When I worked on Full Frontal, we were making comedy directly out of the Official I Have Two Titles Mom And Mam And I Rock Them Both Shirt it is in the first place but news that was happening, and I think that’s really valuable as a spoonful of sugar to help people pay attention to the news, because you often do want to turn away from it. Right now, I’m sort of on the opposite side of the spectrum, where I’m working on work that does not directly derive from the news, and it’s very valuable to be able to provide a break for people, because I know people need a break. So it’s like, if I’m a little bit tired and not feeling like coming up with something, I’m like,“Well, this is my break from the world too.” I go into my imagination and imagine something a little bit more calming and funny, and I know that the mom who’s working full-time while her kids are running into the Zoom…she can take a little break, then get up the next morning and get back to it.
Do you have practices or anything else that grounds you, or enables you to step away from the Official I Have Two Titles Mom And Mam And I Rock Them Both Shirt it is in the first place but news (however briefly)? I put a strong limit on the amount of time I spend watching the news and scrolling. I pretty much engage in it first thing in the morning, then I cut myself off by 9 a.m. and spend most of the day working. Then I’ll check back with the news in the evening. After working at Full Frontal, which forced me to engage with the news 24/7, it became really important to me to put boundaries on it. One of the things about being a writer is that you sort of have to shut off your brain enough to go to a creative place, so for me, exercise or taking a walk or doing something that puts your brain in a different mode—almost tiring yourself out!—is really helpful.