Pretty Much Pop #100: Directing Comedies w/ Heather Fink

What makes for a good comedy film or show? Funny people reading (or improvising) funny lines, right? WRONG? 

Mark, Erica, Brian, are joined by Heather Fink to discuss the role of the director in making a comedy (or anything else) actually good. Heather has directed for TV, film, and commercials and spent a lot of time doing sound (a boom operator or sound utility) for productions like Saturday Night Live, Get Out, The Morning Show, and Marvel’s Daredevil.

We talk about maintaining comedy through the tedious process of filming, putting actors through sex scenes and other hardships, not telling them how to say their lines, comedians in dramas, directing improv/prank shows, and more. We touch on include Bad Trip, Barry, and Ted Lasso, and more.

Follow Heather @heatherfink and watch some of her work:

  • Alleged, a short about dramatizing accusations against Steven Segal 
  • Inside You, a film she wrote, directed, and (reluctantly) starred in
  • The Focus Group, a short Heather directed written by and starring Sara Benincasa

We used some articles to bring various directors and techniques to mind:

This episode includes bonus discussion you can access by supporting the podcast at This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life podcast network and is curated by

Sponsor: Get a loan to lower your monthly payments at

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *