bekah brunstetter
Bekah Brunstetter I care deeply. About a lot of things. Like really, really deep. Ow
playwright in brooklyn, NY

I’d like to strangle the Academy

June 1st, 2018 by Bekah Brunstetter

It’s truly an honor to be a member of the Television Academy dream come true etc etc etc, but during Emmy season, THIS HAPPENS:

They send you so many screeners and you don’t have time to open them or watch them or do anything about them because you’re too busy doing the thing that got you into the Television Academy in the first place, so busy that there’s no time to even google how to make them stop, or what even to do with them, and I guess technically I could be doing that this second, but NO THANKS I’D RATHER COMPLAIN.


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This is Women

May 24th, 2018 by Bekah Brunstetter

Oh Hi, have you noticed that this week my blog has basically been reduced to 2 sentences? No? Just me? GOOD, PLEASE KEEP NOT NOTICING, AS IF THERE’S ONE THING I SHOULD NOT HAVE ANXIETY ABOUT, IT’S THIS BLOG, BUT MIRACULOUSLY, I HAVE FOUND A WAY TO WORRY ABOUT IT. I’m back to work on This is Us this week, which means back gabbin n snackin with some of my favorite women in the world. It just so happens that our first week back, the show was honored with a Gracie Award (honoring female luminaries in Media) and so we all got to get gussied up and go and accept it:



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May 15th, 2018 by Bekah Brunstetter

Allow me to be UPFRONT with you. For years, as a working TV writer, I heard the word upfronts in various sentences. i.e., I can’t that week, I’ll be at upfronts and they’re going to announce it at upfronts and we have to wait and see what happens at upfronts and I would nod and feign understanding and respond with things like oh, right, upfronts and even make my OWN sentences like, MAN, THOSE UPFRONTS! But I KNEW NOT WHAT I SAID. But this year, I can say this sentence with both confidence and understanding: The darling This is Us cast is currently at UPFRONTS by which I mean, the time when all of the people from all the shows go to NYC and present for advertisers so that the advertisers can say, you look like you could sell my deodorant! upfronts upfronts, and then everyone walks away with money (?)

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March 17th, 2018 by Bekah Brunstetter

We officially ended the This is Us Season 2 (and some season 3) writer’s room last night with an adorable group outing to see my dear froworkers turned SHOW RUNNERS Isaac and Elizabeth’s movie, Love, Simon:  the first major studio teen love story movie to feature a gay protagonist (OUT THIS WEEKEND / GO SEE / IT WILL MAKE YOU GLAD TO BE A HUMAN.) Work can be hard and makes my brain hurt, but dangit, I do love each and every one of these people. SEE Y’ALL IN TWO MONTHS WHICH WILL FEEL LIKE TEN MINUTES!



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how to become famous

January 18th, 2018 by Bekah Brunstetter

Be more like this woman, who marched up to me last night when we were filming at ***** tourist attraction in ********, wearing full body denim, with a face painted like a 19th century doll:


Me: Okay — well — we already have our background people and we’ve already been filming for a while, so–


Me: Okay, well — maybe stand at the edge of the crowd and you might be in the shot.


Me: It’s a TV show.

WOMAN: (joining edge of crowd) I DON’T WATCH TV.

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why to look at Twitter

January 17th, 2018 by Bekah Brunstetter

Why create television in a vacuum? After your episode airs, check the show’s hashtag on twitter. Allot a decent amount of time, given that you actually have a really difficult time searching for a hashtag on twitter. IS IT A MENTION? WHAT IS IT? Find what people are saying. See what landed on them, what moved them. Let them reflect your own work back to you. Ponder what you read. Make notes for next time.  Share the moment.

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Hollywood News

January 16th, 2018 by Bekah Brunstetter

This just in:  as the multitude of male hollywood producers /directors / writers currently accused of sexual harassment step aside in shame to write poems and hide in their vacation houses,  grown up baby Asian girl tourists in modest functional workout wear step in;  realize their dreams.

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January 15th, 2018 by Bekah Brunstetter

I’m off on a slightly last minute trip to cover set for an out of town shoot all week, and I’m fairly certain I cannot disclose the location as it might lead to spoilers, so I’ll just say I’m off to ********** where there will be lots of ******** and also ******** and probably some ******* and surely some ******** for lots of scenes in which ******** so basically just stay tuned for lots of vague, blurred out pictures of me with ******* and you know, also definitely *********.

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one dress / two nights / seventeen cavities

December 14th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

I have two awards shows to attend in January that I must, poor me, acquire dresses for. But for the sake of economy, and also whimsy, what if, just go with me, WHAT IF I just wore this dress made of skittles to both,


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December 11th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

“Why me,  Lord? What have ever done to deserve even one of the blessings I’ve known? Why me Lord? What did I ever do that was worth love from you and the kindness you’ve shown?”

– Merle Haggard by way of Johnny Cash by way of Kris Kristofferson

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