Serial Optimist is looking for an NYC intern.
Serial Optimist is an online publication that focuses on comedy, music, art and interviews. We have a strong focus on comedy and interview the best comedians in the world. Serial Optimist launched in August of 2010 and is quickly becoming the go to site for all things comedy.
You will have opportunities to interview different comedians, bands and musicians. You will be asked to attend comedy shows, festivals, concerts and events in NYC to write previews and reviews of, do on sight interviews, and take photographs. Most interviews are done through email or phone.
You will also be required to send 3-4 pitches per week and contribute 2 times per week minimum. It can be anything from the funniest people to follow on Twitter to an artist you think is doing great work. As long as it’s interesting and promotes smiles, we consider all pitches.
You must be able to handle deadlines and quick turnarounds. You also must, MUST, have a love of comedy, have knowledge about the comedy scene in NYC, and love music and art. The staff at Serial Optimist is one that believes in what we do very strongly, we are on the cutting edge of happiness, and want to provide unique, interesting, and fun content on a daily basis.
If you are a great writer, passionate about comedy, wanting to build your portfolio and get to attend the coolest events NYC has to offer, then please get in touch.
Please send resume and writing samples or links to email@example.com. Also make sure you are familiar with Serial Optimist before you inquire. Please include your three favorite comedians and your favorite venues to see comedy in NYC.
You can also check out our Fall 2012 issue that was just released here.
David Dean Founder & Editor in Chief
Originally posted on Serial Optimist.
One of the more frequent questions we get at Serial Optimist is “why do you have a magazine that features comedy, art, interviews with COMEDIANS AND ARTISTS, and little bit of music, why not stick with just one?” I guess the whole ‘on the cutting edge of happiness’ gets lost on people. Do you have a niche that focuses on one thing only? If so maybe you should stick to your body building forums or a blog that feeds you constant celeb gossip.
The other question I get is “why don’t you feature big names, like Chris Rock or Daniel Tosh BRO” (obviously). And to them I say, “Yeah Chris Rock was prime”, and “Who is Daniel Tosh?” just to piss them off.
Serial Optimist had 6 goals when we launched two years ago: Feature the people we love. Introduce the people we love to as many people as possible. Make our interviews unique. Always be enthusiastic and positive. Make people smile daily.
I think Serial Optimist achieves those goals…daily. An interview with some arena-filling comedian might garner Serial Optimist more hits, more Twitter followers, and a day filled with social media high fives, but if those were the reasons we were doing this, we wouldn’t be doing this.
Getting into the label game of “alternative comedy” or “underground comedy” or “club comic” or whatever is something SO steers clear of. We just feature the BEST comedians and writers.
They are the people who tour on the constant, write for your favorite shows like “Parks and Recreation”, “Conan”, “Late Night”, “Chelsea Lately”, “Bunk”, “Comedy Bang! Bang!”, I could go on and on. They’re also the people writing the words that make you laugh watching your favorite movies, providing smiles through podcasts on your morning drive, putting out web shorts that make you like, totally LOL. You see them as Daily Show correspondents, showing up in shows and movies, putting out stellar albums, and performing the best live shows weekly in LA and NYC. You see them on their Comedy Central specials, you RT their brilliance, you know them, but you don’t know them.
These people ARE the new faces of comedy. And by new I don’t mean “young” or “up and coming”, they ARE what comedy is turning into.
Look at what Scott Aukerman (and the Earwolf crew in general) has done with “Comedy Bang! Bang!“. It’s a live show, it’s one of the most popular podcasts, and it’s an actual show on IFC. That’s 3 mediums. Genius.
IT’S ALL ABOUT INTRODUCTIONS. We try to introduce them to you. Just because you aren’t on the east or west coast doesn’t mean these people don’t exist. They tour constantly. They are the people behind everything you love. Think about who wrote the words the famous actor you are familiar with said. Let the credits roll slowly for that person.
To all the people who know all of this, and know what’s Serial Optimist is all about, then our apologies, this doesn’t apply to you. But for the people who think comedy is just big names saying big things in big arenas, you are big time wrong. (It’s still comedy, and props, but you get my point.)
If Serial Optimist isn’t your thing, then get to know these people through their websites or Twitter or YouTube channels or another source. You will be glad you did, and you will be introduced to people who provide the biggest smiles.
Art, like comedy, like music, like interviews, like life, doesn’t always need to be examined or explained. Except this one time (exception!). It’s all there for your enjoyment and your enjoyment only, who cares if no one else understands or doesn’t care, each joke or song or photo can be one you keep in your pocket just for you.