Magazine article Variety

Room Has Fountain of Laughs: Marta Kauffman, 'Grace and Frankie'

Magazine article Variety

Room Has Fountain of Laughs: Marta Kauffman, 'Grace and Frankie'

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AFTER YEARS spent on such shows as "Friends" and "Related," Marta Kauffman knows that idle hands are not conducive to her productivity. Her corner office on the Paramount lot, down the hall from the writers room for Howard J. Morris and her Netflix series "Grace and Frankie," is filled with lots of fun stuff: snacks, drawers of Silly Putty and adult coloring books, comfy furniture, a bar, and even a broken exercise bike that she swears she'll start using after her upcoming knee replacement surgery. "When you keep your hands busy doing something like this, I find it fuels your brain," says Kauffman, who knitted 14 hats during her final two weeks on "Friends" - gifts she bestowed to those writers.

Home Away from Home

Plenty of people bring their work home with them, but Kauffman also did the opposite. The beach house that Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin's titular heroines use in her show is modeled after Kauffman's own Malibu retreat, except the fictional one is 15-percent bigger. A blueprint of the set is framed and hangs over her office's couch. "Whenever I go home, I wonder why my house feels so small," she jokes.

That's No Phall-acy

The sketch isn't the only "Grace and Frankie" memento in the room. …

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