When I asked two comedy nerd friends of mine if they had any questions for Megan Ganz, a writer for “Community,” their responses were as follow: “She has an awesome job” and “How did she get the position?” To the former, I replied, “That’s not a question. What’s wrong with you?” To the latter, “I’ll ask.” In short, during season one of “Community,” she was a fan of the show; by season two, she was a writer (there were some steps in-between, too, but mostly, she’s super talented). Since getting the gig, Ganz, who previously worked as an editor of The Onion and a writer for “Important Things with Demetri Martin,” has penned three of the series best episodes, “Cooperative Calligraphy” (a.k.a. the Bottle Episode), “Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking,” and “Documentary Filmmaking: Redux.”
She’s also the scribe behind the upcoming “Law & Order” episode, which is just one of the many things we touched upon in a phone interview, including what the pitch process for the show is like, her favorite running gags, and how “Community” fans are the bestest fans in the entire world. Also, Alison Brie’s Santa dance may or may not have come up…
First off, congrats on the Comedy Central news.
Oh, thank you. Yeah, it was just announced today. That’s great.
Is this a good sign for the future of the show?
I think syndication’s always a good sign. It means that people are getting paid; it means it’s turning a profit. So, in just a very strict business sense, it’s a good sign, but I don’t know if it has anything to do with whether or not we’ll get renewed.
How sick are you of the renewal question, by the way?
I wish that I had more information. I totally understand people asking, and it’s hard because if I were watching the show as a fan, I would be the same way. Like, “When is it coming back? When will we know? We just wanna know.” But the closer you get to knowing that sort of stuff, the more you get to knowing it has to do with so many factors that it’s better not even to guess. It’s better to wait. Last year, I found out we got renewed right around St. Patrick’s Day, and Twitter knew like minutes after we knew, so it’ll just happen if it does. It’s like someone waving a magic wand.