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Just the Funny Parts

Telling a funny story We were excited to get to design the cover of Nell Scovell’s Just the Funny Parts, a juicy and scathingly funny insider look at how pop culture gets made.

For more than thirty years, writer, producer, and director Nell Scovell worked behind the scenes of iconic shows, including The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman, Murphy Brown, NCIS, The Muppets, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, which she created and executive produced.

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From the publisher: A fast-paced story of a nerdy girl from New England who fought her way to the top of the highly competitive, male-dominated entertainment field, the book delivers invaluable insights into the creative process and tricks for navigating a difficult workplace.


Alex and Nell first worked together in 1987 at the hilarious, innovative, much-missed (and much-imitated) Spy magazine. (In fact, the first Spy story Alex designed carried her byline.) It was a lot of fun and a lot of laughs to collaborate once again.

The book is part memoir, part how-to, and part survival story. Or, as Scovell puts it, “It’s like Unbroken, but funnier and with slightly less torture.”

It’s moving, insightful, informative, and very funny.

A bonus, insider behind-the-scenes making-the-sausage image from our in-house photo studio, where we shot the cover image. The scripts had to be just so.

Alexander Isley
Matthew Kaskel