Comedy Showrunner Roundtable: Reunions You’ll Never See (Sorry, 'Friends' Fans!), Diversity and How to Write Sex Scenes

Six comedy series chiefs — Kenya Barris, Nahnatchka Khan, Marta Kauffman, Aline Brosh McKenna, David Mandel and Alan Yang — let it rip on the sex acts they still can’t believe they got past Standards (yes, “chicken cooping” is a real thing), why they don’t like spinoffs and the challenges that come with trying to tell your story when you don’t look like everyone else in Hollywood: “Black people don’t get to write for white people.”

For much of Nahnatchka Khan’s career, she was the only woman in the writers room. “People looked at me for the wife joke or the daughter joke, like, ‘What do you think?’ ” says the Fresh Off the Boat showrunner. “I’d be like, ‘I don’t like it.’ ” That frustration resonated with Black-ish creator Kenya…

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