Magazine article Variety

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Magazine article Variety

Facetime

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ACTRESS ANDREA SAVAGE IS known in the comedy world for her time with the Groundlings and on single-camera series such as "The Hotwives of Orlando," "Veep" and "Episodes." In 2006 she also started writing and producing professionally, starting with Comedy Central's "Dog Bites Man" and then "Funny or Die Presents" a few years later. But soon enough she wasn't satisfied with being just a triple threat and added show creator, showrunner and director to her resume. Her semi-autobiographical series "I'm Sorry" is now airing its second season on TruTV

What guidelines do you set regarding how you mine your own life for comedy?

If it's about people in my family, I really try to be respectful and make sure that nothing that would horribly embarrass them is in the show. I don't enjoy making fun of people, and my comedy doesn't come from a mean place, so if it is ever me judging someone or being mean, it goes away. But our writers' room is very open; it's not just me sharing things. I know everything about every single one of them - I know about their spouses, I know about their spouses' genitals, I know everything!

What is most important to creating an environment where people feel comfortable enough to share so openly?

We have a "no stink bombs" policy tops to bots, as I like to say - from a PA to an executive - and literally when I'm asking, "Have you ever worked with this person?" if I hear "They're great but they can be a little difficult," I'm done. There are too many nice people who are good at their jobs, so across the board we just try to hire people who are good at their jobs and happy to be there and good people. …

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