤓 Interesting Things
Video: How Brooklyn Nine-Nine Balances Comedy With Drama
Twitter: @DavidHSteinberg
Video: THE GAP by Ira Glass
🍿 Film & TV Log
  • The Chair (Netflix). A fun limited series about the newly-appointed chair of the waning English department at an American university. I thought it was great, and I especially liked how it intertwined Korean culture into each episode. (Plus: I loved the guest star in episode 5.)
  • The White Lotus (Sky Atlantic / NOW TV). Everyone seems to be talking about this! We enjoyed the first episode so far…
  • Also: Ghosts (BBC iPlayer) and Ted Lasso (Apple TV+).
🎬 Moment of the Week
Finally, I’m replacing the “Final Thought” section with a script fragment or clip I’ve enjoyed recently. (If nothing else, I want this newsletter and blog to be a handy collection of all the things I want to remember 😅)
The first one is from S2 E1 of Fleabag. There are so many great moments to choose from, but I loved the shared confusion about Claire’s job:
And that’s it for another week! 🥳 If you enjoyed this newsletter, maybe your comedy writer friends would too? If so, they can subscribe here.
(Blog cover photo by Sean Benesh on Unsplash)
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Hari Kanth
Hari Kanth @harihkanth

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