April Richardson

April Richardson

Associate Producer


Chelsea Lately

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Always interested in comedy, but didn't think it could be a job.
Also interested in writing, specifically music writing, published own zine in high school.
Traveled a bunch after high school, met many interesting people with different perspectives.
Got back home, went to college, majored in journalism to further writing career.
Moved to L.A., interviewed at MTV News, brought high school zines to interview, got job.
Did stand-up comedy at night while working at MTV during the day.
Was laid off from MTV, had comedy experience to pursue job in television.
Friend I met while doing comedy recommended me for my current job!
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Journalism
Georgia State University
Career

Career

Associate Producer

I assist writers who write jokes (and often write jokes of my own) for TV.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Writing
Writing
Television
Television
Being Creative
Being Creative

Day to Day

I get materials organized for our morning meeting, which includes choosing the topics we will talk about on that day's show. I gather all the jokes (and help write some), give them to Chelsea, she chooses ones she likes and adds some herself; I keep track and make the cue cards for the show. I get everything ready on set for the taping, we tape that night's show, and then I start to get everything together for the next day's meeting.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I think being creative is most important. Make things. Make videos. Write sketches and film them with friends. Write zines. Write jokes. Write blog posts.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Well, if you want to get into comedy, specifically stand-up, start as soon as possible. Go to an open mic. If you are looking for any job in comedy, having stand-up experience will only help you -- especially if you want to be a comedy writer, it will show people you know how to write jokes. Also if you are a frequent performer, it will show people you are a hard worker. Also, write. Always write. Write anything. Read anything. Writing & reading regularly will make you a better writer.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
any
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You're wasting your time focusing on music/comedy/writing, you should be doing something practical." "That stuff will never matter; that stuff will never get you anywhere in life."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial