An interview with Brenda Hsueh, Betabrand model and Writer and Producer of “How I Met Your Mother.”
Tell us about yourself. Who are you? What about your career are you most proud of so far?
I’m a screenwriter. I write mostly for sitcoms but I’ve also written a few features. I’m proud of the last movie I wrote because I think I managed to turn a bad break up into something funny and moving other people can enjoy. I’m pretty proud of being a lady in a male-dominated field of comedy writing and being Chinese to boot. There are not many of us.
When did you first know you were funny? Can you recall the moment and how it made you feel? Why did you choose to pursue comedy as your career?
It was a slow build for me. It’s actually pretty impressive considering I started out as a really shy quiet kid who was scared of everything. I think my sense of humor and confidence started to grow after a rocky junior high experience when I gave up on trying to be popular and decided to just be my weird self and not care what other people thought. I decided to pursue comedy when I unexpectedly happened to land in Los Angeles after college for family reasons which led me to meeting a screenwriter who suggested I try it out. I mostly picked half-hour comedy because I’m lazy and it’s the shortest.
What does it mean to be a funny woman in your personal life? and in showbusiness?
Being a funny woman in show business is a double-edged sword. In my personal life I hope it’s a single-edged sword that cuts the good way.
What advice would you give to anyone seeking to find their own path — career, or otherwise?
Try to pursue the thing you like to do and the thing you’re good at. Hopefully it’s the same thing.
What are you passionate about outside of comedy? What do you do on your free time? Passionate seems like a strong word. I like to play Settlers of Catan. Now to get even more nerdy and specific, I pretty much only play the expansion Cities and Knights. I am looking forward to getting my hands on your Socks of Catan.
Tell us how you really feel about Rubber Chickens.
I prefer the edible, deep-fried kind.
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