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Comedians Rib The Writing Craft with Writing F Yeah

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Creative writing partners Sofiya Alexandra & Courtney Kocak skewer their craft in their ongoing comedy series.

By Daniel Barron

 

It’s so romantic being a writer, isn’t it?  Just you, the page, and an infinite road to be traversed with the fuel of dreams. It’s- you know what, that sounded really flowery and stupid. Delete delete delete. Let me try that again.

It’s so romantic being a writer, isnt it? The agony and ecstasy of creation as labor pains give way to post-partum ennui. Your soul conducting a symphony of emotions within another’s heart and mind, whose- goDAMMIT, that one’s even worse!

Okay. Hmm. Coffee. I need coffee. It might lube up the machinery a little bit. Or weed. Plenty of authors free associate on drugs, and besides, I’ve already written 500 words today so I’ve earned it. God I hate this. I hate my Dad. I hate myself. I’m going to die single, aren’t I? Fuckfuckfuckfuckfuck.

Must tweet a Didion quote and look busy.

 

Sound familiar? I’m not alone and neither are you, because comedy team Sofiya Alexandra and Courntey Kocak know the struggle is real. After bonding in a TV writing class at iO West in April of 2011, the two became best friends and productive writing partners, a sort of distaff Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, if you will (“were they more attractive and talented”). Being creatively simpatico is satisfying in itself, but art isn’t meant to exist in a vacuum, and over time both became frustrated by the delayed gratification inherent to long-term projects. A bit of off-hours fun was in order. The outlet they devised was an Instagram account called Writing F Yeah.

“The idea came about because of how often we were rolling our eyes at different cliche inspirational quotes that our writer friends were posting,” writes Alexandra. “For example the classic Hemingway line ‘Write drunk, edit sober.’ It’s like, that guy had THE WORST life that ended so tragically, why are we taking his advice again?”

Launched this past May as Writing FUCK Yeah (“but we wanna go to heaven!”), the ongoing parody series is dedicated to skewering that most enduring and noble craft. With the design eye of artist Jennifer Bischoff, it presents a stream of inspirational misquotes from famous authors (Ex. “To those who have given up on love I say, ‘More dick for me!'” – Maya Angelou), as well as questionable, often painfully close to the bone, tips for aspiring writers, such as “”Writing: Because there’s no such such thing as too many blogs.”

 

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Encouraged by the enthusiastic response, Kocak and Alexandra began devising ways to evolve and monetize the brand. Says Kocak: “We thought, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if we could fund some of the projects we want to film on our own, like without Kickstarter or selling our bodies, in a sustainable way?’ We have so many ideas we want to produce in a way where we can hire the talented people we know, pay them, and be our own bosses and finally get to sexually harass ourselves for a change!”

Planning became underway for the launch of an official WFY Etsy store, and with the help of Bischoff it was finally open for business on November 15th. The initial set of merchandise includes totebags, t-shirts, tank tops, and prints, all featuring design work by Bischoff or Alexandra’s cousin-in-law Greg Borenstein. To help promote the launch, the team reached out to comedian and filmmaker friends such as Virginia Jones, Yassir Lester, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Stephanie Beatriz to become involved in a modeling shoot. The series was photographed by Michelle Alexis Newman, who has recently garnered attention for her Open Mic Project, in which her portraits of comics are juxtaposed with their jokes.

 

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As a newly-minted business owner, Alexandra hopes to maintain the integrity that inspired the concept in the first place. “We really wanted the brand to be a reflection of what we like and who we are, which is the type of people who don’t like using ‘brand’ in a sentence without making fart sounds pfffffffft.”

So there you have it, writers who work hard, play hard, and eventually figured out how to make the two one and the same. Now who wants in on this doob?

 

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Courtney Kocak & Sofiya Alexandra. Photo by Michelle Alexis Newman.

 

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Stephanie Beatriz. Photo by Michelle Alexis Newman.

 

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Virginia Jones. Photo by Michelle Alexis Newman.

 

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Steve Hernandez. Photo by Michelle Alexis Newman.

 

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Yassier Lester. Photo by Michelle Alexis Newman.

 

Purchase Writing F Yeah shirts, tote bags, and more on the Etsy page HERE.

Keep up with Writing F Yeah on the official Tumblr page.

Follow Writing F Yeah on Twitter and Instagram.

Follow Sofiya Alexandra and Courtney Kocak on Twitter.

 

Presenting some of the best of Writing F Yeah…

 

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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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