Cut to the Monkey is the story of a filmmaker’s journey through Hollywood—revealing how the experts find the funny in any project—by an editor who has worked with some of the funniest people in the business. The book offers techniques from Nygard’s essential bag of tricks. It’s like an editor’s cookbook, as well as a practical guide on how to prosper as an editor in the film business.
The book also features contributions about writing, creating, and editing comedy from some of the biggest names in the comedy business, including Judd Apatow (Girls, The 40-Year-Old Virgin), Alec Berg (Silicon Valley, Barry), Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Who Is America?), Mike Binder (Black or White, The Comedy Store), Larry David (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld, Veep), David Mandel (Veep, The White House Plumbers), Jeff Schaffer (The League, Dave), Krista Vernoff (Shameless, Grey’s Anatomy), and others.
Cut to the Monkey is being published by Applause Books November 15, 2021.