Second Billing to Beef Written by Margot Black This story was originally written for a Written By Magazine article on failed T.V. shows….. Sharing this story is a dubious honor, but it meets the criteria for being included in this issue. That criteria is: failure. Second Billing to Beef (My Life Is Crap) I was a stand-up comedian and my professional strategy and motto at the time was, “Just say

“Chin Up, Tits Out” “I spend the next 14 hours with my cell phone in the back room at Circle K hovering over the fax machine.” Writing television had been my goal for lifetimes. Trees died, scripts stacked up on my shelves. I couldn’t get a foot in the door, but at least I’d given myself a fair shot at carpal tunnel syndrome.  Then one day it hit me: “I