Hi, hello. I’m taking a break from writing my usual satirical column to talk about a cause that’s near and dear to my heart: helping Megan Amram win an Emmy. Chances are you’re already familiar with Megan and her work, whether you’re one of her 1.1 million Twitter followers (I have this tweet tattooed on my inner lip), read her book, Science...For Her!, or are a fan of one of the show’s she’s written on like NBC’s smash-hit The Good Place (where she’s currently a writer-producer), Silicon Valley, or the universally-beloved Parks and Recreation.
Now, she’s embarked on a new endeavor: her new web series, An Emmy for Megan, is a six-part scripted series, each under 15 minutes long, uploaded by the deadline, April 27th, 2018 — all prerequisites to qualify for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in September. In other words: check, check, check.
I sat down with the darling of Twitter to talk about life as a multi-hyphenate, her vocal prowess, and the future of her acting career, below.
OUT: How is life different as a multi-hyphenate? Do you have any tips for me, a single hyphenate?
Megan Amram: Right now, I'd call myself a triple threat: an actress, a multi-hyphenate and a triple-threat. Once I win the Emmy, I hope I can add "Emmy-winning" to the multi-hyphenate. Though I'm not sure whether that counts as its own hyphenate, or it's just a modifier for the existing hyphenate. Either way, it will be nice to add some more words to my business cards.
Life is much better now that I'm an actress and director and auteur. I heard there's actually a lane on the freeways to the left of the HOV lane that you're allowed to take if you win an Emmy, so I'm hoping that I get perks like that, soon. My tip for you would be to add to your hyphenate as soon as possible! Even something as small as "associate producer" could help fill out the middle hyphenate! Actually, I'm not sure what job is big enough to constitute a hyphenate. There might be a committee to determine that or something.
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Many people don’t know that there are myriad Emmy categories, many of which aren’t televised. How did you come upon the short-form category?
That's what's so great about the Emmys: there's so many different ones that anyone can find a favorite. I think people should really think more highly of the Emmys, because they're a great organization, no joke. I found out about this category because two of my friends were nominated for Best Actor and Actress in a short-form comedy or drama series last year, and it really rocketed the category up in my mind. It was so perfect for me! The only category better fitting to my talents would be "Actress Who Wants an Emmy The Most!"
Are you going to campaign? If so, what plans do you have for that? (I find muffin baskets to be the most effective, FYI.)
I'm going to campaign as much as humanly possible. Billboards, bus benches, sign twirlers, anything. The only thing that will limit me is my personal bank account, which I'm willing to empty for this. I'm looking into making a Fyre fest that just plays my series on loop for influencers.
Where would you put your Emmy?
I intend on keeping my Emmy by my side at all times, 24/7. In the bed, on the toilet doing number one, on the toilet doing number two: all times. I worked hard for my Emmy, and I want to reap the benefits. I heard that most grocery stores in LA give a 15% discount if you show them your Emmy.
I LOVED your rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in episode five. Seriously, I want to make your vibrato a friendship bracelet. Perhaps your vocal abilities can win you a Grammy! Or a Tony! Are you interested in pursuing the GOT after you (hopefully!) win the E?
First of all, thank you so much for mentioning my vibrato. I've vocally trained my whole life so that I could utilize my acting chops in a short-form comedy setting. I undoubtedly will GOT after this. I will probably continue in the short-form arena for awhile. I'd like to submit my theme song from episode 5 for a short-form Grammy, if that's an option.
Any chance we’ll see you in more acting roles in the future?
I'd really love to transition into more acting, on both stage and screen. I have to imagine that having an Emmy for acting under my belt is going to help me get starring roles. I'd love to be in a movie next, maybe a Marvel or a Star Wars, but I understand if I have to do some highly-acclaimed indie darlings instead.
Greg Mania is a potty-mouthed New York City-based writer, comedian, and the recipient of numerous participation trophies. When he isn't working for The Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, Paper Magazine, and other outlets, he writes satirical columns for Out Magazine.