Lucia Aniello, Jen Statsky & Paul W. Downs On Cracking ‘Hacks’ & Cancel Culture’s Impact On Comedy – Crew Call Podcast

Lucia Aniello, Jen Statsky & Paul W. Downs On Cracking ‘Hacks’ & Cancel Culture’s Impact On Comedy – Crew Call Podcast
It all began in a Honda Pilot en route to Portland, Me.

Amici Lucia Aniello, Jen Statsky and Paul W. Downs were headed to tape a segment for the latter’s Netflix comedy special, and a discussion broke out about legendary female comedians, who never got their due, and for one reason or another, might have tripped in their career, and got cancelled by the industry. Such were the origins of their HBO Max comedy series Hacks, which has already been ordered for a second season.

“I thought of it,” deadpans Downs on conceiving Hacks to which Statsky sarcastically retorts, “Any man needs two good typists.”

Downs and Aniello were former Upright Citizens Brigade pals. Statsky and Aniello met in 2007 as the only femme members in a sketch group which forgot to invite them back. They all merged on the writing staff of Comedy Central’s Broad City, and later
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