Ep 55 // Dan Shaki on Writing A Sitcom Pilot / ‘Disobedience’ / ‘Duck Butter’

Premiere DateApr 27, 2018
00:00 Intro
01:16 START /// Dan Shaki on Writing A Sitcom Pilot (w/ Matt Ruby)
01:48 Pitching a show to networks with Nate Bargatze & Jerrod Carmichael
06:02 About Jerrod Carmichael
07:34 About Nate Bargatze
08:49 Meeting and working with Nate
12:57 Crash course in the business side of selling a script
13:57 “Selling a world” / forward in the process / defining the show
19:41 Nate vs. Jerrod / exploring issues / multicam vs. singlecam
25:35 Outlining classic sitcoms to learn from them
26:43 The ‘Golden Girls’ pilot is “unbelievable”
28:38 ‘The Cosby Show’ pilot
33:08 From pitch to ‘story area’ to outline to script and rewrites
36:24 Current status of the pilot
40:12 Differences in the Netflix model
41:54 1st Person: Summer // Being Proactive About Helping Others
44:45 Movie Review: ‘Disobedience’ w/ Jacqueline Soller
46:08 Movie Chat: ‘Disobedience’ (spoiler alert)
59:38 Movie Review: ‘Duck Butter’ w/ Jacqueline Soller
61:09 Movie Chat: ‘Duck Butter’ (spoiler alert)
73:06 Molly Knefel // Dems Move To The Left On Jobs
75:41 “Sunk” (BTR Live Studio, 2018) Operator Music Band
80:15 Outro / Credits
81:04 Finish.

Contributor Matt Ruby speaks with comedian and writer Dan Shaki about his experience of working on a sitcom pitch and pilot with Nate Bargatze and Jerrod Carmichael. We’re also joined by Jacqueline Soller to discuss two newly released movies: Disobedience, directed by Sebastián Lelio and starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, and Alessandro Nivola; and Duck Butter, directed by Miguel Arteta and starring Alia Shawkat and Laia Costa. Along the way, we’ll also hear from Radio Dispatch’s Molly Knefel about how Democrats are moving to the left on jobs and related policies; we’ll hear from a woman named Summer about being proactive in helping others; and we’ll hear a song from a recent BTR Live Studio session featuring Brooklyn’s Operator Music Band.

Music composed by and show edited by Hansdale Hsu.

Host J. McVay
J grew up down in Louisiana and Texas before moving to NYC for college. After college, he decided to stick around, working in film and television production for well over a decade. He came to BTR in 2011 when he…
Reg. Contributors Matt Ruby Jacqueline Soller