Meg Favreau is a writer, artist, performer, food enthusiast, and old book collector who grew up in northern New Hampshire and now lives in Los Angeles. She’s also an impressively capable and accomplished person considering how many full-size fake body parts she regularly carries in her purse (hands, primarily).
Meg has over a decade of comedy writing experience. In 2018, she wrote the Brat digital series Total Eclipse (a tween dramedy with the one thing most tween dramedies have been missing: fantasies of living on the moon) and won the TV category in the Fall 2017 WeScreenplay Diverse Voices contest with her pilot The Value Shopping Network. In 2017, Meg also participated in the Nantucket Episodic Comedy Colony with her pilot Let’s Shop (where it changed titles to The Value Shopping Network), wrote for the forthcoming season of Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, had her piece Caring for Your New Office Woman published in The New Yorker, and wrote and created the Brat digital series Misshaps, starring Music.ly star Kristen Hancher, and Flunky’s Upset.
Much of Meg’s experience is in sketch comedy, including teaching sketch comedy writing at The Nerdist School using a curriculum that she developed, writing for the UCB house sketch team Glendale, and creating sketches for a variety of places on the internet including Collab’s Team Internet Live, the YouTube channel FRED, Brat, and The Fine Brothers. From 2012 to early 2015, Meg wrote and performed on the iO West headliner sketch team DJ Faucet (San Francisco Sketchfest, Chicago Sketchfest, Comedy Central Stage), and she was also a member of the LA sketch duo Bone Mouth and directed the iO West sketch team Animal Style. Before moving to Los Angeles, Meg was part of the Philadelphia sketch duo Meg & Rob. The group was featured in numerous comedy festivals including the Chicago Sketchfest, Seattle Sketchfest, Boston Comedy Festival, Boston Improv Festival, Philly Sketchfest, and North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival.
Meg has written multiple original pilots and spec scripts; contact her if you’re interested in seeing a sample.
Food, History, and Internet Humor Writing
Meg is also an accomplished food, history, and humor writer. Her work has been published on sites including MEL Magazine, Someecards, Table Matters, The Smart Set, McSweeney’s, The Big Jewel, Not For Tourists, and The Huffington Post; and her articles and essays have been featured on NPR, The Daily Dish, the Freakonomics blog, and Arts & Letters Daily. In 2015 and 2016, Meg served as an editor for the humor site Someecards, where several of her humor pieces went, for lack of a better term, “viral.” Her cookbook with photographer Michael Reali, Little Old Lady Recipes: Comfort Food and Kitchen Table Wisdom, was released in November 2011 by Quirk Books.
Meg runs Some Old Jokes, a blog that features jokes from pre-1950s joke books, and her foul language as an on-air guest once caused several complaints to be sent to American Public Media’s show Marketplace Money. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing, wading in streams, and telling people why they should read the comic miniseries Private Eye and Limbo.
It seems like Tina Fey gets all the glory for being the funny girl to come out of Philly. But there’s a wealth of female comic talent that’s been produced here, with Meg Favreau serving as one of the most recent success stories. — The A.V. Club Philadelphia