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Joel Stein: How Not to Sell Your Hilarious Comedy Pitch

I have started to worry that I suck at pitching. My suspicions emerged from the fact that I’m not selling any shows lately. Also, because the times I have sold shows, I was accompanied by another writer, producer or actor who I split the job with: They explained the premise, and I added, “Yes, exactly.” […]

“The Mafia of the Acting World”: Hollywood’s Secret Loop Groups

After having worked in television as a writer and also having reported on the industry for more than 20 years, I thought I knew all the steps in production. But I had never met a looper. Or, more accurately, someone who told me they were a looper. On countless sets, watching background actors mouth words at […]

Joel Stein: How I Made Up With My Agent (Guest Column)

Twenty-two months after leaving his WME rep amid a union standoff, TV comedy writer Joel Stein calls WGA president David A. Goodman for tips on mending the relationship: "You can blame me."

What Hilariagate Says About You

The prevailing narrative of the Hilaria Baldwin scandal — misshaped by our own parochial identity politics — would have it that the ridiculous influencer was appropriating cultural hardship, when "like so many aspirational people, she was trying to seem fancy"

Joel Stein Mourns Quibi: “I’m the Only One Who Didn’t Sell Them Stuff”

Joel Stein laments the death of the Quibi streaming service before he could cash in, and not for lack of trying.

Remember Trump’s Hair Deduction? Joel Stein Wonders: “Can I Do That?”(Guest Column)

When the writer learned about the president’s bizarre tax break, he asked Hollywood stylists how he could have possibly spent $70,000 on hairstyling and asked his accountant if he could expense his own hair.

Joel Stein: A Eulogy for the “Beautiful Time” When L.A. Worshipped the Prius (Guest Column)

Joel Stein muses on the "moment when liberal Los Angeles' desire to virtue-signal overpowered our desire to success-signal," which ended when Elon Musk sold the first Tesla.

Inside TV Producer Phil Rosenthal’s Ultra-Exclusive “Sunday Movie Night”

A look into TV producer/host Phil Rosenthal's exclusive movie nights held on Sundays.

“Shun, Don’t Shame”: How Hollywood Restaurants Are Treating Disgraced Diners in the #MeToo Era

When a scandal-plagued patron such as Harvey Weinstein or Louis C.K. walks into a restaurant for his usual table, how should the staff — and other diners — treat him?

Joel Stein: This Is How I’ll Fire My Agent (Guest Column)

TV comedy writer Joel Stein shares the missive he will use to fire his WME rep if the WGA and agencies can’t make a deal: "You complete me — often with a director, producer and actor in a package, but still, you complete me."

Joel Stein: How I’d Write Jokes for the No-Host Oscars (Guest Column)

A decade ago, writer Joel Stein penned material for super-accommodating Oscar emcee Hugh Jackman, but the only thing more liberating would be no host at all.