Matt Ruby on Developing Characters for a New Comedy Series Pilot

In Chapter 8 of 19 in his 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, standup comedian and Vooza founder Matt Ruby answers "How Are You Challenging Yourself to Improve as a Writer?" As a comedic screenwriter working on a new comedy series pilot, Ruby learns to write characters that balance being grounded in reality with being absurd and silly. He avoids writing canned jokes and instead focuses his screenwriting to make fictional characters more human, relatable, and approachable.

Matt Ruby is a standup comedian based in New York City. He also founded Vooza, on online comic strip web series that makes fun of tech startup culture. As an actor, director, writer and producer, Ruby leads the creative direction for the team. Before his comedy career, Matt was employee #1 at 37Signals. He graduated from Northwestern University.