Just a Little Laughter, Maggie Gillette, Grade 12, Age 17.

Just a Little Laughter, Maggie Gillette, Grade 12, Age 17.

This past summer, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards teamed up with Studio 360 to present Funny Ha Ha!: The High School Humor Challenge. We received hundreds of hilarious submissions from teens across the country and spent several laughter-filled weeks selecting the finalists. Guest judge BJ Novak chose the winner, Emma Callahan, age 16, and Studio 360 took some time to talk with Emma about her submission. Here are the other nine pieces that made into our Top Ten. Enjoy! Read More

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comedy2-750x400This is a guest post from comedy writer Brendan McLaughlin.

Hello, future comedy writers!

The nice people at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards asked me to contribute a few words of advice for teens looking to break into the world of comedy writing, so here are those words. One thing to note: much of this post was written in my apartment on a weekday while I waited in my pajamas to hear back about job opportunities. At one point, I had an actual argument with myself over what made better middle of the day email-refreshing background noise‑“Malcolm in the Middle” or “Blue Bloods.” What I’m trying to say is, I’m definitely not an expert. I am undisciplined. I am currently “between jobs.” I am socially inept. I am a comedy writer. And, if you play your cards right, you can be all of those things too! Okay, maybe just some of them. Here’s my advice: Read More