Interview: SNL Writer Anna Drezen Discusses Her Stand-Up Comedy


Once you get nominated on a list like Comedy Central's “8 Comedians You Need To Look Out For,” you have to live up to the hype. Author, editor and stand-up comedian Anna Drezen has more than surpassed that exposure as editor-at-large at the satirical women’s magazine Reductress, and as the co-author of both How to Win at Feminism (with the Reductress staff) and How May We Hate You? (with Todd Dakotah Briscoe). As a script writer, she’s noted for being part of Saturday Night Live’s controversial yet winning season – 2016-2017 – that featured Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump impersonation and Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer.

During a brief email interview, Drezen was reluctant to discuss any of her work on SNL, which is a shame. She did, however, comment on her choice of favorite comedians (“I very much love Maria Bamford and Wanda Sykes and Hannibal Buress and Sarah Silverman and Adam Ferrara”), the things she won’t make jokes about (“I don’t talk about birds”), and the things that make her stand-up routine rock. “I do a lot of talking and gesturing and standing,” she said. “I guess I talk about the internet and ghosts and snacks and dinner parties and alcohol. But also, you know, THE ISSUES.”

You can find her talking about snacks and ghosts Saturday, August 12, at Philadelphia’s Good Good Comedy Theatre (215 N 11th Street,; Tuesday, August 15 at NYC’s The Irish Exit (978 2nd Avenue,; and Saturday, August 19 as part of the Speak Up Rise Up Festival at Manhattan’s Connolly Theater (220 E 4th Street,

Photo by Mindy Tucker

Posted on Saturday, August 12, 2017