PreRamble: In a recent Table for Threecolumn in NY Times Sunday Styles section, an interviewer chatted with “star and co-creator of the groundbreaking sitcom ‘Roseanne,'” Roseanne Barr, and writer, actress, creator and star of “The Mindy Project,” Mindy Kaling.
These very wise and funny gals talked about their experiences and insights into the challenging world of comedy and life.
On successful plotlines,
RB: That was taken from real life. That’s why people liked that show. Me and my sister wrote that.
PG (interviewer, Philip Galanes): Mindy, did you know what kind of show you wanted to do when you left “The Office”?
MK: I knew I wanted it to be about dating. That’s just because of where I am right now. I also think the only way you date on TV is if you look a certain way … I’ve always done pretty well, and I don’t look like anyone on TV. So, I thought it would be fun to show that too.
PG: So, you start with the story that’s yours to tell?
RB: A version of yourself, but bigger. You’re still you. That’s all comedy is.
The Take-Away: As in comedy, the most powerful stance for your “successful plotline” comes from the authentic you telling the story that is yours to tell.
Go forth, and be you.