Welcome to Bitch Talk With Brooke, a new series featuring Brooke Comegys (BFA Screenwriting ’10) letting loose on topics she has strong opinions about.
Two months after graduating SVA in 2014, I was already in a slump. I went from interning at SNL in writer’s research (a goal I set for myself to complete while at SVA) to sleeping in till 3 pm – only to start my shift at a restaurant in Brooklyn at 4. It was a comfortable cycle I was afraid I’d never get out of. I had a steady flow of income and could pay my rent, but I would often daydream about writing a funny sketch or screenplay, and making an audience laugh.
I had to settle for performing for my regular customers who’d visit me at this little Italian restaurant on South 2nd street. I loved making my customers laugh and talking with them. It was my way of somewhat fulfilling my daydream. One night, after making one of my regulars laugh really hard, he insisted I take a class at Upright Citizens Brigade. I knew he was right, but I was comfortable in my vicious cycle. Shaking up my routine to take an improv class was scary. He would bring it up every time he’d come in to eat after that. One morning, I woke up before noon (a natural feat in itself) and I decided to sign up for Improv 101 at the Upright Citizens Brigade. I tell this story often, because that was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Not only did it jumpstart me into writing, making my own comedy shorts, meeting new people (some I now call my best friends) and performing, but I am living that day dream I had every day in Summer of 2014.
It has inspired me to continue screenwriting (my major at SVA); I audition time to time in Manhattan; and I’ve made 3 comedy shorts — including one about prosthetic testicles women can wear so men will stop catcalling them. The best part about that short is that my parents like to show it to their friends at a Country Club upstate! I wish I could explain to you the feeling of a proper middle-aged woman in a country club dining room telling you they “loved your Balls short,” as you’re being served prime rib.
At the moment. I’m working on my bathtub talk show on BTRToday called Bitch Talk With Brooke, which has allowed me to get out of my comfort zone from behind the camera to in front of it. Am I on my way to an Oscar? No. But I am bringing a little joy by making people laugh, and that’s all I’ve ever wanted.