We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel Shar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniel, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Writing comedy has consistently been the most effective way for me to connect with people. My columns in the high school newspaper earned me the “Best Sense Of Humor” senior superlative in my class of +500 kids, even though I was only friends with 5 of them. In college, I didn’t even have acquaintances until I took a playwriting class and had my work read aloud and received well. Thankfully, my social skills have improved over the last decade, so I’m no longer solely dependent on my writing to make friends, but it is still my favorite way to express myself and converse with the world, so I can’t really imagine myself taking any other career path, nor do I want to.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I write scripts for TV and film, many of which I would categorize as unsexy sex-adjacent death comedies. While I recognize that this is not (yet) a category on Netflix, most of my projects stem from my own experiences, and the two that influence my work most frequently are the bizarre side hustles I’ve had in/around the sex industry, and the untimely death of my mother.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
It’s tough to remember what I did for fun or where I used to go before quarantine, as I have mostly tried to turn off my memory to keep it from taunting me. In a world without an ongoing pandemic though, I suppose my main suggestions would be a hike at Griffith Park, a meal at Pasta Sisters, and one of the many great independently run comedy shows around town.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Too many people have helped me over the years for me to single out just one individual, so I just want to thank everyone I’ve ever collaborated with in any capacity.