Tue, 29 January 2013
"30 Rock" And "Arrested Development" Writer/Producer Ron Weiner Shares Stories Of Breaking Into Hollywood
In this episode, I am lucky enough to chat with the hilarious and talented writer/producer Ron Weiner. Ron is a 2-time Emmy Award winning comedy writer and his credits include such shows as "30 Rock," "Futurama," "Arrested Development," "Newsradio," "Father Of The Pride," and "The Weird Al Show." Besides writing for some of TV's funniest shows, Ron has also written a musical about internet dating that had international acclaim. We talk about everything from the vermin at the "30 Rock" writers' offices to writing for Weird Al to how amazing it is to work with Tina Fey.
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Ron Weiner is a two-time Emmy Award winning comedy writer. He has written for such shows as 30 Rock, Arrested Development, Futurama, Newsradio, and The Weird Al Yankovic Show.
Ron is also a composer and lyricist. His songs have appeared on Futurama and Help Me, Help You, a short-lived but much loved sitcom starring Ted Danson. He also wrote a stage musical entitled Internet Dating: The Musical, which was an LA Times Critic’s Pick. It was later produced in Seoul, South Korea (!). Ron can attest to this because he flew there with his parents and Aunt Rhoda and saw the Korean production, which was totally professional, quite excellent, and clearly had a larger budget than the LA original.
Ron grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts. While an undergrad at Harvard, he joined the Harvard Lampoon comedy magazine, at which point he learned about the possibility of an actual career writing comedy for TV, and not just being annoying in line for food in the dining hall.
Ron lives in Los Angeles, California. He urges anyone reading this to get up and walk around, because research is showing that sitting is worse than smoking.