‘Hacks’ creators Jen Statsky and Paul W. Downs on their Emmy-nominated comedy series
Jen Statsky and Paul W. Downs are two of the three creators of the Emmy-nominated comedy series “Hacks.” The HBO Max show features Jean Smart as a veteran comedian fighting to hold onto her long-running Las Vegas gig. In real life, Smart also wanted the show to go on — even when her husband died unexpectedly with a week of shooting left. Downs tells KCRW, “We knew from working with [Smart] that she is all in, she is fully committed. And so in that way, we looked to her in this time as well.”
Ep303 - ‘Hacks’ Creators Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, & Jen Statsky
Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, and Jen Statsky met doing comedy in New York, where they eventually landed jobs together on Broad City. Today, they’re the Creators of the new comedy series, Hacks, for HBO.For the series, Jean Smart stars as Deborah Vance, a legendary Las Vegas comedian who begrudgingly takes an outcast 25-year-old named Ava (Hannah Einbinder) under her wing.In this interview, the trio talks about writing sketch comedy, how opposing characters can attract one another, cultural forefronts on the page, how to create a strong pilot, and their advice for novice writers staring careers today.If it’s your first time listening, make sure to subscribe and visit my new website for information on the YouTube channel, the blog, this podcast, and my new book ‘Ink by the Barrel’ which takes advice from these 200+ interviews at the link below…Follow us on Instagram: @creativeprinciplesIf you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts? It only takes about 60-seconds and it really helps convince some of the hard-to-get guests to sit down and have a chat (simply scroll to the bottom on your iTunes Podcast app and click “Write Review"). Enjoy the show!
Hacks creators Jen Statsky, Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs
The Writers Panel
Paul W. Downs and Lucia Aniello began collaborating as comedy and life partners after meeting in 2007 at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and Magnet Theater in New York City. Their early efforts included a webseries for Broadway Video’s Above Average Productions and a one-man show, The Paul Downs Experience, at the UCB in 2010. […]
Matt Besser and Danielle Schneider, Paul W. Downs and Lucia Aniello
In episode 98, Andy and Naomi bring us sets from married couple Matt Besser (@MattBesser) and Danielle Schneider (@Daniellestuff) and lovers Paul W. Downs (@paulwdowns) and Lucia Aniello (@LuciaAniello). Plus they play their own set from March live show. Check out our Twitter @NaomiandAndy and our Instagram @couplestherapypod for information on upcoming shows that will be live streamed on Twitch. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisersSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
2008 Williamsburg Brooklyn Restaurants with Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs
Why Do You Know That?
This week, Steve and Nadia wrap up February Duos with married comedy couple Lucia Aniello (@LuciaAniello) and Paul W. Downs (@paulwdowns) on the specific topic of Brooklyn neighborhood Williamsburg and their favorite restaurants from 2008. NYC foodies from a while back, this one is for you! Delis, Italian, and Thai, oh my! Where do you go to eat cheap in New York City over a decade ago? Where did Paul and Lucia first say I love you? Why have we all been accused of stealing? Let's do this again some time!
Power Couple Self Care with Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs
Comedians and partners Paul W. Downs and Lucia Aniello love a sunscreen, a cream, and a self-care moment. Hear all about this couple’s products and what they do and do not share, as well as how they use travel as self care and creative inspiration. Plus, teeth journeys, wild Los Angeles driving encounters, and the annual holiday visit from “Snatched Santa.” For a list of every product mentioned on this episode, visit www.natchbeaut.com.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.