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    Joan Ford is super smart and thoughtful. That’s what I liked the most about this conversation. We talked about the trap that many writers fall in to – especially when writing about something that bothers them or makes them angry. Joan spoke to the idea of writing characters that you don’t like in real life and broke down a challenge she gave herself ¬†which was to find the humanity in them and make them relatable and more accessible.Ultimately, she was trying to find a way to make assholes funny.
    Joan is the coach of Bombardier at UCB and was the coach of Sugar. She was also a writer for nephew.Now she writes for Nerdist and is likes the challenge of remaining positive. Apparently all the positive video commenters only go to Nerdist.
    This week we read a sketch by Calder Holbrook (@CalderHolbrook) You can send in your sketches to foowpod@gmail.com and have our guests critique them on the air.
    You can get tickets to Bombardier here: https://sunset.ucbtheatre.com/performance/54087
    Follow her on Twitter – @JoanHaleyFord
    You can follow us on Twitter – @Foowpod @JeremiahBurton1 @imtweedy
    See you next week.
    32. Joan Ford talks about making your villains more likable and relatable
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