Career Journeys: From Late Night to Scripted Series

A Panel featuring Ashley Nicole Black, Meredith Scardino, and Cirocco Dunlap

Event Details

Tuesday May 11, 2021 7:00 pm

via Zoom


Join us for a panel featuring fellow WGAE members who started their careers working in comedy/variety and later began to work in writers rooms for scripted series as showrunner, EPs, and staff writers. Writers will discuss how they leveraged their experiences to find new opportunities and key differences between comedy/variety rooms and other types of writers rooms.

The conversation features Ashley Nicole Black (A Black Lady Sketch Show; Ted Lasso), Meredith Scardino (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; The Colbert Report), and Cirocco Dunlap (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Russian Doll).
The panel will be moderated by WGAE Council member, Josh Gondelman.

About the Panelists

Ashley Nicole BlackAshley Nicole Black

Ashley Nicole Black is a writer, actress, and comedian. Her work includes starring in and writing the first all-Black female sketch series, “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” on HBO and an Emmy-winning run as a writer on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” where she also served as an on-air correspondent. Black earned a degree from UC Santa Cruz and a master’s in performance studies from Northwestern where she also worked toward a PhD before joining the legendary program at The Second City. Ashley grew up just outside of Los Angeles, where she currently resides.

Meredith ScardinoMeredith Scardino

Meredith Scardino is the creator of the upcoming Peacock original series “Girls5eva.” Prior to “Girls5eva,” Scardino served as a co-executive producer and writer for “Mr. Mayor”, as well as a writer/producer on all four seasons of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” She also executive produced and wrote on the Netflix interactive special, “Kimmy vs. the Reverend.” Meredith got her start in TV in late night, spending six years writing on “The Colbert Report,” where she won four Emmys, four Writers Guild Awards, and a Peabody.  She has also written for “Saturday Night Live,” “At Home with Amy Sedaris,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “The 72nd Golden Globe Awards,” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.” She lives in New York City with her partner, young son, and loyal hound.

Ashley Nicole BlackCirocco Dunlap

Cirocco Dunlap is currently developing an original animated half hour with Animal Pictures for Amazon. Her previous credits include shows like “Russian Doll”, “Big Mouth”, “Waffles + Mochi” and “Man Seeking Woman”. Her short film EVERYTHING IS OKAY screened at SXSW in 2018. She started her TV career on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”.


Josh Gondelman (Moderator)

Josh Gondelman incubated in Boston before moving to New York City, where he currently lives and works as a writer and co-executive producer for “Desus & Mero” on Showtime. Previously, he spent five years at “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”, first as a web producer and then as a staff writer. He’s also a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and the author of the essay collection Nice Try.

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