“Family Guy” to the Monsters Inc. Franchise: Real Life Adventures in the Writers Room
Los Angeles, CA (October 31, 2023): Mastermind of putting words into the mouths of our favorite animated characters from Peter Griffin (“Family Guy”) to Mike Sully (“Monsters at Work”), screenwriter Deepak Sethi is this week’s guest on “Hollywood at Home with The Creative Coalition.” In this episode, Sethi takes us behind the scenes into an animation writers’ room, and what it’s like to work with stars like Billy Crystal, Aubrey Plaza, and Jennifer Coolidge.
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Highlights from Hollywood at Home featuring Deepak Sethi:
On writing for Hollywood legends like Billy Crystal and John Goodman on “Monsters at Work”: “And then all of a sudden, Billy Crystal’s in the stage, and he’s singing some song that you wrote…when John Goodman and Billy Crystal were recording together. [It was] amazing . . . they work off of each other.”
On learning from Seth MacFarlane: “He showed us how to break the story the way that ‘Family Guy’ breaks stories . . . and then the writers together work on scripts and try to lock them, and then move them on to storyboards, which is the next step in the process.”
On working with Jennifer Coolidge: “She was so fun to work with. I just love the way she delivers lines. Her energy is so incredible.”
On Henry Winkler guest starring on “Monsters at Work”: “He loves singing. [He plays] Fritz, this jovial monster [that] looks a little bit like a dolphin. Henry has this really nice energy, and he always sort of adds some singing to it and it’s amazing. I co-wrote – with several writers – a little song that he sang . . . It was the greatest joy, is to just hear this silly song we came up with that he sings. It’s so crazy to watch Henry Winkler, of all people, just really feast on the show and feast on the writing.”
On working with Mindy Kaling: “She’s so funny . . . she has a speed to her delivery. She can say a million things at once. . . kind of frenetic energy of that character. And she grounds the character when she needs to ground it.”
More about Hollywood at Home:
Hosted by The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk, “Hollywood at Home” brings listeners intimate portraits, key moments of discovery, and “art and soul” conversations with iconic entertainment industry personalities from the big screen to the boardroom, from L.A. to D.C. Listen now at http://thecreativecoalition.org/podcast.
Previous guests include Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Abbott Elementary”), Marlee Matlin (“CODA”), Jason Alexander (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Alan Cumming (“Schmigadoon!, “The Good Wife”), Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “The Middle”), Eric McCormack (“Will and Grace”), Willie Garson (“And Just Like That…”), Colman Domingo (“Euphoria”), Kerry Ehrin (“The Morning Show”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Ken Olin (“This is Us,” “Thirtysomething”), Anthony Rapp (“Star Trek: Discovery”), Grace Caroline Currey (Shazam!), and Alfre Woodard (Clemency, “Luke Cage”), among others.
More about The Creative Coalition:
Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization of the arts and entertainment community. The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance. The Creative Coalition also creates award-winning public service campaigns, including #RightToBearArts, to promote the efficacy of the arts. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s President. For more information, visit https://thecreativecoalition.org.