Just in time for the holidays, here's a short humor piece I wrote about lying to your child. Featured in "Daily Shouts" on Christmas Eve.
It's official. Our two-book deal with Philomel (Penguin/Random House) has been announced in Publisher's Weekly. Margot Mertz Will Clean Your Filth Margot Mertz Takes It Down (updated January 2021) will be released in Fall 2021. https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/84019-rights-report-week-of-august-3-2020.html
I wrote a humor piece about quarantine that ran in The New Yorker's Daily Shouts. Is quarantine funny? Not really. But I think having a full Zoom social calendar is and that's what this is about.
It's 2020. Here's what I've been working on: Features: My feature Killing Your Daughter, or, Adopted in Danger, premiered on the Lifetime Network last fall during primetime! My second feature for Lifetime, (working title: Fatal Fitbit,) just went into production and is due out this summer. Both features were written with Ian McWethy. Book deal: Ian and I created a proposal for a YA novel titled Margot Mertz Cleans Your Filth. And after going to auction, we have decided to publish with Philomel, (a boutique imprint that is part of Penguin Random House.) Our goal is a Fall 2021 release so stay tuned! Live show: My friend, the incredibly talented Lauren Adams and I wrote and star in a new sketch show called Bad Meetings , (a show about bad Hollywood meetings for people who have bad Hollywood meetings,) which went up at UCB…
Here's a video I shot for Comedy Central Digital (where I tried to hide that I was five months pregnant!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyPDTh1C9VA
My biggest news is that after years of playing a mom on TV, I finally became one. (Hopefully all the extensive research I did to play a mom in commercials will pay off when I'm raising my son.) But there's more news! In June, Ian and I were tapped to write another feature for Lifetime/Reel One. We're working hard to get our final draft in by the end of July! My YA novel/TV project (also co-written with Ian McWethy,) is in development with Temple Hill Productions. We hope to finalize the book proposal by the end of July. And then who knows! In July I traveled back to Salt Lake City, UT to shoot a snack food commercial. (First time on-camera after having a baby was daunting. But it ended up…
Thrilled to announce that my pilot Co-Op is the Comedy Division Winner for the 2019 Cinestory TV Retreat and Fellowship! Co-Op is a comedy based on the very real Park Slope Food Co-Op, a member-owned grocery cooperative in Brooklyn known for its great cheese prices and its liberal ideals. Members from all different backgrounds, income levels and- believe it or not- political parties, (they have Republicans there!) have to work together in order to shop together. A show that examines the values and limitations of democracy and asks, how much will you put up with for some cheap cashews? The Cinestory Foundation is a great nonprofit organization that nurtures screenwriters. For any writers out there, I highly recommend submitting your scripts to their fellowship! I'll be attending the 2019 TV Retreat in March and I can't…
This November I was lucky enough to get cast in an episode of Adam Ruins Everything- a show I love. (And which a friend described as "Comedy Law & Order," because every comedy actor has to do this show at one point or another.) My episode is 305- so be on the lookout. It's directed by the incomparable duo of Jocelyn Deboer and Dawn Luebbe, (whose feature film is currently headed to Sundance! They're the best!) I play a lawyer and wear a pink power suit. So for me it truly was comedy Law & Order. Life goals achieved.
The lovely and wonderful Peter Carrier took these new shots for me. He's so fun to work with, I highly recommend! [gallery ids="862,865,863,864"]
My short film, Trapped is ever so close to being finished! Check out the website here. And follow @thefilm_trapped on Twitter and @thefilm_trapped on Instagram for more information about upcoming screenings! [caption id="attachment_850" align="alignnone" width="640"] art by Daniel Spenser Levine[/caption]