Interview by Paul Salfen
Rebecca Shaw & Ben Kronengold discuss their new book, Naked in the Rideshare (Stories of Gross Miscalculations). This collection of comedic short stories bursts with the absurdities, contradictions and Notes App apologies that define growing up today. Their essays take a drunken cannonball into the hopes and fears of this generation. NAKED IN THE RIDESHARE is set to become a pair of TV series. Will Ferrell is Executive Producer for Peacock’s series based on “Sky Not Found,” the other taken from “Unchosen” has signed Ryan Reynolds as Executive Producer.
Rebecca Shaw & Ben Kronengold make up the GenZ writing team whose first pilot, a generational ensemble comedy, is in the works at FX (executive producer Nick Kroll). Their second series sold to Peacock this year (EP Will Ferrell), and their third series is in development with Ryan Reynolds. They are coming off two years on THE TONIGHT SHOW, where they were the youngest writers on late-night television. Ben and Rebecca got their big break after their Yale graduation speech got more than 7 million views.
Young people have had a rough go of it, from a pandemic to inflation to climate change. Another thing this generation shares is using comedy to cope. Just look at TikTok, where followers treat front-facing comedians like rockstars on the street. Meme culture is a universal phenomenon from Detroit to Dubai. And on college campuses like Yale, USC, and Northwestern, joining comedy groups is just as competitive as club sports.