Jen Statsky
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BornNovember 19, 1985 (1985-11-19) (age 36)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationTelevision writer
Years active2009–present

Jen Statsky (born November 19, 1985) is an American television writer and comedian known for her work on Hacks, The Good Place, Parks and Recreation, and Broad City. She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Hacks with co-creators Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs in 2021.

Personal life

Jen Statsky was born November 19, 1985 in Milton, Massachusetts where she grew up before moving to New York City to study at New York University. She attended Tisch School of the Arts where she studied Film and Television.[1] She is a Los Angeles Clippers fan. She is married to Travis "Tug" Helwig, the Emmy-winning writer formerly at Crooked Media.

Career

Early beginnings

In school, Statsky developed an interest in writing. When she graduated from NYU in 2008, she was working in a coffee shop as well as performing stand-up comedy. Statsky continued her writing career as an intern for Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Onion.[2] She joined Twitter in 2009 and used it to write jokes, ultimately gaining a following over time.[2] In 2011, while Statsky continued keeping her Twitter account active, A. D. Miles, the head writer of NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, messaged her, suggesting Statsky apply to a writing position that was available. She applied for the position and in March 2011 her manager confirmed Statsky was hired as a writer.[2] Before using Twitter, Jen Statsky had applied to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and did not get the job.[3]

Television

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon was Statsky's first experience as a television writer. She later worked as a staff writer for Hello Ladies and has worked as a writer for Parks and Recreation, Broad City, Lady Dynamite, and The Good Place. In 2019, Statsky joined other WGA writers in firing their agents as part of the WGA's stand against the ATA and the unfair practice of packaging.[4][5] In 2021, she signed an overall deal with Universal Television.[6]

Book

Statsky has made a written contribution to the book The McSweeney's Book of Politics and Musicals that was published in 2012.[7] Statsky also wrote a contribution for the book Notes From the Bathroom Line: Humor, Art, and Low-Grade Panic From 150 Of The Funniest Women In Comedy.

Filmography

Year Title Credited as Notes
Writer Producer
2011 Onion SportsDome No Yes Associate producer
2011–13 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Yes No
2013 Hello Ladies Yes No Staff writer
2014–15 Parks and Recreation Yes No Wrote 2 episodes
Also story editor and executive story editor
2015–19 Broad City Yes Yes Wrote 4 episodes, also consultant
Consulting and co-executive producer
2016 The Characters Yes No Consultant writer, episode: "Paul W. Downs"
2016 Obamtourage Yes No Television short, idea by
2016–17 Lady Dynamite Yes No Wrote 2 episodes
Also story editor and executive story editor
2016 Another Period Yes No Wrote: "Tubman"
2018 Forever Yes Yes Supervising producer, story by: "Kase"
2016–2020 The Good Place Yes Yes Wrote 7 episodes
Also co-executive, supervising, and co-producer
2020 A Parks and Recreation Special Yes No Television special
2021–present Hacks Yes Executive Co-creator with Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs
Wrote 3 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Notes Result Ref
2012 Writers Guild of America Best Comedy/Variety - (Including Talk) Series - Television Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Nominated
2013 Writers Guild of America Comedy Series Parks and Recreation Nominated
2015 Writers Guild of America Comedy Series Broad City Nominated
2019 Writers Guild of America Comedy Series The Good Place Nominated
2019 Writers Guild of America Comedy Series The Good Place Nominated
2019 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series The Good Place Supervising Producer Nominated [8]
2020 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series The Good Place Co-Executive Producer Nominated [8]
2021 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Hacks Executive Producer Nominated [9]
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Hacks - "There Is No Line (Pilot)" shared with Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs Won [9]

References

  1. ^ Peyser, Eve (August 31, 2015). "Jen Statsky on the art of the one-liner, writing for late night, and comedy with 'heart'". The Daily Dot. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Hollander, Jason (Spring 2012). "The Tweet Life" (PDF). NYU Alumni Magazine. New York University. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Angelo, Megan (November 3, 2011). "TV Comedy Writers on Twitter". The New York Times. p. AR20. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Writers Share Signed Termination Letters As Mass Firing Of Agents Begins After WGA-ATA Talks Fail". Deadline.
  5. ^ "I Stand With The WGA". Personal Twitter.
  6. ^ White, Peter (2021-08-09). "'Hacks' Co-Creator Jen Statsky Extends Overall Deal With Universal Television". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  7. ^ McSweeney's (January 1, 2012). The McSweeney's Book of Politics and Musicals. Vintage Books. ISBN 9780307387349.
  8. ^ a b "The Good Place". Emmys.com. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Hacks". Emmys.com. Retrieved September 24, 2021.