PAULA PELL on Employee of the Month by EMPLOYEE of the MONTH published on 2014/06/18 04:18:51 +0000 If Nora Ephron and Martin Short had a blond, blue eyed Southern love child, she'd be Paula Pell. A writer and performer, Paula Pell's been making you laugh for decades, and she's finally getting duly deserved public recognition. Since 1995, Paula Pell has written for SNL, where she is best known for being able to punch up any joke, sketch or script no matter how short a commercial break. Along the way, she's also written her own NBC TV show (Thick and Thin), web series (Hudson City Ballers), and written and performed on 30 Rock. In the past couple of years, she started to branch out to film, having written and producer on This is 40 and Bridesmaids. She's also working on another film with Judd Apatow and Hudson City Ballers. Today (as in right this minute), Pell is filming her first feature The Nest, which stars Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, James Brolin, John Leguizamo, and Maya Rudolph. We spoke the night before she got the green light and she describes how challenging the process is of getting the film off the ground, even with the biggest box office stars in comedy. Our interview was taped live at Joe's Pub. We spoke about her awkward first interview with Lorne Michaels, starting out at Disney's Fantasy Island, and her deep and abiding love for animals, be it pet pigs or rats. If Paula wasn't a brilliant, beautiful, hilarious writer and performer, she swears she'd be a pig whisperer. Our next live taping is our season finale! One week from today, 9:30 pm, Thursday, June 26th at Joe's Pub. www.joespub.com or www.employeeofthemonthshow.com for more info! See you there.