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Anne Beatts is a TV writer-producer who won two Emmys as a writer for the original Saturday Night Live. At Saturday Night Live she and her writing partner Rosie Shuster created many of the most memorable characters, such as Todd and Lisa Lupner, Uncle Roy, Laraine Newman’s Child Psychiatrist, Irwin Mainway and Fred Garvin, Male Prostitute.
She created and produced the critically-acclaimed CBS sitcom, Square Pegs and co-executive-produced the first year of NBC's long-running hit series A Different World.
She and her producing partner, Eve Brandstein, recently executive-produced and co-directed thirteen episodes of John Waters Presents: Movies That Will Corrupt You, a film series for premium cable. They are currently working on a documentary about women in comedy, The Girl in the Room.
In 1999, she returned to Saturday Night Live in prime time as a writer and creative consultant on NBC's Emmy-winning 25th anniversary special, for which she won her third WGA Award. In 1995-96 she was executive producer of The Stephanie Miller Show, a nationally syndicated late-night comedy talk show from Disney's Buena Vista.
Her directing credits range from prime-time episodic television to numerous Los Angeles theatre productions, both serious and comedic.
She was the first woman Contributing Editor of the National Lampoon and both performed and wrote for the National Lampoon Radio Hour. She has been published in numerous magazines, including Esquire, Playboy, Los Angeles Magazine, Vogue, Mirabella, Elle and Premiere. In 1997-98, her humor column Beatts Me! appeared weekly in the Sunday Los Angeles Times.
She co-edited the best-selling Saturday Night Live (Avon, 1977), Titters: The First Collection of Humor by Women (Macmillan, 1976), and Titters 101 (Putnam's, 1984) and co-authored The Mom Book (Dell, 1986). She contributed a chapter on Men vs. Women to Standup Comedians, (Abrams, 1996).
Her work has appeared on Broadway in Gilda: Live and the Tony-nominated rock'n'roll musical Leader of the Pack.
As well as teaching sketch comedy writing and performing privately, she is an Adjunct Professor in the Writing Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.
She was recently honored by the Museum of Television and Radio as one of the medium’s most influential women in their “She Made It” awards.